Monday, December 31, 2018

PE: Important Annoucements Sticky Blog Post

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

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

Thank you for exploring my observations on Premiere Elements.

ATR

Announcements

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

Monday, July 16, 2018

PE: Support For TGA Files Update

INTRODUCTION

Back in the days when Premiere Elements 11 was the latest version of Premiere Elements, one of the  ATR Premiere Elements Troubleshooting blog posts addressed the issue of Premiere Elements 11 lack of support for files with the file extension .tga. Refer to "PE 11: TGA Files/PE 8.0/8.0.1 Title Templates" dated September 19, 2013 and found HERE.

UPDATE

Premiere Elements 11 through to the present version 2018 did not support the .tga file import; whereas Premiere Elements 4 through to 10 did. Furthermore, the program files for versions 4 through 10 each contain Adobe created .tga files*. The paths to these files files are
For Premiere Elements 4.0, 7, 8.0/8.0.1, and 9.0/9.0.1
Local Drive (C:)/Program Files (x86)/Adobe/Adobe Premiere Elements 4.0, 7.0, 8.0,  or 9/Presets/Textures/Common/
For Premiere Elements 10
Local Drive (C:)/Program Files/Adobe/Adobe Premiere Elements 10/Presets/Textures/Common/

In today's investigation, .tga support for versions of Premiere Elements later than 11 was evaluated using the Baby Girl rattle Logo_7.tga file from the Premiere Elements 8.0/8.0.1 program files. In each case, the import of this file into Premiere Elements 11 or later failed with the Add Media Failure/Error Message "This type of file is not supported or the required codec is not installed." Control for these findings was successful  importing of the same file into Premiere Elements 10 and earlier on the same computer.

COMMENTARY

To date, the solution suggested in July 16, 2018 is the same as that suggested back in September 19, 2013; that is,
 .....locate and transfer...template's text files (.prtl) plus graphic files (.tga), convert the .tga to .png, and then place the text and graphic files into the correct locations on the computer hard drive for Premiere Elements ... to use. If this involved a go between 2 computers, a USB 2.0/3.0 Flash Drive could be used for the folders/files transfer.
As an aside, there are reports of issues with Premiere Elements missing media message related to seemingly non existent .tga file. Refer to ATR Premiere Elements Troubleshooting blog post named "PE 13/13.1: "Where is the File "Business Title_7.tga?" Solved?" dated July 24, 2015  and found HERE.

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*Reminder...for these versions, make sure that Content has been installed from Content Disc if Premiere Elements was purchased in box or from the following link if no Content Disc
https://www.adobe.com/special/premiereel/downloads/ 



ATR




PE: Instant Movie Details Round Up

INTRODUCTION

The Premiere Elements Instant Movie feature provides the opportunity for the user to take the Timeline Video Track 1 content (max 15 minute duration*) to a movie with choice of Adobe supplied themes and assets which can be customized (music and other) at the Timeline level after the Instant Movie process is completed. See HERE for the Adobe document "Adobe Premiere Elements Help/Creating Instant Movies.

 ISSUE

As the Premiere Elements versions evolved over the years, Instant Movie feature survived the cut each year when a new version of Premiere Elements was released with feature cuts and additions. Important details for various facets of the Instant Movie feature can be found in blog posts scattered in this ATR Premiere Elements Troubleshooting blog. It was decided to point to these blog posts for the user thinking about making a video presentation as Premiere Elements Instant Movie.


ATR BLOG POSTS RELATED TO PREMIERE ELEMENTS INSTANT MOVIE DETAILS AND CONCEPTS

Useful for introducing Instant Movie to the user, and especially useful for Instant Movie music customization details.
PE 14/14.1: Instant Movie Theme Music
http://atr935.blogspot.com/2016/04/pe-14141-instant-movie-theme-music.html  

Useful for recreating some Instant Movie effects and easier than trying to create user made new  Instant Movie with its required mvth file and assets available in Program Files or Online File locations.
PE: Some Instant Movie Movie Effects Explained
http://atr935.blogspot.com/2015/02/pe-some-instant-movie-effects-explained.html
Forum thread "How To Recreate Some Instant Movie Effects in PRE11?"
https://forums.adobe.com/thread/1706770 

