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.


Thursday, March 29, 2018

PE: More On Applied Effects/Project Keying Options (Completion)

INTRODUCTION

Back in 2016 (See HERE), details and examples were promised for each of the following Keying Effects
  • Image Matte Key
  • Luma Key
  • Remove Matte
  • RGB Difference Key
ISSUE
At the end of that 2016 thread, I wrote
WORK IN PROGRESS - Incomplete Blog Post As Of July 31, 2016.
The RESULTS section details, explanations, and graphics are being worked on and are expected to be posted in this blog post soon. Apologize for the posting delay, and thanks for your patience. 
As of today (March 11, 2018), that thread remains waiting to be completed. Today's blog post will do the completion of that July 31, 2016 blog post which is titled "PE: More About Applied Effects/Project Keying Options".

FINDINGS 

Image Matte Key

In these recent explorations the Image Matte Key essential details for creating and defining area of transparency in an image are

  • Gradient Tool in Photoshop Elements was used to create the matte which defined the area of transparency in the Video Track 2 image. The matte which is shown in Figure 1 was saved as a .psd file to the computer Desktop. 
  • Two jpg photos were imported into the Premiere Elements project. One (Image A) was placed on Video Track 1 (See Figure 3), and the other (Image B) was placed on Video Track 2 (See Figure 2). Image Matte Key was dragged from the Effects/Keying area into Image B on Video Track 2.
  • Next, with Image B on Video Track 2 selected/highlighted, edit effects was opened to get to the Setup icon in the top of edit effects/Image Matte Key panel. Setup there was used to import/open the matte.psd from its hard drive save location (Desktop in this case) directly into the image on Video Track 2. Results were finalized with editing area Image Matte Key settings: Composite Using = Matte Luma and no check mark next to Reverse. Embellishments specific to this example included Video Track 2 image Opacity set to 77.5% and Blend Mode set a Multiply. See Figure 4 for final results.

Do not try to use Add Media/Files and Folders to import the matte.psd into the project instead of the Setup route in the Image Matte Key panel in the editing effects area. In contrast, with the Track Matte Key it was possible to get the same result as described here for Image Matte Key, but the Timeline structure was different from that of the Image Matte Key Setup route. In the Track Matte Key way, the end Timeline video track structure was
  • matte.psd on Video Track 3 - .psd was imported into project via Add Media/Files and Folders
  • Image B on Video Track 2 with Track Matte applied (edit effect settings: Matte = Video 3, Composite Using = Matte Luma, and no check mark next to Reverse).
  • Image A on Video Track 1

Figure 1. Matte.psd Applied To Image B Using Editing Area/Image Matte Key Panel's Setup Icon.


Figure 2. Image B For Video Track 2.
Figure 3. Image A For Video Track 1.


Figure 4. Image Matte Key, Aiming For A Depth Of Field Look

Luma Key

In the Adobe document for Premiere Elements Effects Reference,  Adobe writes that the Luma Key Effect keys out all the regions of a layer with a specified luminance or brightness. In these recent explorations Luma Key essential details for creating and defining area of transparency in an image are
  • For an example of possible use of Luma Key in project, a logo on a solid white background was created in Photoshop Elements and saved to the computer Desktop as a .psd file. (See Figure 5)
  • The .psd file was imported into Premiere Elements using its Add Media/Files and Folders option, and the .psd file was dragged to Timeline Video Track 2.
Luma Key was dragged from Effects/Keying area directly into the .psd file (Image B) on Video Track 2. The editing of this Luma Key effect was done in the editing effects area/opened Luma Key panel using the 2 sliders there for adjusting out the white and leaving the designed logo on a transparent background (See Figure 7). In this example, aim was to use logo on a transparent background with a watermark look. The need for the Luma Key Effect in this case could have been eliminated if the logo.psd had been created on a transparent background in Photoshop Elements and saved as .psd for later use in the Premiere Elements project. The way taken was just a quick route to demonstrate Luma Key creating transparency in image and possible use for the end product.

Resources for Luma Key work included

Figure 5. Image B Used As Video Track 2 Source. Luma Key Applied Here Via Add Media/Files And Folders Route.


Figure 6. Image A Used As Video Track 1 Source. This Is The Jpg Image Used To Display Through Logo.psd Transparency Which Was Used To Replace The Original Background Color White With Transparency. 

Figure 7. Luma Key. Premiere Elements Expert Workspace Final Structure And Settings For The Luma Key Example.

Remove Matte Key 

Use of the Remove Matte Key is supposed to address unwanted edge effects seen in the video editor after color keying (background color to transparency) in clip that was created as a premultiplied alpha type. A better perspective/confirmation related to this edge situation is best gained by viewing these edges at video editor monitor resolution = 400%.

