Monday, December 31, 2018

PE: Important Annoucements Sticky Blog Post

This blog post is being created so that it remains at the top of the list of other blog posts which are continuously generated and moving down the list.

The best way to use this sticky blog post to enhance the overall ATR Premiere Elements Troubleshooting Blog is still being considered.  At the present, the sticky thread, like the non sticky ones, is not set up to accept comments.

Thank you for exploring my observations on Premiere Elements.

ATR

Announcements

March 1, 2016. How to obtain usable .iso image file from Premiere Elements 13/13.1 when iso file produced has file size greater than 1 GB? 
See the following on Premiere Elements and ISO Images
just published today. Content includes possible way to obtain a usable iso file (file size greater than 1 GB) from Premiere Elements 13/13.1 whose built in burn to ISO Image is flawed if the iso file size produced has a file size greater than 1 GB.

March 10, 2016. Tips for the Day.
  • Timeline "AVCHD" video/audio file with audio issue. Troubleshooting step if problems with AVCHD mts Dolby Digital 5.1 channel file - - determine if audio is 5.1 channel or stereo. And, if 5.1 channel audio in the file, then look to use of project preset described for use for file with 5.1 channel audio. If necessary for the troubleshooting to create own Premiere Elements 5.1 project preset, see HERE and HERE and HERE.
  • Hardware Acceleration. If looking the Hardware Acceleration preference for burn to troubleshooting, remember the preference does not exist in Premiere Elements 13/13.1 and 14/14.1 Mac or Windows 7, 8, 8.1, or 10 32 bit. See HERE. Look into "Royalty Activation" for a possible solution for the MPEG2 export and DVD burn issues. See HERE and HERE.
  • Time Lapse. If looking for information on Time Lapse video and Premiere Elements please  See HERE and HERE
March 21, 2016. Camera Raw 9.5 Update and DNG 9.5 Converter Releases for Photoshop Elements 14/14.1 and Premiere Elements 14/14.1. 
Camera Raw 9.5 download/install for Photoshop Elements 14/14.1 and Premiere Elements 14/14.1 is done using an opened project's Help Menu/Updates. Details of the newly supported cameras for this Camera Raw 9.5 Update can be found HERE although the Elements products are not mentioned specifically in the document.  DNG 9.5 Converter download and install is done using

for Windows (7, 8/8.1, and 10)
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=6029
for Mac (OS X 10.7 - 10.11) 
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=6028 

The alternative direct Camera Raw 9.5 download/install route mentioned HERE appears to be applicable to certain Creative Cloud applications but not to the Elements programs.

March 27, 2016. Reminder. The Premiere Elements 10 NVIDIA GeForce Issue.
The Premiere Elements 10 NVIDIA GeForce issue still exists which forces the user to roll back the current NVIDIA GeForce driver version to about May 2013. See HERE and HERE
In many instances the older NVIDIA GeForce drivers are no longer available online. If the problem is that it worked before but not now, the possibility exists that the user might have been working from the older (working) driver which automatically got updated. In that case, the hope is that the older driver is still on the computer and can be reverted back to for use after it is searched for and found on the computer.

April 13, 2016. Reminder. Camera Raw 6.7
References for which Camera Raw version for a particular Elements version, please see HERE
for "Adobe Camera Raw Help/Camera Raw-compatible Adobe applications". Those interested in Camera Raw 6.7 for Elements 10, consider updating from project's Help Menu/Updates or from download found HERE.


April 15, 2016. Apple QuickTime Security Alert and The Significance of That on Adobe and its Premiere Elements Installed On Windows and Mac.
Yahoo.com currently is featuring article stating that US advises deleting QuickTime from Windows computers due to hacking threat. QuickTime is a requirement for Premiere Elements Windows and Mac. According to the article, Mac computer is not involved in this matter. More information on this as it develops.

April 25, 2016. Information on Premiere Elements Frame Blend/Frame Blending, Time Lapse, or Split Screen Found In ATR Series of Premiere Elements Blog Posts
For Frame Blend/Frame Blending
Premiere Elements 14/14.1...right click video file, select Clip/Frame Blend. Or, select video clip, go to Clip Menu/Frame Blend. Also, see Frame Blend option "Frame Blending" found Tools Tab or Menu/Time Remapping. See HERE for details of Frame Blend/Frame Blending in Premiere Elements versions other than 14/14.1.
Time Lapse
See HERE and HERE.
Split Screen
See HERE.

April 28, 2016. Problems with Premiere Elements 11 and the SmartSounds/Sonicfire Pro feature?
Please explore the following for solutions

"Problem with SmartSound in Premiere Elements 11"
https://forums.adobe.com/thread/1617991 

"PE11: SmartSound Error Windows 8.1 64 bit"
http://atr935.blogspot.com/2014/10/pe-11-smartsound-error-windows-81-64-bit.html


May 4, 2016. Need Information About Camera Raw 8.5 for Photoshop Elements/Premiere Elements?
References for which Camera Raw version for a particular Elements version, please see HERE
for "Adobe Camera Raw Help/Camera Raw-compatible Adobe applications". To update Camera Raw 8.5 in Premiere Elements 12/12.1, see 12/12.1 project's Help Menu/Updates. Also see HERE for overview of the camera support that Camera Raw 8.5 brings to Premiere Elements 12/12.1 as well as for a link to (if needed) DNG Converter 8.5.

May 4, 2016. Having Issues Dealing With Premiere Elements Shake Stabilizer?
Adjust Palette/Shake Stabilizer was introduced in Premiere Elements 13/13.1, and it exists in 14/14.1 known as Shake Reduction under the Adjust Palette. If problems with Premiere Elements Shake Stabilizer/Shake Reduction in Adjust Palette, please see the following
"Adobe Premiere Elements Help/Stabilize Video footage with Shake Stabilizer"
https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/using/shake-stabilizer.html 
and
PE 13/13.1: 2.7 Video Stabilization with Shake Stabilizer
http://atr935.blogspot.com/2015/02/pe-13-27-k-video-stabilization-with.html 


May 6, 2016. Having Issue With Updating Photoshop Elements 13 to 13.1?
Please see information in the February 18, 2016 blog post "PSE 13.1: Photoshop Elements 13.1 Update Issue" found HERE.


May 9, 2016. Want to Learn More About Premiere Elements Green Screen and Green Screen Like Effects?
Please see
PE11: Difference Matte As Substitute for Green or Blue Screen Key
http://atr935.blogspot.com/2013/05/pe11-difference-matte-as-substitute-for.html
PE: Non Red Key. What is it?  
http://atr935.blogspot.com/2015/05/pe-non-red-key-what-is-it.html 
PE: Alpha Adjust, What Is It?
http://atr935.blogspot.com/2015/05/pe-alpha-adjust-what-is-it.html 
Premiere Elements Help/Transparency and superimposing
https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/using/superimposing-transparency.html 

In Premiere Elements 11 through 13/13.1, find keying effects in Expert workspace fx Effects/Keying/ and in, Premiere Elements 14/14.1, find keying effects in Expert workspace fx Effects/Video/Keying/

May 14, 2016. Reminder On Where To Find Blog Posts Here Related to Premiere Elements Keyboard Shortcuts.
Please see
Premiere Elements 14/14.1
http://atr935.blogspot.com/2015/10/pe-14-keyboard-shortcuts.html 
Premiere Elements 13/13.1
http://atr935.blogspot.com/2014/10/pe-13-keyboard-shortcuts.html
Premiere Elements 12/12.1 (Item 0016).
http://atr935.blogspot.com/2013/09/pe12-daily-discoveries.html 
Premiere Elements 11
http://atr935.blogspot.com/2013/09/pe11-keyboard-shortcuts.html 

May 16, 2016. Reminder If Premiere Elements 14/14.1 and 5.1 Channel Audio Information Is Needed. 
Adobe document "Adobe Premiere Elements Help/5.1 Audio Import" can be found HERE. Please see the following and its supportive links included in this link...our own comprehensive look at Premiere Elements and 5.1 Channel Audio in general and in particular.
http://atr935.blogspot.com/2015/11/pe-14-51-channel-audio-export.html 


May 16, 2016. Having Problems Updating Premiere Elements 14 to 14.1?
Typically this type of troubleshooting should start with determining if the problem exists with and without the antivirus and firewall(s) disabled. If that does not reveal the cause of the problem, please review the following solutions for the updating issues for Premiere Elements 13/13.1 to determine if any will work for you in 14.
ATR Premiere Elements Troubleshooting: PE13/13.1: 13.1 Update Failures/Solutions

June 25, 2016. Asking About Removing an Adobe Premiere Elements project's watermark?
Please see the following blog details in this ATR Premiere Elements Troubleshooting series.
http://atr935.blogspot.com/2015/07/pe-adobe-watermark-removal-from-tryout.html

July 21, 2016. Interested in a Premiere Elements Typewriter Effect?
Reminder.....there is a suggested How To for a Premiere Elements Typewriter Effect, and it can found HERE in the ATR Premiere Elements Troubleshooting blog series .