Useful for understanding and addressing "Instant Movie Outdoor Adventure Theme Glitch" which persists over versions through to version 2018.  And useful as introduction to locations for program's Instant Movie files in Program Files and Online File locations.
PE: Instant Movie Theme "Outdoor Adventure" Glitch
http://atr935.blogspot.com/2014/01/pe-instant-movie-theme-outdoor.html 

COMMENTARY

Just a reminder about Instant Movie/Personalize Movie/Duration....Duration area lists "Maximum Duration 15 min: 0 sec". The choices in that section are Match Music, Specify Duration, and Use All Clips.

Match Music...the resulting Instant Movie duration will be governed by the duration of the Instant Movie's  music file.

Specify Duration...by default is the duration of the music file. But, that setting has a maximum set of 15 minutes.

Use All Clips...an example for "AutoEdit" factor involved when Use All Clips is selected
  • With Timeline content duration = 00;24;51;14, the completed Instant Movie duration = 00;15;06;01 when AutoEdit, Auto-Analyzer, and Entire Movie are selected in Personalize Movie.
  • With the Timeline content duration = 00;24;51;14, the completed Instant Movie duration = 00;24;57;14 when AutoEdit is not included in the selections along with Auto-Analyzer and Entire Movie. 
This AutoEdit factor was found if Personalize Movie/Music was set for Theme Music or No Music. The above Use All Clips/AutoEdit factor was evaluated using Premiere Elements 2018 Windows 64 bit/Instant Movie with European Travel theme.

Lots of variables and choices. Typical default Personalize Movie settings are displayed in Figure 1 below.

Figure 1. Personalize Movie Default Settings. European Travel Theme Was In Use When Figure 1 Was Created. The Top Of The Personalize Movie Area Has The Default Text for Opening Title And Closing Title. Space Limitations Prevented Including This Default Text In Figure 1.


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* See COMMENTARY section.


ATR

Monday, July 9, 2018

PE: Experimenting With Video Story Telling Embellishments

INTRODUCTION

Story telling using video and photo clips can be achieved using Premiere Element built in features such as Video Story and Instant Movie. Aside from these features, the user has opportunities to story tell using his/her source media embellished by his/her selection of project assets such as special effects, fx effects, transitions.

ISSUE

Using only user selected special effects, fx effects, and transitions and with a "create a story as I go" attitude, I decided to take a group of related clips and try to build a story around them. The group of related clips were from Premiere Elements 4.0 program files found on my Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit computer at Local Drive (C:)/Program Files (x86)/Adobe/Adobe Premiere Elements 4.0/Samples Files.

RESULTS

The following is the user created story telling version done in Premiere Elements 2018 Timeline* with Premiere Elements 4.0 program Sample Clips (.avi) which were edited to include special effects, fx effects, and transitions.




The story telling wmv video above is the Premiere Elements export** of the Premiere Elements Timeline which utilized the following embellishments.

Freeze Frames
To increase the view duration for "Dolphin Harbor" at start and also for "Dolphin Harbor Return From Dream" at end, bmp freeze frames were created for those areas in the project.

Transitions
Swing Out
Duration 1 second, Alignment Left clip, "More" area with check mark next to Reverse.
To give the illusion of book type opening going between "Dolphin Harbor" and "Once Upon A Time" segments.
Tic Tac Toe
Duration 1 second, Alignment Between clips.
To complement the change from Black & White video to original colors video. Concept was  influenced by 1939 movie "Wizard of Oz" in which the movie starts in Black & White and changes to colors once the character of Dorothy enters Oz.
Swing In
Duration 1 second, Alignment Right clip.
To give the illusion of book type closing at the "Return From Dream" segment.
Fade
There is a Fade Out Video applied to the view of the Dolphin video seen under the "Dolphin Harbor" closing.

