Sunday, December 31, 2017

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 http://www.kissasian.com 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 kissasian.com Facebook page, repairs to web site are in progress and web site is expected to be operating again soon. See HERE. In the meanwhile, the web site http://www1.dramanice.at/list-all-drama may provide substitutions for the links cited in the specific blog post involving kissasian.com references. See notes on this matter placed in the blog posts involved.
Add On...December 19, 2016....the kissasian.com web site and the links posted here appear to be operating again. Thanks kissasian.com for repairing/restoring your web site.

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.


ATR

Sunday, January 15, 2017

PE: Program Registration

INTRODUCTION

Premiere Elements program "registration" is not the same as "activation". The Adobe document on reasons for registering an Adobe product can be found HERE. With many Premiere Elements versions, registration is done automatically as part of the program's installation/activation. Once the program is registered, the user is expected to find a listing for the registered program under Plans & Products/Products/View Your Products in the user's Adobe account which is accessed at the Adobe web site.

If for some reason registration is not done at installation/activation, the program can still be run in the absence of registration. And, if registration is wanted after program installation/activation, the opened project offers a route to registration via its Help Menu. See*

Premiere Elements 4, 7, 8.0/8.0.1
Help Menu/"Registration"

Premiere Elements 9.0/9.0.1, 10, 11, 12.0/12.1
Help Menu/"Complete/Update Adobe ID Profile"

Premiere Elements 13.0/13.1, 14.0/14.1, 15
Help Menu/"Manage My Account"  

ISSUE

In the case of Premiere Elements 4, "Registration" was found active in its Help Menu, but its use gave the error message "Registration - Connection Failure". In the cases of Premiere Elements 7 and  8.0/8.0.1, "Registration" was grayed out in the Help Menu. It was decided to offer a path to Premiere Elements registration at the Adobe web site. Premiere Elements 7 was used for the test case.

SOLUTION**

The following should work for all versions of Premiere Elements; however, the only test case here was using Premiere Elements 7.

1. Go to your Adobe account at the Adobe web site http://www.adobe.com and sign in with your Adobe ID and Password (See top right of the Adobe web site page that opens.)

2. After entering your Adobe ID and Password, a page should open with the headers of Overview, Plans & Products,  Account, Security & Privacy, Communication, and Profile. Select Plans & Products.

3. In the Plans & Products section, go to the right side of the page to Products/View Your Products, and select View Your Products.

4. At the bottom of the list of your already registered products, there should be a "Register an older product" section which asks for the serial number of your product that you want to register. After the serial number has been entered in the space provided, press the Enter key on the computer's keyboard. The result should be the name of your product (in this case Adobe Premiere Elements 7) now appearing in the list of your registered products.
(Side note: Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 could also be registered here using its specific serial number.)

COMMENTARY

Also of interest may be the Adobe document describing transferring license of Adobe product. See HERE.

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*These Help Menu/options (if they are found in a working state) should be opening to the Adobe web site page cited in SOLUTION.
**Study done using Premiere Elements on Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit. Also applicable to Windows 10 Home 64 bit.



ATR

Monday, January 9, 2017

PE15: Video Collage Feature (NEW)

INTRODUCTION

In Premiere Elements 15 Adobe introduces a Video Collage feature in its Expert and Quick workspaces. Video Collage can be composed of photos and/or video and is accessed under the Create header at the top right of the workspace. The Adobe Premiere Elements Help Video Collage document appears to be comprehensive in details and should be referred to HERE.

In spite of the comprehensive nature of the Adobe document on Video Collage, it was decided to give Premiere Elements 15's new Video Collage feature a first hand look and post the observations.

The feature works from an Adobe designed template into which the user can insert videos and/or photos. There are 13 templates to select from in the Video Collage workspace. In the Video Collage workspace
  • Editing options for selected photo inserts in the template include switching insert from space to space, scaling, and trashing.
  • Editing options for selected video inserts in the template include switching insert from space to space, Trim, disabling video's audio , and trashing. 
  • Video Collage workspace options applicable to the selected video as well as photo inserts include choice of template, Playback Settings, and Music (no background music or one of the Music Scores available in the Video Collage workspace.
  • After the Video Collage workspace's Export to Timeline is used, the Video Collage presents in the Expert workspace's Timeline with the Video Collage displaying a video and a audio components linked on Video Track 1/Audio Track 1 (this is the case whether or not the Video Collage was created with music.
There are 5 categories of templates, each named according to how many spaces for inserts there are available in the template. The different template designs for each of the 5 categories include

