Sunday, December 25, 2016

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

INTRODUCTION

In the Premiere Elements Editor workflows audio distortion issues can develop when trying to make an audio video fit by increasing or decreasing the duration of the user personal audio to fit the video. But, Adobe did include in the program free special soundtracks which are based on the concept of changing duration of the music without changing its arrangement. Refer to SmartSound (Premiere Elements 11 and earlier) and Music Score (Premiere Elements 12 and later).

The free Adobe Music Scores feature continue to exist in Premiere Elements 15.  In addition to the free Music Scores possibilities, Adobe introduces a Music Remix feature which is aimed at allowing the user to change the user personal music file duration without changing the music arrangement. According to the Adobe document introduction for its Music Remix

The Music Remix feature in Premiere Elements allows you to easily increase or decrease the length of an audio clip to match the desired duration without losing the continuity of the audio content. The Remix tool analyzes your song files, identifying hundreds of loops, transitions, and important segments, and then allows you to quickly remix to any duration.
 
(See HERE for full details). The essentials of this Music Remix include
  • Music Remix on Expert or Quick Workspace Music Track only 
  • Increasing or decreasing of audio file duration with mouse cursor in special configuration (a red bracket facing left/two black arrows facing to right through the center of the bracket)

ISSUE
Note: The Music Remix feature works on music clips and cannot be used on Music Scores (downloaded from Music panel), Instant Movie, smart trim, favorite moment trimming, or Video collage outputs.
 Note: For better results, use audio clips with more instrumentals and less vocals.
The above Notes from the Adobe document on its Music Remix feature caught attention. And, it was decided to explore those Notes further.
EXPERIMENT

Regarding.....For better results, use audio clips with more instrumentals and less vocals.

Task was to make a fit between
  • Video Track 1 content consisting of 3 minutes and 30 seconds of Christmas video only clips and stills
  • Music Track consisting of one Christmas instrumental/vocal clip with duration 2 minutes and 18 seconds. The arrangement of the song has singer A opening the song alone, then singer B singing alone, then A and B singing together, and then singer B finalizing the song with a grand high note.
If Time Stretch was used to stretch this instrumental/vocal clip from 2 minutes 18 seconds to 3 minutes and 30 seconds, the song played out according to the original arrangement, but the audio was markedly distorted. For the matched video/music duration, Time Stretch showed a Speed % = 65.82%.

If the Music Remix feature was used, the end result
  • Instrumental/vocal file duration that matched that of the video content
  • No sound distortion
  • But, the vocal arrangement of the song was markedly impacted with default settings
Before
Singer A
Singer B
Singer A+B
Singer B finishing on grand high note

After (Music Remix which comes with "Audio Segments" = Longer)
Singer A
Repeat of Singer A
Singer B
Singer A+B
Singer B finishing on grand high note

After (Music Remix, then Music Remix settings for Music Remixed set to the third setting from the left - See Figure 1)
Singer A
Singer B
Singer A+B
with at least 4 repeat of Singer B's grand high note


The results here appeared to be unaffected by wrapper (.m4a, .mp3, or .wav).

COMMENTARY

It is not clear which best describes the possibility from the use of Music Remix applied to the user personal music file with instrumental versus instrumental with vocal- "better results" or "acceptable versus unacceptable results". The Music Remixed file editing via "Audio Segments" in Music Remix Settings dialog does leave open the door for "better results" or "acceptable versus unacceptable results" results.

This was just a quick look at this feature. More on this topic may be featured in future blogs here.
Be sure to review Adobe's Music Remix feature details in the links provided above. Adobe writes
Note: The remixed audio clip present in the Remix folder is the original output from the algorithm and that on the timeline is the Time stretched version to match exact duration.
It is not understood how Adobe's "Time stretched" in the above note bypasses the typical audio distortion of audio when using "Time Stretch". Still thinking about that one.
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ATR

 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

PE15: Adobe DNG Converter 9.7

INTRODUCTION

Premiere Elements 15 and Photoshop Elements 15 are shipping with Camera Raw 9.6 with option to update to latest Camera Raw version which is 9.7.