July 28, 2016. Anyone having Premiere Elements problem "Narration Recording Stops After 30 Seconds"?
The problem of Premiere Elements Narration Recording stopping at 30 seconds was explained and answered in the ATR Premiere Elements Troubleshooting blog titled "PE: Narration Stops After 30 Seconds found HERE.

August 20, 2016. Anyone need information of Premiere Elements Max Still Image Size?
If so, please review information in the blog post "PE: Max Still Image Size" found HERE.

August 23, 2016. Anyone having video transition alignment issues (Left Clip, Between Clips, Right Clip)?
If so, please review information in blog post "PE: Video Transition - Part 2 How They Work" found HERE. Looking at the trimmed vs untrimmed edges of the clips involved is a good start at troubleshooting this type of issue.

September 24, 2016. Completed Premiere Elements Info Palette Blog Post Is Now Available.
Please see HERE.


September 26, 2016. Completed Premiere Elements Pop Out Effect Blog Post Is Now Available.
Please see HERE.

September 30, 2016. Will There Be A Premiere Elements 15?
We have seen no Adobe announcements about the fate of a Premiere Elements 15 (for that matter, also Photoshop Elements 15). If the dating history for new version Premiere Elements is to repeat the typical ritual of new version every every year/every September, we would have expected a Premiere Elements 15 by now. We have no insider information on the Adobe product plans, but will be on the watch for developments on this matter.

October 5, 2016. Release of Photoshop Elements 15 and Premiere Elements 15.
Details of the new releases will be in October 2016 blog posts in the ATR Premiere Elements Troubleshooting series of blog posts (See Premiere Elements 15 First Looks and Premiere Elements 15 Daily Discoveries). Work in progress.

October 23, 2016. Tips For The Day
  • Premiere Elements tryout watermark....old topic but still important...please refer back to older blog post found HERE.
  • See HERE for Mac links to versions of Adobe DNG Converter. See HERE for Windows links to versions of Adobe DNG Converter.
  • Videomerge links can be found HERE and HERE.

December 6, 2016. Adobe DNG Converter 9.7
Blog post published today, but dated November 30, 2016. See HERE for its entry as November 30, 2016.

December 7, 2016. About Web Site Links Used In The Blog Posts.
The web site links (for support or demonstrations) were posted in the blog posts without computer security or other problems. Nonetheless, caution is advised in opening any new web site link here or elsewhere. The web site link removed has been cited several times here to point to movies which offer ideas for our home movies openings and closings. Lately, at that web site, I have been running to not seen before pop ups as well as problems opening that web site. Although these pop ups are unwanted, they do not appear at this time to be compromising the computer security. I have not been able to get rid of these pop ups with pop up blocker software. Caution.
Add On...December 14, 2016....according to name of web site removed Facebook page, repairs to web site are in progress and web site is expected to be operating again soon. In the meanwhile, the web site web site link removed may provide substitutions for the links cited in the specific blog post involving web site name removed references. See notes on this matter placed in the blog posts involved.
Add On...December 19, 2016....the name of web site removed and the links posted here appear to be operating again. Thanks name of web site removed for repairing/restoring your web site.
Add On...February 20, 2017...I am in the Eastern United States and am not sure what is happening with the name of web site removed address. Currently I have been forced to use web site links removed. As before for Internet web sites, my pop up blocker (Adblock Plus) has minimized pop up viewing intrusion.
Add On...February 21, 2017...Regarding the name of web site removed site access...based on the current web site's pop up message, apparently the change to the new web site name removed  address is related to some sort of copyright issues.
Add On...April 02, 2017...All direct links to Asian free movies web sites with interesting video effects have been removed because of related attacks on computer security, excessive pop ups that defy pop up blockers, and content of the pop ups. Extra caution.

December 25, 2016. Thank You.
Many thanks to all who have been following the ATR Adobe Premiere Elements Troubleshooting blog posts. I appreciate your support now and over the years in our search to get the best possible for our family video treasures created with Premiere Elements. Best wishes for good health, good fortune, happiness, and great photo/video opportunities in the New Year.

December 27, 2016 Reminder - Looking For Keyboard Shortcuts?
The May 14, 2015 entry in this Sticky Blog Post pointed to the following information for Premiere Elements 14/14.1, 13/13.1, 12/12.1, and 11 Keyboard Shortcuts.
May 14, 2016. Reminder On Where To Find Blog Posts Here Related to Premiere Elements Keyboard Shortcuts.
Please see
Premiere Elements 14/14.1
http://atr935.blogspot.com/2015/10/pe-14-keyboard-shortcuts.html 
Premiere Elements 13/13.1
http://atr935.blogspot.com/2014/10/pe-13-keyboard-shortcuts.html
Premiere Elements 12/12.1 (Item 0016).
http://atr935.blogspot.com/2013/09/pe12-daily-discoveries.html 
Premiere Elements 11
http://atr935.blogspot.com/2013/09/pe11-keyboard-shortcuts.html
 For Premiere Elements 15 keyboard shortcut information, please refer to blog post found HERE.

January 6, 2017. Anyone Having Problems Opening Photoshop Elements 12 and/or Premiere Elements 12?
If Photoshop Elements 12 and/or Premiere Elements 12 opening problems, please see HERE.

January 6, 2017. Dating Change For This Sticky Blog Post.
In order to keep this blog post at the top of the list of blog posts being added here, the dating of the Sticky Blog Post was changed from December 31, 2016 to December 31, 2017.

January 16, 2017. Have You Updated the Photoshop Elements 15 Premiere Elements 15 Camera Raw from 9.7 to 9.8? 
In October 2016 Camera Raw 9.6 shipped with Photoshop Elements 15/Premiere Elements 15 and shortly thereafter could be updated to 9.7. On December 8, 2016, Adobe released Camera Raw 9.8 with additional camera support. Camera Raw updating is done in Elements using its Help Menu/Updates. The details of the additional camera support provided by the Camera Raw 9.8 can be found HERE. Although the document is pointing to Lightroom and Photoshop, the new supported cameras shown in the document should apply to Camera Raw 9.8 in Photoshop Elements 15 Premiere Elements 15 as well as Lightroom and Photoshop. See HERE.
Reminder: The same Camera Raw version in Elements and Lightroom/Photoshop presents with lesser functionalities in Elements than in Lightroom/Photoshop. See HERE.
Note: After Photoshop Elements 15 Premiere Elements 15 Camera Raw was updated from 9.7 to 9.8 using the program's Help Menu/Update, it was found that the 15's Camera Raw 9.8 file worked in Photoshop Elements 14/14.1 Premiere Elements 14/14.1. See Local Drive C\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Plug-Ins\Elements 14 or 15\File Format\Camera Raw.8bi. However, that 15's Camera Raw.8bi file could not be made to work in Photoshop Elements 13/13.1 Premiere Elements 13/13.1.