Basically, clips created with transparency information stored in visible RGB channels as well as Alpha channel are referred to as premultiplied. Typically these are clips with object on a solid color background. After a video editor keying processing of the premultiplied clip (colored background to transparency), color fringes might be seen around the foreground object of interest. Also, in this video editor color keying process, concern may exist for what happens to drop shadows and glows which were applied to the clip in its creation as the premultiplied type.

Adobe describes Remove Matte Key in its Effects Reference document as follows

The Remove Matte effect removes color fringes from clips that are premultiplied with a color. It is useful when combining alpha channels with fill textures from separate files. If you import footage with a premultiplied alpha channel, you may need to remove halos from an image. Halos are caused by a large contrast between the image's color and the background, or matte, color. Removing or changing the color of the matte can remove the halos.
Choose the color of the matte from the Matte Type menu.

Some insights into issues associated with creation of premultiplied clips and their subsequent use in a video editor keying process can be found HERE (section on Premultiplied vs. Straight Alpha Channels).

The RGB Difference Matte explorations will include cases where applying Remove Matte was not the answer to dealing with edge fringe encountered after keying in the video editor.  

RGB Difference Matte

RGB Difference Matte is Windows only under the keying effects, and it is described by Adobe as a "simpler version of Chroma Key effect". See HERE. 

RGB Difference Matte settings include
Color
Similarity
Smoothing
Mask Only
Drop Shadow


compared to

Chroma Key settings which include
Color
Similarity
Blend
Threshold
Smoothing
Mask Only

One exploration in the recent work looked at comparison of edges on yellow star on green background after taking green background to transparency using RGB Difference Matte, Chroma Key, Difference Matte, or Green Screen Key. Note was made if addition of Remove Matte Key (Matte: White or Black) helped or did help the quality of the star edges on its new background.

RGB Difference Matte
Figure 8. RGB Difference Matte Settings. Yellow Star Edges After Its Green Background Was Taken To Transparency With RGB Difference Matte And Its Background Replaced. Note: Subsequent Use Of Remove Matte (Matte: Black) Did Not Improve Quality Of Yellow Star Edges.
Chroma Key
Figure 9. Chroma Key Settings. Yellow Star Edges After Its Green Background Was Taken To Transparency With Chroma Key And Its Background Replaced. Note: Subsequent Use Of Remove Matte (Matte: Black) Seemed To Improve Slightly Quality Of Yellow Star Edges.
Difference Matte Key
Figure 10. Difference Matte Key Settings. Yellow Star Edges After Its Green Background Was Taken To Transparency With Difference Matte Key And Then Its Background Replaced. Note: It Was Questionable If Subsequent Use of Remove Matte Made Any Difference In Quality Of The Yellow Star Edges. This Figure Shows Without Remove Matte (Matte: Black) Applied.





Green Screen Key
Figure 11. Green Screen Key Settings. Yellow Star After Its Green Background Was Taken To Transparency With Green Screen Key And Then Its Background Replaced. Note: Subsequent Use Of Remove Matte Seemed To Improve Quality Of Yellow Star Edges. This Figure Shows Results With Remove Matte (Matte: Black) Applied.


COMMENTARY

This work in this blog post was done using Premiere Elements 2018 on Windows 64 bit, but was written in general terms since principles remain the same version to version. The work was done within a Premiere Elements project with a 1920 x 1080 project preset. More research needs to be done to go deeper into alpha channels and transparency as well as into premultiplied versus straight alpha clips. Lots of online information needs to be gone into related to this top.

As usual, blog post continues to be a work in progress to insure accuracy and clearness of what is written.

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ATR



Tuesday, March 6, 2018

PE 2018 And Earlier: Maintaining Timeline Image's Transparency In Export

INTRODUCTION 

Basically transparency in a Premiere Element Timeline image is represented by black looking area for the transparent portion of that image. The image directly below the Timeline image with transparency will display in the transparent area of the image above. Some examples of the Timeline image with transparency include classic titles*, title templates (lower 3rd, frame), an image with a color in it replaced by transparency using keys such as Green Screen or Chroma. In this regard, it is important to differentiate between black being used by the project to represent transparency in Timeline image versus the actual color black. Some background information from Adobe for Premiere Elements transparency can be found

Transparency and Superimposing
(Adobe dated December 20, 2017)
https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/using/superimposing-transparency.html 

ISSUE

Given the image with transparency on the Timeline and need to export that image with its transparency maintained, How To? That following export routes and conditions were found to do this.