Grid 3
template with Scale and Slide In Effect
template with Slide In Effect
template with Rotate Effect

Grid 4
template with Bounce Effect
template with Shuffle and Rotate Effect
template with Fade In and Rotate Effect
template with Slide In from Edge
template with Slide In from Corner Effect

Grid 5
template with Scale and Slide In Effect
template with Scale Effect
template with Rotate

Grid 6
template with Slide In

Grid 7
template with Curve and Settle Effect

Miscellaneous Details That Caught Attention
  • The final result reflects bordered images in the collage rather than a blending of the individual   images in the collage.
  • To avoid problems, insertion of video with different duration should be avoided when Playback Setting = "All Together". In Video Collage workspace see Video Trim editing option and Playback Settings..
  • For those without a Video Collage feature (Premiere Elements earlier than 15), it would appear that most, if not all, of the Video Collage results could be obtained in the Expert workspace  with the appropriate mix of Motion Properties (Scale, Rotate, Position), Opacity Properties, and Video Effects (PiPs).
  • No option was found to "Delete Audio" or "Delete Video" in the pop up menu that results from right clicking any Video Collage exported to the Expert workspace Timeline. However, the pop up menu does include the "Unlink Audio and Video" option. 
  • No way was found in the Video Collage workspace to adjust individually duration or pan and zoom effects.
The output of the Video Collage from the Video Collage workspace can be either of the following
  • Export to Timeline
  • Export & Share
Editing possibilities for the Video Collage created in the Video Collage workspace exist only if the user saves the Video Collage in the Video Collage workspace before exiting the Video Collage workspace. This Save is to a file with a vc file extension. To open this closed saved file so that it opens to the Premiere Elements 15 Video Collage workspace, the user can do anyone of the following
  • Expert workspace: File Menu/Open Project
  • Computer Hard Drive: At the file's hard drive location designated by the user, right click just the vc file, select Open With, followed by Adobe Premiere Elements 15
  • Video Collage workspace: File Menu/ Open Video Collage
The Video Collage duration displayed in the Video Collage workspace, Expert workspace, and Export & Share's export to file are still being thought about. Consider. If the image-empty template is outputted from the Video Collage workspace to Expert workspace, the Timeline image-empty Video Collage clip duration presents in the Expert workspace as
  • Grid 3 templates 49 seconds
  • Grid 4 templates 1 minute and four seconds
  • Grid 5 templates 1 minute and nineteen seconds
  • Grid 6 template 1 minute and thirty four seconds
  • Grid 7 template 1 minute and forty nine seconds
However, when all the insert spaces are filled with photos in a template, then the image-filled template exported to the Expert workspace Timeline displays the following duration
  • Grid 3 templates about 22 seconds
  • Grid 4 templates about 28 seconds
  • Grid 5 templates about 34 seconds
  • Grid 6 template about 40 seconds
  • Grid 7 template about 46 seconds
For all these templates in the Video Collage workspace, 9 seconds/photo inserted is consistently subtracted from empty template duration. Also, while all this exists, the photo in each template appears with duration label of 6 seconds. On the other hand, inserted video appears with duration label consistent with the duration of the original video duration. In contrast, variable seconds/video inserted is added to the empty template duration. Whatever the case, the data here should inform the user as to what to expect for Expert workspace Timeline Video Collage duration associated with choice of template.

OBSERVATIONS

Using Grid 7 
With Curve And Settle Effect (Playback Set For "One After Another")

A jpeg photo in each of the 7 spaces in this template. Music Score "Is This Love" applied in Video Collage workspace.Video Collage workspace Output = Export & Share/Devices/Custom/Advanced Settings for H.264 1920 x 1080 @ 29.97 fps, bitrate target = 2 Mbps, audio = AAC 48000 Hz/160 kbps/Stereo.

video

The "Curve And Settle Effect" design of this template starts with just center photo going from off-screen to on-screen position, followed by other photos going from off-screen to on-screen in order of bottom left and upper right photos, then upper left and bottom right photos, and, then completing with photos going from off-screen to on-screen for center left column and center right column. After the photos are placed, each (one after another) pans and zooms slightly in the order of upper left, center left column, bottom left, center, upper right, center left column, bottom right.

