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.



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)
for Mac (OS X 10.7 - 10.11) 

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. 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

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" 

"PE11: SmartSound Error Windows 8.1 64 bit"

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" 
PE 13/13.1: 2.7 Video Stabilization with Shake Stabilizer 

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
PE: Non Red Key. What is it? 
PE: Alpha Adjust, What Is It? 
Premiere Elements Help/Transparency and superimposing 

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 
Premiere Elements 13/13.1
Premiere Elements 12/12.1 (Item 0016). 
Premiere Elements 11 

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. 

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.

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 
Premiere Elements 13/13.1
Premiere Elements 12/12.1 (Item 0016). 
Premiere Elements 11
 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.


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

PE 15: Auto Levels/Temporal Smoothing


The January 11, 2014 blog post addressed "Auto Levels/Temporal Smoothing"/"What is it all about?"/"Where can I find it in Premiere Elements?". Important: see HERE for this blog post which gives details for this feature in Premiere Elements earlier than version 11 contrasted with details of this feature in Premiere Elements 11 and 12.


To date, Auto Levels/Temporal Smoothing feature details have not been updated here for Premiere Elements 13/13.1, 14/14.1, and the current version, 15.


The Auto Levels/Temporal Smoothing settings requirements at the "rubberband" level are essentially the same for Premiere Elements 11, 12/12.1, 13/13.1, 14/14.1, and 15. But, in 15 workspace, there are some feature access changes in the workspace. See Figure 1 for 15 workspace Auto Levels/Temporal Smoothing related components.

Figure 1. Premiere Elements 15 Expert Workspace Auto Levels/Temporal Smoothing Components.
  • After selecting the Timeline video clip, Auto Levels is applied to that clip by selecting "Fix/Adjust icon/Adjustments/Lighting panel expanded/Auto Levels tab" which are located at the workspace's right vertical tool bar. 
  • Once the Auto Levels is applied to the selected video clip by clicking* on the Auto Levels tab in the expanded Lighting's panel, Auto Levels/Temporal Smoothing will only then appear as a choice in the video clip's title bar options (originally, it is set by default to Opacity).
  • Then the Timeline video clip's rubberband** (range 1 to 10) becomes the Temporal Smoothing rubberband, and the rubberband can be moved up or down with the mouse cursor in order to adjust the Temporal Smoothing level. Movement of the Temporal Smoothing rubberband is accompanied by a small rectangle displaying the Temporal Smoothing value for wherever the Temporal Smoothing rubberband is placed.
  • In Premiere Elements 14/14.1 and 15, the Temporal Smoothing rubberband has been created  correctly if the Timeline's video clip title bar reads "name of video clip (V) Rubberband: Auto Levels:Temporal Smoothing (seconds)", immediately followed by a small downward pointing triangle.  In Premiere Elements 11, 12/12.1, and 13/13.1, the word rubberband is not included in the video clip's title bar. 
  • The Temporal Smoothing rubberband set is done by waving the mouse curse over the rubberband until the mouse cursor presents as a small vertical line with start and end arrowhead (version 14/14.1, 15) or a small vertical line with start and end arrowhead with a small horizontal line going through the middle of the vertical line (versions 11, 12/12.1, 13/13.1).
  •  The video clip title bar title is set in either of two ways (1) from drop down list by clicking on the small downward pointing triangle which is at the end of the video clip title bar title or (2) from pop up menu obtained from right clicking the video clip to use the pop up menu's option Show Clip Keyframes/ and its option for Auto Levels/Temporal Smoothing.

At this time, this blog post did not make any attempt to evaluate critically how well Auto Levels/Temporal Smoothing works in video editing.

Work in progress.

*Auto Levels can be deselected by pressing on the Auto Levels tab. And, there is a Reset button in the expanded Lighting panel. Always make sure video clip title bar title is set correctly before and after making changes in the default Opacity setting.
**For general information on the Premiere Elements "rubberband", see HERE.
***Work done with Premiere Elements Windows.


Thursday, March 2, 2017

PE: Write-On Video Effect


The Write-on effect is introduced in Premiere Elements 14/14.1 and also is included in the current version 15. In the program's project, the effect is found under fx Effects/Video/Generate and seems best considered as a video clip only effect. See comment in ISSUE below. The Adobe details for this effect can be found in the Premiere Elements Effects Reference document HERE. Toggle Animation is a key player in this task function. Since this effect is not listed in that Adobe document as a Windows Only effect, it is assumed that the effect is an option in Mac* and Windows versions of Premiere Elements 14/14.1 and 15.


Consistent with the Adobe document on Write-on effect, I could not get the Write-on effect to work on a Timeline still. This issue was overcome by exporting the Timeline still as a video file using the Export & Share section of the project and then importing that video file into the project and applying the Write-on effect to that video file.