SUMMARY FOR PREMIERE ELEMENTS 2018 EXPORT ROUTES AND CONDITIONS FOR MAINTAINING TIMELINE IMAGE TRANSPARENCY IN EXPORT
(Using Premiere Elements 2018 for demonstration purposes and source media including classic titles, title template lower 3rd, or an image with color in it replaced by transparency using Green Screen Key or Chroma Key)

.MOV File with Video Codec = Animation and Depth = 8-pbc + alpha
Export & Share
Devices
Custom
Export Settings
Format: QuickTime
Video Tab: Video Codec set at Animation
Render at Maximum Depth check mark and Depth selected as 8-bpc + alpha (from the choices of 8-bpc or  8-bpc + alpha).
(Critical to maintaining transparency in export was Depth = 8-bpc + alpha and not Render at Maximum Depth check mark.**)

.AVI File with Video Codec = None and Depth = 32 Bit
Export & Share
Devices
Custom
Export Settings
Format: AVI
Video Tab: Video Codec set at "None"
Render at Maximum Depth check mark and Depth selected as 32 bit (from the choices of 8, 16, 24, or 32 bit).
(Critical to maintaining transparency in export was Depth = 32 bit and not Render at Maximum Depth check mark.** In contrast, Export Settings/Format = AVI Uncompressed did not work to maintain transparency of the Timeline image in the export.)

COMMENTARY

In Premiere Elements 11 through 2018***, it was possible to export a .mov or .avi file with its transparency area maintained. Refer to above for Premiere Elements 2018 findings.

The following was noted in comparing the above 2018 findings with those from earlier versions

MOV
In Premiere Elements 11 through 2018, the Timeline image with transparency could be exported as an Animation.mov file with the transparency in the Timeline image maintained in the export; however, the Export Settings Depth field choices differed in comparing 2018 with 11 through 15. For 2018, the transparency was maintained when Depth choice was 8-bpc + alpha (from choices of 8-bpc or 8-bpc + alpha); for 11 through 15, the transparency was maintained when Depth choice was 32 bit (from choices of 8, 16, 24, or 32 bit).

AVI
In Premiere Elements 11 through 2018, the Timeline image with transparency could be exported as an "None" avi file with the transparency in the Timeline image maintained in the export. For 11 through 2018, the Export Settings Depth choice was 32 bit (from choices of 8, 16, 24, or 32 bit).

Note: Path to the given Export Settings differed going from Premiere Elements 11 to 2018.

For Premiere Elements 11, 12/12.1, and 13/13.1
Publish+Share
Computer
QuickTime or AVI
Advanced Button
Export Settings

For Premiere Elements 14/14.1, 15, and 20l8
Export & Share
Devices
Custom
Advanced Settings
Export Settings

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*Version 2018 Reminder: Classic titles created in the project's Titler can be exported with its transparency maintained by right clicking the thumbnail for that title in Project Assets, followed by the selection of Export Title option in the drop down menu. The end result is that title as a .prtl file saved to the computer hard drive for future use. This Export Title option does not apply to Motion titles. Some specifics for version to version details for exporting title created in project's Titler workspace can be found HERE.
**Adobe's in project description for Render at Maximum Depth option is
"Rendering at maximum bit depth improves the video's quality but increases how long encoding takes."
***For Premiere Elements versions earlier than 11, the routes and conditions for the export with transparency maintained in export were found to be

Premiere Elements 8.0/8.0.1, 9.0/9.0.1, and 10

Share
Computer (named Personal Computer in 8.0/8.0.1 and earlier)
QuickTime or AVI
Advanced button
Export Settings
For QuickTime: Video Tab: Video codec = Animation and Depth = 32 bit.
For AVI: Video Tab: Video codec = None, and Depth = 32 bit.

Premiere Elements 4 and 7
(In these versions, in addition to the File Menu route, there is a Share route for QuickTime, no  AVI. But, the Share QuickTime route always ended in Error message of Invalid Argument.)

File Menu
Export
Movie
Settings tab in Export Movie dialog
Export Movie settings
For QuickTime...General Tab: File Type = QuickTime, and Video Tab: Compressor = Animation, and Color Depth = Millions+ of colors (from choices of 256 colors, Thousands of colors, Millions of colors, or Millions+ of colors).
For AVI...General Tab: File Type = Microsoft AVI, and Video Tab: Compressor = None, and Color Depth = Millions+ of colors (from choices of 256 colors, Thousands of colors, Millions of colors, or Millions+ of colors).

See  the following related information for Premiere Elements 4 and 7.
"PE 12: Transfers from Project to Project"
(Section titled Transparency: Non Title Content With The Excerpt from a Premiere Elements 10 Daily Discoveries thread)
July 25, 2014
http://atr935.blogspot.com/2014/07/pe12-transfers-from-project-to-project.html

As always, work in progress for accuracy and content.