COMMENTARY 

The Premiere Elements 15 new Video Collage feature appears to be a convenience feature to produce a photo and/or video collage.

Yet, still trying to consider the "Previewing" aspects of Video Collage in the Video Collage workspace as well as in the Expert workspace Timeline.

When the created Video Collage (no rendering applied in the Video Collage workspace) was outputted to the Expert workspace Timeline, the Video Collage presented immediately on the Timeline Video Track 1/Audio Track 1, but the display of content in the Timeline thumbnails and monitor were blank for a considerable amound of time before the images displayed in either place. And, the Timeline Video Collage had an orange line over it indicating the need for Timeline rendering..

The Video Collage workspace has a preview feature that includes a rendering option. The Preview there did not seem as demanding for a render before Preview in order to get a Preview in the Video Collage workspace. However, when the Video Collage was rendered in the Video Collage workspace  using its Preview's rendering option and then exported to the Expert workspace Timeline, the Timeline Video Collage display issues were minimal to non existent even with the render indicator line orange. Yet to be considered is the Video Collage previewing in the Video Collage and Expert workspaces and whether or not rendering in either place is necessary (must do option) to be able to work with the Video Collage creation.

When in the Quick workspace, the Video Collage output choice is still listed as Export to Timeline or Export & Share. But, in the Quick's Export to Timeline situation, Export to Timeline puts the whole created Video Collage (video/photo/audio components) from Video Collage workspace to one space in the Quick workspace Filmstrip "video clips/photos" line.

Work in progress.



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ATR



Sunday, December 25, 2016

PE15: Music Remix (NEW), Fitting Music to Movie

INTRODUCTION

In the Premiere Elements Editor workflows audio distortion issues can develop when trying to make an audio video fit by increasing or decreasing the duration of the user personal audio to fit the video. But, Adobe did include in the program free special soundtracks which are based on the concept of changing duration of the music without changing its arrangement. Refer to SmartSound (Premiere Elements 11 and earlier) and Music Score (Premiere Elements 12 and later).

The free Adobe Music Scores feature continue to exist in Premiere Elements 15.  In addition to the free Music Scores possibilities, Adobe introduces a Music Remix feature which is aimed at allowing the user to change the user personal music file duration without changing the music arrangement. According to the Adobe document introduction for its Music Remix

The Music Remix feature in Premiere Elements allows you to easily increase or decrease the length of an audio clip to match the desired duration without losing the continuity of the audio content. The Remix tool analyzes your song files, identifying hundreds of loops, transitions, and important segments, and then allows you to quickly remix to any duration.
 
(See HERE for full details). The essentials of this Music Remix include
  • Music Remix on Expert or Quick Workspace Music Track only 
  • Increasing or decreasing of audio file duration with mouse cursor in special configuration (a red bracket facing left/two black arrows facing to right through the center of the bracket)

ISSUE
Note: The Music Remix feature works on music clips and cannot be used on Music Scores (downloaded from Music panel), Instant Movie, smart trim, favorite moment trimming, or Video collage outputs.
 Note: For better results, use audio clips with more instrumentals and less vocals.
The above Notes from the Adobe document on its Music Remix feature caught attention. And, it was decided to explore those Notes further.
EXPERIMENT

Regarding.....For better results, use audio clips with more instrumentals and less vocals.

Task was to make a fit between
  • Video Track 1 content consisting of 3 minutes and 30 seconds of Christmas video only clips and stills
  • Music Track consisting of one Christmas instrumental/vocal clip with duration 2 minutes and 18 seconds. The arrangement of the song has singer A opening the song alone, then singer B singing alone, then A and B singing together, and then singer B finalizing the song with a grand high note.
If Time Stretch was used to stretch this instrumental/vocal clip from 2 minutes 18 seconds to 3 minutes and 30 seconds, the song played out according to the original arrangement, but the audio was markedly distorted. For the matched video/music duration, Time Stretch showed a Speed % = 65.82%.