Premiere Elements 15 and/or Photoshop Elements 15 Camera Raw feature trace back to the same version Camera Raw 9.7 Camera Raw.8bi file found in the path Local Disc C\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Plug-Ins\Elements 15\File Formats\. Consequently, it follows that the same version of installed Camera Raw will apply to Premiere Elements 15 and/or Photoshop Elements 15 on the same computer.

Camera Raw editing dialog cannot be opened in Premiere Elements and only in Photoshop Elements, but the installed Camera Raw file does support the import of raw format images into Premiere Elements project provided
  • Camera Raw version is installed, and Camera Raw version supports the camera which captured the raw format image
  • the installed Camera Raw version supports the version of Photoshop Elements and/or Premiere Elements in use
  • in the case of Premiere Elements operating as 32 bit application, the raw image file size does not exceed the Adobe limit for still image file size. See HERE.
When the above criteria are not met, the choice needs to be made as to whether or not to update the situation so that the criteria are met or to convert the raw image format to the dng format to avoid the raw image format issues in this particular situation.The conversion of raw image format to dng format is done with the free standalone Adobe DNG Converter. Typically a newly released Camera Raw version will be accompanied by an Adobe DNG Converter with the same version number as the newly released Camera Raw version. When Premiere Elements is running as a 32 bit application, the  file size limitation applies to dng as well as raw image.

Refer to Adobe documents
"Cameras supported by Camera Raw"
https://helpx.adobe.com/camera-raw/kb/camera-raw-plug-supported-cameras.html 
"Camera Raw plug-in and Adobe application compatibility"
https://helpx.adobe.com/camera-raw/kb/camera-raw-compatible-applications.html
"Adobe Camera Raw and DNG Converter for Windows"
https://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=106&platform=Windows
"Adobe Camera Raw and DNG Converter for Macintosh"
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=106&platform=Macintosh
 "Digital Negative (DNG)"
https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/digital-negative.html 
"Understanding Digital Raw Capture"
http://wwwimages.adobe.com/content/dam/Adobe/en/products/photoshop/pdfs/understanding_digitalrawcapture.pdf

ISSUE

The dng image, like its raw image source, is expected to be opened and edited in the Camera Raw dialog on the Photoshop Elements side of things. With or without the editing/saving of the dng in the Camera Raw dialog, the dng image can be imported as source media into the Premiere Elements project, barring any file size limitation issue.


It needs to be kept in mind that the Adobe DNG Converter is a standalone application, but....the question is, when the version of Camera Raw is updated by Adobe, is it necessary to update the version of Adobe DNG Converter? That is, does the user need a match of Camera Raw 9.7 and Adobe DNG Converter 9.7? Is it really necessary to keep updating the Adobe DNG Converter for each Camera Raw version update?

Focus points
Raw Image Editing in Camera Raw Dialog
DNG Editing in Camera Raw Dialog
RAW and DNG issues related to file size in Premiere Elements operating as 32 bit application.

OBSERVATIONS

Table 1 represents the results from converting Nikon D810 raw image (Nef) to dng with Adobe DNG Converter 9.7 (latest version) and observing
  • The compatibility of the raw and dng image in the Camera Raw editing dialog
  • The import of the raw and dng image into the Premiere Elements project
Table 1.

The observations obtained were consistent with what has been read in the references cited in the INTRODUCTION and ISSUES sections above, except for the Photoshop Elements 7 DNG result. The Adobe DNG Converter has Preferences section where compatibility of the dng file produced can be set for the version(s) of Camera Raw dialog which will open/edit the dng file file derived from the raw image.  See Adobe Camera Raw editing dialog 9.7, Preferences/Change Preferences/Preferences/Compatibility. See Table 2.