ATR

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

PE 2018: eLive Workspace

INTRODUCTION

PE 2018: eLive Workspace blog post is being presented as a companion blog post for the already published "PE 13/13.1 and 14/14.1 eLive Workspace" found HERE, "PE 15: eLive Workspace" found HERE, and "PE 15: More Related to eLive Workspace Have and Have Not" found HERE.

ISSUE

eLive workspace has not been available in all countries. To give the "have not" users a view of what is currently being provided by Adobe in the eLive workspace, Premiere Elements 2018 eLive Workspace choices and links are being provided. 

eLIVE OFFERINGS PREMIERE ELEMENTS 2018
(found in opened Premiere Elements 2018 eLive workspace as of February 28, 2018)


Guided Edit Creates freeze frame with motion title.
https://www.adobe.com/products/premiere-elements/features.html?trackingid=YFRVGLV9&mv=in-product#x 
Learn 

Create new dynamic slideshows with curated photos and short clips.
https://www.adobe.com/products/premiere-elements/features.html?trackingid=N7FDRT8K&mv=in-product#slideshows
Learn

Effortlessly edit your videos using Smart Trim.
https://www.adobe.com/products/premiere-elements/features.html?trackingid=1NZGDCS9&mv=in-product#smart-trim
Learn 

Turn footage into photos.
https://www.adobe.com/products/premiere-elements/features.html?trackingid=XKMMHH64&mv=in-product#candid-moments 
Learn 

Take a tour of the Elements 2018 Organizer.
https://www.adobe.com/products/premiere-elements/features.html?trackingid=XB5KHQPM&mv=in-product#easy-organization 
Learn

Get started with Premiere Elements 2018
https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/user-guide.html?trackingid=GHMVYK7F&mv=in-product 
Learn 

Take a tour of Premiere Elements 2018.
https://www.adobe.com/products/premiere-elements/features.html?trackingid=GCWTYNYG&mv=in-product#pre-overview 
News 

Introducing Premiere Elements 2018!
https://theblog.adobe.com/introducing-adobe-photoshop-elements-2018-premiere-elements-2018/ 
News 

Create a Video Collage.
https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/how-to/create-video-collage.html?set=premiere-elements--fundamentals--editing&trackingid=GHMVYKPZ&mv=other
Learn 

Video tips & tricks.
https://www.opensesame.com/blog/video-tricks-tips-and-shortcuts-beginners 
Learn 

Customizing music with Music Remix.
https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/how-to/customize-third-party-music-remix.html?set=premiere-elements--fundamentals--editing&trackingid=GMCWYFYY&mv=other
Learn 

Use the library of Guided Edits for fantastic results.
https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/how-to/use-guided-edits-library.html?set=premiere-elements--fundamentals--editing&trackingid=GR3XYB7X&mv=other
Learn 

Use the Video Haze removal tool.
https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/how-to/use-video-haze-removal-tool.html?set=premiere-elements--fundamentals--editing&trackingid=F4KHZXSC&mv=other
Learn

Embed home movies directly into your greeting cards with QR codes!
https://damasklove.com/diy-video-holiday-cards/ 
News

Remix music to the perfect length.
https://www.adobe.com/products/premiere-elements/features.html?trackingid=ZKD5FJ2L&mv=other#remix 
Learn 

Clear the haze.
https://www.adobe.com/products/premiere-elements/features.html?trackingid=ZSV7F8LJ&mv=other#dehaze 
Learn 

Bring collages to life.
https://www.adobe.com/products/premiere-elements/features.html?trackingid=12B9F14G&mv=other#collages
Learn

Get started with Premiere Elements 15.
https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/user-guide.html?trackingid=GHMVYK7F&mv=in-product 
Learn

Take a quick tour of Premiere Elements 15!
https://www.adobe.com/products/premiere-elements/features.html?trackingid=ZP46FDBK&mv=other#prefeatureoverview
News 

It was a big day out for little Ethan! 
https://vimeo.com/102371956
Inspire 

Create a motion path using the Pan & Zoom tool.
https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/how-to/create-motion-path-pan-zoom.html?set=premiere-elements--whats-new--2015-09 
Learn 

School is back in session!
https://vimeo.com/blog/post/5-tips-to-instantly-improve-your-compositions 
Learn 

Create titles with title themes.
https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/how-to/create-titles-with-themes.html 
Learn 

Arrange clips in a movie.
https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/archive/pre-11-tutorials/arrange-clips-movie.html
Learn 

Antarctica.
https://vimeo.com/124858722 
Inspire 

The Adventures of Walter the Office Pug.
https://vimeo.com/68704007
Inspire 

Memories of Tokyo.
https://vimeo.com/130746973
Inspire 

Guidance at every step.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOXS2jKli64&feature=youtu.be 
Learn

