Originally Posted by Railfan
....bSprague, I am glad to see that you like Adobe Premier Elements 10. I have read several reports of it not being too stable (although not as bad as Pinnacle is reported to be). How is it for you? Can you give a detailed thorough review on it; ie picture quality, ease of use, and stability, etc.?...
-Where did you read that PRE 10 is not stable? Adobe has a forum open to the thousands that buy PRE 10 and occasionally a post will show up where someone with an old computer, low memory, Vista and bad computer skills has an issue. Premier Elements is a mature international Adobe mass market product that has been upgraded several times. If there are only "several reports of not being too stable", that is not many compared to the thousands worldwide that use it. Even Costco sells it sometimes. I have a $600 Toshiba Laptop with an i5 chip and Windows 7 64 bit. No issues.
-Picture quality is primarily dependent on the camcorder clips and my shooting skills. However, PRE Version 10 has a long list of effects that can adjust bad footage. Everything from white balance and color correction to camcorder shake adjustments are there. Some can be applied automatically or manually at the user's choice. It does not render 1080p to 1080p. It has a long list of presets for every other common delivery path from Vimeo to AVCHD DVDs, or even Blu-Rays if you have a burner. There are so many included effects and presets that nobody could possibly provide a quality, in depth, review. Some of the optional effects are complex enough that they deserve focused reviews themselves. In other words, how might the white balance correction in PRE 10 compare to Vegas Movie Studio, Vegas Pro, Avid, Pinnacle, Adobe CS 5.5, etc. Nobody will ever take the time to answer that question!
-It is easy to use if you want to do easy stuff. As a consumer product, it has optional features to make "instant movies" with "themes". It also has complex options like stacking multiple video, audio and narrative with fades, transitions and volume levels. The complex stuff can be very complicated, so that part takes awhile to learn, especially if you have never done it in any other editing software. Video training from lynda.com and video2brain helps me a lot. Again, it is not the software that makes it hard, it is understanding editing and all that can do.
My first "complex" video is about my brother shooting a rifle used by the British 250 years ago. I had about 20 minutes of original 1080p60 video and got it down to about 3 minutes. PRE 10 gave me the tools to create a moving title with a separate audio track, delete a few single words from the primary audio track and to stretch a 1/10th of a second sequence into an ultra slow motion 3 second clip. It then let me cut and paste the sound of the gun shot into the 3 second clip at 2.5 seconds.
The Vimeo version was created with the PRE 10 preset titled Vimeo HD. I don't know what Vimeo does to processes it after it gets the file, but you can see the picture quality at https://vimeo.com/36973087
I used PRE 10 to also make a AVCHD DVD of the same video that played on a friend's Blu-Ray player onto his 52" flat screen. He is a retired graphic arts professor and he was impressed.