Sunday, September 28, 2014

PE11: Image Transparency and Videomerge Pop Up

INTRODUCTION

Today at the Adobe Premiere Elements Forum  a very interesting report came up regarding maintaining transparency of a .psd file imported into a Premiere Elements 11* project.

However, a closer look at the dynamics of the matter suggests that this situation goes more to the trigger on the Premiere Elements Videomerge pop up than to the Photoshop CS2 Save As with or without a check mark for Maximum Compatibility

MaxPhotoshop.JPG

And, it was also found that Photoshop CS5.1 as well as CS2 involvement in this matter is the same.

To take a closer look at the situation, three 720 x 480 pixels documents were created in Photoshop CS2, each with a blue colored circle on a transparent background and Saved As
  • psd with check mark next to Maximize Compatibility
  • psd with no check mark next to Maximize Compatibility
  • png
Each of them was imported into a NTSC DV Standard Premiere Elements 11 Windows 7 64 bit project, Video Track 2. Each triggered** the Premiere Elements 11 Videomerge pop up.

VideomergeMessage.JPG

If No in the Videomerge pop up was selected in reply to the project's request to apply Videomerge, all three results were the same, that is, the area around the circle was transparent and the circle was not...just the way it was created in Photoshop CS2.

ISSUE

So, why was the Videomerge message stating "Clip being dropped contains solid background color" when the clip had transparency represented by black and did not have a solid background color?

Even more interesting was what happened if Yes was selected in response  to the program's request to
apply Videomerge to create transparency for what it claimed to be seeing as "solid background color". The overall result was essentially the same for all three Yes cases, that is, the inside content of the shape became transparent and the "black which had represented transparency " became a "solid color". In the case of the .png file, the shape now appeared as a square rather than a circle and the "solid color" non transparent background was white. In the case of the .psd files, the shape was a circle, and the "solid color" non transparent background was black. There was no option in the Videomerge editing area to "Invert Selection" to try to correct the situation.

SOLUTION

To avoid the Videomerge pop up under these circumstances, in the Videomerge pop up, I would suggest placing a check mark next to the "Do not show again.", followed by No. When that is done, there should be no confusion related to the activities of the Videomerge pop up, and the Premiere Elements user should have no problems with the maintenance of the Photoshop created transparency in an image when that image is imported into a Premiere Elements project.

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* Results are also applicable to Premiere Elements 13, 12/12.1, 10, 9.0/9.0.1.
However, Premiere Elements 7 .png and .psd files presented with the circle shape and the transparency as created in Photoshop CS2 with either a Yes or No answer to the Videomerge message; consequently, there was no need to use its Invert Selection option for editing Videomerge. However, in Premiere Elements 8.0/8.0.1, the Yes maintained the circle shape and the transparency of the original Photoshop CS2 .png and .psd files only with the Invert Selection selected. After Premiere Elements 8.0/8.0.1, Invert Selection option is gone from the Videomerge Panel in Properties. There is no Videomerge in Premiere Elements 4. All results are for the conditions as described above.

**In this particular exploration, the Videomerge pop up seemed to appear consistently when the file was placed on a track above Video Track 1.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Premiere Elements 13 Daily Discoveries

INTRODUCTION

As we explore and experiment with Premiere Elements 13 on Windows 7 64 bit, Daily Discoveries will be frequently posted.  


DAILY DISCOVERY 

0001. Premiere Elements 13 and Dolby Digital 5.1 Channel Sound

As in Premiere Elements 12, version 13 does not offer Dolby Digital 5.1 channel sound for its burn to exports. It does continue to offer limited opportunities for the export of a file with AAC or Window Media Audio 10 Professional  5.1 channel, but the process errors out if the project preset does not include 5.1 channel in its description. In the case of Premiere Elements 13, the error message is presenting as "Error compiling movie. Unknown error".

Figure 1. Premiere Elements 13. Error Message When Timeline Content  Is Exported To File With 5.1 Channel Sound And The Project Does Not Use A Project Preset With 5.1 Channel In Its Description.

Please see the following earlier blog posts which include how to create a Premiere Elements project preset with 5.1 channel included in its description in order to resolve this issue.

http://www.atr935.blogspot.com/2013/04/pe11-exporting-1080p50-or-1080p60-file.html

http://www.atr935.blogspot.com/2013/07/pe11-exporting-1080p25-or-1080p30-file.html

http://www.atr935.blogspot.com/2013/10/pe12-exporting-720p50-or-720p60-file.html

In Premiere Elements 13, check out the following areas for the limited opportunities to export a file with 5.1 channel sound saved to the computer hard drive
  • Publish+Share/Computer/Windows Media and Advanced Button/Audio Tab with Windows Media Audio 10 Professional 5.1 channel sound for the Windows Media Video 9.wmv file export.
  • Publish+Share/Computer/AVCHD or XAVC S and Advanced Button/Audio Tab for AAC 5.1 channel opportunities for the .mp4 file export.
  • Publish+Share/Mobile Phones and Players/ and preset's Advanced Button/Audio Tab for AAC 5.1 channel opportunities for the H.264.mp4 file export.

0002. Premiere Elements 13 And Its New Shake Stabilizer's Benefits And Liabilities

The fx Effects/Video Stabilizer/Stabilizer effect found in Premiere Elements 12 is gone and now in Premiere Elements 13 there is a Shake Stabilizer in the Expert and Quick workspaces under Adjust Tab/Adjustments Palette. This Shake Stabilizer is described by Adobe as "Shake Stabilizer will smooth out camera shakes in your clips". In the Expert workspace, the feature offers an Advanced set of options which is not present when the feature is used in the Quick workspace.

Although Shake Stabilizer is accessed under the Adjust Tab/Adjustments Palette, once the user clicks on Quick or Detailed within the feature there, the Shake Stabilizer is transferred to Applied Effects/Applied Effects Palette/and presenting as a Shake Stabilizer panel there. See Figure 1 in this 0002 topic.

Figure 1. Premiere Elements 13 Expert Workspace Shake Stabilizer "Advanced" Working Under Applied Effects Tab/Applied Effects Palette/Shake Stabilizer Panel Expanded.

The details of the Shake Stabilizer can be found in the Adobe document "Adobe Premiere Elements Help/Stabilize Video Footage with Shake Stabilizer"
http://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/using/shake-stabilizer.html

The effectiveness of the Shake Stabilizer is yet to be determined. At this introductory phase of the evaluation, two aspects of the feature draw attention.

1. "Stabilizer requires clip dimensions to match project settings. Create a new project".

The feature will not stabilizer a clip whose properties do not match that of the project preset even if the clip image is scaled in the Edit area monitor to fit that monitor's space established by the project preset set. Interestingly, if a clip is imported with its properties matching that of the project preset and subsequently zoomed in in the Edit area monitor, the Shake Stabilizer will stabilize that zoomed in image.

2. "Shake Stabilizer is a memory-intensive and time-consuming operation"/

See Adobe document cited above for more details under its "Recommendations for Using Shake Stabilizer section.


0003. Premiere Elements 13 Version’s fx Effects/Hollywood Looks Are Premiere Elements 12 Version's fx Effects/Film Looks.

The 16 “Hollywood Looks” of the new version’s  fx Effects are the same as the 16 “Film Looks” of prior version’s  fx Effects . Nothing new, except the name of the category.  “Hollywood Looks” remains  a group of presets, each with its own unique set of effects and settings to achieve a given “Look” for the image to which it is applied.

Still existing are the consequences of the No or Yes in the Apply Effect dialog and whether or not the effect is dragged into the image in the screen or into the image's Timeline clip. The Application Layer automatic placement of Video Track 4 with the Yes selection in the Apply Effect dialog exists in 13 as it did in 12. See full details in Item 0002. Premiere Elements 12 fx Effects/Film Looks: Designed In Or Unintended Glitches? in the Premiere Elements Daily Discoveries blog post.

In a recent Adobe Premiere Elements Forum post PRE_help gave the following Adobe insights into Hollywood Looks. 
"......Since these are effect presets (multiple effects in combination) that result in a specific "look", they are best applied in isolation. If any previous effect is applied and we still allow a Hollywood effect to be applied, we will not be able to see what the effect does clearly. For e.g. if you already have a Gaussian Blur effect applied to your clip, and then we allow you to apply the "Red Noir" Hollywood effect, the fact that the "Reds" in the scenes will be highlighted and the others converted to B/W will not be clearly seen since the content is already blurred out. So any previously applied effects was designed to be removed. This holds good even if you apply a Hollywood look "on top of" another one. The previous one will be replaced. Having said that, you can customize the look further by either tweaking an already applied filter or by a adding a newer effect on top. That is the reason you can apply an effect on top of the Hollywood Effects and not vice versa."
Further exploration and experimentation with  PRE_help's comments need to be done. As a reference point, the following is our summary of the 16 Hollywood Looks, the combination of components in each, and where to look for the components of the Look after application of the Look to the image. With regard to where to look, note
AE after the name of the effect = Applied Effects Tab/Applied Effect Palette/Panel for fx Effect applied.
A after the name of a component of the Look = Adjust Tab/Adjustment Palette/Name of Adjust Panel Used.

Comic
.....NewBlue Cartoonr Plus, AE
.....Auto Tone, Lighting Panel A

Cross Process
.....Split Tone, AE
.....Auto Tone, Lighting Panel A
.....Color Balance (HLS), Color Panel A

Crushed Color
.....Temperature Tint, Temperature and Tint Panel A
.....Vibrance, Color Panel A
.....Color Balance (HLS), Color Panel A
.....Auto Tone, Lighting Panel A

Deep Copper
.....Temperature Tint, Temperature and Tint Panel A
.....Color Balance (HLS), Color Panel A
.....Split Tone, AE
.....Auto Tone, Lighting Panel A

Dreamy
.....Temperature Tine, Temperature and Tint Panel A
.....Gaussian Blur, AE
.....Auto Tone, Lighting Panel A
.....Vibrance, Color Panel A
.....Blend with Original, AE

Hollywood Movie
.....Three-Way Color Corrector, AE
.....AutoTone, Lighting Panel A

Horror
.....Three-Way Color Corrector, AE
.....Color Balance (HLS), Color Panel A
.....Split Tone, AE

News Reel
.....Old Film, AE

Old Film
.....Old Film, AE

Pandora
.....Invert, AE
.....Vibrance, Color Panel A

Red Noir
.....HSL Tuner, AE
.....Auto Tone, Lighting Panel A
.....Color Balance (HLS), Color Panel A
.....Vibrance, Color Panel A
.....Blend with Original, AE

Sparta
.....Three-Way Color Corrector, AE
.....Vibrance, Color Panel A
.....Color Balance (HLS), Color Panel A
.....Auto Tone, Lighting Panel A
.....HSL Tuner, AE
.....Split Tone, AE

Summer Day
.....Split Tone, AE
.....Color Balance (HLS), Color Panel A
.....Auto Tone, Lighting Panel A
.....Temperature Tine, Temperature and Tint Panel A

Trinity
.....Three-Way Color Corrector, AE
.....Split Tone, AE
.....Auto Tone, Lighting Panel A
.....Vibrance, Color Panel A

Vintage
.....Shadow/Highlight, AE
.....HSL Tuner, AE
.....Split Tone, AE

Yesteryear
.....Split Tone, AE


0004. VBR, 2 Pass Option Missing In Premiere Elements 13 Advanced Export Settings for Publish+Share/Computer/AVCHD and XAVC-S

A Premiere Elements 13 user has just commented on the finding that the VBR, 2 Pass is missing in Premiere Elements 13 Advanced Export Settings for Publish+Share/Computer/AVCHD. Under Advanced Button/Video Tab and its Bitrate Settings,  only CBR and VBR, 1 pass are offered. Interestingly, the description associated with the VBR, 1 pass there reads
The encoding mode to use. Choose Constant Bit Rate (CBR) or Variable Bit Rate (VBR) and the number of encoding passes.
Either the message is a mistake or the Video Tab options design is flawed.