February 10, 2017. Interested In Details Involved in Premiere Elements Use In Process Of Looping DVD-VIDEO on DVD disc?
Please see blog post "PE: Looping DVD-VIDEO on DVD disc. See HERE. As noted in the reference mentioned
The basic Windows Only scheme is

  • Edit the VTS_01_0.IFO  in the VIDEO_TS Folder in IfoEdit or PgcEdit
  • Burn just the VIDEO_TS Folder which includes the edited VTS_01_0.IFO file to a DVD disc with a program such as the free ImgBurn which will place the DVD structure on the DVD disc in the correct disc file system
February 22, 2017. Anyone Having Problems Creating Freeze Frames At Timeline In Premiere Elements 9.0/9.0.1?
Without further details of the specific problem, suggested general troubleshooting would be
  • With the no hidden folders condition, deletion of the Adobe Premiere Elements Prefs file followed by restart of the computer...See Local Drive C\Users\Owner\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Premiere Elements\9.0. In the 9.0 Folder is the Adobe Premiere Elements Prefs file to be deleted.
  • Adobe Premiere Elements 9.0 uninstalled via the usual Control Panel route, followed by run through of the free CCleaner product, followed by reinstall of Adobe Premiere Elements 9.0 and then the 9.0.1 Update from the Adobe web site.
June 26, 2017. Reminder About Major Blu-ray ISO Image Creation Failures Facing The Premiere Elements 13/13.1 User
For details on this situation which appears to have targeted Premiere Elements 13/13.1.  Please refer to the following which includes some solution leads using Premiere Elements 13/13.1 in conjunction with 3rd party software.
PE 13: ISO Image File Size Issue
http://atr935.blogspot.com/2015/01/pe-13-iso-image-file-size-issue.html
also
PE: ISO Images (Burn to, Opening, Virtual Burners/Virtual Discs)
http://atr935.blogspot.com/2016/03/pe-iso-images-burn-to-opening-virtual.html
also
PE: Important Announcements Sticky Blog Post/Entry Dated March 1, 2016
http://atr935.blogspot.com/
also
PE: What Version Of Premiere Elements To Buy
http://atr935.blogspot.com/2016/07/pe-what-version-of-premiere-elements-to.html

July 2, 2017. Premiere Elements Source Video That Was Recorded With Variable Frame Rate
Anyone having Premiere Elements problems importing/editing the source video which was recorded with variable frame rate? If yes, then consider the explanations and possible solutions for this issue which are detailed in the following blog posts:
PE: Frequent Premiere Elements Issues/Solutions dated February 8, 2016
http://atr935.blogspot.com/2016/02/pe-frequent-premiere-elements.html 
also
PE: PE Video To iPad And iPad Video To PE dated April 25, 2016
http://atr935.blogspot.com/2016/04/pe-pe-video-to-ipad-and-ipad-video-to-pe.html
The details presented in these links point to using 3rd party software (such as HandBrake) to convert the video's variable frame rate to constant frame rate before import into Premiere Elements and then importing the HandBrake constant frame rate version into the Premiere Elements project.

August 29, 2017. Premiere Elements 15 Windows 10 Home 64 bit Language Options During Product Installation From Disc.
In a workup for a recent blog post, it was found that Premiere Elements 15 installation from combination disc (Photoshop Elements 15/Premiere Elements 15) purchased in USA from USA online vendor) included the language choices for Traditional Chinese and Korean besides Simplified Chinese. In contrast, Simplified Chinese but not Traditional Chinese and Korean was found when this install was done from the current download of the product from Adobe. The product install (disc or download) was done from a purchased serial number). See Note in the June 1, 2017 blog post titled "PE 15: Program Installed From Adobe Disc Or Adobe Download" found HERE. No further researching for international versus USA Adobe marketing of the product was gone into at this time. It is our understanding that Adobe sells only the download and that users need to go to outside vendors for the product on disc.

September 14, 2017. Anyone Looking For Information Regarding Narration Recording Stops After 30 Seconds?
Please check out the July 13, 2013 blog post titled "PE: Narration Recording Stops After 30 Seconds" found HEREThe July 13, 2013 blog was done using Premiere Elements 11 Windows, and the results obtained then are the same for later versions of Premiere Elements on Windows all intents and purposes.

October 13, 2017. Corrections Made In "PE 2018: Keyboard Shortcuts" Blog Post Published Here Yesterday October 12, 2017.
Effective today October 13, 2017, the "PE 2018: Keyboard Shortcuts" blog post now has the corrected information in the Tables data. Problem was related to use of Save failures for Premiere Elements keyboard shortcuts Master files which were edited to the Premiere Elements 2018 Expert workspace/Edit Menu/Keyboard Shortcuts display.

October 19, 2017. Anyone Looking For Details Regarding Premiere Elements Keying Effects Or Other Effects?
For details on Premiere Elements Keying effects (settings after effect applied and more) and other applied effects information, please start by reading the Adobe document titled "Effects Reference" and dated October 18, 2017 found HERE. Also see the May 17, 2015 blog post "PE: Non Red Key. What is it?" found HERE.

October 27, 2017. New Camera Raw Version 10 Available For Photoshop Elements 2018/Premiere Elements 2018.
For details, see the October 27, 2017 entry in the Premiere Elements 2018 Daily Discoveries blog post found HERE.

November 28, 2017. ClipMate Used In Conjunction With Premiere Elements 2018 For Copy/Paste Insert Between Premiere Elements 2018 Projects.
ClipMate 7.5 (latest version) used in conjunction with Premiere Elements 2018 (latest version) for copy/paste insert between Premiere Elements 2018 projects appears to work for transitions, audio, and video in the process. Please refer to details just posted in new blog post HERE.

December 12, 2017. Quick Reminder Regarding Installation Language Choices 2018 Versus 15 (Following Excerpt From Premiere Elements 2018 Daily Discovery Blog Post Found HERE.)
December 9, 2017. Language Set During Program Installation...Photoshop Elements 2018 Versus Premiere Elements 2018.
The installation language options were found to be the same for those in try out version as compared to purchased Photoshop Elements 2018/Premiere Elements 2018 combination on DVD installation disc.
Note: Photoshop Elements 2018 installation language options included Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese whereas Premiere Elements 2018 installation language choices included Simplified Chinese but not Korean and Traditional Chinese. Same situation exists for Photoshop Elements 15/Premiere Elements 15.
December 14, 2017. Premiere Elements 2018 Warning Message At Beginning Of Product Installation. 
Premiere Elements 2018 like some earlier versions often begins its product installation from disc or download with the warning message
We've encountered the following issues. Installer has detected that a machine restart may be pending. It is recommended that you quit the installation, restart your machine and try installing again.
The message gives the options of Ignore or Quit. When this message presents I have always clicked on Ignore to continue and obtained the successful completion of the installation and installed program that worked. This situation has happened with Premiere Elements product installation on my Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit and Windows 10 Home 64 bit computers.

December 26, 2017. Premiere Elements 2018 Camera Raw Latest News.
Apparently Photoshop Elements 2017/Premiere Elements 2018 Windows Camera Raw latest version is 10.1. The Adobe document dated December 19, 2017 and titled "Cameras supported by Camera Raw" gives a lot of "must have" information on the topic including
  • Latest Cameras Added In December 2017
  • Supported Camera Models
See HERE. Also see older October 12, 2017 entry in this Important Announcements blog.

December 31, 2017. Thank You.
Many thanks to those who have viewed my Premiere Elements Troubleshooting blog posts in 2017 and earlier. Much appreciated since I believe that it is in sharing the we all learn and grow and give pleasure to others with our video photo creations. May the year 2018 bring you all good health, peace, happiness, and great video photo opportunities. ATR

February 7, 2018. Source Of Confusion Related To How Adobe Named Its Latest Premiere Elements Version.
Naming of the latest version of Premiere Elements was pointed to at the beginning of the Premiere Elements 2018 First Look blog post found HERE and read
According to online reports, on October 4, 2017 Adobe announced the release of Premiere Elements 2018 as the latest version of Premiere Elements, the successor to Premiere Elements 15. What's New appears to be headed by a change in the version numbering. Starting with this latest release, the version name for subsequent versions will take on the upcoming year of the release rather than following the prior numbering system of 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15.
Although the latest version of Premiere Elements is marketed as Premiere Elements 2018, the installed "Premiere Elements 2018" has places where the program is identified as "16". This "16"  would be in keeping with the prior numbering system of 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15. Recently I saw one instance where Premiere Elements 2018 was referred to as Premiere Elements 18. At this time, it is not known how frequently "18" is being used instead of "2018" especially in online posts, and I wonder about the potential for confusion between 18, 2018, and 16 in sorting out version moving forward.

