For marketers new to online video production, Adobe Premiere Elements is a great choice. It offers many of the professional features of Premiere, but in a simpler version. It also makes a useful stepping stone: once people understand the Adobe editing interface, it’s easy to move from Premiere Elements to Premiere.
Right now is a great time to get started with Premiere Elements, because Adobe has just introduced the latest version: Premiere Elements 11. It’s available for both Windows and Macintosh computers, so it’s also a strong choice for Mac users who prefer a more traditional editing interface than what iMovie and Final Cut Pro X offer.
The latest version offers these new features:
- An overhauled user interface designed to be more intuitive. A new organizer helps editors find and store their favorite clips.
- Film Looks, which let editors create professional movie looks with drag-and-drop simplicity. Simply pull up the menu and drag the desired effect to your footage to change how it looks.
- Time Remapping: A simple way to add slow or fast motion effects. Editors drag a box around the frames they want adjusted, then select the speed they want that footage to go: either speeded up or slowed down. The controls can even make video backwards.
- Color adjustments: Sliders let editors control the color in their videos.
- Vimeo sharing: Uploading videos to Vimeo, the cool alternative to YouTube, is now easy to do from within the program itself.
Other new features include a map view that lets you see where footage was shot, a blending tool for enhancing the look of one clip with the colors and textures of another, and new effects and themes.
Premiere Elements 11 sells for $99.99, or $79.99 for those upgrading. Adobe is also selling a bundle of Premiere Elements 11 and Photoshop Elements 11 for $149.99, or $119.99 if upgrading. At the moment, both programs are only available from Adobe’s site, but they’ll soon be available on Amazon and in major electronics and office stores. Adobe is offering free shipping for orders placed by October 26, 2012.
For more on Premiere Elements 11, watch Adobe’s promotional video below.