When looking further into this report, it was found that VBR, 2 pass can be seen for many of the presets under Premiere Elements 13 Advanced Export Settings for Publish+Share/Computer/MPEG, but not Publish+Share/Computer/AVCHD or XAVC-S.

More news on this with further developments.
October 15, 2014 Update....PRE_help has posted today in the Adobe Premiere Elements Forum
We acknowledge the missing 2-Pass encoding option as a bug and will look at it the next version.

0005. What Happened To The BadDrivers.txt File In Premiere Elements 13?

Since the days of Premiere Elements 9.0/9.0.1, deletion of the BadDrivers.txt file has come to the rescue of those who are getting display card error messages in spite of having their video card/graphics card driver version being up to date. For version 9.0/9.0.1, 10, and 11 (on Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 64 bit), the BadDrivers.txt file can be found in the path
Local Disk C
Program Data
Adobe
Premiere Elements
9.0 or 10.0 or 11.0
and in the 9.0 Folder, 10.0 Folder, or 11.0 Folder is the BadDrivers.txt file that is to be deleted.
Folder Option Show Hidden Files, Folders, and Drives needs to be enabled so that the path cited can be seen. The rationale behind deletion of the BadDrivers.txt file can be found in post 10 HERE.

For Premiere Elements 12, that BadDrivers.txt file is now found in the Premiere Elements Folder in the above path rather than in one of the folders in the Premiere Elements Folder.

But, now in Premiere Elements 13, there is no file named BadDrivers.txt file to be found. In the new version, inside the Premiere Elements Folder is seen "Current Display Driver.txt" file. Its significance and relation to the BadDrivers.txt file is unknown at this time. See UPDATE October 17, 2014 at bottom of this item 0005.

On the same Windows 7 64 bit computer, the following is what is seen when the Notepad document of these files are opened with the respective program opened or closed.

Premiere Elements 9.0/9.0.1, 10, and 11
##FALSE#0#0#0

Premiere Elements 12
##FALSE###FALSE#0

Premiere Elements 13
Seen is the Intel Build number/Driver Version for the Intel HD Graphics video card/graphics card that this particular Windows 7 64 bit computer uses.

Good news, if all this means no more display card errors in Premiere Elements 13. Bad news if the Premiere Elements 13 user has lost a value means to troubleshoot display card error issues.

Update October 17, 2014. According to PRE_help, the BadDrivers.txt file "will be at the root of Premiere Elements Folder." and further states, if Premiere Elements 12 and 13 are on the same computer, "PRE12 and 13 will share the entry. So if the entry in this file matches the currently installed driver, both of them will error out during launch."  Please refer to fuller details in post 9 here.

0006. Premiere Elements 13 Workarounds For Removed Features

Today in the Adobe Premiere Elements Forum PRE_help posted a link to an Adobe document detailing workarounds for features that Adobe removed from version 13. The document is titled "Adobe Premiere Elements Help/Removed Features And Unsupported File Formats/Adobe Premiere Elements 13". Topics in the document include
  • Alternative Way to Capture DV
  • Alternative Way to Capture HDV
  • MacOS HDV/DV/Webcam Capture
0007. New Premiere Elements 13 Preference Option "Use Hardware Acceleration (works on Intel Graphics 2000 and higher"
Today in the Adobe Premiere Elements Forum a Premiere Elements 13 user posted about failed production of an ISO export in the Publish+Share/Disc/ section of the program. PRE_help responded with the suggestion to select the "Use Hardware Acceleration (works on Intel Graphics 2000 and higher" preference found Edit Menu/Preferences/General.

Figure 1. Premiere Elements 13. Edit Menu/Preference/General And Option "Use Hardware Acceleration (Works On Intel HD Graphics 2000 And Higher".
The Premiere Elements 13 user responded that this suggestion worked. More details are needed on this preference, including its applicability to other operations within a project. And, it was found that this preference is a default preference. So it is not clear how this user did not have this option with check mark in the first place.

More information is definitely needed on this and will be posted as it becomes available.

Update October 15, 2014. Please see comments of PRE_help in today's Adobe Premiere Elements Forum thread.

0008. Premiere Elements 13 Tryout Unexpected Work Area Bar Behavior

In Premiere Elements 12 and other prior versions of the program, if I had a clip of 149 frames (from video or still) and played them back in the Edit area
  • the gray tabs of the Work Area Bar typically automatically spanned the duration of the clip
  • at the end of Timeline playback, the Timeline Indicator would stop "in the black" in what could be designed the 150th frame (the first frame of the next clip if there were a side by side clip).
The following Premiere Elements 12 screenshot (Figure 1) is intended to demonstrate the situation in that version.

Figure 1. Premiere Elements 12. The 150th Frame.
Now in Premiere Elements 13, doing the same thing, I get about 90% of the 149th frame and about 10% black area next to that for the "150th frame". Refer to the Premiere Elements 13 tryout workspace screenshot (Figure 2).

Figure 2. Premiere Elements 13. The 150th Frame.
Attempted remedies have included
  • If I use the left arrow key to go back to the 149th frame and then use Alt/right bracket key ] to reset the right gray tab of the Work Area Bar, it takes about a "4 frames in" set of the Work Area Bar right gray tab before I get the playback ending without the 10% black.
  • Alternatively, if I use the right arrow key to advance the Timeline Indicator by 1 frame to get a "black frame" ending, reset the right gray tab using Alt/right bracket key ] , then the playback of the clip ends in black on the 152nd frame, not the 151st.
  • Deletion of the Adobe Premiere Elements Prefs file or the whole 13.0 Folder in which it exists did not resolve the issue.
And, this is an end of last Timeline clip syndrome whether there is 1 or more than 1 clip on the Timeline. A Windows 7 64 bit computer was used. Project preset was set manually for NTSC DV Standard, but issue was seen when the project established the project preet for other than NTSC DV Standard.

More news on this as we seek to discover if this is a tryout only issue and if this issue has been seen by others in Premiere Elements 13 purchased version as well as tryout version.

Update. October 20, 2014
Today in the Adobe Premiere Elements Forum PRE_help is confirming that this Premiere Elements 13 Work Area Bar Behavior is not a bug, but rather
This is only a visual indicator that you have reached the last frame. As correctly noted, this is only during preview and is not there is in the exported output.

0009. Where Has The Timeline Shuttle Gone In Premiere Elements 13?

The Timeline Shuttle would appear to be discontinued in the Premiere Elements 13 workspace, but it is still there under the Play Button in the Full Screen view. However, it has been noted that, under Edit Menu/Keyboard Customization/Application/Help, there are 5 Shuttle keyboard shortcuts that can be used in non Full Screen for the Shuttle function. They are
  • Shuttle Left...................J
  • Shuttle Right................L
  • Shuttle Slow Left.........Shift+J
  • Shuttle Slow Right......Shift+L

0010. Importing/Viewing MPEG2 Files In Elements Organizer 13 Tryout


Premiere Elements 13 comes with Elements Organizer 13. A MPEG2 export from Premiere Elements 13 tryout will not load into the Elements Organizer 13, giving a message relating to codec. At the Adobe Premiere Elements Forum level, the answer seems to be that this problem will not exist in the purchased version of 13. We have not yet verified this first hand. The following "Elements Organizer Help document/View video and full-screen images", Section on View video files, does not point out this said to be tryout versus purchased version difference.

http://helpx.adobe.com/elements-organizer/using/view-video-full-screen-images.html

The history on this is interesting. On the same Windows 7 64 bit computer and same MPEG2.mpg file....
Elements Organizer 12 - the MPEG2.mpg crashes the Elements Organizer 12
Elements Organizer 11 - no problem
Elements Organizer 10 - no problem
Elements Organizer 9.0/9.0.1 - no problem

Export settings to generate the MPEG2.mpg used in the above comparison
Publish+Share/Computer/MPEG with Presets = HDTV 1080p 29.97 High Quality

More information as it becomes available.

0011. "New Trimmed Project" Is Working In Premiere Elements 13 Project Archiver/Archive Project/.

Project Archiver/Archive Project/ results in a Trimmed Folder which is supposed to contain a "New Trimmed Project". The "New Trimmed Project" feature has not worked as advertised since Premiere Elements 8.0/8.0.1. Create a "New Trimmed Project" is now working in Premiere Elements 13. Please see the recent blog post for details of the "New Trimmed Project" failures of versions 9.0/9.0.1, 10, 11, and 12 and a general discussion of the matter.
http://atr935.blogspot.com/2014/09/pe-creating-new-trimmed-project.html 

0012. Premiere Elements 13 Alert When Install Of Pen And Tablet

Forum threads have talked about what can and cannot be done with mouse versus pen and tablet in the Premiere Elements 13 workflow. However, two of the most recent threads have pointed to more extreme issues with Premiere Elements 13 in a computer environment with a pen and tablet installed.

The latest of these two recent threads involved Premiere Elements 13 iMac OSX 10.95 and workspace stuck in Quick. The problems resolved with removal or disabling of the pen and tablet. Details for this one can be found
https://forums.adobe.com/message/6993322#6993322

More information is being gathered and organized on this matter.

0013. Premiere Elements 13 .MOD Widescreen 16:9 Interpret Footage And Properties Readings Issues.

It is an old story that mod widescreen 16:9 files typically import into Premiere Elements  as 4:3. The fix has been to change the Interpret Footage Pixel Aspect Ratio/Conform To: to D1/DV Widescreen 16:9.

The reliability of that fix for .mod widescreen imported into Premiere Elements 13 is questioned since the Interpret Footage and Properties readings for this type of format in Premiere Elements 13  are different than other Premiere Elements versions using the same file and the same Windows 7 64 bit computer.