Summer memories.
https://vimeo.com/50296655
Inspire 

Tell dazzling stories with motion titles.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYhDBn-iiLY
Learn

Take a quick tour of Premiere Elements 14.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99A9tE2oFBE
News 

Introducing Adobe Premiere Elements 14!
http://blogs.adobe.com/photoshop/2015/09/introducing-adobe-photoshop-elements-14.html
News 

Share your video! 
https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/how-to/share-videos-youtube-facebook-vimeo.html 
Learn

Create your own movies.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvl9tEmEwm8
Learn 

Learn time lapse photography using Premiere Elements.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcF7DPARNXk
Link opens with video unavailable 
Learn 

Share your videos on social sites.
https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/how-to/share-videos-youtube-facebook-vimeo.html
Learn 

Stabilize shaking videos.
https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/how-to/stabilize-shaky-videos.html
Learn  

Organize by events.
https://helpx.adobe.com/elements-organizer/using/events.html
Learn 

Guided Edits.
https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/archive/pre-12-tutorials/guided-edits-video.html
Learn 

Sunday it rained.
https://vimeo.com/113110919 
Learn 

Create effects using Adjustment Layers.
https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/archive/pre-12-tutorials/apply-video-effects-adjustments-layers.html
Learn 

Use mattes and keys to blend videos together.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIkOy4dD4HI
Learn 

A simple clip of a 3 year olds perspective.
https://vimeo.com/94278758
Inspire 

How to add multiple effects to a video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mkp3LwavS8E
Learn 

Adding Audio Effects.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pqmp8lHjdI4
Learn 

Use Motion Tracking to add objects that move with your subject.
https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/archive/pre-12-tutorials/spotlight-motion-tracking.html
Learn 

Suddenly I feel light.
https://vimeo.com/channels/staffpicks/82123812 
Inspire 

The world beyond the world.
https://vimeo.com/89216531
Inspire 

Swinging solo: video Love Letter #1.
https://cherish365.com/2013/12/swinging-solo-video-love-letter-1.html
Inspire 

Trampoline.
https://vimeo.com/95686450 
Inspire 

Adjust your video's color with Auto Smart Tone.
https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/archive/pre-12-tutorials/adjust-video-color-brightness-auto-smart-tone.html 
Learn 

3 Easy ways to make movies.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvppYqs_sT8&index=2&list=PLPzkxRKAxnCAxJ2N6p0RQwGDrFJ7A6MFe 
Learn 

Easily tell your big life stories.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BF4XMwa9PkE&list=PLPzkxRKAxnCAxJ2N6p0RQwGDrFJ7A6MFe&index=5 
Learn 

Favorite Moments, fast movies.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=km9gp6pYlCw&index=3&list=PLPzkxRKAxnCAxJ2N6p0RQwGDrFJ7A6MFe 
Learn 

Smooth out the shakes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ee_SWNma-Nw&feature=youtu.be 
Learn

COMMENTARY 

The e-Live workspace was introduced to Premiere Elements in version 13/13.1. For those users who have use of a Premiere Elements eLive workspace, the eLive workspace content has many common Learn, News, Inspire titles going from version to version. But, from what I see, eLive workspace whole content for 13/13.1, 14/14.1, 15, or 2018 is not necessarily a carbon copy of the other and is subject to Adobe change.

The above is provided only for informational/aid purposes for the Premiere Elements user whose version does cannot display the eLive workspace; and, in no way, is any of the above meant for promotional purposes for anyone or anything. No security issues were encountered opening the web page for the eLive workspace choice; nonetheless, as a general rule, proceed with caution when opening to a new web site.

Note: the ATR Premiere Elements Troubleshooting blog posts are based on first hand use of the Premiere Elements versions installed on Windows computers - more often Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit and, certain times, Windows 10 Home 64 bit...location is USA with programs installed from boxed versions  purchased from USA online vendor.

ATR   







Sunday, February 25, 2018

PE: About Flash Video FLV and F4V Files Imports/Exports

INTRODUCTION

An Adobe Flash Video export category* exists in the sharing area of Premiere Elements 4 through 12/12.1, but is removed by Adobe from Premiere Elements 13/13.1 and later versions

On the import side, F4V file could be imported into Premiere Elements 8.0/8.01 and later. But, the import of the FLV file was never supported by Premiere Elements; however, a FLV file could be imported into Premiere Elements 3, 4, 7, and 8 when the XP/Vista/Windows 7 plugin "Moyea FLV Importer" was used in conjunction with 3, 4, 7, and 8. My last look at the Moyea FLV Importer was back in 2013 when I wrote the following in response to a Premiere Elements user's question on the topic:

The Moyea FLV Plugin to force Premiere Elements to import flv files is a popular question from time to time.