Table 2

In the case of the Photoshop Elements 7 Camera Raw 4.5 result, the Nikon D810 raw was converted to dng with Adobe DNG Converter 9.7 with a compatibility setting of Camera Raw 7.1 and later. At this point, it is not clear why the Nikon D810 dng opened in Photoshop Elements 7's Camera Raw 4.5 dialog. In the case of Adobe DNG Converter 9.7, the compatibility choices in Preference include
  • Camera Raw 2.4 and later
  • Camera Raw 4.1 and later
  • Camera Raw 4.6 and later
  • Camera Raw 5.4 and later
  • Camera Raw 6.6 and later
  • Camera Raw 7.1 and later
  • Custom

At this point, more work needs to be done to clarify the impact of the Preferences/Compatibility settings of the Adobe DNG Converter versions when producing dng files that are expected to open in Camera Raw dialog for edits/saving. Furthermore, when Photoshop Elements 9 (Camera Raw 6.5) replaced Photoshop Elements 7 (Camera Raw 4.5) in this question, the dng generated from Adobe DNG Converter 9.7 (Compatibility setting 7.1 and later) had not problems opening the Camera Raw 6.5 dialog for edits of the dng file.

COMMENTARY

If the interest of the Premiere Elements user is just to use dng file as source media for one of its projects, the data suggest that this user does not have to keep changing the Adobe DNG Converter version every time a version of Premiere Elements is changed.

Since Camera Raw files are typically large, there is the concern related to use of Premiere Elements as a 32 bit application and Adobe block of still image file size (total pixel count) greater than its limit. The resolution of the raw image file can be downsized in Camera Raw dialog (Photoshop only) and Photoshop and Photoshop Elements Editor. But, serious consideration should be given to using Premiere Elements as 64 bit application where still image file size (total pixel count) does not exist.

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ATR



Monday, October 17, 2016

PE 15: eLive Workspace

INTRODUCTION

PE 15: eLive Workspace blog post is being presented as a companion blog post for the already published "PE 13/13.1 and 14/14.1: eLive Workspace" found HERE

ISSUE

eLive workspace has not been available in all countries. To give the "have not" users a view of what is currently being provided by Adobe in the eLive workspace, Premiere Elements 15 eLive Workspace choices and links are being provided.

eLIVE OFFERINGS PREMIERE ELEMENTS 15
(as of October 17, 2016; highlighted titles* and offerings below are same in 15 and 14/14.1)

Get Started With Premiere Elements 15
https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/topics/getting-started-tutorials.html?trackingid=49F59S1L&mv=other
Learn Tab

Take A Quick Tour Of Premiere Elements 15
http://www.adobe.com/products/premiere-elements/features.html?trackingid=ZP46FDBK&mv=other#prefeatureoverview
News Tab


It Was A Big Day Out For Little Ethan
Ethan's day at the farm park
https://vimeo.com/102371956
Inspire Tab

Create A Motion Path Using The Pan & Zoom Tool
https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/how-to/create-motion-path-pan-zoom.html?set=premiere-elements--whats-new--2015-09
Learn Tab

School Is Back In Session
5 tips to instantly improve your video compositions
https://vimeo.com/blog/post/5-tips-to-instantly-improve-your-compositions
Learn Tab

Create Titles With Title Themes
https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/how-to/create-titles-with-themes.html
Learn Tab

Arrange Clips In A Movie
https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/archive/pre-11-tutorials/arrange-clips-movie.html
Learn Tab

Antarctica
Video with Antarctica theme
https://vimeo.com/124858722
Inspire Tab

The Adventures Of Walter The Office Pug
Video with "The Adventures of Walter The Office Pug" theme
https://vimeo.com/68704007
Inspire Tab

Memories Of Tokyo
Video with "Memories of Tokyo" theme
https://vimeo.com/130746973
Inspire Tab

Guidance At Every Step
Focus on Guided Workspace using Premiere Elements 14 video NOT 15
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOXS2jKli64&feature=youtu.be 
Learn Tab