Details of the situation can be found in the blog post
http://atr935.blogspot.com/2014/12/pe-13-serious-problem-with-mod.html
Studies were done with .mod widescreen as well as with the .mod widescreen whose file extension had been renamed from .mod to .mpeg.

Update...a possible workaround seems to be
a. Set the project preset manually to NTSC DV Widescreen or PAL DV Widescreen
b. Go to Expert workspace Edit Menu/Preferences/General and remove the check mark next to the preference "Default Scale to Frame Size".
c. Import the .mod widescreen into the project with the project's Add Media/Files and Folders/Project Assets, and drag the .mod widescreen from Project Assets to the Timeline Video Track 1/Audio Track 1.
d. Click on the Edit area monitor to bring up the image's bounding box with handles. Click and drag on one of the image's bounding box handles to scale the image to the point where it just fits the space provided in the Edit area monitor by the project preset choice.

0014. Premiere Elements 13 And "No Disc" Error

More and more reports are surfacing about "No Disc" error popping up in Premiere Elements 13. On each of Windows 7 64 bit and Windows 8.1 64 bit, I have installed first the tryout (download) and later the purchased product (disc) and have not encountered this issue.

Most of those with the problem have resolved the problem by deleting or disabling the OldFilm.AEX file as suggested by PRE_help in the Adobe Premiere Elements Forum thread
https://forums.adobe.com/thread/1657807 
In that thread, see post 9 which reads
Could you try removing the Old Film effect from the installed location of Premiere Elements 13 and then try to launch the app? The exact file to be removed is (assuming you have installed it in the default location)
Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Premiere Elements 13\Plug-Ins\Common\NewBlue\OldFilm.AEX

While we are not 100% certain this is to blame, we have seen internally that this has fixed the problem in some cases. Let us know if this helps.

Regards,
Premiere Elements Team

Currently under investigation is ruling in or out other factors that may be triggering this Premiere Elements 13 "No Disc" message. At this time, the No Disc OldFilmAEX solution for Premiere Elements 13 is dominating the reports.

0015. ClipMate With Premiere Elements 13 For Copy/Paste Insert Between Projects

Like Premiere Elements 11 and 12, Premiere Elements 13 and ClipMate work* for the copy/paste insert between projects with the exception of transitions. Identical results for 11, 12, and 13 in this regard. Interestingly for 11, 12, and 13,  ClipMate does copy/paste insert transitions within a given Premiere Elements project, but not from one Premiere Elements project to another Premiere Elements project.

Premiere Elements 13 was put through the same Premiere Elements ClipMate testing protocol as described for version 7, 8.0/8.0.1, 9.0/9.0.1, 10 and 11 in the May blog post "PE: ClipMate Copy/Paste Between Projects". Please refer to that blog post for further details.
As done for 12, in 13, an extra test was included, that is, determining if the Fade In and Out Video and Audio applied to clips would copy/paste insert successfully from Premiere Elements project to another Premiere Elements project.. They did.
Just how much content a user can copy/paste insert from project to project at one time has not been established in these studies. Limited studies have suggested that the process works between two projects with different project presets. But without further studies, that is not being recommended at this time.
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 * Work, to the extent of the Premiere Elements Clip Mate testing protocol as defined in the
May 2013 blog post "PE: ClipMate Copy/Paste Between Projects".


0016. Premiere Elements 13 Titler And Auto Color Adjusted Video/Still Glitch

In Premiere Elements 13, after Auto Color specifically is applied to a still or video clip before the Titler is opened, the clip image cannot be seen when the Titler is opened to  create a text title above the clip. This is not the case in Premiere Elements 11 and 12.

Please see blog post
http://www.atr935.blogspot.com/2015/01/pe-13-titler-and-auto-color-adjusted.html
for full details.

0017. Premiere Elements 13 ISO Image File Size Issue

The issue is the lack of player recognition for AVCHD on DVD disc or Blu-ray disc format on Blu-ray disc when the disc is created in ImgBurn using a Premiere Elements 13 ISO Image with a file size greater than about 1 GB.

Please see blog post
http://atr935.blogspot.com/2015/01/pe-13-iso-image-file-size-issue.html
for more details.

0018. Premiere Elements 13 Expert Workspace Timeline Area Mouse Wheel Scrolling Issue: Bernard Solution


In prior versions of Premiere Elements, mouse scroll wheel has been used to scroll the Timeline, moving the Timeline Indicator from left to right or right to left - frame by frame. This is not the case in Premiere Elements 13 Expert workspace.Timeline. Instead, there the mouse scroll wheel scrolling results in the movement of the Timeline tracks up or down or up and down in the Timeline panel.

Bernard has posted the discovery that mouse scroll wheel scrolling in Premiere Elements 13 Expert workspace Timeline can result in the left to right or right to left movement and gave the how to details. Incredible findings by Bernard.

The essentials of what Bernard did and observed include
  • With zoom in max set in the -+ slider above the Timeline, position the mouse with the scroll wheel at a blank space to the right or left of the Edit area monitor, and scroll. An 11 frames movement (left to right or right to left)  results from each nudge of the mouse scroll wheel.
  • If the Premiere Elements 13 icon in the Taskbar is clicked twice before doing the scroll as described above,  the result is a 1 frame movement (left to right or right to left) with each nudge of the mouse scroll wheel.
Commentary...we have confirmed Bernard's findings in Premier Elements 13 on Windows 7 and 8.1 64 bit.  But more work needs to be done with quantifying the scenario which results with the 11 frames movement per nudge of the mouse scroll wheel. So far, the degree of zoom in does not appear to influence the results.

0019. Premiere Elements 13 Movie Menu Title Issue: More Than One Line of Text

A Premiere Elements 13/13.1 user reports that, if he creates a 3 lines of text title for Faux Widescreen theme's main menu in the Movie Maker customization area of the project, those 3 lines of text end up "scrambled" in the reopened project after it had been saved closed.

We have confirmed this report and extended it to include that this issue appears for 13's Movie Menus other than Faux Widescreen. This issue is not seen in Premiere Elements 12/12.1 and earlier versions.

BEFORE THE SAVE CLOSE REOPEN

Figure 1. Spring Flower Main Menu Originally With 3 Lines Of Text As Seen Before The Save Close Reopen

AFTER THE SAVE CLOSE REOPEN


Figure 2. Spring Flower Main Menu Title Originally With 3 Lines Of Text As Seen After The Save Close Reopen


The only way found so far to get the end product to have the 3 lines of text title for the menus in the end product is to customize the Movie Menu theme in the Movie Menu customization area of the project, do not save close the project at that point, and then do the burn to.

Many variables have been looked at to explain this behavior. So far no answer for why.

0020.  Premiere Elements 13 Movie Menu Text Issue: Use Of & In Text Results In &amp 

The forum user gregg reported today (June 27, 2015) that scene button text written as

Joe & Chadney's Wedding
displayed
Joe & Chadney&#39

and

Bride & Father Dance
displayed
Bride & Father Dance

after the project was saved, closed, and reopened.

In use was Premiere Elements 13 on Windows 8.1 64 bit with Movie Menu Wedding/Elegant.

When the above was repeated with our Premiere Elements 13/13.1 on Windows 7 64 bit, the issue for the most part was confirmed. Our results were

Joe & Chadney' Wedding
displayed
Joe & Chadney's Wedding

and

Bride & Father Dance
displayed
Bride & Father Dance

Our results could be repeated if we used Slideshows/Pan and Zoom theme instead of the Wedding/Elegant theme. And, the issue existed in menu titles as well as in text under scene buttons. This issue was found not to exist in the previous version, Premiere Elements 12/12.1.

If the project was taken to disc without the project save, close, reopen, burn to disc, then the & in text  appeared as & and not &amp at playback of the disc with menus. Consequently, we write

The only way found so far to get the end product to include & and not &amp is to customize the Movie Menu theme in the Movie Menu customization area of the project, do not save close the project at that point, and then do the burn to.

Alternative for & (like w/) seems less appealing.

0021. Premiere Elements 13/13.1 "Where Is The File Business Title_7.TGA?" and "Where Is The File Tropical_7.TGA?" Messages Popping Up When Reopening A Saved Closed Project Containing Title Templates RedBulb_Title and Beachresort_Title Respectively

For full details including suggested solution, please see blog post.
http://www.atr935.blogspot.com/2015/07/pe-13131-where-is-file-business.html 

0022. HD Project's Preview File Format Has Changed From MPEG2.MPEG to AVC/H.264.MPEG According To MediaInfo Readout And Other Property Readout Program

For full details including suggested solution, please see blog post
http://atr935.blogspot.com/2015/07/pe-13131-hd-timeline-rendered-files.html 
 

0023. Premiere Elements 13/13.1 Supports Import Of 16-Bit Tiff Images

The most recent Adobe document found for "Adobe Premiere Elements Help / Guidelines for adding files" states that Premiere Elements does not support 16-bit TIFF Images created in Photoshop and other applications. See
https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/using/guidelines-adding-files.html

Although this seems to be true for Premiere Elements 10, 11, and 12/12.1, it was found that Premiere Elements 13/13.1 does support the import of a 16-bit TIFF created in Photoshop or other applications.


0024. Premiere Elements 13/13.1 Audio Mixer Mute Button To Mute Selectively Audio Track In The Export

In an earlier blog
http://www.atr935.blogspot.com/2015/05/pe-about-disabling-sound-for-whole.html
we wrote in depth about the Audio Mixer Mute button being functional only within the opened Audio Mixer for adjusting Edit area Timeline audio tracks volume. The message from that work is that you cannot disable sound for a whole audio track, but you can disable sound from each of the files on the audio track.

Recently, in the Adobe Premiere Elements Forum, a Premiere Elements 11 Windows 8.1 64 bit user posted an interesting variation on this matter. The user had audio on different tracks and wanted only one of the audio tracks to be heard in the export. So, the user opened the Audio Mixer in the Edit area, selected Mute button for all the audio tracks except the one wanted, left the Audio Mixer opened, and did the export of the Timeline content. It worked for this user.

We had not seen this approach reported before. We have used the usual ways to mute selectively Timeline content in the export. But, we are confirming that the ID's approach works for MP3 Timeline audio files using Premiere Element 11 or 13/13.1 Windows 7 64 bit with Publish+Share/Computer/Audio with Presets = AAC High Quality or MP3 High Quality.

Thanks Claude for sharing this Premiere Elements Audio Mixer information relating to selective audio export.





ATR



Premiere Elements 13 First Look Details

INTRODUCTION

September 24, 2014 and Adobe Premiere Elements 13 has been released by Adobe. The tryout of the program has just been downloaded and installed using Mozilla Firefox version 32.0.2 without problems. Control Panel/Programs shows a size of 3.64 GB for the installed version 13 as compared to 1.23 GB for Adobe Premiere Elements 12. A reason for this increase size will be explored.

