The Quick and Expert are the new alternative workspaces of Premiere Elements 11 and are next generation Sceneline and Timeline respectively found in versions earlier than 11. Major changes can be seen in comparing the current with the previous. Premiere Elements 11 Quick is our focus this blog post. While it has taken on several new features as compared the predecessor Sceneline and has lost some Sceneline features, there appears to be a more pronounced difference in "features that it does not have" as compared to its workspace alternative, Expert.
Note the comparative display of the same 3 second 4:3 movie brought into a NTSC DV Standard project in Premiere Elements 11 Quick (default) versus Premiere Elements 10 Sceneline (Default)
|Figure 1. Sceneline Premiere Elements 10 NTSC DV Standard Project. One 3 Second 4:3 Video Imported.|
|Figure 2. Quick Premiere Elements 11 NTSC DV Standard Project. One 3 Second 4:3 Video Imported.|
If the "Fit To Visible Timeline" icon (NEW) was selected, the expanded view of the Video bar seen in Figure 2 would be as represented in Figure 3.
|Figure 3. Quick Premiere Elements 11 NTSC DV Standard Project. One 3 Second 4:3 Video Imported. View When "Fit to Visible Timeline" Selected.|
SOME "QUICK" CONSIDERATIONS
The basics for the filmstrip are Text bar for titles created in the Titler (NEW), Strip with spaces (scenes) for still or the video only portion of a video/audio file, Narration bar, and an Audio bar for adding audio files. Like the Sceneline, audio linked to video is not represented in strip, bar, or track in Quick.
The new features of Quick include
- Text bar for titles created in the Titler
- Zoom Out (-)/Zoom In (+) slider over its Filmstrip
- "Fit to Visible Timeline" icon (keyboard shortcut / ) over its Filmstrip
- Render Button over its Filmstrip
- A scene space capable of displaying whole video instead of just the first frame of the video; individual scene spaces appear to be sized according to duration of the video or still file as compared to Sceneline with fixed size scene spaces. But a Quick or Sceneline scene space assumed the aspect ratio of the file placed in it, 4:3 or 16:9.
As mentioned above, a Quick scene space is capable of displaying whole video instead of just the first frame of the video. In fact, if the Filmstrip is expanded to max with the -+ slider, all the frames of that video can be viewed in Quick. This is not possible in Sceneline.
There is now a Text bar included in Quick.
When a title is created in Quick Titler, the title is displayed as a purple bar in the Text bar, and the scene thumbnail has an upper right corner icon which is named by the program "PIP or Overlay is applied to your clip". Double clicking the title's purple bar representation in the Text bar will open the Titler for further edits of the title. For those who are chronic switchers between Expert and Quick, please take note:
- Quick title will display on Video 3, not 2, of Expert. And, when in Expert that title is moved from Video 3 to Video 2 and the workspace changed from Expert to Quick, the purple bar will disappear from Quick Text bar but the "PIP or Overlay is applied to your clip" icon will still appear on the scene thumbnail. Of note, if one places a PIP on Video 2 in Expert and switches to the Quick, the scene thumbnail will have the "PIP or Overlay is applied to your clip" icon but there will not be the purple bar representation in the Text bar. Furthermore, if one remains in Quick and creates the PIP the scene thumbnail will have the "PIP or Overlay is applied to your clip" icon but there will not be a purple bar representation in the Text bar.
- But, if one moves the PIP in Expert from Video 2 to 3 and then switches to Quick, there will be a light blue bar in the Text bar as well as the "PIP or Overlay is applied to your clip" icon for the scene thumbnail.
- And, just one more, for now, scenario on all this. If one creates a project in Expert, using Video 2, not Video 1, for the video clips or stills and creates a title which goes to Video 3, when the switch from Expert to Quick, the title will make its presence known by the purple bar in the Text bar in Quick, but, in the Quick video strip scene space, there will be no Video 2 content that was placed in Video 2 in Expert.
A Title Template theme typically comes in 4 types, credits, frame, lower3rd, and title and presents in Quick workspace as follows.
goes to a scene space in the Video bar and Titler is automatically opened; no presence of credits Title Template in the Text bar. If the Video bar content is expanded with the "Fit to Visible Timeline", an icon named "You have trimmed your clip" can be seen at the of the end of this scene one file (top right). After the Titler is closed, the credits Title Template can be reopened in the Titler for further edits by double clicking in the credits Title Template's scene space.
same as _credits, except no "You have trimmed your clip" icon on frame Title Template in scene space.
same as _credits, except no "You have trimmed your clip" icon on lower3rd Title Template in scene space.
same as _credits, except no "You have trimmed your clip" icon on title Title Template in scene space.
Lots more details. Bottom line suggestion. Stay in one workspace or the other, and pay close attention to what is happening in switching back and forth between workspaces.
SOME "EXPERT" FEATURES MISSING IN "QUICK"
- No Project Assets and Media Storage
- No full set of fx Effects
- No full set of Transitions
- No full set of Graphics
- Window Menu/No Dual Monitor Workspace
- Tools Menu/No Time Stretch. Duration of text titles in the Text bar can be adjusted with mouse cursor, dragging on edges of the text title in the Text bar.
- Clip Menu/Only Remove Effects option is left in Quick Clip Menu options...so Expert Clip Menu options such as Link/Unlink Audio and Video, Group/Ungroup, and Effects Mask are among the missing.
- No Audio bar for audio linked to video
- No "New Item" with its choices of Title, Bars and Tone, Black Video, Color Matte, and Universal Counting Leader.
- No sub-clips from Preview Windows Trimming (do not see way to do this). For Trimming in Quick and Expert workspace, please check out Adobe document http://help.adobe.com/en_US/premiereelements/using/WSA27F29AF-97BB-4bdc-AF98-65113182EDF6.html#WSD58726BC-ED8A-41a9-B957-C7F0021FAB6C
- No keyframing opportunities found in Quick using Applied Effects/Applied Effects/Motion, Opacity or other, at video bar level, with Presets, or anything else in comparison of Quick to Expert. Further, note that keyframing opportunities were available in the predecessor Sceneline via Properties Palette/Motion Panel/Opacity Panel and some others as well as Presets.
SOME "EXPERT" FEATURES SAME AS IN "QUICK"
- Instant Movies (Slideshow, Event, Memories, Pets, and Style categories) choices
- Default Text (Still, Rolling, Crawl) and Title Templates choices
- Movie Menus choices
- Time Remapping
- Music choices
- Split Clip (keyboard shortcut Ctrl+K) as tab on Timeline Indicator stem as well as choice in Timeline menu.
- Publish+Share options
Remember, consider staying with Expert or Quick (my choice Expert) and no toggling between the two to avoid confusion and problems of all sorts.