If the Music Remix feature was used, the end result
  • Instrumental/vocal file duration that matched that of the video content
  • No sound distortion
  • But, the vocal arrangement of the song was markedly impacted with default settings
Before
Singer A
Singer B
Singer A+B
Singer B finishing on grand high note

After (Music Remix which comes with "Audio Segments" = Longer)
Singer A
Repeat of Singer A
Singer B
Singer A+B
Singer B finishing on grand high note

After (Music Remix, then Music Remix settings for Music Remixed set to the third setting from the left - See Figure 1)
Singer A
Singer B
Singer A+B
with at least 4 repeat of Singer B's grand high note


The results here appeared to be unaffected by wrapper (.m4a, .mp3, or .wav).

COMMENTARY

It is not clear which best describes the possibility from the use of Music Remix applied to the user personal music file with instrumental versus instrumental with vocal- "better results" or "acceptable versus unacceptable results". The Music Remixed file editing via "Audio Segments" in Music Remix Settings dialog does leave open the door for "better results" or "acceptable versus unacceptable results" results.

This was just a quick look at this feature. More on this topic may be featured in future blogs here.
Be sure to review Adobe's Music Remix feature details in the links provided above. Adobe writes
Note: The remixed audio clip present in the Remix folder is the original output from the algorithm and that on the timeline is the Time stretched version to match exact duration.
It is not understood how Adobe's "Time stretched" in the above note bypasses the typical audio distortion of audio when using "Time Stretch". Still thinking about that one.
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ATR

 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

PE15: Adobe DNG Converter 9.7

INTRODUCTION

Premiere Elements 15 and Photoshop Elements 15 are shipping with Camera Raw 9.6 with option to update to latest Camera Raw version which is 9.7.

Premiere Elements 15 and/or Photoshop Elements 15 Camera Raw feature trace back to the same version Camera Raw 9.7 Camera Raw.8bi file found in the path Local Disc C\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Plug-Ins\Elements 15\File Formats\. Consequently, it follows that the same version of installed Camera Raw will apply to Premiere Elements 15 and/or Photoshop Elements 15 on the same computer.

Camera Raw editing dialog cannot be opened in Premiere Elements and only in Photoshop Elements, but the installed Camera Raw file does support the import of raw format images into Premiere Elements project provided
  • Camera Raw version is installed, and Camera Raw version supports the camera which captured the raw format image
  • the installed Camera Raw version supports the version of Photoshop Elements and/or Premiere Elements in use
  • in the case of Premiere Elements operating as 32 bit application, the raw image file size does not exceed the Adobe limit for still image file size. See HERE.
When the above criteria are not met, the choice needs to be made as to whether or not to update the situation so that the criteria are met or to convert the raw image format to the dng format to avoid the raw image format issues in this particular situation.The conversion of raw image format to dng format is done with the free standalone Adobe DNG Converter. Typically a newly released Camera Raw version will be accompanied by an Adobe DNG Converter with the same version number as the newly released Camera Raw version. When Premiere Elements is running as a 32 bit application, the  file size limitation applies to dng as well as raw image.

Refer to Adobe documents
"Cameras supported by Camera Raw"
https://helpx.adobe.com/camera-raw/kb/camera-raw-plug-supported-cameras.html 
"Camera Raw plug-in and Adobe application compatibility"
https://helpx.adobe.com/camera-raw/kb/camera-raw-compatible-applications.html
"Adobe Camera Raw and DNG Converter for Windows"
https://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=106&platform=Windows
"Adobe Camera Raw and DNG Converter for Macintosh"
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=106&platform=Macintosh
 "Digital Negative (DNG)"
https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/digital-negative.html 
"Understanding Digital Raw Capture"
http://wwwimages.adobe.com/content/dam/Adobe/en/products/photoshop/pdfs/understanding_digitalrawcapture.pdf

ISSUE

The dng image, like its raw image source, is expected to be opened and edited in the Camera Raw dialog on the Photoshop Elements side of things. With or without the editing/saving of the dng in the Camera Raw dialog, the dng image can be imported as source media into the Premiere Elements project, barring any file size limitation issue.


It needs to be kept in mind that the Adobe DNG Converter is a standalone application, but....the question is, when the version of Camera Raw is updated by Adobe, is it necessary to update the version of Adobe DNG Converter? That is, does the user need a match of Camera Raw 9.7 and Adobe DNG Converter 9.7? Is it really necessary to keep updating the Adobe DNG Converter for each Camera Raw version update?

Focus points
Raw Image Editing in Camera Raw Dialog
DNG Editing in Camera Raw Dialog
RAW and DNG issues related to file size in Premiere Elements operating as 32 bit application.