Installation Notes

The install starts showing 4.3 GB size and goes through
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 Redistributable Package (x64)
  • Sonic
  • Elements 13 Organizer
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable Package (x86)
  • Camera Raw 64 bit
  • Adobe Premiere Elements 13 
 Installation ends with a Sign In.


Figure 1. Adobe Premiere Elements 13 After Sign In.
In the Installation Complete dialog, the http://adobe.com/go/adobemembership link goes to the Adobe ID's My Adobe account. Video tutorials  link goes to Adobe TV and its Premiere Elements 13 video tutorials.

Figure 2. Adobe TV Video Tutorials For Premiere Elements 13.
The basic introductory links for the program include

Adobe TV Adobe Premiere Elements 13 Video Tutorials
http://tv.adobe.com/product/premiere-express/

Adobe Premiere Elements 13 Overview/Features/Tech Specs/Reviews/FAQ/Reviews/FAQ/Buying Guide

http://www.adobe.com/products/premiere-elements.html 

Adobe Premiere Elements 13 Help PDF File
(at this point, needs to be checked out to make sure that it is really completely for 13 and not 12)
http://helpx.adobe.com/pdf/premiere-elements_reference.pdf

Elements 13 Organizer
(at this point, needs to be checked out to make sure that it is really completely for 13 and not 12)
http://helpx.adobe.com/pdf/elements-organizer_reference.pdf



QUICK BROWSE FOR WHAT IS NEW AND DIFFERENT

Also Refer to Adobe Document 
"Adobe Premiere Elements Help/What's New In Adobe Premiere Elements 13"
http://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/using/whats-new.html 

1. Major, major news in the Publish+Share/Disc/DVD, AVCHD, and Blu-ray is the arrival of the Burn To: choice of disc image...

DVD
Disc
ISO Image (4.7 GB)
ISO Image (8.5 GB)
Folder (4.7 GB)
Folder (4.7 GB)

AVCHD
Same as for DVD

BLU-RAY
Disc
ISO Image (25 GB)
ISO Image (50 GB)

For the first time, Blu-ray has a choice for other than Disc. However, stop markers appear to continue not to be recognized in the playback of the Blu-ray disc format on Blu-ray disc.

2. A new workspace named eLive (Elements Live) joins the Quick (Guided Quick) and Expert (Guided Expert) workspaces. eLive appears to be Help on steroids. A Help Menu still continues to exist and is accessed from eLive, Quick, Guided, Expert workspace. This Help Menu includes options
Adobe Premiere Elements Help F1
Getting Started
Key Concepts
Video Tutorial
User Forum
Keyboard
How to Use Help
Online Support
Welcome Screen
About Adobe Premiere Elements...
Manage My Account
Sign Out
Updates
So, it will be interesting to explore the offers on eLive by comparison.

3. Sharing With Adobe Or Not. Default is to share, so read the notice and "click here" to get to your preferences if you want to opt out of the sharing information with Adobe.

Figure 3. Default Sharing With Adobe Option.

4. Under the new Create Header in Premiere Elements 13 Expert and Quick workspaces can be found a new feature called Video Story as well as Instant Movie which has been moved to this new location.

Figure 4. New Create Section Containing New Video Story And In Its New Location Instant Movie.

5. Observed so far as gone....
Adobe Flash Video appears to be gone from Publish+Share/Computer, leaving the choices there
MPEG
AVCHD
XAVC-S
AVI
Windows Media
QuickTime
Image
Audio
DV Camcorder and HDV Camcorder are gone from the Add Media choices. This looks like the end of DV and HDV data capture firewire into a Premiere Elements Capture Window. The Add Media/Webcam and WDM choice and its capture window are still there however.

According to the official Adobe "Removed Features" list
DV Capture
HDV Capture
Timelapse Capture (Stop Motion)
WebDVD
Export to FLV
Face As A Filter In Pan & Zoom
Operating System support for: Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Vista, Mac OSX 10.7.

6. According to the official Adobe "New Features" list

Create a video story of a life event
Create/Video Story
http://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/using/video-story.html 

Mark and extract your favorite moments of video
Tools Menu/Favorite Moments
http://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/using/favorite-moments.html 

Stabilize shaky footage with Shake Stabilizer
Adjust Tab/Adjustments Palette/Shake Stabilizer
http://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/using/shake-stabilizer.html

Guided Edit for adding an Effect Mask
Only Guided Expert /"Apply an Effects Mask to your video" Step by Step
http://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/using/adding-effect-mask.html

Guided Edit for adding a video in the title
Only Guided Expert /"Adding Video in Title" Step by Step

http://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/using/adding-video.html 

In-product inspiration and help from the web through eLive
eLive (Elements Live) tab included in the panel with workspace names Quick, Guided, Expert.

7. Camera Raw 8.6 comes with Premiere Elements 13 as well as with Photoshop Elements 13.
Camera Raw updates appear to continue to be only via Help Menu/Update from within an opened project. The Adobe DNG Converter 8.6 is available via an online download
for Windows
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=5825
for Mac
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=5824

8. Apparently there is a new Elements Organizer 13 Create/Slideshow feature for both Windows and Mac which offer a choice of 5 themes: Classic Dark, Array, The Minimalist, Memories, and Album.
More interesting is the fact that these slideshows can be exported as 720p or 1080p AVCHD.mp4 video. More to come on this and what has become of the Elements Organizer Slideshow Editor of versions earlier than 13 and Save As File Movie File (.wmv), Burn to Disc, Edit with Premiere Elements Editor.
http://helpx.adobe.com/elements-organizer/using/create-slide-shows.html

9. Miscellaneous -
  • VBR, 2 pass is gone in AVCHD and XAVC-S Advanced export settings for preset customization.
  • MPEG2.mpg is not being supported for playback in the tryout of the Elements Organizer 13 (one report claims that this MPEG2.mpg Elements Organizer 13 matter is for tryout only)/

The above new features will be explored in depth in the Premiere Elements 13 Daily Discoveries blog post.

Now begins the exploration of Premiere Elements 13 to determine gains, losses, and no changes going previous to new version.
 


PART 1 WORKSPACE OVERVIEW


In Premiere Elements 13 there exists Expert, Quick, Expert Guided, or Quick Guided workspaces as in Premiere Elements 12. But now, an eLive (Elements Live) tab is included in the panel with workspace names Quick, Guided, Expert. (See Figure 4). This new eLive opportunity is supposed to offer "in-product inspiration and help from the web".

Expert and Quick Workspace
Menu Headers

The Premiere Elements 13 menu header lineup remains the same as in Premiere Elements 12: File, Edit, Clip, Timeline, Text, Action Bar, Tools, Window, Help. The gain or loss or no change in the major listing under each menu is as described below.

File. No change.

Edit: No change.

Clip: No Change.

Timeline: No Change.

Action Bar.  Instant Movie has been removed from this location and moved to under the newly created Create header at the top right of the Expert and Quick workspaces (See Figure 4). Action Bar now contains just the 5 carry overs from version 12: Transitions, Effects, Titles and Text, Audio, and Graphics.

Tools. Access to the Favorite Moments feature has been added under the Tools Menu. Everything else is no change. Favorite Moments will be described fully in Premiere Elements 13 Daily Discoveries Thread.

Window. No change.

Help. The "Adobe Product Improvement Program" has been removed from the Help Menu in the new version. This removal may be related to the fact that "Sharing Information With Adobe" has become the default.

There are still a Save button and a Play Full Screen button to the far right of the menu headers. 


Guided Workspace

Step by Step Workflows


The Expert Guided and Quick Guided workspaces display 11 tutorial choices, 2 more than found in version 12. But the 2 new ones are for Expert workspace only. They are "Adding Video in title" and "Apply an Effects Mask to your Video". The carry over tutorials from version 12 to 13 are:
Getting started with Premiere Elements
Trimming Unwanted Frames 
Adding Transitions between video clips
Adding Scores to your movie
Adjusting Brightness+Contrast & Color
Adding Title to your movie
Adding Narration to your movie 
Creating a Picture in Picture   
Animate graphics easily


Expert and Guided Workspaces
Add Media

3 of the 9 Add Media choices found in Premiere Elements 12 have been removed in 13. Gone are Adobe Revel, DV Camcorder, and HDV Camcorder (See Figure 5). The 6 carry over Add Media choices from 12 to 13 are:

Elements Organizer
Files and folders
Photos from cameras or devices
Videos from Flip or Cameras
Webcam or WDM
DVD camera or computer drive


Figure 5. Premiere Elements 13 Expert And Quick Workspaces Add Media Choices.


Expert and Quick workspaces have the same Add Media choices. But, as before, Premiere Elements 13 Expert workspace route is Add Media to Project Assets to Expert Timeline, and Quick workspace route is Add Media direct to the Quick workspace Filmstrip. 

Expert workspace Project Assets remains the same as in Premiere Elements 12. For those who did not read the Premiere Elements 12 First Look, the Project Assets' "Pin View" icon may be a puzzlement. The story is that, when the icon is pressed in and shows a gray background, Project Assets stays open after the file is dragged from it to the Expert Timeline. If the icon is not depressed, Project Assets closes after the file is dragged from it to the Expert Timeline (See Figure 6).


Figure 6. Project Assets' Pin View Option.

Expert and Quick Workspaces
Create

A new Create choice appears in Premiere Elements 13, offering the new Video Story feature and a new location for Instant Movie. See Figure4.

Expert and Quick Workspaces
Publish+Share

WebDVD is gone in going from version 12 to 13. The version 12 carry over Publish+Share choices are Private Web Album (where the Adobe Revel presence remains), Social Websites, Disc, Computer, Mobile Phones and Players. As for 12, there is no record to tape choice.

Details of the offerings of each of these categories will be presented in a later Part of this blog post. Of special note are the major changes under choices for Publish+Share/Disc and Publish+Share/Computer. 

Expert and Quick Workspaces
Markers

As before in 12, it would appear that Expert workspace Markers include Menu Marksr (main, scene, and stop), Beat Marker, and Timeline Markers (numbered and unnumbered); whereas, Quick workspace offers only Menu Marker (main, scene, and stop).

The max 99 menu markers allowable in a project remains the same. When an attempt is made to placethe 100th menu marker (main, scene, stop or any combination thereof), an Add Marker Error message appears stating "The number of Menu Markers in the timeline cannot exceed 99." This Add Marker Error "cannot exceed 99" reflects an Adobe correction of this message in version 12 which states "cannot exceed 25" when version 12 is allowing max 99 menu marker placement.

Expert and Quick Workspaces
Adjust

A new Shake Stabilizer Panel has been added to the Adjust Tab/Adjustments Palette/ panels, and the Video Stabilizer/Stabilizer has been discontinued under fx Effects.