It was found that applying this effect to the video clip takes planning, practice, and patience. It was decided to share my first look experience with the Write-on effect when applying it to a video clip in order to give the look of the text "John" being handwritten on the video as the video is played back.

 Premiere Elements 15 Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit was used for the exploration.


Intent is to place Write-on keyframes in a path to give the appearance of a word or words being handwritten (character by character) across the Timeline video being played back. Either of the following two approaches should be considered.

A. Create a Write-on Guide in Photoshop Elements 15. See Figure 1 details.
Figure 1. Write-On Guide Created in Photoshop Elements 15 As PNG File Using New Document (Transparent)/Brush Tool (To Write Out John)/Line Tool (To Place Arrows-Arrowhead At End Of Each Arrow).
In this approach, the yellow dot seen in the Figure 1 png is the start of the path that travels progressively to form J (in this example) and then the rest of the characters of the word (in this case "John"). In this scenario, the png is just a guide. All Write-on keyframes are applied to the selected video as will be described in the suggested workflow section. The Write-on guide is deleted afterward.

B. Just use a pen or pencil to hand-write the word or words on a piece of paper, noting the path that the pen or pencil travels in using for handwriting the word(s). Draw arrows to indicate the path that the pen or pencil travels. Then refer to that flow path on the paper to remind yourself about the order and flow path of the Write-on keyframes being applied.

Write-On Effect 

Strategy A was used, and the following was obtained as a first try which needs a lot more work and/or editing.

 Figure 2. 640 x 480 WMV Video Displaying Premiere Elements 15 Video Write-On Effect.

The final Premiere Elements 15 Expert workspace details for this work can be seen in Figure 3.
Figure 3. Premiere Elements 15 Expert Workspace For Write-On Effect Test. Features Pointed To With Red Circles Include: "Write-On" Panel Name And Toggle Animation At Far Right On That Panel, Show/Hide Keyframe Controls At Top Right, FX Effects And FX With Pencil In Right Vertical Panel.

Step 1. 
Video on Video Track 1 and Write-on guide on Video Track 2. Followed by Write-on effect applied to video. For Premiere Elements 15, see fx Effects/Video/Generate/Write-On.

Step 2.
In the opened Write-on Panel set the Color and Brush Size. Important - Remember to have the video selected and click once on the word Write-on in the Write-on panel in order to visualize the circled X and subsequent keyframes. With the circled X over the initial brush dot, move the brush dot to start of the handwriting. (Subsequently that brush dot will be extended with keyframes/movements to progressively form the handwritten word.) Then
  • Select the Toggle Animation icon
  • With the right arrow key, move the Timeline Indicator 5 frames (or use Shift + right arrow if that is working or just tap the right arrow 5 times). 
  • With the mouse cursor move the circled dot with the X to the next position along the prescribed flow path.
  • Then move the Timeline Indicator 5 frames and move the dot with the X to the next position along the prescribed path. Continue in this pattern.
  •  Keyframes can be adjusted along the way or afterward using the handles of a keyframe.
  • Also to be explored are the options under Paint Style in the Write-on effect: On Original Image (seen in Figure 3), On Transparency, or Reveal Original Image (video shows through the body of the text). At the end, make sure that the keyframe** for each point is set accordingly.

More work needs to be done including use of interpolation methods for improving the handwriting movements. As mentioned previously here, this blog post offers a first look.

*I do not use Mac computer and consequently do not have access to Premiere Elements Mac versions.
**It is assumed that the user will have a basic understanding of Premiere Elements keyframing.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

PE15: Haze Removal Video Effect


In Premiere Elements 15, Adobe introduces a "Haze Removal video effect" targeted at removing "haze, fog, and smog" in videos (in particular videos of landscapes). The Adobe document on this effect can be found HERE. 


The Adobe document pointed to mentions only "video" source in its details. Is this a video only effect? Can the Haze Removal video effect apply to stills as well as videos? Does use of the Haze Removal video effect offer any advantages over the use of the Adjust/Lighting feature?