OBSERVATIONS

Table 1 represents the results from converting Nikon D810 raw image (Nef) to dng with Adobe DNG Converter 9.7 (latest version) and observing
  • The compatibility of the raw and dng image in the Camera Raw editing dialog
  • The import of the raw and dng image into the Premiere Elements project
Table 1.

The observations obtained were consistent with what has been read in the references cited in the INTRODUCTION and ISSUES sections above, except for the Photoshop Elements 7 DNG result. The Adobe DNG Converter has Preferences section where compatibility of the dng file produced can be set for the version(s) of Camera Raw dialog which will open/edit the dng file file derived from the raw image.  See Adobe Camera Raw editing dialog 9.7, Preferences/Change Preferences/Preferences/Compatibility. See Table 2.

Table 2

In the case of the Photoshop Elements 7 Camera Raw 4.5 result, the Nikon D810 raw was converted to dng with Adobe DNG Converter 9.7 with a compatibility setting of Camera Raw 7.1 and later. At this point, it is not clear why the Nikon D810 dng opened in Photoshop Elements 7's Camera Raw 4.5 dialog. In the case of Adobe DNG Converter 9.7, the compatibility choices in Preference include
  • Camera Raw 2.4 and later
  • Camera Raw 4.1 and later
  • Camera Raw 4.6 and later
  • Camera Raw 5.4 and later
  • Camera Raw 6.6 and later
  • Camera Raw 7.1 and later
  • Custom

At this point, more work needs to be done to clarify the impact of the Preferences/Compatibility settings of the Adobe DNG Converter versions when producing dng files that are expected to open in Camera Raw dialog for edits/saving. Furthermore, when Photoshop Elements 9 (Camera Raw 6.5) replaced Photoshop Elements 7 (Camera Raw 4.5) in this question, the dng generated from Adobe DNG Converter 9.7 (Compatibility setting 7.1 and later) had not problems opening the Camera Raw 6.5 dialog for edits of the dng file.

COMMENTARY

If the interest of the Premiere Elements user is just to use dng file as source media for one of its projects, the data suggest that this user does not have to keep changing the Adobe DNG Converter version every time a version of Premiere Elements is changed.

Since Camera Raw files are typically large, there is the concern related to use of Premiere Elements as a 32 bit application and Adobe block of still image file size (total pixel count) greater than its limit. The resolution of the raw image file can be downsized in Camera Raw dialog (Photoshop only) and Photoshop and Photoshop Elements Editor. But, serious consideration should be given to using Premiere Elements as 64 bit application where still image file size (total pixel count) does not exist.

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ATR



Monday, October 17, 2016

PE 15: eLive Workspace

INTRODUCTION

PE 15: 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

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 15 eLive Workspace choices and links are being provided.

eLIVE OFFERINGS PREMIERE ELEMENTS 15
(as of October 17, 2016; highlighted titles* and offerings below are same in 15 and 14/14.1)

Get Started With Premiere Elements 15
https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/topics/getting-started-tutorials.html?trackingid=49F59S1L&mv=other
Learn Tab


Take A Quick Tour Of Premiere Elements 15
http://www.adobe.com/products/premiere-elements/features.html?trackingid=ZP46FDBK&mv=other#prefeatureoverview
News Tab


It Was A Big Day Out For Little Ethan
Ethan's day at the farm park
https://vimeo.com/102371956
Inspire Tab

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 Tab

School Is Back In Session
5 tips to instantly improve your video compositions
https://vimeo.com/blog/post/5-tips-to-instantly-improve-your-compositions
Learn Tab

Create Titles With Title Themes
https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/how-to/create-titles-with-themes.html
Learn Tab


Arrange Clips In A Movie
https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/archive/pre-11-tutorials/arrange-clips-movie.html
Learn Tab

Antarctica
Video with Antarctica theme
https://vimeo.com/124858722
Inspire Tab

The Adventures Of Walter The Office Pug
Video with "The Adventures of Walter The Office Pug" theme
https://vimeo.com/68704007
Inspire Tab

Memories Of Tokyo
Video with "Memories of Tokyo" theme
https://vimeo.com/130746973
Inspire Tab

Guidance At Every Step
Focus on Guided Workspace using Premiere Elements 14 video NOT 15
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOXS2jKli64&feature=youtu.be 
Learn Tab