March 27, 2018. Anyone Interested In The Preroll And Postroll Options in Premiere Elements?
For those looking for detailed information on the Premiere Elements preroll and postroll options, please refer to the blog post titled "PE: Preroll and Postroll Options Interpreted" which is dated September 2014 and found HERE. In that blog post study, the interpretation of what these options can do in a project was the same for Premiere Elements 4 through 12/12.1 on Windows 64 bit. An update on this topic is planned for Premiere Elements 13/13.1, 14/14.1, 15, and 2018 in the near future. Also refer to the Adobe recent (July 28, 2017) document on Premiere Elements creating titles found HERE.

May 5, 2018. Anyone Looking For Keying/Track Matte In Premiere Elements 11 Windows?
Just a reminder that Track Matte effect is available in Premiere Elements 11 only in the Expert workspace. There path to Track Matte Key effect is found either
  • Fx tab in bottom row of tabs in Expert workspace, followed by pop up with choices of Keying/Track Matte Key
or
  • Action Bar tab in top left row of menus of Expert workspace, followed by selection of Effects from the drop down menu and then Keying/Track Matte Key.

May 12, 2018. Need Information on the IFOEdit Program Used In Conjunction With Premiere Elements Produced VIDEO_TS Folder To Create A Looping DVD?
ATR Premiere Elements Troubleshooting blog contains detailed information for creating a looping DVD using the Premiere Elements produced VIDEO_TS folder in conjunction with the IFOEdit program. If any problems with this task, details (including those for the IFOEdit command lines) can be found HERE  (2017 Update, covering Premiere Elements 2018) and HERE (2013 Original, applicable and verified with 2017 work). 



May 31, 2018. Looking for Information Regarding Premiere Elements Audio Samples versus Milliseconds choice for the Audio Display Format?
Premiere Elements 4 through 2018 Windows have the Audio Display Format choice of Audio Samples or Milliseconds under Edit Menu/Project Settings/General. For information about these choices,  please see HERE which is the link to the ATR Premiere Elements Troubleshooting blog titled "PE 12: Audio Samples and Milliseconds" and dated June 13, 2014. That blog information is applicable to Premiere Elements 4 through 2018, not just version 12/12.1.

June 1, 2018. Considering Copy/Paste Opportunities in Premiere Elements? 
Copy/Paste opportunities for the Premiere Elements project have been discussed in the ATR Premiere Elements Troubleshooting blog post titled "PE: Copy Paste Opportunities Overview" and dated May 6, 2017. See HERE.

Friday, June 22, 2018

PE: Creating A Blu-ray ISO Image File

INTRODUCTION

Generalizing, a Blu-ray ISO Image
  • can be produced without the requirement for a system Blu-ray burner, and that saved iso file can be  taken to Blu-ray format on Blu-ray disc when a Blu-ray burner eventually is available to the user
  • can be used as a Blu-ray Burn to alternative if and when a Burn to Blu-ray Disc fails in the Burn to Blu-ray Disc with Blu-ray burner
Premiere Elements did not offer a built in Share option for creating a Blu-ray ISO Image until its version13/13.1. But, that Premiere Elements 13/13.1 Blu-ray ISO Image export was flawed since it was useless when its file size exceeded about 1 GB. See HERE for those details. An Adobe fix for this 13/13.1 problem was never found; however, the issue was resolved in the subsequent versions 14/14.1 and 15. In the current Premiere Elements version (2018), Adobe discontinued its Burn to Disc options for Blu-ray (be it to Blu-ray Disc or to Blu-ray ISO Image). See HERE.

Premiere Elements 15 and through 7 can also produce a Blu-ray ISO Image file when
the Phantom Drive (virtual Blu-ray burner with virtual Blu-ray disc) was installed on the same computer with Premiere Elements.The basic requirement here is that the installed Phantom Drive is recognized and selected in the Premiere Elements' Share area/Blu-ray/Disc/Burner Location. See HERE for fuller discussion in the ATR Premiere Elements Troubleshooting blog titled "PE: ISO Images (Burn to, Opening, Virtual Burner/Virtual Discs)" and dated March 1, 2016. 

ISSUE

Today's 2018 blog is intended to update certain points made on this topic earlier. All work in the past and present is done with the demo version of Phantom Drive. 

FINDINGS

For Premiere Elements 15 and earlier, Blu-ray ISO Image file could be produced with Phantom Drive demo (version 1.0.0.5/64 bit) in conjunction with Premiere Elements 15 and earlier. At this time, this iso file was explored for the 5 GB iso file size); this iso file could subsequently be burned to a Blu-ray disc (BD-RE 25 GB) containing Blu-ray format.  The current testing was done using Windows 10 Home 64 bit. Spot checking included producing Blu-ray ISO Image file from Premiere Elements 7, 13/13.1, and 15 in conjunction with Phantom Burner.

Basic generalized settings:

Phantom Burner
Double click of Desktop Phantom Starter icon to get to Settings under Phantom Creator panel which includes Create a Blu-ray-R/Size 23.87 GB/Create an ISO Image/Insert the new Phantom Image after creation/Close Phantom Creator after the image file has been created, and concluding with Create button to save settings.

Premiere Elements' Share area, Blu-ray, Disc, Burner Location set for Phantom Burner which had beforehand been set for the virtual Blu-ray disc. See Desktop Phantom Starter icon.

COMMENTARY

The mention of the Phantom Drive has been made for informational rather than promotional consideration. I am not affiliated in any way with this software or its manufacturer. Phantom Drive licensing issues prevented me from doing this 2018 work on Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit. I did not run into this problem with Windows 10 Home 64 bit. This software offers a free 30 days try out period after which purchase is required for continued use.

This did work on Windows 10 Home 64 bit in spite of the fact that the Phantom Drive System Requirements included only Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003 and 2008. There is a 32 as well as a 64 bit version offered for the demo download.

Today's blog pointed to creation of Blu-ray ISO Image using Phantom Drive in conjunction with Premiere Elements on Windows 10 Home 64 bit. As a very quick aside, creation of AVCHD ISO Image using Phantom Drive in conjunction with Premiere Elements 14/14.1, but not 15, on Windows 10 Home 64 bit worked to produce an AVCHD ISO Image. The settings in that case were:

Basic generalized settings:

Phantom Burner
Double click of Desktop Phantom Starter icon to get to Settings under Phantom Creator panel which includes Create a DVD+R/Size 4.48 GB/Create an ISO Image/Insert the new Phantom Image after creation/Close Phantom Creator after the image file has been created, and concluding with Create button to save settings.

Premiere Elements' Share area, AVCHD, Disc, Burner Location set for Phantom Burner which had beforehand been set for the virtual DVD+R disc. See Desktop Phantom Starter icon.

A lot more work needs to be done to address this topic as it relates to the AVCHD ISO Image/Phantom Drive/Premiere Elements. Reminder: AVCHD as well as Blu-ray burn to disc support has been removed by Adobe from its latest Premiere Elements version (2018).

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

PE 2018: Changes In HD Timeline Rendered Files Format

INTRODUCTION

Premiere Elements Timeline rendering generates preview files which are automatically saved to a computer hard drive location. That save location is determined by setting under Scratch Disks preference. See Edit Menu/Preferences/Scratch Disks. And, for HD projects only, the format and other properties of those saved Timeline rendered files (video preview files) are dependent on  the preference choice under "Timeline render quality (valid for HD projects)", either  "Draft quality, High speed" or "High quality, Slow speed". See Edit Menu/Preferences/General.