Effects
Bounce Back Effect
After the "Once Upon A Time" segment",  the avi clip with boy and girl jumping was triplicated and placed next to one other. To the second clip only, Time Stretch/Reverse Speed was applied. There is a Guided lesson on "Create Bounce Back Effect" available in the project workspace, but it was not referred to in this instance.
fx Effect
Video, Image Control, Black & White.
Story telling video starts off in Black & White and goes to original colors when boy and girl are playing with Dolphins. Black & White is reverted to at end to imply return from dream concept.  Concept was influenced by 1939 movie "Wizard of Oz" in which the movie starts in Black & White and changes to colors once the character of Dorothy enters Oz.

Music
Music Score/Ambient/Heaven is soundtrack used under those story segments which appear in their original colors.

Titles
A Title*** was created for the "Once Upon A Time" and "Return from Dream" segments. The Black & White Effect was applied to each of the Timeline titles.

Figure 1 displays the Timeline construction for the story telling video version described above.

Figure 1. Timeline Content For Video Embellishments Experimenting. Premiere Elements 2018 Expert Workspace.
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*Project preset was NTSC-AVCHD-Full HD 1080i30.
**Export route was Export & Share/Devices/Custom with Custom's Advanced Settings for Format = Windows Media.
***The project Titler was used for title creation...Text Menu/New Text/Default text. The text animation "SpinInByLine" was applied to the "Return From Dream" title at the closing of the story telling wmv video.

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

PE: Update - What Version of Premiere Elements To Buy

INTRODUCTION

The end of September/early October has been the classical time each year for Adobe to release a new version of its Premiere Elements software. The release of a new version triggers the question "What version of Premiere Elements to buy if you are a present user of some version of the software and you are interested in new features or if you are a new user seeking video editing software?" On July 31, 2016, this question was previously been discussed in the ATR Premiere Elements Troubleshooting blog post as it relates to Premiere Elements 7 through 14/14.1. See HERE.

Note: To date there has been no subscription purchase for Premiere Elements. The latest version of the software has been purchased either as download from Adobe or a non Adobe source. The disc version of the latest version is not sold by Adobe and can be obtained from a non Adobe source. Each version is a standalone software (there is no updating of features for an already installed earlier version). There is the possibility for the purchase of older versions from certain non Adobe source.

ISSUE

With September 2018 fast approaching and the possibility of a new Premiere Elements version (assumed named 2019), it was decided to update the July 31, 2016 blog to include Premiere Elements 15 and 2018 information.

OBSERVATIONS

Suggest Reading Material

Premiere Elements 2018 First Look
http://atr935.blogspot.com/2017/10/premiere-elements-2018-first-look.html
 
Premiere Elements 2018 Daily Discoveries
http://atr935.blogspot.com/2017/10/premiere-elements-2018-daily-discoveries.html
 
Premiere Elements 15 First Look
http://atr935.blogspot.com/2016/10/premiere-elements-15-first-look.html
 
Premiere Elements 15 Daily Discoveries
http://atr935.blogspot.com/2016/10/premiere-elements-15-daily-discoveries.html
 
Sampling of Version Alerts 

Premiere Elements  2018
Blu-ray and AVCHD categories have been removed from Export & Share/Disc/Blu-ray and Export & Share/Disc/AVCHD. Only Export & Share/Disc/DVD remains. System Requirements for Windows 64 bit, not 32 bit.
No workarounds found.

Premiere Elements 15
Last version to support Blu-ray and AVCHD Export & Share/Disc opportunities.


COMMENTARY 

Be sure to review Adobe document on the Premiere Elements System Requirements. See HERE. Additional information may be added to today's blog post at later date.

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ATR

Friday, June 22, 2018

PE: Creating A Blu-ray ISO Image File

INTRODUCTION

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

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

ISSUE

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

FINDINGS

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

Basic generalized settings:

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

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

COMMENTARY

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

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

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

Basic generalized settings:

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

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

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

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ATR
 

Thursday, May 31, 2018

PE 2018: Changes In HD Timeline Rendered Files Format

INTRODUCTION

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

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

ISSUE

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

FINDINGS*

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

Details follow below.

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

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

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

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


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


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

COMMENTARY

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

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


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




Work in progress.

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

ATR