I know from personal experience that it does work for Premiere Elements 4, 7, and 8.0/8.0.1.

I have just downloaded the Moyea FLV Plugin from the site whose link I had previously posted in your thread in order to verify that it still works with 8.0/8.0.1 and flv importing. It still does. This was verified with a flv file, the Moyea FLV plugin, and Premiere Elements 4, 7, and 8.0/8.0.1.

Some tips, if necessary,
Once the plugin is installed, I found no desktop icon for it.
What happened is this...You open your Premiere Elements 8.0/8.0.1 project, you import your flv file with Get Media/Files and Folders.
At that point, you get a Moyea Software pop up with Order or Try. I hit Try.
At that point, the flv is imported, but look for it in "Project" when the Organize (blue) header is the selected. It did not pop up in the Organize/Media sector.

I have yet to remember or try versions later than 8.0/8.0.1 with this plugin. My recollection is that the plugin does not work with these later versions of Premiere Elements.
ISSUE

Today February 24, 2018, Moyea FLV plugin was found to continue to work in Premiere Elements 4, 7, and 8.0/8.0.1 for import of FLV into these particular versions on Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit, but a way was not found to import the FLV file into 9.0/9.0.1, 10, 11, 12.0/12.1, 13/13.1, 14.0/14.1, 15, or the latest version 2018.

It was decided to try to put together the Premiere Elements FLV/F4V files imports/exports opportunities in the overview to follow.

OVERVIEW

For Premiere Elements later than version 8, conversion of the FLV file to another Premiere Elements project supported format appears to be the workaround for importing the FLV file into a Premiere Elements project. Even though the F4V file appears to import into Premiere Elements 8.0/8.0.1 through 2018, an opportunity to export that F4V import as F4V appears to exist in only Premiere Elements 8.0/8.01, 9.0/9.0.1, 10, 11, and 12.0/12.1 Please refer Table 1 showing firsthand compiled data.

Table 1. Premiere Elements FLV/F4V Imports/Exports Summary

For Premiere Elements 4, 7, and 8.0/8.0.1, the Adobe Flash Video category drop down list has the following default presets:
NTSC Flash Video 7 256K** (320 x 240 @ 30 fps)
NTSC Flash Video 7 400K**(320 x 240 @ 30 fps)
NTSC Flash Video 8 400K** (320 x 240 @ 30 fps)
NTSC Flash Video 8 720K** (640 x 480 @ 30 fps)
For Premiere Elements 4, these presets yield only FLV exports; the preset's Advanced button/Format/Multiplexer does not offer a FLV or F4V option (shows only "no applicable properties"). For Premiere Elements 7 and 8.0/8.0.1, the opportunity for a F4V export in these versions takes the user to the Advanced button/Format tab/Multiplexing where there is the dot choice for FLV (the default) or F4V; however, no matter which FLV preset is selected of the 4 above, the user gets what appears to be a same 720 x 480 3:2 F4V file when only the Advanced button/Format/Multiplexing is set for F4V (file properties were based on MediaInfo and VLC Player Information for the file). The FLV export uses Video codec = Sorenson Spark (default) or On2 VP6, Audio codec = MPEG Layer III (MP3), and Multiplexing = FLV (Premiere Elements 7 and 8.0/8.0.1) or "no applicable properties" (Premiere Elements 4). For Premiere Elements 7 and 8.0/8.0.1, the F4V export uses Video codec = MainConcept H.264 Video, Audio codec = AAC (default), and Multiplexing = F4V.

Customization of the preset's Advanced button VIDEO tab and Audio tab settings appears to gain more variety for the file's export properties. In this regard, see more details below for the Premiere Elements 9.0/9.0.1 FLV/F4V situation.

The Adobe Flash Video category default presets for Premiere Elements 10, 11, and 12/12.1 each has choice for FLV or F4V file and are: 

F4V - HD 1080p Flash Video 9 and Higher
F4V - HD 720p Flash Video 9 and Higher
FLV - Web Large, NTSC Source Flash 8 and Higher (640 x 480 @ 29.97 fps)
FLV - Web Large, NTSC Widescreen Source Flash 8 and Higher (720 x 400 @ 29.97 fps)
FLV - Web Large, PAL Source Flash 8 and Higher 2\(784 x 576 @ 25)
FLV - Web Large, PAL Widescreen Source Flash 8 and Higher (720 x 400 @ 25 fps)
FLV - Web Medium, NTSC Source Flash 8 and Higher (368 x 272 @ 29.97 fps)
FLV - Web Medium, NTSC Widescreen Source Flash 8 and Higher (368 x 208 @ 29.97 fps)
FLV - Web Medium, PAL Source Flash 8 and Higher (368 x 272 @ 25 fps)
FLV - Web Medium, PAL Widescreen Source Flash 8 and Higher  (368 x 208 @ 25 fps)
The F4V export presets each uses MainConcept H.264 video codec and defaults to AAC+Version 2 audio codec. And, the FLV export presets each uses On2 VP6 video codec and MPEG Layer III (MP3) audio codec. The settings under the Advanced button of the preset are automatically set to those video codec and audio codec used in an FLV or F4V export; Format/Multiplexing area shows only FLV or F4V in the Multiplexing field depending on the preset selection. There was no way found to customize any one of the 8 FLV presets so that the export would be for F4V instead of FLV.