The lineup of Adjustments Palette panels including carry overs from 12 to 13 as well as the new Shake Stabilizer is

Smart Fix (Expert and Quick)
Shake Stabilizer (Expert and Quick)
Auto Smart Tone (Expert and Quick)
Color (Expert and Quick)
Color (RGB) (Expert and Quick)
Gamma Correction (Expert and Quick)
Lighting (Expert and Quick)
Temperature and Tint (Expert and Quick)
Volume (Expert and Quick; only with audio clip)
Balance (Expert and Quick; only with audio clip)
Treble (Expert only; only with audio clip)
Base (Expert only; only with audio clip)
Audio Gain (Expert only; only with audio clip)

And, as in 12 keyframing of certain adjust in Expert workspace is available, but not in Quick workspace.
In Premiere Elements 12 and 13 Quick workspace, "Entire Movie" tab at the top right of the Adjustments Palette appears to be a toggle for "Show/Hide Entire Movie Settings". It took a while to figure out what this was supposed to be doing. See Tip for what is believed to be the function of the "Entire Movie" tab in Quick Adjust.
Tip: When one of the "Adjusts" is applied to a clip in Expert Adjust or Quick Adjust, there is a small green dot automatically placed on the header panel for Adjust applied. In Quick Adjust only, the user can toggle the green dot on or off for the clip to which the Adjust has been applied with this "Entire Movie" tab in order to, as it says, "Show/Hide Entire Movie Settings".

Expert and Quick Workspace
Applied Effects

As in Premiere Elements 12 Expert and Quick, Motion Panel and Opacity Panel are the default panels under Applied Effects/Applied Effects Palette to the right of the workspace. When an fx Effect is applied to a Timeline clip, a panel for editing the effect is added to the Applied Effects Palette.

For Quick only there is that "Entire Movie" tab (Show/Hide Entire Movie Settings), but still trying to figure out what it is supposed to be doing. It seems to be targeted at establishing the Application Layer duration when an fx Effect is dragged into the image on screen as opposed to into the Timeline clip.

Miscellaneous
Instant Movie Tab has been removed from the Expert and Quick workspace bottom row of tabs as well as from the items under the Action Bar Menu at the top of the workspaces. Instant Movie is now found under the new Create at the top right of the workspace. Otherwise this bottom row of tabs remains the same as in version 12, but now offering only undo, redo, Organizer, Tools, Transitions, Titles & Text, fx Effects, Audio, and Graphics.
And, rendering of the Timeline content can be done as before in version 12 by
  • pressing Enter key of the computer main keyboard
  • using Render button above the Timeline
  • using Timeline Menu/Render Work Area
Also, the rendering indicators remain no colored line or green line over Timeline content to imply no rendering needed to get best possible preview and orange line over Timeline content to imply need to render the Timeline content to get the best possible preview of what is seen in the Edit area monitor playback.


PART 2 PROJECT PRESETS 

The NTSC and PAL project presets are the same in 13 as they are in 12, including project presets for video with a 4K resolution of 3840 x 2160. See Figure 7 and Figure 8. The same considerations still exist for the project preset being set by user (manually) versus by the default project (automatically).


Figure 7. Premiere Elements 13 NTSC Project Presets. See File Menu/New/Project And Change Settings.


Figure 8. Premiere Elements 13 PAL Project Presets. See File Menu/New/Project And Change Settings.

PART 3 CONTENT

Content: Instant Movie, Titles & Text, Audio, Graphics, and Movie Menu

Premiere Elements 13 Content, like versions 11 and 12, with few exceptions, is available only from downloads from within the opened project. Refer to May 2013 blog post on this type of Content download which can be slow depending on Internet connection speed and status of Adobe server. Content with a blue ban at the top right of a theme thumbnail requires download for use. The blue ban is double clicked with the mouse cursor in order to get the pop up for Download Now or Download All. Please refer to Figure 9a and Figure 9b demo'd with Instant Movie theme Wedding Doves. But, what is shown in those Figures applies to all the Content whose thumbnail has that blue ban.


Figure 9. Theme Needing Download Before Use.



Figure 9a. Online Content Download Dialog After Selecting Download From Pop Up Download In Figure 9.

These downloads automatically complete already installed incomplete Content for
Instant Movie
Titles & Text
Audio
Graphics
Movie Menu

The gains, losses, and no no change in this Premiere Elements 13 Content as compared to version 12's Content will be detailed in what follows here in PART 3 CONTENT.

Instant Movie.  No change except for location from where the feature is accessed in the workspace.
As in 12, the major categories and number of themes per category are: Slideshow (2), Event (12), Memories (3), Pets (2), and Style (22). See Create header for new access place to display of Instant Movie and its choices.

Slideshow/Pan and Zoom which comes complete with the install (no extra Content download required) is found in Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 64 bit in the path
Local Disc C\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Premiere Elements 13\Movie Themes\Slideshow\Pan and Zoom.
All the rest of the Instant Movie themes are found in Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 64 bit in the path
Local Disc C\Program Data\Adobe\Premiere Elements\13.0\Online\Movie Themes\All_Lang\ and then the folders for Slideshow, Event, Memories, Pets, Style. Each of the latter folders contain theme folders.
As before in 12, the choices for Instant Movie themes appear to be the same whether in the Expert or Quick workspaces.

The Outdoor Adventure theme glitch which presents with media offline sections in the Instant Movie created has not been fixed by Adobe going from 12 to 13. Refer to January 2014 blog post titled PE: Instant Movie Theme "Outdoor Adventure Glitch".

Titles & Text. No change.

Like version 12, the Premiere Elements 13 Titles & Text choices are the same. The major categories and number of themes per category are General (11), Entertainment (8), HD Templates (40), Slideshow (1), Happy Birthday (2), Holidays and Events (9), Kid's Corner (5), Memories (5), Movie Genre (8), New Baby (8), Pets (2), Seasons (5), Sports (6), Travel (7), and Wedding (3).


See Titles & Text Tab at bottom of workspace or Action Bar Menu/Titles & Text at the top of the workspace for access to Titles & Text choices. Same 12 and 13 locations. The choices for Titles & Text them appear to be the same whether in the Expert or Quick workspaces.

General/Defaults, HD Templates/Pan and Zoom, and Slideshow/Pan and Zoom which come complete with the install (no extra Content download required) are found in Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 64 bit in the path
Local Disk C\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Premiere Elements 13\Presets\Templates\Common\ and the Common Folder contains folder for General, HD Templates, and Slideshow. The latter 3 folders contain respectively a Default, Pan and Zoom, and Pan and Zoom folder which houses the related theme's text files. Any graphics for these text files are found in Preset\Logos.
All the rest of the Titles & Text themes are found in Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 64 bit in the path
Local Disk C\Program Data\Adobe\Premiere Elements\13.0\Online\Titles Templates\All_Lang\ and then the folders General, Entertainment, HD Templates, Slideshow, Happy Birthday, Holidays and Events, Kid's Corner, Memories, Movie Genre, New Baby, Pets, Seasons, Sports, Travel, and Wedding. Each of the latter folders contain theme folders which appear to contain, after Content download, both text and graphics files along with its other assets.
Audio. No Change.

Premiere Elements 12 and 13 offer the same Music Score and Sound Effects under the Audio Tab located at the bottom of the Expert or Quick workspace. They can also be accessed using the Action Bar Menu/Audio at the top of the workspaces.

As before, Music Score has 7 subcategories and a total of 51 free soundtracks, customizable according to SmartSound concept, but this is not SmartSound . The Music Score subcategories and the number of soundtracks in them are Ambient (6), Atmospheric (8), Blues (2), Country (5), Rock-Pop (22), Urban (4), and Weddings (5).

Sound Effects has 13 subcategories and a total of 268 free sound effects. The Sound Effects subcategories and the number of sound effects in them are Ambience (49), Animals (10), Cartoon Effects (20), Crashes (10), Fire and Explosions (18), Foley (30), Impacts (20), Industry (10), Liquids (10), Science Fiction (30), Technology (30), Transportation (11), and Weather (20).

Curiously, these subcategories were all present in the Premiere Elements 13 tryout on Windows 7 64 bit, but some were missing from the same tryout on Windows 8.1 64 bit. To be investigated in the purchased product and reported later in the Premiere Elements 13 Daily Discoveries blog.


The Music Score and Sound Effects folders and files can be found in Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 64 bit path
Local Disk C\Program Data\Adobe\Premiere Elements\13.0\Online. The Online Folder includes a Music Score Folder and a Sound Effects Folder. The Music Score Folder contains an All_Lang Folder which contains folder for the subcategories. Each subcategory folder contains a theme folder which houses the theme's assets. The Sound Effects Folder has a similar sub-structure. 
Notes: Although the Sound Effects files and folders are located in the Online Folder, each of the Sound Effects themes did not present in the opened project's Audio Tab with blue ban in its  thumbnail. They appeared to be "ready to go" in contrast to each Music Score theme which presented with the blue ban in its theme thumbnail and needed the "Download Now" or "Download All" command in order to be ready for use.

  
Also of note was the difference in result in Music Score or Sound Effect placement related to
dragging Music Score or Sound Effect from Audio Tab into Timeline content, dragging it into the Edit area monitor, or just dragging it into the Soundtrack. More on that later in the Premiere Elements 13 Daily Discoveries blog.

Graphics. No Change.
Premiere Elements 12 and 13 Graphics are the same, considerably more choices in the Expert workspace (359) as compared to the Quick workspace (15).

As before, in the Expert workspace, major categories and number of graphics per category are Animals Birds and Insects (13), Animated Objects (18), Baby (21), HD Animations (12), Costumes (39), Thought and Speech Bubbles (24), Food (12), Holidays and Special Occasions (55), Home Items (31), Miscellaneous (67), Music (6), Nature (46), and Sports and Hobbies (15). The underlined major categories do not require Content download for use; they come with the program install.

The Quick workspace graphics are non categorized and are present under the Graphics Tab in a batch of 15 clip arts from various Expert workspace major graphics categories. Of the 15, 9 required Content download whereas 6 do not.