Summer Memories
Video with "A Phantom Flex Summer Story"
https://vimeo.com/50296655
Inspire Tab

Tell Dazzling Stories With Motion Titles
Uses a Premiere Elements 14 video (NOT 15)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYhDBn-iiLY
Learn Tab

Take A Quick Tour Of Premiere Elements 14
Video offered with Premiere Elements 14 (NOT 15) title and content for this lesson
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99A9tE2oFBE
News Tab

Introducing Adobe Premiere Elements 14!
Offers "Introducing Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 & Premiere Elements 14 (NOT 15)
http://blogs.adobe.com/photoshop/2015/09/introducing-adobe-photoshop-elements-14.html 
News Tab

Share Your Videos
https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/how-to/share-videos-youtube-facebook-vimeo.html
Learn Tab 

Create Your Own Movies
Offers a 13 video tutorial to focus in on Video Story feature (instead of 15)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvl9tEmEwm8
Learn Tab 

Learn Time Lapse Photography Using Premiere Elements
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcF7DPARNXk
Learn Tab
(problem: no access to YouTube video since it is listed as private type)

Share Your Videos On Social Sites
https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/how-to/share-videos-youtube-facebook-vimeo.html 
Learn Tab 

Stabilize Shaky Video
https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/how-to/stabilize-shaky-videos.html
Learn Tab

Organize By Events 
https://helpx.adobe.com/elements-organizer/using/events.html 
Learn Tab

Guided Edits
https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/archive/pre-12-tutorials/guided-edits-video.html
Learn Tab

Sunday It Rained
Video with "Sunday it rained" theme
https://vimeo.com/113110919
Learn Tab

Create Effects Using Adjustment Layers
https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/archive/pre-12-tutorials/apply-video-effects-adjustments-layers.html
Learn Tab

Use Mattes And Keys To Blend Videos Together
Video "Premiere Elements Mattes And Keys"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIkOy4dD4HI 
Learn Key

A Simple Clip Of A 3 Year Olds Perspective
Video "Blake"
https://vimeo.com/94278758 
Inspire Tab 

How To Add Multiple Effects To A Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mkp3LwavS8E 
Learn Tab


Adding Audio Effects
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pqmp8lHjdI4 
Learn Tab

Use Motion Tracking To Add Objects That Move With Your Subject
https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/archive/pre-12-tutorials/spotlight-motion-tracking.html
Learn Tab

Suddenly I Feel Light
https://vimeo.com/channels/staffpicks/82123812
Inspire Tab

The World Beyond The World
https://vimeo.com/89216531
Inspire Tab

Swinging Solo: Video Love Letter #1
http://www.babymakingmachine.com/2013/12/swinging-solo-video-love-letter-1.html
Inspire Tab


Trampoline
https://vimeo.com/95686450
Inspire Tab

Adjust Your Video's Color With Auto Smart Tone
https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/archive/pre-12-tutorials/adjust-video-color-brightness-auto-smart-tone.html
Learn Tab

3 Easy Ways To Make Movies
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvppYqs_sT8&index=2&list=PLPzkxRKAxnCAxJ2N6p0RQwGDrFJ7A6MFe
Learn Tab 

Easily Tell Your Big Life Story
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BF4XMwa9PkE&list=PLPzkxRKAxnCAxJ2N6p0RQwGDrFJ7A6MFe&index=5 
Learn Tab 

Favorite Moments Fast Movies
Video focus is on Favorite Moments feature of program
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=km9gp6pYlCw&index=3&list=PLPzkxRKAxnCAxJ2N6p0RQwGDrFJ7A6MFe 
Learn Tab 

Smooth Out The Shakes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ee_SWNma-Nw&feature=youtu.be
Learn Tab


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* The above information/content was captured on October 17, 2016 and is subject to change determined by Adobe. Some version 15 promotional offerings can be seen at this time in 14/14.1 eLive. It seems that e-Live is not a page copy that is used in 15 and 14/14.1 since the layout of the offerings is different in these versions at the same moment in time. It is also observed that many of the different offerings are presented to the user in a version of Premiere Element other than 15. Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit and Mozilla Firefox (version 49.0.1) were used in this presentation.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