Examples With JPEG Photo Source Media
Atmospheric Haze in Early Morning

Figure 1

Haze Removal Effect (Auto Haze Removal)
Figure 2

Haze Removal Effect (Maximum Custom Settings For Haze Removal And Sensitivity)
Figure 3

Adjust/Lighting Panel (Custom Settings For Brightness, Contrast, Exposure, Black, White)
Figure 4

Haze Removal Effect (Maximum Custom Settings For Haze Removal And Sensitivity)
Followed By
Adjust/Lighting Panel (Custom Settings For Brightness, Contrast, Exposure, Black, White)

Figure 5


Figure 1 Original...Expert workspace's Timeline 1920 x 1080 jpeg file exported to computer Desktop using Premiere Elements 15 Export & Share/Image/HD 1080 1920 x 1080 (settings = format jpeg and quality middle choice)

Figure 2 Haze Removal Effect (With Auto Haze Removal)...To apply the effect, FIX right vertical bar/fx icon/Effects/Video/Advanced Adjustments/Haze Removal)....Using the "Auto Haze Removal" setting in the editing area for the effect, the Haze Removal and Sensitivity sliders were each found at 0.70. In this "Auto" mode, the "Haze Removal" slider was not active, but the "Sensitivity" slider was active. See Figure 6 which shows editing area for the Haze Removal effect that was applied.

Figure 6. Applied Effects/Haze Removal Using Auto Haze Removal Option.
Figure 3 Haze Removal Effect (With Maximum Custom Settings For Haze Removal And Sensitivity)...To apply the effect, FIX right vertical bar/fx icon/Video/Advanced Adjustments/Haze Removal)...In the effect's editing area, "Auto Haze Removal" was disabled by removing the check mark next to that option; the "Haze Removal" and "Sensitivity" sliders which each have range of 0.00 to 1.00 were each set to maximum setting 1.00.

Figure 4 Adjust/Lighting (With Custom Settings For Brightness, Contrast, Exposure, Black, White...Top icon of FIX list/Adjustments/Lighting. Under the "More" button, the sliders are all found set to 0.0. Then custom settings used were Brightness = 3; Contrast = 19; Exposure = -7; Black = 31; White = 0.0. This feature also has Auto Levels, Auto Contrast, and Auto Fix options which were not used in the example. Lighting has a Reset option at the bottom left of its panel. See Figure 7.

Figure 7. Adjustments/Lighting/"More" Slider Settings For Figure 4 Result. Lighting Panel Widened Horizontally So That Black And White Headers Were Visible At The Same Time As For the Brightness, Contrast, And Exposure Headers.

Lighting Panel Settings Using Buttons....
Brightness, Contrast, Exposure each has 9 setting buttons (100, 80, 60, 40, 20, -20, -40, -70, and -100). Black and White each have 9 setting buttons (10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90). The graphic in each header's buttons offers a relative view of effect resulting from choice of a particular button.
Lighting Panel Settings Using Sliders...
Each header has slider setting under "More" option. (Note relationship of button and slider settings...for example, if the Brightness, Contrast, or Exposure button for 60 is selected, the "More" slider will be set at 60.) The Black and White headers typically are not visible unless the Lighting panel is expanded horizontally or the next/previous arrow at the right and left of the headers is used to move Black and White into the visible area. The Lighting Panel has a "More" or "Less" viewing option. Access to the sliders is by selecting the More option at the bottom right of the Lighting panel.

Figure 5 Haze Removal Effect (With Maximum Custom Settings For Haze Removal And Sensitivity)
Followed By Attempted Image Improvement Using
Adjust/Lighting (With Custom Settings For Brightness, Contrast, Exposure, Black, White)

After the Haze Removal Effect was customized to maximum setting 1.00, the Adjust/Lighting was applied to that same photo. In this case, the Adjust/Lighting sliders were custom set to Brightness 45. Contrast 21, Exposure 31, Black 32, and White 15.


The initial study was done subjecting an unedited hazy jpeg photo to Premiere Elements 15 Haze Removal effect and/or Lighting Adjust features, followed by export of each Timeline jpeg photo using Export & Share/Image/. As a backup check, the 5 Timeline photos (original, Haze Removal effect auto, Haze Removal custom, Adjust/Lighting, Haze Removal effect + Adjust Lighting) were exported as one wmv video using Export & Share/Device/Custom/Windows Media. See Video below.


Custom Premiere Elements 15 export settings for this wmv video included: 1920 x 1080, 29.97 frames per second, square pixels (1.0), 10000 kbps (kilobits per second) VBR, 2 Pass.

The better haze removal results might be expected from use of the Premiere Elements 15 Haze Removal effect (maximum Haze Removal and Sensitivity setting 1.00), followed by use of Adjust Lighting feature as needed for Brightness, Contrast, Exposure, Black, White options. It would appear that the Haze Removal effect can be applied to Timeline video as well as jpeg photo. More results from more video/photo source media need to be looked at. Work in progress.



Sunday, January 15, 2017

PE: Program Registration


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"  


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.


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 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.)


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

*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.


Monday, January 9, 2017

PE15: Video Collage Feature (NEW)


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.


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.


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.


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.



Sunday, December 25, 2016

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


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)

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.

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
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).


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.