Wednesday, August 21, 2013

PE: Missing Features, Explained and Unexplained


There are those features that change from version to version and are easily identified in the Read Me and New Features Intro given by Adobe for a new version. Additionally, forum discussions may help get at the whys when a feature is supposed to be in a version and is not or is there but not working.

This blog post will log in some such instances and give a status for each case found.


Sync Linked Clips

“Sync Linked Clips” feature has never worked in either Premiere Elements 9.0/9.0.1, 10, or 11 Windows. It works great with Premiere Elements 4, 7, and 8.0/8.0.1 installed along with these other versions on the same Windows 7 64 bit computer, using the same video/audio file in each case. In contrast, the Premiere Elements Help PDF for all these versions describes this feature as a viable one. 9-85A3-83179E2326F8.html

For all these Premiere Elements versions, the linked video and audio can be unlinked by holding down the computer main keyboard Alt key as the audio file is clicked/dragged away from the video portion on the Timeline, with the Offset numbers clearly visible on the video and audio halves. But there are no "Move Into Sync" and "Slip Into Sync" options seen when using the Offset numbers as described in the Adobe documentation or otherwise.

There has never been an online confirmation that anyone has gotten this feature to work in versions later than Premiere Elements 8.0/8.0.1.

Frame Blend

Typically the Frame Blend option is a consideration for smoothing out motion effects related to Speed of clip (slow motion) and changing frame rate. How it works in this regard in Premiere Elements is for another time. But the basics of Frame Blend "On" seem to be averaging the frames versus Frame Blend "Off" the duplication of frames to achieve, if possible, the smoother look. Here just finding the Frame Blend feature will be the focus not how it works.
In Premiere Elements 4, 7, 8.0/8.0.1, 9.0.1, 10, the Frame Blend option can be found
  • Timeline workspace: Clip Menu/Video Options/Frame Blend or right clicking the Timeline video and selecting Frame Blend.
  • Sceneline workspace: Clip Menu/Video Options/Frame Blend
When selected, the Frame Blend text has a check mark automatically placed to its left.

The Premiere Elements 11 Expert and Quick workspaces are the next generation of the Timeline and Sceneline workspaces, respectively, that exist in versions earlier than 11

In Premiere Elements 11's Expert and Quick workspaces, Frame Blend has the same locations as in earlier program versions, but the Frame Blend option is grayed out. In version 11, the only way to apply Frame Blend to a video clip is to select the video, go to Tools/Time Remapping, and click Frame Blend option in the special Time Remapping workspace that opens. The final step would be to exit the Time Remapping workspace with the clip left at normal motion (if just the Frame Blend is wanted without a slow motion effect).

When back in the Premiere Elements Expert workspace from the Time Remapping workspace, Clip Menu and pop up still show the Frame Blend text grayed out for that particular video, but now there is a grayed out check next to the grayed out Frame Blend text.

But that Time Remapping Frame Blend setting does not select Frame Blend thereafter in Clip Menu and pop up for other than the video that went through the Time Remapping workspace route.

If there is more than this one video on the Timeline, it does not work to use Copy/Paste Effects and Adjustments to apply the Frame Blend of the first to the others. Even though that the Frame Blend options locations have been pointed out, questions remain as to what constitutes it working and not working even with a check mark (not grayed out versus there but grayed out).

Deinterlacing Freeze Frames

Typically deinterlacing has been recommended for freeze frames generated by Premiere Elements' Freeze Frame feature. For those with an integrated version of Photoshop Elements, one way to do that was using the Photoshop Elements' Filter Menu/Video/Deinterlace for the deinterlacing.
  • from Freeze Frame dialog, include the option "Edit in Photoshop Elements after inserting"
  • if Freeze Frame already on Timeline, right click the Freeze Frame, and select Edit in Adobe Photoshop Elements
And, the user can find the same information in Adobe Tech document "Premiere Element/Sharing for PC Playback"
 If Photoshop Elements is installed, you can instead deinterlace the exported image in that application. In the Editor, choose Filter > Video > Deinterlace.
The only problem with that is that Photoshop Elements 11 no longer has an option for deinterlace via its Filter Menu/ or anywhere else.

However, that Adobe Tech document other suggestion for deinterlacing Freeze Frame is still a viable one for Premiere Elements 11 as well as earlier versions of the program.
Deinterlace the frame to greatly increase the quality of the exported image: In the Expert view timeline, select the containing clip. Then choose Clip > Video Options > Field Options. Select Deinterlace, and click OK.
 Freeze Frame (Camera Icon) Bottom Of Edit Mode Monitor

This icon no longer exists in Premiere Elements 11. A workaround to get the Freeze Frame dialog to appear, rather than going through the Premiere Elements 11's Tools Menu or Tools Tab is
creating a keyboard shortcut cut to the Freeze Frame dialog via Edit Menu/Keyboard Customization/Application/Help/Freeze Frame.
Tip: I borrowed the letter G from another unused feature listed in Keyboard Customization/Application/ for this purpose.

This thread is a work in progress and will be updated periodically.
Updated August 26, 2013.