PE 15: Keyboard Shortcuts

INTRODUCTION

For all intents and purposes the keyboard customization (Edit Menu/Keyboard Customization/Application & Window) are the same in Premiere Elements Windows 15 and 14/14.1. Minor exceptions include
  • Edit Menu/Keyboard Customization/Application/Help where "Reveal Logs Folder" is in 15, but not 14/14.1.
  • Edit Menu/Keyboard Customization/Windows/Timeline Window where Command/Shortcut for Razor Tool (C) and Selection Tool (V) are found in 14/14.1 but not 15.
ADOBE PREMIERE ELEMENTS FACTORY DEFAULTS FOR VERSION 15*

Since for all intents and purposes the keyboard customization (Edit Menu/Keyboard Customization/Application & Window Commands/Shortcuts are the same, for 15 refer to the 14/14.1 keyboard commands/shortcuts found HERE.

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* The information above has been triple checked (15 against 14/14.1), and it believed to be inclusive.

ATR

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Premiere Elements 15 First Look

INTRODUCTION

An announcement of the Premiere Elements 15 release has just been seen today October 5, 2016 online. Some initial findings on the release were noted at

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

https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/system-requirements.html

http://www.digitaltrends.com/photography/adobe-photoshop-elements-15-premiere-elements-15-released/

Full "First Look" details of the new release will be focused on in this blog post. Besides the details of the new release, comparison of it to the prior version (14/14.1) will be made in depth - "What is New" and "What Is the Same".

Premiere Elements 15 Windows 64 bit is currently being downloaded from the Adobe web site.
It appears to be a 2 GB file named PremiereElements_15_LS31_win64.exe. At Internet speed of 4.6 MB/second, the completion of the download took less than 10 minutes. Download was from
http://www.adobe.com/downloads.html
(to see Premiere Elements 15 on that download page, click on "view all available free trials" at bottom left)


Coming soon.

ATR


INTRODUCTION

Today October 11, 2016 let us begin the First Look of the Premiere Elements 15 tryout (using Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit which Adobe lists as compatible with Premiere Elements 15).

Premiere Elements 15 First Look Details to follow will include
PART 1. New And Different
PART 2. Export And Share
PART 3. Content
In the course of this First Look, comparisons will be made to the prior version named Premiere Elements 14/14.1. This report will be entered in these PARTS in installments. This will be a work in progress until this blog post is labelled as completed.

The tryout was installed on October 5th, and a new project opened to its Expert workspace. No work was done in that initial project. When the tryout was opened to a new project today October 11th, Premiere Elements 15 tryout gave the message that Premiere Elements 15 was not working. A run through with the cleaner part of  the free ccCleaner appeared to resolve the issue so that I could begin the First Look. 

PART 1. 
New And Different

1. Workspaces 
The 15 and 14.1 workspace headers are the same eLive, Quick, Guided, and Expert.
The actual 15 Guided workspace has been sectioned into Basic, Video Adjustments, Audio Adjustments, and Fun Edits.

Basic
  • Get started
  • Trim & split clips
  • Add Transitions between clips
  • Add Title to your movie  
Video Adjustments
  • Fix Brightness, Color & Contrast 
  • Color Pop 
  • Animate Graphics 
  • Add Adjustment Layer  NEW
Audio Adjustments
  • Add Narration 
  • Add a music score 
Fun Edits
  • Add a Video in Title 
  • Create Slow or Fast Motion Effect
  • Create a Picture-in-Picture (PIP) 
  • Apply an Effects Mask
Besides the lessons being categorized, there appears to be one more lesson in 15 as compared to 14/14.1. New in 15 seems to be "Add Adjustment Layer" (thus 14 lessons in 15 and 13 lessons in 14/14.1).