For Premiere Elements 9.0/9.0.1, the Adobe Flash Video category drop down list of default presets shows only the 8 FLV export presets which are present in the later versions of 10, 11, and 12/12.1. The opportunity for a F4V export here takes the user to the Advanced button Format tab/Multiplexing where there is the dot choice of  FLV (the default) or F4V. However, no matter which FLV preset is selected of the 8, the user gets what appears to be a same 720 x 480 3:2 F4V file when the only customization of the FLV preset is in the Advanced button/Format/Multiplexing set for F4V instead of FLV (file properties were based on MediaInfo and VLC Player Information).

Examples 1.
FLV - Web Large, NTSC Source Flash 8 and Higher (640 x 480 @ 29.97 fps)
Video codec = On2VP6, Audio codec = MPEG Layer III (MP3), Multiplexing = FLV
Display Resolution 4:3 640 x 480 4:3
if only Advanced button Format/Multiplexing changed to F4V, then
Video codec = MainConcept H.264 Video, Audio codec = AAC (default).
720 x 480 @ 29.97 fps (default)
Display Resolution 720 x 480 3:2

Example 2.
FLV - Web Large, NTSC Widescreen Source Flash 8 and Higher (720 x 400 @ 29.97 fps)
Video codec = On2VP6, Audio codec = MPEG Layer III (MP3), Multiplexing = FLV
Display Resolution 720 x 400 16:9
if only Advanced button Format/Multiplexing changed to F4V, then
Video codec = MainConcept H.264 Video, Audio codec = AAC (default).
720 x 480 @ 29.97 fps (default)
Display Resolution 720 x 480 3:2

Example 3
FLV - Web Medium, NTSC Source Flash 8 and Higher (368 x 272 @ 29.97 fps)
Video codec = On2VP6, Audio codec = MPEG Layer III (MP3), Multiplexing = FLV
Display Resolution 368 x 272 4:3
if only Advanced button Format/Multiplexing changed to F4V, then
Video codec = MainConcept H.264 Video, Audio codec = AAC (default).
Display Resolution 720 x 480 3:2

Example 4
FLV - Web Medium, NTSC Widescreen Source Flash 8 and Higher (368 x 208 @ 29.97 fps)
Video codec = On2VP6, Audio codec = MPEG Layer III (MP3), Multiplexing = FLV
Display Resolution 368 x 208 16:9
if only Advanced button Format/Multiplexing changed to F4V, then
Video codec = MainConcept H.264 Video, Audio codec = AAC (default).
Display Resolution 720 x 480 3:2

To force a 16:9 Display Aspect Ratio for F4V in Examples 2 and 4, one solution might be to customize the Advanced button/Video tab as well as the Format tab settings so that frame size for Example 2 F4V is 720 x 400 instead of 720 x 480 and so that frame size for Example 4 is 368 x 208 instead of 720 x 480. In this regard, it was possible to customize the FLV preset in Example 1 to force Premiere Elements 9.0/9.0.1 to export F4V file 1920 x 1080 29.97p, Display Aspect Ratio 16:9, Video codec = MainConcept H.264 Video, Audio codec = AAC (default), Profile = High, and Level = 5.1.

COMMENTARY***

Note: I do not work with Premiere Pro CC. From what I have read in an Adobe October 2017 document titled "Working with FLV and F4V files in Premiere Pro CC, Adobe Media Encoder CC, and After Effects CC", it also does not support FLV import, but supports the import of F4V. That document also states the Premiere Pro CC does not support FLV or F4V export. See HERE.

In this study, the VLC Media player (version 2.2.1) was used for viewing of FLV and F4V files.

As always, work in progress to check for accuracy and latest information.
See footnote *** which was added 02/27/2018 after publication of this blog post.