Back in 2015, the Premiere Elements 12/12.1 and 13/13.1 Timeline rendered files (video preview files) format was investigated focusing mainly on those files generated during use of a few of the project presets
  • NTSC/AVCHD/Full HD 1080i30
  • NTSC/DSLR/1080p/DSLR 1080p30 @ 29.97
See HERE for that background information on the topic and those findings which included Adobe using an AVC format with .mpeg file extension for 13/13.1 Timeline rendered files instead using the MPEG Video format with .mpeg file extension  which is found in 12/12.1 for these files.  

ISSUE

In comparing Timeline rendered files format used by Premiere Elements 2018 and 13/13.1, differences were found. Consequently, it was decided to update the Timeline rendered files formats situation for 14/14.1 and 15 as well as for 2018 to discover what Adobe did with these formats moving forward from 13/13.1.

FINDINGS*

With Project Presets
  • NTSC/AVCHD/Full HD 1080i30
  • NTSC/DSLR/1080p/DSLR 1080p30 @ 29.97
If Premiere Elements 13/13.1, 14/14.1, or 15, Timeline rendering of jpg or video source file generated a Timeline rendered video file (preview file) which used the AVC format with .mpeg file extension. But if Premiere Elements 2018, Adobe appeared to be reverting back to the MPEG Video (Version 2) format with .mpeg file extension which it used back in Premiere Elements 12/12.1. These findings were based on properties readouts from the MediaInfo program.

Details follow below.

For Premiere Elements 2018, typical MediaInfo properties readouts for the preview file generated by Timeline rendering of the jpg or video source file included

NTSC/AVCHD/Full HD 1080i30 Project***
Draft quality/High speed preference
Format = MPEG Video
Format Version = Version 2
Bitrate = 7687 Kbps
Maximum Bitrate = 7826 Kbps
Width = 960 pixels
Height = 544** pixels
Display Aspect Ratio = 16:9
Frame Rate = 29.970 fps
Scan Type = Interlaced
Scan Order = Top Field First
Note: In comparison, under the same circumstances, the Premiere Elements 15 Timeline rendered video was Format = AVC, Constant Bitrate Rate = 15.5 Mbps, Width = 960 pixels, Height = 540** pixels, Display Aspect Ratio = 16:9, Frame Rate = 29.970 fps, Scan Type = Progressive.

NTSC/AVCHD/Full HD 1080i Project***
High quality/Slow speed preference
Format = MPEG Video
Format Version = Version 2
Bitrate = 30.8 Mbps
Maximum Bitrate = 31.1 Mbps
Width = 1920 pixels
Height = 1080 pixels
Display Aspect Ratio = 16:9
Frame Rate = 29.970 fps
Scan Type = Interlaced
Scan Order = Top Field First
Note: In comparison, under the same circumstances, the Premiere Elements 15 Timeline rendered video was Format = AVC, Constant Bitrate Rate = 60.0 Mbps, Width = 1920 pixels, Height = 1080 pixels, Display Aspect Ratio = 16:9, Frame Rate = 29.970 fps, Scan Type = Progressive.

NTSC/DSLR/1080p/DSLR 1080p30 @  29.97***
Draft quality/High speed preference
Format = MPEG Video
Format Version = Version 2
Bitrate = 7686 Kbps
Maximum Bitrate = 7826 Kbps
Width = 960 pixels
Height = 544** pixels
Display Aspect Ratio = 16:9
Frame Rate = 29.970 fps
Scan Type = Progressive
Note: In comparison, under the same circumstances, the Premiere Elements 15 Timeline rendered video was Format = AVC, Constant Bitrate Rate = 15.5 Mbps, Width = 960 pixels, Height = 540** pixels, Display Aspect Ratio = 16:9, Frame Rate = 29.970 fps, Scan Type = Progressive.


NTSC/DSLR/1080p/DSLR 1080p30 @ 29.97***
High quality/Slow speed preference
Format = MPEG Video
Format Version = Version 2
Bitrate = 30.5 Mbps
Maximum = 31.1 Mbps
Width = 1920 pixels
Height = 1080 pixels
Display Aspect Ratio = 16:9
Frame Rate = 29.970 fps
Scan Type = Progressive
Note: In comparison, under the same circumstances, the Premiere Elements 15 Timeline rendered video was Format = AVC, Constant Bitrate Rate = 60.0 Mbps, Width = 1920 pixels, Height = 1080 pixels, Display Aspect Ratio = 16:9, Frame Rate = 29.970 fps, Scan Type = Progressive.


Note: Preview files using MPEG Video Version 2 format were also found for the Premiere Elements 2018 when using project presets for 720p and 4K (3840 x 2160) projects
  • For Premiere Elements 2018 using project preset NTSC/AVCHD/QFHD 16x9 29.97 which offers a 4K (3840 x 2160) export, the preview file generated from Timeline rendering (High quality/Slow  speed) was 1920 x 1080 @ 29.97 progressive fps, MPEG Video format (Version 2) with .mpeg file extension, and VBR maximum bitrate 31.1 Mbps. The preview file generated with Timeline rendering (Draft quality/High speed) was 960 x 544** @ 29.97 progressive fps, MPEG Video format (Version 2) with .mpeg file extension, and VBR maximum bitrate 7826 Kbps.  
  • For Premiere Elements 2018 using project preset NTSC/AVCHD/AVCHD LITE 720p, the preview file generated from Timeline rendering (High quality/Slow speed) was 1280 x 720 @ 29.97 progressive fps, MPEG Video format with .mpeg file extension, and VBR maximum bitrate 13.8 Mbps. The preview file generated with Timeline rendering (Draft quality/High speed) was 640 x 360 @ 29.970 progressive fps, MPEG Video format (Version 2) with .mpeg file extension, and VBR maximum bitrate 3453 Kbps.
In comparison, under the same circumstances, preview files using AVC format were found for Premiere Elements 15 when using project presets for 720p and 4K (3840 x 2160) projects
  • For Premiere Elements 15 using the project preset NTSC/AVCHD/QFHD 16x 9 29.97 which offers a 4K (3840 x 2160) export, the preview file generated from Timeline rendering (High quality/Slow speed) was 1920 x 1080 @ 29.97 progressive fps, AVC format with .mpeg file extension, and Constant Bitrate 60.0 Mbps. The preview file generated with Timeline rendering (Draft quality/High speed) was 969 x 940** @ 29.97 progressive fps, AVC format with .mpeg file extension, and Constant Bitrate 15.5 Mbps. 
  • For Premiere Elements 15 using the project preset NTSC/AVCHD/AVCHD LITE 720p30, the preview file generated from the Timeline rendering (High quality/Slow speed) was 1280 x 720 @ 29.97 progressive fps, AVC format with .mpeg file extension, and Constant Bitrate 27.6 Mbps. The preview file generated with Timeline rendering (Draft quality/High speed) was 640 x 360 @ 29.970 progressive fps, AVC format with .mpeg file extension, and Constant Bitrate 6905 Kbps.

COMMENTARY

When all is said and done, the basic question is probably what file format with its associated properties gives the best preview file in a given Premiere Elements version. Is the Timeline rendered file format MPEG Video in conjunction with the significantly lower bitrate and file size going to give same, better, or worse quality preview file compared to the Timeline rendered file format AVC in conjunction with that file's higher bitrate and file size? Compare 

Premiere Elements 15
Project Preset = NTSC/AVCHD/Full HD 1080i30
The following is the Timeline rendered file (preview file) generated from Timeline rendering (High quality/Slow speed). Its format and its properties include
1920 x 1080 @ 29.97 progressive fps, AVC format with .mpeg file extension, and Constant Bitrate 60.0 Mbps. File Size is 50.0 MB.