Summer Memories
Video with "A Phantom Flex Summer Story"
https://vimeo.com/50296655
Inspire Tab


Tell Dazzling Stories With Motion Titles
Uses a Premiere Elements 14 video (NOT 15)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYhDBn-iiLY
Learn Tab

Take A Quick Tour Of Premiere Elements 14
Video offered with Premiere Elements 14 (NOT 15) title and content for this lesson
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99A9tE2oFBE
News Tab

Introducing Adobe Premiere Elements 14!
Offers "Introducing Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 & Premiere Elements 14 (NOT 15)
http://blogs.adobe.com/photoshop/2015/09/introducing-adobe-photoshop-elements-14.html 
News Tab

Share Your Videos
https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/how-to/share-videos-youtube-facebook-vimeo.html
Learn Tab 

Create Your Own Movies
Offers a 13 video tutorial to focus in on Video Story feature (instead of 15)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvl9tEmEwm8
Learn Tab 


Learn Time Lapse Photography Using Premiere Elements
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcF7DPARNXk
Learn Tab
(problem: no access to YouTube video since it is listed as private type)

Share Your Videos On Social Sites
https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/how-to/share-videos-youtube-facebook-vimeo.html 
Learn Tab

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

Organize By Events 
https://helpx.adobe.com/elements-organizer/using/events.html 
Learn Tab

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

Sunday It Rained
Video with "Sunday it rained" theme
https://vimeo.com/113110919
Learn Tab

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

Use Mattes And Keys To Blend Videos Together
Video "Premiere Elements Mattes And Keys"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIkOy4dD4HI 
Learn Key

A Simple Clip Of A 3 Year Olds Perspective
Video "Blake"
https://vimeo.com/94278758 
Inspire Tab 

How To Add Multiple Effects To A Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mkp3LwavS8E 
Learn Tab


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

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 Tab

Suddenly I Feel Light
https://vimeo.com/channels/staffpicks/82123812
Inspire Tab

The World Beyond The World
https://vimeo.com/89216531
Inspire Tab

Swinging Solo: Video Love Letter #1
http://www.babymakingmachine.com/2013/12/swinging-solo-video-love-letter-1.html
Inspire Tab


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

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 Tab

3 Easy Ways To Make Movies
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvppYqs_sT8&index=2&list=PLPzkxRKAxnCAxJ2N6p0RQwGDrFJ7A6MFe
Learn Tab 

Easily Tell Your Big Life Story
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BF4XMwa9PkE&list=PLPzkxRKAxnCAxJ2N6p0RQwGDrFJ7A6MFe&index=5 
Learn Tab 

Favorite Moments Fast Movies
Video focus is on Favorite Moments feature of program
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=km9gp6pYlCw&index=3&list=PLPzkxRKAxnCAxJ2N6p0RQwGDrFJ7A6MFe 
Learn Tab 

Smooth Out The Shakes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ee_SWNma-Nw&feature=youtu.be
Learn Tab


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* The above information/content was captured on October 17, 2016 and is subject to change determined by Adobe. Some version 15 promotional offerings can be seen at this time in 14/14.1 eLive. It seems that e-Live is not a page copy that is used in 15 and 14/14.1 since the layout of the offerings is different in these versions at the same moment in time. It is also observed that many of the different offerings are presented to the user in a version of Premiere Element other than 15. Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit and Mozilla Firefox (version 49.0.1) were used in this presentation.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

PE 15: Keyboard Shortcuts

INTRODUCTION

For all intents and purposes the keyboard customization (Edit Menu/Keyboard Customization/Application & Window) are the same in Premiere Elements Windows 15 and 14/14.1. Minor exceptions include
  • Edit Menu/Keyboard Customization/Application/Help where "Reveal Logs Folder" is in 15, but not 14/14.1.
  • Edit Menu/Keyboard Customization/Windows/Timeline Window where Command/Shortcut for Razor Tool (C) and Selection Tool (V) are found in 14/14.1 but not 15.
ADOBE PREMIERE ELEMENTS FACTORY DEFAULTS FOR VERSION 15*

Since for all intents and purposes the keyboard customization (Edit Menu/Keyboard Customization/Application & Window Commands/Shortcuts are the same, for 15 refer to the 14/14.1 keyboard commands/shortcuts found HERE.

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* The information above has been triple checked (15 against 14/14.1), and it believed to be inclusive.

ATR