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*There is also a web DVD export category in the sharing area in only Premiere Elements 9.0/9.0.1, 10, 11, and 12/12.1. The web DVD export choice generates a folder with content that might be looked at as flash file with menus viewable on computer. See PRE_help (post 2 in the 2014 forum thread found HERE) for a 13/13.1 workaround when web DVD was removed by Adobe (workaround = burn to folder/VIDEO_TS .ifo/view VLC media player).
**K is assumed to represent bitrate in kbps units (kilobits per second).
***The above blog post addresses FLV and F4V imports/exports related to the Premiere Elements Editor. The Elements Organizer F4V import support was looked at briefly in only Premiere Elements 10, 11, 12/12.1, and 2018.  Results included:
  • Gray thumbnail with no Elements Organizer playback was outcome for attempted F4V import directly in the Elements Organizer from the computer internal hard drive save location. In contrast, this same F4V file could be played back from the computer internal hard drive save location using Firefox Quantum 58.0.2 64 bit, Internet Explorer 11, or VLC 2.2.1.
  • Typically the Premiere Elements import results in a copy of the import in the Elements Organizer. In the case of F4V, the copy of the import in the Elements Organizer was this same gray thumbnail with no playback in the Elements Organizer.
  • If this Elements Organizer gray thumbnail was right clicked, followed by selection of Edit with Premiere Elements Editor, the F4V file automatically imported into Premiere Elements with its content visible and playable in the Premiere Elements Editor. This type of behavior has been seen in the past for several Elements Organizers and some other file formats.
ATR


Thursday, February 15, 2018

PE 2018: Update For Difference Matte As Green Screen Tool

INTRODUCTION

The merits of the Premiere Elements Difference Matte as a green screen tool were discussed in the May 8, 2013 blog post titled "PE11: Difference Matte As Substitute for Green or Blue Keys". Use of the Premiere Elements Difference Matte as a green screen tool has been of particular interest to the Premiere Elements Mac users because of the Windows Only Green Key situation.

ISSUE

Because of the popularity of the topic, it was decided to confirm if the PE11 document pointed to above applies to Premiere Element 12, 13, 14, 15, and 2018 as well as 11.

OBSERVATIONS

Using the same green screen media and Premiere Elements 11, 12/12.1, 13/13.1, 14/14.1, 15, or 2018, Difference Matte was found to be a substitute for Green Key.

Source Media

Just Green Screen JPG
Just Green Screen.Jpg For Premiere Elements 2018 Expert Workspace Video Track 3
Angel On Green Screen JPG
Angel On Green Screen.Jpg For Premiere Elements 2018 Expert Workspace Video Track 2
Replacement Background JPG
Replacement.Jpg For Premiere Elements 2018 Expert Workspace Video Track 1
The "How To" principles for applying the Difference Matte in Premiere Elements version 11 and later are the same here as in the 2013 document.

From the Project Assets
Drag Replacement Background.Jpg to Video 1
Drag Angel On Green Screen.Jpg to Video 2, and place it directly above the content of Video 1
Drag Just Green Screen.Jpg to Video 3, and place it directly above the content of Video 2

Apply a Difference Matte to each of Video 2 (Angel On Green Screen.Jpg) and Video 3 (Just Green Screen.Jpg)

Highlight/select Video 2 (Angel On Green Screen.Jpg), go to Applied Effects area, and open this jpg's Difference Matte Panel there. The Difference Matte Panel options are:

  • View: Final Out
  • Difference Layer Video 2 IMPORTANT CHANGE THAT TO VIDEO 3
  • The Matching Tolerance may or may not require very little adjustment (in this specific exercise being described setting was changed from 15.0 to 27.3%), and Match Softness and Blur Before Difference were left at 0.0%.
No change was needed in the Difference Matte Panel's Difference Layer setting that was associated with the Just Green Screen.Jpg on Video 3. There the required "Difference Layer Video 3" was already in place in its dialog. Video 2 and 3 jpgs Difference Matte Panels' final settings were set the same for the options of Matching Tolerance, Matching Smoothness, and Blur Before Difference.

If Video Tracks 2, 3, and 4 had been used in this exercise instead of Video Tracks 1, 2, and 3, then Difference Matte dialog for Video 4 and Video 3 Difference Layer needed to read the same, in that case "Difference Layer Video 4".

Seen below is the result of this exercise (Angel With New Background.Jpg)
Angel With New Background.Jpg As Seen On Project's Expert Workspace Monitor

COMMENTARY

All work was done using Windows computers (Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit or Windows 10 Home 64 bit). Project preset was left at the default NTSC-AVCHD-Full HD 1080i30. I do not have access to a Mac computer; nonetheless, Premiere Elements Mac users are expected to get same results based on user feedback over the years. See how Difference Matte as Green Screen Key works for you.

With regard to success of Difference Matte as Green Screen Key, universal use of these principles for that purpose is likely to be impacted by the nature of the source media selected.

As usual work will continue to be in progress, looking for accuracy in details and any available updates.


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ATR