The graphics that come with the program install are found in the Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 64 bit path
 Local Disk C
Program Files
Adobe
Adobe Premiere Elements 13
Clip Arts
Common
and in the Common Folder are the category folders for Animals Bird and Insects, Baby, Costumes, Food, Holidays and Special Occasions, Home Items, Miscellaneous, Music, Nature, and Sports and Hobbies. In the latter category folders are the graphic files.
The graphics that require Content download before use are found in the Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 64 bit path
Local Disk C
Program Data
Adobe
Premiere Elements
13.0
Online
Clip Arts
All_Lang
and in the All_Lang Folder are the category folders for Animated Objects, HD Animated Objects, and Thought and Speech Bubbles. Each of the latter folders contains theme folders which contain the graphic files.
Movie Menu.  2 New Themes and Some Unexplained Duplication In Kid's Corner Category.
In Premiere Elements 13 there are 14 major Movie Menu categories. The major categories and the number of themes in each category are Kid's Corner (12), Entertainment (6), General (10), Happy Birthday (3), Holiday and Events (9), Memories (5), Movie Genre (6), New Baby (5), Pets (2), Slideshows (2), Seasons (5), Sports (6), Travel (7), and Weddings (2). Except for Kid's Corner category, all is as it is in version 12
  • same number of major categories, 14
  • same themes requiring Content download to complete incomplete theme folder content
  • Slideshow/Pan and Zoom coming with the install, ready to use
However, the Kid's Corner category is not yet fully understood. Kid's Corner in version 12 has 5 themes whereas Kid's corner in version 13 tryout has 12. Yet there are only 2 new themes in version 13, Recital and Back to School. Further, 4 of these 12 themes require Content download; whereas 8 do not. Those 8 include the 2 new themes. To be sorted out when a purchased version of 13 is evaluated.

The Movie Menus that come with the program install (no Content download needed, ready for use) are found in the Window 7, 8, or 8.1 64 bit path
Local Disk C\Adobe Premiere Elements 12\DVD Templates\Common\ 
As before in version 12, this Common Folder in version 13 contains the Slideshows Folder which contains folder and assets for the Pan and Zoom theme. But, now, the Common Folder also contains the Kid's Corner Folder which contain folders and assets for themes named
(A) Toy Train Stuttle
(AV) Kid's Channel 68 Ion
(V) Recital
Back to School
Flower Girl Drum Song
Kid's Room Mess
Night Time Story Bedtime

All the rest (requiring Content download before use) are found in Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 64 bit in the path
Local Disk C
Program Data
Adobe
Premiere Elements
12.0
Online
DVD Templates
All_Lang
And, in the All_Lang Folder are the major category folders, each of them containing theme folders which contain the theme assets.

Movie Menu choices appear to be the same whether accessed from the Expert workspace or Quick workspace.


Content: Transitions and fx Effects

Like version 12, Transitions and fx Effects all come as part of the program install. No Content download.

Transitions. No Change.
Same transitions are seen in 12 and 13, same points of access (Action bar Menu and Transition Tab), and only a limited number of Expert workspace Transitions available in the Quick workspace.

Expert workspace Transitions has 16 categories and offers 105 Transitions. The 16 categories and the number of transitions in each category are 3D Motion (10), Dissolve (8), Iris (7), Map (2), NewBlue 3D Explosions (8), NewBlue 3D Transformation Elements (6), NewBlue Art Blends Elements (8), NewBlue Motion Blends Elements (7), Page Peel (5), Picture Wipes (3), Slide (12), Special Effects (2), Stretch (4), Wipe (17), Zoom (4), and Audio Transitions (2).

The Quick workspace Transitions are not categorized and are presented as a bunch of 16 of the 107 Transitions found in Expert.

Hard drive location for many of these Transitions appear to be in the Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 64 bit path
Local Disc C\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Premiere Elements 13\Plug-ins\Common\New Blue
Effects. No change except that
  • the version 12 category of "Film Looks" has been renamed "Hollywood Looks" in going from 12 to 13. Same looks. See Premiere Elements 13 Daily Discoveries blog post item 0003 for fuller details of these "Hollywood Looks".
  • the category Video Stabilizer and its Stabilizer have been removed from fx Effects and been replaced by the new Shake Stabilizer found under the Adjust Tab/Adjustments Palette. See Premiere Elements 13 Daily Discovery blog post item 0002 for fuller details of Shake Stabilizer.
Expert workspace fx Effects has 21 categories and offers 120 plus fx Effects. The 21 categories and the number of effects in each category are Advanced Adjustments (7), Blur & Sharpen (5), Channel (2), Color Correction (3), Distort (8), Generate (1), Image Control (4), Keying (14), NewBlue Art Effects Elements (9), NewBlue Cartoonr (1), NewBlue Flim Look (1), Perspective (4), Pixelate (1), Render (2), Stylize (10), Time (2), Transform (8), Videomerge (1), Audio Effects (19), Presets (uncounted), and Hollywood Looks (16). Category named My Presets also found under fx Effects was not included in the lineup since it contains Effect presets saves.

The Quick workspace fx Effects are categoried into
  • Video Effects which presents as a bunch of 19 of the 120 plus fx Effects found in Expert. Stabilizer which is included here in version 12 has been removed in 13. 
  • Hollywood Looks (full 16).
Hard drive location for many of these fx Effects appear to be in the Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 64 bit path
Local Disk C\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Premiere Elements \13\Plug-ins\Common

PART 4 PUBLISH+SHARE

There are now 5 instead of 6 major sharing categories in Premiere Elements 13 as compared to 12 - gone is webDVD, and remaining are Private Web Album, Social Websites, Disc, Computer, and Mobile Phones and Players.

What follows is a look at the new version's 5  major sharing categories and the options offered by each, citing gains, losses, and no change going from 12 to 13.

PRIVATE WEB ALBUM. Looks like no change.


Premiere Elements 12 and 13 Private Web Album gives the appearance of being the same Adobe Revel online sharing in versions 12 and 13 in spite of the fact that "Adobe Revel" has been dropped from the description under the category header. More details of this feature will be explored in a purchased version of 13.

SOCIAL WEBSITES. Changes for Facebook in audio bitrate for HD presets. And a minor file size only increase in YouTube limitations.

The choices under Social Website continue to be Timeline content upload to Facebook, YouTube, and Vimeo. As before, no file size/duration limits are posted for Facebook and Vimeo. The YouTube file size/duration is now posted as 2.2 GB/15 min, 0.0 sec instead of 2.00 GB/15 min, 0.0 sec.


Facebook

Both 12 and 13 have 4 Facebook presets named Facebook-SD, Facebook-HD, PAL-Facebook HD, and PAL-Facebook SD. But, in 13 the audio bitrate of the two HD presets has been increased from 128 kbps to 320 kbps (see orange highlighting). Sketch of the default settings of the presets include

Facebook-SD
H.264
720 x 480
29.97
AAC, 128 kbps, 44 kHz, Stereo

Facebook-HD
H.264
1280 x 720
29.97
AAC, 320 kbps, 44 kHz, Stereo

PAL-Facebook HD
H.264
1280 x 720
25
AAC, 320 kbps, 44 kHz, Stereo

PAL-Facebook SD
H.264
720 x 576
25
AAC, 128 kbps, 44 kHz, Stereo

Note: The sampling rate for these presets is now shown by Adobe as 44 kHz instead o 44.1 kHz. As before, all the presets have "Share Work Area Bar Only" option, but no Advanced Button under which to customize the presets.

YouTube

Premiere Elements 12 and 13 have the same 8 presets. They are Flash Video for YouTube, Flash Video for YouTube (Widescreen), High Definition Video for YouTube - 1440 x 1080, High Definition Video for YouTube - 1920 x 1080, PAL - Flash Video for YouTube, PAL - Flash Video for YouTube (Widescreen), PAL - High Definition Video for You Tube - 1440 x 1080, and PAL - High Definition Video for YouTube - 1920 x 1080.  The only YouTube change seen here is in the maximum file size limit which goes from 2.00 to 2.2 GB. The maximum duration limit of 15 min, 0.0 sec remains the same as in 12. Sketch of the default settings of the presets include

Flash Video for YouTube
H.264
640 x 480
30
AAC, 64 kbps, 44 kHz, Stereo

Flash Video for YouTube (Widescreen)
H.264
640 x 360
30
AAC, 64 kbps, 44 kHz, Stereo

High Definition Video for YouTube - 1440 x 1080
H.264
1440 x 1080
24
AAC, 64 kbps, 44 kHz, Stereo

High Definition Video for YouTube - 1920 x 1080
H.264
1920 x 1080
29.97
AAC, 128 kbps, 44 kHz, Stereo

PAL - Flash Video for YouTube
H.264
640 x 480
25
AAC, 64 kbps, 44 kHz, Stereo

PAL - Flash Video for YouTube (Widescreen)
H.264
640 x 360
25
AAC, 64 kbps, 44 kHz, Stereo

PAL - High Definition Video for YouTube - 1440 x 1080
H.264
1440 x 1080
25
AAC, 64 kbps, 44 kHz, Stereo

PAL - High Definition Video for YouTube - 1920 x 1080
H.264
1920 x 1080
25
AAC, 128 kbps, 44 kHz, Stereo

Note: The sampling rate for these presets is now shown by Adobe as 44 kHz instead o 44.1 kHz. As before, all the presets have "Share Work Area Bar Only" option, but no Advanced Button under which to customize the presets.

Vimeo

Premiere Elements 12 and 13 have the same 6 presets. They are PAL-Vimeo HD, PAL-Vimeo SD, PAL-Vimeo SD (Widescreen), Vimeo HD, Vimeo SD, Vimeo SD (Widescreen). Sketch of the default settings of the presets include

PAL- Vimeo HD
H.264
1280 x 720
25
AAC, 320 kbps, 44 kHz, Stereo

PAL-Vimeo SD
H.264
640 x 480
25
AAC, 256, 44 kHz, Stereo

PAL-Vimeo (Widescreen)
H.264
640 x 360
25
AAC, 256 kbps, 44 kHz, Stereo

Vimeo HD
H.264
1280 x 720
29.97
AAC, 320 kbps, 44 kHz, Stereo

Vimeo SD
H.264
640 x 480
30
AAC, 256 kbps, 44 kHz, Stereo

Vimeo SD (Widescreen)
H.264
640 x 360
29.97
AAC, 256 kbps, 44 kHz, Stereo

Note: The sampling rate for these presets is now shown by Adobe as 44 kHz instead o 44.1 kHz. As before, all the presets have "Share Work Area Bar Only" option, but no Advanced Button under which to customize the presets

DISC. Major Changes Include Burn to offering ISO Image for DVD, Blu-ray, and AVCHD plus 2 new 1080p @ 23.976 presets for Blu-ray. 
The major categories of Publish+Share/Disc/ are DVD, Blu-ray, and Blu-ray. DVD and AVCHD offer burn to disc, folder, and new ISO image. Blu-ray offers burn to disc and new ISO image.Like 12, the new version's DVD, Blu-ray, and AVCHD presets do not have an Advanced Button under which to customize the preset and do not have a "Share Work Area Bar Only" option for selective sharing of the Timeline content Sketch of DVD, Blu-ray, AVCHD includes


DVD (new features)

Burn to:
Disc
ISO Image (4.7 GB) NEW
ISO Image (8.5 GB) NEW
Folder (4.7 GB)
Folder (8.5 GB)

Presets
NTSC_Dolby DVD
NTSC_Widescreen_Dolby DVD
PAL_Dolby DVD
PAL_Widescreen_DVD

As before in 12, frame rate is 29.97 interlaced frames per second NTSC and 25 interlaced frames per second PAL.