Premiere Elements 2018
Project Preset = NTSC/AVCHD/Full HD 1080i30
The following is the Timeline rendered file (preview file) generated from Timeline rendering (High quality/Slow speed). Its format and its properties include
1920 x 1080 @ 29.97 progressive fps, MPEG Video format with .mpeg file extension, and VBR 30.6 Mbps. File Size is 26.6 MB.




Work in progress.

My first impression when viewing these videos full screen in the published blog was that playback of the Premiere Elements 15 preview file presented sharper than the playback of the Premiere Elements 2018 preview file. Need to think about this some more, including variables for playback of file imported into blog versus playback and use of file within the Premiere Elements project.
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*Work on using Premiere Elements on Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit.
**This 960 x 544 resolution was displayed only in the MediaInfo data for Premiere Elements 2018. MediaInfo data for Premiere Elements 13/13.1, 14/14.1, 15, and even 12/12.1, displayed the counterpart resolution as 960 x 540.
***At its computer hard drive save location, the saved Timeline rendered file was represented by thumbnail with image from file when Premiere Elements 2018 and 12/12.1; whereas, generic MPEG  type thumbnail represented the saved Timeline rendered file when Premiere Elements 13/13.1, 14/14.1, and 15.

ATR


Monday, May 21, 2018

PE 2018: Edit Menu/Preferences

INTRODUCTION

Premiere Elements 2018 Editor preferences can be found under the Edit Menu/Preferences in the Expert and Quick workspaces; and, the Element Organizer preferences can be found under the Edit Menu/Preferences in either its Media, People, Places, or Events workspaces. See Adobe's document titled "Preferences" and dated July 27, 2017.

Preference categories found in the Editor 2018 Expert and Quick workspaces are:
General
Audio
Audio Hardware
Audio Output Mapping
Auto Analyzer
Auto Save
Capture
Media
Scratch Disks
Titler
Update
Web Sharing
Country/Region Selection

Preference categories found in the Elements Organizer 2018 workspaces are:
General
Files
Camera or Card Reader
Scanner
Keyword Tags and Albums
Email
Adobe Partner Services
Media-Analysis
Application Updates
Country/Region Selection

There is no restore defaults button in Editor 2018 Edit Menu/Preferences. Instead, see deletion of the Adobe Premiere Elements Prefs file located in the Windows  64 bit path of:
Local Disk (C:)/Users/Owner/AppData/Roaming/Adobe/Premiere Elements/16.0
On the other hand, Elements Organizer 2018 Edit Menu/Preferences does have a button for restoring Elements Organizer preferences to default settings. 

ISSUE

It was decided to look at the default content of some of the Edit Menu/Preferences categories offered in Premiere Elements 2018/Elements Organizer 2018.

CONTENT - FOR SOME PREFERENCE CATEGORIES

Premiere Elements 2018 Editor
Edit Menu/Preferences/

General
Figure 1. Premiere Elements 2018 Editor - Edit Menu/Preferences/General.
Scratch Disks
Figure 2. Premiere Elements 2018 Editor - Edit Menu/Preferences/ScratchDisks.

Elements Organizer 2018
Edit Menu/Preferences/

General
Figure 3. Elements Organizer 2018 - Edit Menu/Preferences/General.
Files
Figure 4. Elements Organizer 2018 - Edit Menu/Preferences/Files
Camera or Card Reader
Figure 5. Elements Organizer 2018 - Edit Menu/Preferences/Camera or Card Reader

Miscellaneous Tip: When setting Country/Region Selection preference in the Editor or Elements Organizer, the computer keyboard up and down arrow keys can be used to scroll to the appropriate Country/Region. This tip is most helpful in the Editor side, since there is a huge number of choices in the Country/Region Selection list. 

COMMENTARY/OVERVIEW

In comparing Premiere Elements 2018/Elements Organizer 2018 Edit Menu/Preferences categories  with those found in some earlier versions, it was noted

15 Editor, same as 2018
15 Elements Organizer, same as 2018

14/14.1 Editor, same as 2018 except Device Control is included in this version
14/14.1 Elements Organizer, same as 2018

13/13.1 Editor, same as 2018 except Device Control is included in this version, but not Auto Analyzer and Country/Region Selection.
13/13.1 Elements Organizer, same as 2018 except Country/Region Selection is not included in this version.

12/12.1 Editor, same as 2018 except Device Control and Stop Motion Capture are included in this version, but not Auto Analyzer, Update, and Country/Region Selection.
12/12.1 Elements Organizer, same as 2018 except Adobe Revel is included in this version, Email is there but named Sharing, and not included are Application Updates and Country/Region Selection.

11 Editor, same as 2018 except Device Control and Stop Motion Capture are included in this version, but not Auto Analyzer, Application Updates and Country/Region Selection.
11 Elements Organizer, same as 2018 except Email is there but named Sharing, and not included are Application Updates and Country/Region Selection.

Note 1: Several times I have gone over the above comparisons of Edit Menu/Preferences 2018 versus earlier versions. At this time, I believe that the information is correct. But, as always, rechecking for any oversights and accuracy of information offered.

Note 2: Resetting the preferences can be effective in troubleshooting cases. If preferences are customized for a particular project, consider the merits of rechecking the existing preference settings before starting a new project. 

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

PE 2018: Adding User Custom Clip Arts Accessible Under Project's Graphics Tab

INTRODUCTION

The Adobe "within project"* graphics collection is found under the project's Graphics tab located in the vertical toolbar to the right of the Expert and Quick workspaces of the opened project. Typically, only some of these graphics available in Expert workspace are available in the Quick workspace. 

For Premiere Elements 2018 on Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit, the path to the program files for these within project Graphics is:
Local Disk (C:)/Program Files/Adobe/Adobe Premiere Elements 2018/Clip Arts/Common
The Common Folder contains 11 categories of graphics, typically in various resolutions and each using the .png file extensions. The categories are:
Animals Birds and Insects (with 13 items)
Baby (with 21 items)
Costumes (with 39 items)
Food (with 12 items)
Holidays and Special Occasions (with 55 items)
Home Items (with 31 items)
Miscellaneous (with 67 items)
Music (with 6 items)
Nature (with 46 items)
Sports and Hobbies (with 15 items)

ISSUE

Can user created graphics be added to Adobe graphics found under the opened project's Graphics Tab?

SOLUTION

In this exploration, the answer to the ISSUE question was Yes when:
  • the graphic was created in Photoshop Elements 2018, and the file Save As = .png**
  • a new folder (named Custom) was created in the Common Folder found in path = Local Disk (C:)/Program Files/Adobe/Adobe Premiere Elements 2018/Clip Arts/Common
  • the saved graphic png created in Photoshop Elements 2018 was copied at its hard drive save location and then pasted into the Common Folder in the Program Files....any permission issues were overcome by pressing Continue in any permission dialog that popped up
Three graphics were created with transparent background and saved as .png. One .png showed some daffodils in a ceramic pot. Another .png was my first try at writing the Simplified Chinese character for the word love. The third .png showed the copyright symbol. For the Chinese character, I drew that character in Photoshop Elements 2018 using the brush tool. For the daffodils, I used the Photoshop Elements selection tools and refine edges to cut out the daffodils and its ceramic pot from a garden picture. For the copyright symbol, I used the Photoshop Elements Custom Shape Tool's copyright symbol. After placing a copy of each png file in the Premiere Elements 2018 program files, these three png files were accessible under the Graphics tab in the opened project's Expert workspace; however, none of them were seen under the Graphics tab in the Quick workspace. 


Figure 1. User Custom Graphics Examples In A Premiere Elements 2018 Project Expert Workspace.


Premiere Elements 2018 And Earlier Notes


In this exploration, user custom graphics could be added to Adobe graphics accessible under the Graphics tab in the opened project of Premiere Elements 2018 to 8.0/8.0.1. Detail similarities and differences were noted when comparing Premiere Elements versions and this particular task.

The above details should be applicable to Premiere Elements Windows 15, 14/14.1, 13/13.1, 12/12.1, 11, and 10 as well as applicable to Premiere Elements 2018 Windows. Exception - in Premiere Elements 10 opened project, Adobe within project graphics are under Clip Arts under the Edit tab at the top of the Timeline workspace***, and the added user custom graphics can also be accessed from Edit tab/Clip Arts route in the Sceneline workspace***. 