AVCHD (no changes)

Burn to:
Disc
Folder (4.7 GB)
Folder (8.5 GB)

Presets
H.264 1440 x 1080i NTSC Dolby
H.264 1440 x 1080i PAL Dolby
H.264 1440 x 1080p NTSC Dolby 
H.264 1920 x 1080i NTSC Dolby
H.264 1920 x 1080i PAL Dolby
H.264 1920 x 1080p NTSC Dolby

Except for the two 1080p presets with frame rate of 23.976 progressive frames per second, the other presets all have a frame rate of 29.97 interlaced frames per second NTSC or 25 interlaced frames per second.

Blu-ray (new features)

Burn to:
Disc
ISO Image (25 GB) NEW
ISO Image (50 GB) NEW

Presets
H.264 1440 x 1080i NTSC Dolby
H.264 1440 x 1080i PAL Dolby
H.264 1440 x 1080p NTSC Dolby NEW
H.264 1920 x 1080i NTSC Dolby
H.264 1920 x 1080i PAL Dolby
H.264 1920 x 1080p NTSC Dolby NEW

Except for the two 1080p presets with frame rate of 23.976 progressive frames per second, the other presets all have a frame rate of 29.97 interlaced frames per second NTSC or 25 interlaced frames per second.  

COMPUTER. (Major changes include no more flv or f4v exports, no more bitrate encoding VBR, 2 pass choice, Multiplexing options expanded)
Adobe Flash Video (.flv and .f4v exports) is gone from the list of 9 choices that were available in version 12. The 8 carryovers from 12 to 13 are MPEG, AVCHD, XAVC-S, AVI, Windows Media, QuickTime, Image, and Audio. 

MPEG (new options under Advanced Button/Multiplexer Tab)

Each of the 18 presets under MPEG has Advanced Button for export settings customization as well as a Share Work Area Bar Only option. A major difference here between 12 and 13 resides under the Advanced Button/Multiplexer Tab which is now offering options for Mux Rate plus. One example - for the NTSC DVD Standard preset Advanced Button/Multiplexer Tab, now see

Figure 1. Premiere Elements 13. Advanced Button/Multiplexer Tab Defaults For Publish+Share/Computer/MPEG With Presets = NTSC DV Standard.
whereas, in Premiere Elements 12, one sees only Basic Settings/ Multiplexing DVD or None under the Advanced Button/Multiplexer Tab Defaults for Publish+Share/Computer/MPEG with Presets = NTSC DV Standard.

The MPEG presets and a sketch of the default settings for each preset follow. Presets with the new Multiplexer options in their defaults are designated by "Mux Rate plus NEW" below.

NTSC DVD Standard
MPEG2-DVD
720 x 480
29.97
NTSC
Dolby Digital, 192 kbps, 48 kHz, Stereo, 16 bit
Mux Rate plus NEW


NTSC DVD Widescreen
MPEG2 DVD
720 x 480
29.97
NTSC
Dolby Digital, 192 kbps, 48 kHz, Stereo, 16 bit
Mux Rate plus NEW


PAL DVD Standard
MPEG2-DVD
720 x 576
25
PAL
Dolby Digital, 192 kbps, 48 kHz, Stereo, 16 bit
Mux Rate plus NEW

PAL DVD Widescreen
MPEG2-DVD
720 x 576
25
PAL
Dolby Digital, 192 kbps, 48 kHz, Stereo, 16 bit
Mux Rate plus NEW

HD 720p25
MPEG2
1280 x 720
25
PAL
MPEG Audio, 384 kbps, 48 kHz, 16 bit
Mux Rate plus NEW

HD 720p30
MPEG2
1280 x 720
28
PAL
MPEG Audio, 384 kbps, 48 kHz, Stereo, 16 bit 
Mux Rate plus  NEW

MPEG2 1440 x 1080i25
MPEG2 Blu-ray
1440 x 1080
25
Dolby Digital, 192 kbps, 48 kHz, Stereo, 16 bit
Mux Rate plus NEW

MPEG2 1440 x 1080i30
MPEG2 Blu-ray
1440 x 1080
29.97
Dolby Digital, 192 kbps, 48 kHz, Stereo, 16 bit
Mux Rate plus NEW

MPEG2 1920 x 1080i25
MPEG2 Blu-ray
1920 x 1080
25
Dolby Digital, 192 kbps, 48 kHz, Stereo, 16 bit
Mux Rate plus NEW

MPEG2 1920 x 1080i30
MPEG2 Blu-ray
1920 x 1080
29.97
Dolby Digital, 192 kbps, 48 kHz, Stereo, 16 bit
Mux Rate plus NEW

HDTV 1080i25 High Quality
MPEG2
1920 x 1080
25
PAL
MPEG Audio, 384 kbps, 48 kHz, Stereo, 16 bit
Mux Rate plus NEW

HDTV 1080p24 High Quality
MPEG2
1920 x 1080
24
NTSC
MPEG Audio, 384 kbps, 48 kHz, Stereo, 16 bit
Mux Rate plus NEW

HDTV 1080p25 High Quality
MPEG2
1920 x 1080
25
PAL
MPEG Audio, 384 kbps, 48 kHz, Stereo, 16 bit
Mux Rate plus NEW

HDTV 1080p 29.97 High Quality
MPEG2
1920 x 1080
29.97
NTSC
MPEG Audio, 384 kbps, 48 kHz, Stereo, 16 bit
Mux Rate plus NEW

HDTV 720p24 High Quality
MPEG2
1280 x 720
24
NTSC
MPEG Audio, 384 kbps, 48 kHz, Stereo, 16 bit
Mux Rate plus NEW

HDTV 720p 25 High Quality
MPEG2
1280 x 720
25
PAL
MPEG Audio, 384 kbps, 48 kHz, Stereo, 16 bit
Mux Rate plus NEW

HDTV 720p 29.97 High Quality
MPEG2
1280 x 720
29.97
NTSC
MPEG Audio, 384 kbps, 48 kHz, Stereo, 16 bit
Mux Rate plus NEW

TiVo Series 2 (NTSC)
MPEG2
720 x 480
29.97
NTSC
MPEG Audio, 48 kHz, Stereo, 16 bit
Mux Rate plus NEW

AVCHD (new option for M2T under Advanced Button/Multiplexer Tab)

The Publish+Share/Computer/AVCHD list of 28 presets appears to be the same in 13 as in 12, except for a Mux Rate option under the Advanced Button/Multiplexer Tab when TS is selected as Multiplexer for any of the M2T presets. Also the VBR, 2 pass is not available as it was in 12.
Each of the 28 presets under MPEG has Advanced Button for export settings customization as well as a Share Work Area Bar Only option.

The AVCHD presets and a sketch of the default settings for each preset follow.
Presets with this Mux Rate option in their defaults are designated by "Mux Rate NEW" below.

M2T - H.264 1440 x 1080i 25
H.264 Blu-ray
1440 x 1080
25
Dolby Digital, 192 kbps, 48 kHz, Stereo
Advanced Button/Multiplexer Tab TS Mux Rate NEW

M2T - H.264 1440 x 1080i 30
H.264 Blu-ray
1440 x 1080
29.97
Dolby Digital, 192 kbps, 48 kHz, Stereo
Advanced Button/Multiplexer Tab TS Mux Rate NEW

M2T - H.264 1440 x 1080p 24
H.264 Blu-ray
1440 x 1080
24
Dolby Digital, 192 kbps, 48 kHz, Stereo
Advanced Button/Multiplexer Tab TS Mux Rate NEW

M2T - H.264 1920 x 1080i 25
H.264 Blu-ray
1920 x 1080
25
Dolby Digital, 192 kbps, 48 kHz, Stereo
Advanced Button/Multiplexer Tab TS Mux Rate NEW

M2T - H.264 1920 x 1080i 30
H.264 Blu-ray
1920 x 1080
29.97
Dolby Digital, 192 kbps, 48 kHz, Stereo
Advanced Button/Multiplexer Tab TS Mux Rate NEW

M2T - H.264 1920 x 1080p 24
H.264 Blu-ray
1920 x 1080
24
Dolby Digital, 192 kbps, 48 kHz, Stereo
Advanced Button/Multiplexer Tab TS Mux Rate NEW

M2T - HD 720p 24
H.264 Blu-ray
1280 x 720
24
Dolby Digital, 192 kbps, 48 kHz, Stereo
Advanced Button/Multiplexer Tab TS Mux Rate NEW

M2T - HD 720p 50
H.264 Blu-ray
1280 x 720
50
Dolby Digital, 192 kbps, 48 kHz, Stereo
Advanced Button/Multiplexer Tab TS Mux Rate NEW

M2T - HD 720p 60
H.264 Blu-ray
1280 x 720
59.94
Dolby Digital, 192 kbps, 48 kHz, Stereo
Advanced Button/Multiplexer Tab TS Mux Rate NEW

MP4 - H.264 1440 x 1080p 24
H.264
1440 x 1080
24
AAC, 160 kbps, 48 kHz, Stereo
Advanced Button/Multiplexer Tab same as 12, No Mux Rate

MP4 - H.264 1440 x 1080p 25
H.264
1440 x 1080
25
AAC, 160 kbps, 48 kHz, Stereo
Advanced Button/Multiplexer Tab same as 12, No Mux Rate

MP4 - H.264 1440 x 1080p 30
H.264
1440 x 1080
29.97
AAC, 160 kbps, 48 kHz, Stereo
Advanced Button/Multiplexer Tab same as 12, No Mux Rate

MP4 - H.264 1920 x 1080p 24
H.264
1920 x 1080
24
AAC, 160 kbps, 48 kHz, Stereo
Advanced Button/Multiplexer Tab same as 12, No Mux Rate

MP4 - H.264 1920 x 1080p 25
H.264
1920 x 1080
25
AAC, 160 kbps, 48 kHz, Stereo
Advanced Button/Multiplexer Tab same as 12, No Mux Rate

MP4 - H.264 1920 x 1080p 30
H.264
1920 x 1080
29.97
AAC, 160 kbps, 48 kHz, Stereo
Advanced Button/Multiplexer Tab same as 12, No Mux Rate

MP4 - HD 720p 24
H.264
1280 x 720
24
AAC, 160 kbps, 48 kHz, Stereo
Advanced Button/Multiplexer Tab same as 12, No Mux Rate

MP4 - HD 720p 50
H.264
1280 x 720
50
AAC, 160 kbps, 48 kHz, Stereo
Advanced Button/Multiplexer Tab same as 12, No Mux Rate

MP4 - HD 720p 60
H.264
1280 x 720
60
AAC. 160 kbps, 48 kHz, Stereo
Advanced Button/Multiplexer Tab same as 12, No Mux Rate