In Premiere Elements 9.0/9.0.1, the path to these graphics in the program files is:
Local Disk (C:)/Program Files (x86)/Adobe/Adobe Premiere Elements 9/Clip Arts/Common
And, as in 10, the Premiere Elements 9.0/9.0.1 opened project's Adobe within project graphics are under Clip Arts under the Edit tab at the top of the Timeline workspace; and, the added user custom graphics can also be accessed from the Edit tab/Clip Arts route in the Sceneline workspace. 

In Premiere Elements 8.0/8.0.1, the path to these graphics in the program files is:
Local Disk (C:)/Program Files (x86)/Adobe/Adobe Premiere Elements 8.0/Clip Arts/Common
And, as in 9.0 and 10, the Premiere Elements 8.0/8.0.1 opened project's Adobe within project graphics are under Clip Arts under the Edit tab at the top of the Timeline workspace; and, the added user custom graphics can also be accessed from the Edit tab/Clip Arts route in the Sceneline workspace.

No specific Adobe graphics access point was found within an opened new project for Premiere Elements 7 or 4. However, the Premiere Elements 7 or 4 program files did contain many .png graphics which could be imported into a project from Premiere Elements 7 or 4 program files found
Local Disk (C:)/Program Files (x86)/Adobe/Adobe Premiere Elements 7.0 or 4.0/Presets/Logos
Note: Preset/Logos offers a source of Adobe .png files for import (Get Media/Add Media) into an opened project for Premiere Elements 2018 and earlier


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*Distinction is made between graphics imported into an opened project and graphics taken to the Timeline from under opened projects Graphic tab.
**The file save as .png was used to maintain the file's transparency in Premiere Elements. A user custom graphic as jpg worked also when transparency consideration was not involved.
***Reminder, Expert workspace (versions 2018 to 11) counterpart in Premiere Elements 10 and earlier is Timeline workspace; Quick workspace (versions 2018 to 11) counterpart in Premiere Elements 10 and earlier is Sceneline workspace.


ATR
 



Thursday, May 17, 2018

PE 2018: Elements Organizer "Instant Fix" Opportunties

INTRODUCTION

Note: Premiere Elements* versions 8.0/8.0.1 to 2018 are pointed to in the following.

Premiere Elements (video editor) and Photoshop Elements (photo editor) each comes with an Elements Organizer. When the Premiere Elements version and Photoshop Elements version are the  same and installed on the same computer, they share the same Elements Organizer when Elements Organizer is accessed from either Premiere Elements or Photoshop Elements.

For the person who has only Premiere Elements 2018 Editor with its Elements Organizer 2018 workspace, the Elements Organizer's "Instant Fix" feature gives the Premiere Elements person a  photo editing (FIX) opportunity* for Crop, Red Eye, Effects, Smart Fix, Light, Color, and Clarity. This "Instant Fix" feature works only with Elements Organizer photos**. Elements Organizer photos can come from Elements Organizer Import direct. Also, photo copies are placed automatically in the Elements Organizer whenever the photos are imported into the Premiere Elements project's Expert or Quick workspace using its Add Media. Depending on the "Instant Fix" choice, the photo fix can be for one at a time or batch.

Elements Organizer 2018 and 15 "Instant Fix" feature is the same and differs from that found in versions earlier than 15. Compare:
  • In 2018 and 15 versions, those "Instant Fix" choices are named Crop, Red Eye, Effects, Smart Fix, Light, Color, and Clarity, with user custom adjusts for Crop, Effects, Light, Color, and Clarity. 
  • On the other hand, Elements Organizer 14/14.1, 13/13.1, 12/12.1, and 11 "Instant Fix" choices are named Crop, Contrast, Red Eye, Color, Sharpen, Levels, and Smart Fix, and only Crop is user custom adjustable; all the rest are auto type. 
  • Further, for Elements Organizer 10, 9.0/9.0.1, and 8.0/8.0.1, there are photo fix opportunities, and they are named Auto Smart Fix, Auto Color, Auto Levels, Auto Contrast, Auto Red Eye, and Crop; only Crop is user custom adjustable

 ISSUE

It was decided explore the Elements Organizer 2018 "Instant Fix" feature and gather more details on how it works.

FINDINGS

Elements Organizer 2018 "Instant Fix" Features
(Explored with 3*** jpg photos imported into Elements Organizer 2018 Workspace using its Import tab.)

Crop

User Custom Adjusts

If 3 photos were selected in the Elements Organizer 2018 Media workspace and its "Instant Fix" opened, all 3 photos appeared on screen in the "Instant Fix" workspace which showed a View set by default at "Show All Photos". Crop was not found to work unless the View set was for "Show One Photo". So, this is what was done to get the 3 photos each cropped to 16:9 within one "Instant Fix" Crop session.

1. With the 3 photos selected in the Elements Organizer Media, clicked on "Instant Fix" tab at the bottom of the Elements Organizer workspace.

2. In the "Instant Fix" workspace, clicked on the first jpg and then set View to Show One Photo. Clicked on Crop in the vertical bar to the right of the workspace in order to see the thumbnails for the different crop resolutions. The crop resolution choices were:
Custom
1 x 1
3 x 5
5 x 3
4 x 6
6 x 4
5 x 7
7 x 5
16 x 9
9 x 16
8 x 10
10 x 8
I selected the 16:9 resolution, established the crop for photo 1, confirmed the crop. But, I did not click Done.

3. Next, changed View to Show All Photos, clicked on the second photo, then made sure to change the View to Show One Photo, and followed the path that I used for the crop of the first photo. After confirming the crop for second photo, again I did not click Done.

4. Changed View to Show All Photos, selected the third photo, then made sure to change the View to Show One Photo, and followed the path that I used for the crop of the first and second photos. After establishing/confirming the crop for the third photo, clicked on Done, followed by Save which saved all 3 cropped images.
Tip: There is a Before After tab at the bottom of the "Instant Fix" workspace. It is best used in View = Show One Photo after crop is established/confirmed and before Done is hit. 

Red Eye 

Auto Adjust
Like Crop, the Red Eye fix worked only if View was set at Show One Photo. Consequently, Red Eye details were the same as those for Crop in order to correct the red eye in each of 3 photos within one "Instant Fix" Red Eye session.

Effects

User custom adjusts
With "Instant Fix" workspace View = Show All Photos, the same given effect could be applied to all 3 photos at the same time. Further, each of the photos could be given a different effect in the same "Instant Fix's" Effects session using the toggle between View = Show All Photos and Show One Photo technique detailed for Crop above.

Effect choices presented as thumbnails for the different looks and included:
No Effect
Aged Photo
Antique Light
Bueno
Caramel
Charcoal
Classic
Coral
Crystal
Dreamy
Forest
Frost
Gravel
Kaleidoscope
Lomo
Memories
Moonlight
Olive
Pastel
Pearl
Polar
Radiance
Retro
Sepia
Summertime
Twilight
Vintage
Woods
Yesteryear
Another 3 Elements Organizer jpg photos 4:3 were used here. The outcome from the same Crystal**** effect application to 3 different Elements Organizer photos can be seen in Figure 1 (Before) and Figure 2 (After).


Figure 1. Elements Organizer 2018 "Instant Fix"/Effects/BEFORE Same Crystal Effect Applied To All  3 Photos At The Same Time. View = Show All Photos.
Figure 2. Elements Organizer 2018 "Instant Fix"/Effects/AFTER Same Crystal Effect Applied To All 3 Photos At The Same Time. View = Show All Photos.

Smart Fix

Auto Adjust
With "Instant Fix" workspace View = Show All Photos, the auto adjust Smart Fix could be applied to all 3 photos at the same time. Further, Smart Fix could be applied to 1 or 2 of the 3 photos in the "Instant Fix" workspace by using the toggle between View = Show All Photos and Show One Photo technique as detailed for Crop above. 