MP4 - NTSC DV Standard
H.264
720 x 480
29.97
AAC, 192 kbps, 48 kHz, Stereo
Advanced Button/Multiplexer Tab same as 12, No Mux Rate

MP4 - NTSC DV Widescreen
H.264
720 x 480
29.97
AAC, 192 kbps, 48 kHz, Stereo
Advanced Button/Multiplexer Tab same as 12, No Mux Rate

MP4 - PAL DV Standard
H.264
720 x 576
25
AAC, 192 kbps, 48 kHz, Stereo
Advanced Button/Multiplexer Tab same as 12, No Mux Rate

MP4 - PAL DV Widescreen
H.264
720 x 576
25
AAC, 192 kbps, 48 kHz, Stereo
Advanced Button/Multiplexer Tab same as 12, No Mux Rate

Tivo Series3 (NTSC)
H.264
720 x 480
29.97
AAC, 192 kbps, 48 kHz, Stereo
Advanced Button/Multiplexer Tab same as 12, No Mux Rate

Tivo Series3 HD
H.264
1280 x 720
29.97
AAC, 192 kbps, 48 kHz, Stereo
Advanced Button/Multiplexer Tab same as 12, No Mux Rate

Vimeo HD
H.264
1280 x 720
29.97
AAC, 256 kbps, 48 kHz, Stereo
Advanced Button/Multiplexer Tab same as 12, No Mux Rate

Vimeo SD
H.264
640 x 480
30
AAC, 256 kbps, 48 kHz, Stereo
Advanced Button/Multiplexer Tab same as 12, No Mux Rate

YouTube Widescreen HD
H.264
1280 x 720
24
AAC. 64 kbps, 44 kHz, Stereo
Advanced Button/Multiplexer Tab same as 12, No Mux Rate

YouTube Widescreen SD
H.264
640 x 360
30
AAC, 64 kbps, 44 kHz, Stereo
Advanced Button/Multiplexer Tab same as 12, No Mux Rate

XAVC-S (no change)

 XAVC-S 4 presets are the same in versions 12 and 13, offering a 4K resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixel. The is no Mux Rate option for any of the XAVC-S presets. Each preset has Advanced Button and Share Work Area Bar Only opportunities. A sketch of the default settings for each preset is

MP4 - H.264 3840 x 2160 23.976 30 Mbps
H.264
3840 x 2160
23.976
AAC, 160 kbps, 48 kHz, Stereo

MP4 - H.264 3840 x 2160 25p 30 Mbps
H.264
3840 x 2160
25
AAC, 160 kbps, 48 kHz, Stereo

MP4 - H.264 3840 x 2160 29.97 200 Mbps
H.264
3840 x 2160
29.97
AAC, 160 kbps, 48 kHz, Stereo

MP4 - H.264 3840 x 2160 29.97 30 Mbps
H.264
3840 x 2160
29.97
AAC, 160 kbps, 48 kHz, Stereo

AVI (no change)

Premiere Elements 12 and 13 appear to be the same with regard to Publish+Share/Computer/AVI and presets. For this tryout evaluation, the list of video codecs that displayed under Advanced Button/Video Tab of each preset were DV NTSC, DV PAL, Intel IYUV codec, IYUV codec, Microsoft RLE, Microsoft Video 1, Uncompressed UYVY 422 8 bit, and None. Each preset has an Advanced Button and the option for Share Work Area Bar Only. Each of the presets has no Multiplexer Tab under its Advance Button. A sketch for each of 4 presets follows

DV NTSC Standard
AVI
720 x 480
29.97
Uncompressed, 48000 Hz, Stereo, 16 bit

DV NTSC Widescreen
AVI
720 x 480
29.97
Uncompressed, 48000 Hz, Stereo, 16 bit

DV PAL Standard
AVI
720 x 576
25
Uncompressed, 48000 Hz, Stereo, 16 bit

DV PAL Widescreen
AVI
720 x 576
25
Uncompressed, 48000 Hz, Stereo, 16 bit

Windows Media (Advanced Button/Audiences Tab gone)

 The Premiere Elements 12 Publish+Share/Computer/Windows Media Advanced Button for each of its 4 presets has 3 Tabs, Video, Audio, and Audiences. The Audiences Tab in this case displays a fixed
Basic Parameters
Output: Compressed
Average Kbps: Variable
Now in Premiere Elements 13, this Audiences Tab is gone for these 4 presets which are carried over from 12 to 13, leaving the 13's Advanced Button with just an Video and Audio Tab for export customization. There is no Multiplexer Tab for Windows Media presets Advanced settings in either 12 or 13. Except the above and a change in wording only for the preset's audio situation, the 12 and 13 Windows Media preset seem to be the same.

Besides the Advance Button, each preset also has the option Share Work Area Bar Only. A sketch for each of 4 presets follows

720 x 480 16x9 29.97
Windows Media
720 x 480
29.97
Windows Media Audio 10 Professional, 96000 Hz, Stereo, 24 bit (Reworded)

720 x 480 4x3 29.97
Windows Media
720 x 480
29.97
Windows Media Audio 10 Professional, 96000 Hz, Stereo, 24 bit (Reworded)

720 x 576 16x9 25
Windows Media
720 x 576
25
Windows Media Audio 10 Professional, 96000 Hz, Stereo, 24 bit (Reworded)

720 x 576 4x3 25
Windows Media
720 x 576
25
Windows Media Audio 10 Professional, 96000 Hz, Stereo, 24 bit (Reworded)

QuickTime (no change)

Premiere Elements 12 and 13 appear to have the same 6 QuickTime presets, and these presets have the Advanced Button and Share Work Area Bar Only opportunities. A Video Tab and Audio Tab present under the Advanced Button for export customization. There is no Multiplexer Tab. The QuickTime presets and a sketch of the default setting for each are

NTSC DV
QuickTime
720 x 480
29.97
Uncompressed, 48000 Hz, Stereo, 16 bit

NTSC DV 16:9
QuickTime
720 x 480
29.97
Uncompressed, 48000 Hz, Stereo, 16 bit

PAL DV
QuickTime
720 x 576
25
Uncompressed, 48000 Hz, Stereo, 16 bit

PAL DV 16:9
QuickTime
720 x 576
25
Uncompressed, 48000 Hz, Stereo, 16 bit

HD 1080i 25, H.264, AAC 48 kHz
QuickTime
1920 x 1080 
25
AAC, 48000 Hz, Stereo

HD 1080i 29.97, H.264, AAC 48 kHz
QuickTime
1920 x 1080
29.97
AAC, 48000 Hz, Stereo

Image (no change)

No change is seen going from 12 to 13 for Publish+Share/Computer/Image. Again, Image has Advanced Button and Share Work Area Bar Only opportunities. Sketch of defaults for the 4 presets offered are

JPEG - HD 1440 1440 x 1080
JPEG
1440 x 1080

JPEG - HD 1920 x 1080
JPEG
1920 x 1080

JPEG - NTSC SD
JPEG
720 x 480

JPEG - PAL SD
JPEG
720 x 480
(still have not figured out why JPEG - PAL SD defaults are not 720 x 576 instead of 720 x 480....same in 12 and 13)

Audio (no change, except File Type description is given as AAC Audio instead of H.264)

No change is seen going from 12 to 13 for Publish+Share/Computer/Audio with the exception "AAC Audio" is now seen in the preset's overall description instead of "H.264" which was seen there in 12. A sketch of each of the 6 Audio presets follows

AAC - High Quality
AAC Audio
AAC, 224 kbps, 44 kHz, Stereo

Audio - Medium Quality
AAC Audio
AAC, 96 kbps, 44 kHz, Stereo

AIFF 48KHz
AIFF
48000 Hz, Stereo, 16 bit

MP3 - High Quality
MP3
Uncompressed, 44100 Hz, Stereo
(Audio Bitrate as shown under Advanced Button = 256 kbps)

MP3 - Medium Quality
MP3
Uncompressed, 44100 Hz, Stereo
(Audio Bitrate as shown under Advanced Button = 128 kbps)

MOBILE PHONES AND PLAYERS.(Massive deletions and addition of new category)
In going from 12 to 13, there are now 3 instead of 6 categories under Mobile Phones and Players choice. The version 13 categories are

Apple iPod, iPad, iPhone
Audio Podcase
Android Phones and Tables (NEW)

Removed categories are

Pocket PC
Smartphone
Sony PSP
Mobile Phone

Apple iPod, iPad, iPhone

In going from 12 to 13, there are now 8 presets instead of 16 for the Apple iPod, iPad, iPhone  category. Each preset has Advanced Button and Share Work Area Only opportunities. The names of the 5 presets are

Apple TV, iPad, iPhone4 - 720p25
Apple TV, iPad, iPhone4 - 720p29.97
Apple TV, iPad, iPhone4 - 1080p25
Apple TV, iPad, iPhone4 - 1080p29.97
Apple iPad 2,3,4, Mini; iPhone 4S, 5, 5S; Apple TV 3 - 1080p 23.976 NEW
Apple iPad 2,3,4, Mini; iPhone 4S, 5, 5S; Apple TV 3 - 1080p 25 NEW
Apple iPad 2,3,4, Mini; iPhone 4S, 5, 5S; Apple TV 3 - 1080p 29.97 NEW

Removed preset names are

Apple iPhone, Apple iPod Widescreen Low Quality
Apple iPhone, Apple iPod Widescreen Medium Quality
Apple iPhone, Apple iPod Widescreen High Quality
Apple iPhone, Apple iPod Standard Low Quality
Apple iPhone, Apple iPod Standard Medium Quality
Apple iPhone, Apple iPod Standard High Quality
Apple iPad Widescreen Low Quality
Apple iPad Widescreen Medium Quality
Apple iPad Widescreen High Quality
Apple iPad Standard Low Quality
Apple iPad Standard Medium Quality
Apple iPad Standard High Quality

At this time, just the names, no sketch of default settings for each preset, are included.

Audio Podcast (no change)

No change is seen in Audio Podcast choice going from 12 to 13. The same 5 presets have Advanced Button and Share Work Area Bar opportunities. The names of the 5 Audio Podcast presets are

Audio Podcast - High Quality
Audio Podcast - Medium Quality
MP3 Audio Podcast - High Quality
MP3 Audio Podcast - Medium Quality Mono
MP3 Audio Podcast - Medium Quality

At this time, just the names, no sketch of default settings for each preset, are included.

Android Phones and Tablets (NEW)

There are 7 presets in this new Android Phones and Tablets category. Each has Advanced Button and Share Work Area Bar Only opportunities. The names of the 7 Android Phones and Tablets presets are

MP4 - 1080p 25
MP4 - 1080p 29.97
Android Tablet - 1280 x 800 25
Android Tablet - 1280 x 800 29.97
MP4 - 720p 23.976
MP4 - 720p 25
MP4 - 720p 29.97

At this time, just the names, no sketch of default settings for each preset, are included.









ATR