Light

User Custom Adjusts
With "Instant Fix" workspace View = Show All Photos, the same given Light effect could be applied to all 3 photos at the same time. Further, each of the photos could be given different lighting in the same "Instant Fix" Light session by using the toggle between View = Show All Photos and Show One Photo technique as detailed for Crop.

The "Instant Fix's" Light presented as a vertical row with 8 thumbnails, each representing a different level of lighting. Slider was moved up to make the image lighter or down to darken the image. No name or number was given to these thumbnails.

Color

User Custom Adjusts
With "Instant Fix" workspace View = Show All Photos, the same given coloring could be applied to all 3 photos at the same time. Further, each of the photos could be given different coloring in the same "Instant Fix" Color session by using the toggle between View = Show All Photos and Show One Photo technique as detailed for Crop.

The "Instant Fix's" Color presented as a vertical row with 8 thumbnails, each representing what appeared to be a different level of saturation. Slider was moved up to make the image look more saturated or down to take the image to desaturated look. No name or number was given to these thumbnails.

 Clarity

User Custom Adjusts
With "Instant Fix" workspace View = Show All Photos, the same given clarity choice could be applied to all 3 photos at the same time. Further, each of the photos could be given a different clarity choice in the same "Instant Fix" Clarity session by using the toggle between View = Show All Photos and Show One Photo technique as detailed for Crop.

The "Instant Fix's" Clarity presented as a vertical row with 8 thumbnails, each representing what appeared to be different levels of clarity. Slider was moved up to try to make the image look sharper or down to take the image to a fuzzy look. No name or number was given to these thumbnails. 

COMMENTARY

In searching Premiere Elements Editor/Elements Organizer for the best editing tools for particular project media, do not overlook those offered in the Premiere Elements Editor itself. For example, in Premiere Elements 2018 Editor:
  • Crop (Expert workspace only. fx Effects/Transform/Crop)
  • Effects (Expert workspace - Full. Quick workspace - Limited. fx Effects area)
  • Smart Fix (Expert and Quick workspaces. In right vertical tool bar, Adjustments/Smart Mix Panel)
  • Light (Expert and Quick workspaces. fx Effects and Adjustments areas)
  • Color (Expert workspace - Full. Quick workspace - Limited. fx Effects area and, in right vertical tool bar, Adjustments area)
  • Clarity (Expert workspace only. fx Effects/Blur & Sharpen/Sharpen)
Does the tool work with video as well as photos, and does the tool feature batch as well as one at a time application? What are workarounds to apply the same effect to multiple Timeline files? These are important considerations in Premiere Elements Editor tool selection. More on these questions/answers at another time.

As always, content of blog post continues as a work in progress, checking for accuracy and latest information.

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*Premiere Elements versions were on Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit.

**Two considerations for moving edited photo from Elements Organizer to Premiere Elements Editor:
In Elements Organizer workspace, right click thumbnail for the "Instant Fix" edited photo and select Edit with Premiere Elements Editor
or
In Premiere Elements Editor, use Add Media/Elements Organizer.

***In one case exploration for "Instant Fix" Effects, 101 instead of 3 Elements Organizer workspace photos were  successfully taken through the process of applying the Sepia effect to all 101 photos at the same time. Of note:
  • The selected 101 Elements Organizer workspace photos opened into the "Instant Fix" workspace displaying only the first 8 photos. The remaining 93 could be viewed 8 at a time using the Next button underneath the display of the photos in the "Instant Fix" workspace. (For the 101 photos, there were 12 displays of 8 and 1 display of 5.). 
  • With the View = Show All Photos and with any one of the 13 displays in view, "Instant Fix" fx Effects Sepia was applied to all 101 at the same time with one click on the Sepia choice.
  • The maximum number of photos that the "Instant Fix" feature would accept was not determined beyond this 101 photos exploration.
****The Crystal effect seem to give a better (sharper) result than the use of Sharpen in the Premiere Elements Editor fx Effects/Video/Blur & Sharpen/Sharpen or Clarity in the Elements Organizer workspace's "Instant Fix".

ATR



Sunday, May 13, 2018

PE 2018: The New Candid Moments Feature Explored

INTRODUCTION

Adobe introduced the Candid Moments feature in its latest version, Premiere Elements 2018. Basically, the feature is a "frame capture from video" tool with the perks  of
  • Auto analysis of the video to select best possible moments using criteria based on group of people, faces, focus, and interesting lights
  • Export to Desktop (as jpg), Create Slideshow (including jpg saves to Elements Organizer), and Export to Timeline (as jpg) choices for the auto or manual selected captures
  • According to Adobe new product material, "Wish you could capture those memorable moments in your videos as photos? Now you can automatically extract great photos from your raw video clip."
The Adobe help document for this new feature can be found HERE

ISSUE

Premiere Elements 2018 offers the classical freeze Frame for captures as well as this new Candid Moments feature. Why one or the other?

FINDINGS

1. Freeze Frame can do frame captures from Timeline video or photos. Candid Moments can do Timeline frame captures from only Timeline raw video - emphasize raw. For example, the Candid Moments capture did not include any edits to the Timeline video prior to use of Candid Moments tool. Such edits included fx effects, scale changes, opacity changes; it did not work at all with Timeline green screened image. None of these issues existed when using a Freeze Frame capture. See Figures 1 and 2 for the Candid Moments - Freeze Frame comparison related to Timeline frame capture for a green screened image.

Figure 1. Candid Moments (Tools Menu/Candid Moments) Failure When Capture Was For Green Screened Image With Background Replacement.

Figure 2. Freeze Frame Route (Tools Menu/Freeze Frame) Success When Capture Was For Green Screened Image With Background Replacement.

2. Candid Moments offered products which were all jpg for its Export to Desktop, Create Slideshow, and Export to Timeline choices. Freeze Frame dialog's "Insert In Movie" put a bmp image on the Timeline, but the capture from video or photo route of Export & Share/Image/ gave the jpg with several options. Freeze Frame dialog's "Export" choice saves as jpg for the capture from the Timeline to a computer hard drive save location.

3. The quality of the jpg from "capture from video" for Candid Moments (Export to Desktop) versus Freeze Frame (Export) seemed essentially the same. See Figures 3 and 4.

Figure 3. Candid Moments Capture From Video. Export To Desktop Choice Gave Jpg. The Jpg Resolution = 1920 x 1080  (As Directed By Project Preset)
Figure 4. Freeze Frame Capture From Video. Freeze Frame Dialog's "Export" Choice Gave Jpg Saved To Desktop. The Jpg Resolution = 1920 x 1080 (As Directed By Project Preset)

COMMENTARY

In order to work Candid Moments needed raw video. Timeline editing of the selected video before use of Candid Moments created problems for the feature. The feature did not appear to embellish the captured image quality in the Candid Moments workspace, although it does offer auto selecting the best of the moments. However, this is made with the assumption that there is some acceptable quality raw video to start with.

Tools menu/Freeze Frame as well as the route Export & Share/Image/Frame or GIF or Custom seem to offer more task options than Tools Menu/Candid Moments. For limited examples -
  • Export & Share/Image/Custom with its Advanced Settings offers the option "Export in Sequence" which provides for capture of all the frames in a video.
  • Export & Share/Image/Frame offers choices of resolutions: HD 1080 1920 x 1080, HD 1080 1440 x 1080, HD 720 1280 x 720, and SD 480 720 x 480 while other routes will be dictated by the frame size of the project preset.
Premiere Elements 15, 14/14.1, 13/13.1, 12/12.1, 11, 10, 9.0/9.0.1, and 8.0/8.0.1 each has both Freeze Frame in the Timeline as well as the choice for frame capture via export area of the project. Only a Freeze Frame in the Timeline exists for Premiere Elements 7 and 4. See HERE for related details and history on the matter written by me back in 2013 at the time of Premiere Elements 11.

Work continues to be in progress for reviewing the accuracy of the details and updating when indicated.

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