2. Expert Workspace
a. The Edit area monitor's bounding box (image's blue outline) is now allowed to be seen outside as well inside the area of the monitor space.  This was not true for Premiere Elements 14/14.1.

b. The bottom horizontal options bar of 14/14.1 (Tools, Transitions, Titles & Text, Effects, Music, and Graphics) is gone and replaced with a vertical bar with Fix, Edit, and Add sections displaying on the right edge of the workspace.

Fix
  • Icon for access to Smart Fix, Shake Reduction, Auto Smart Tone, Color, Color (RGB), Gamma Correction), Lighting, Temperature and Tint, Volume, Balance, Treble, Bass, Audio Gain...this icon looks the same as the Adjust Tab icon used in 14/14.1.
  • Icon for access to Video/Freeze Frame, Movie Menu, Pan & Zoom, Smart Trim, Time Remapping, Favorite Moments, Motion Tracking; Audio/Audio Mix, Narration, Smart Mix...this icon looks the same as the Tools Tab icon used in 14/14.1.
Edit
  • Icon for access to Motion Palette and Opacity Palette...this icon contains the graphics of fx and pen and was not seen previously.
  • Icon for access to Video and Audio fx Effects...this icon looks the same as the fx Effects Tab icon used in 14/14.1.
  • Icon for access to Video and Audio Transitions...this icon looks the same as the Transitions Tab icon used in 14/14.1.
Add
  • Icon for access to the Motion Titles and Classic Titles...this icon looks the same as the Titles & Text Tab icon used in 14/14.1.
  • Icon for access to Music Scores and Sound Effects...this icon looks the same as the Music Tab icon used in 14/14.1.
  • Icon for access to Graphics...this icon uses a smiley face whereas a boat was used for the Graphics Tab icon in 14/14.1.
No way has been found so far to reorient the bar from vertical right to bottom horizontal (neither in Preferences nor mouse maneuvers).  In "b", going from 14/14.1 to 15, choices appear to be relocated rather than discontinued. More on this in the CONTENT PART.

c. The major headers are the same in 15 as in 14/14.1 (Add Media, Projects Assets, Create, and Export & Share). However, 15 now has a new feature "Video Collage" which joins 14/14.1's choices of Video Story and Instant Movie under the Create major header. See HERE for initial details of this Video Collage feature. First Looks suggests that these Video Collages created in the feature can be saved as a .vc file to the hard drive or sent to the project's Timeline, or sent to Export & Share. These vc files appear to be usable in 15 only. More "Video Collage" information coming later in this blog post.
Note: The Elements Organizer 15 still has the Create Menu/Slideshow option including a Save to 720p or 1080p mp4 file with AVCHD format or to Facebook. Adobe has not gone back to the Elements Organizer format/layout seen in Premiere Elements 12/12.1 and earlier.

d. For all intense and purposes the menus and their choices at the top left of the Expert workspace (File, Edit, Clip, Timeline, Text, Tools, Window, and Help) are the same in 15 and 14/l4.1. The only exception found so far is the inclusion of a "Reveal Logs Folder" choice under the Help Menu in 15.

3. Quick Workspace
The 15 Quick and Expert workspace both deviate from 14/14.1 in that both workspaces have
  • 14, not 13, Guided lessons
  • The bottom horizontal options are replaced with options displaying in a vertical bar on the right edge of the workspace.
4. Question Mark Icon To Right Of Marker Setting Area Of Expert And Quick Workspaces 
Both the Expert and Quick workspaces show a question mark icon to the right of the marker setting area. Clicking on the icon takes the user
In Expert workspace
Adobe Premiere Elements Help/Arranging Clips in the Expert View Timeline
https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/using/arranging-clips-expert-view-timeline.html 

In Quick workspace
Adobe Premiere Elements Help/Arranging Clips in the Quick View Timeline
https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/using/arranging-clips-quick-view-timeline.html

5. Camera Raw
The Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 and Adobe Premiere Elements 15 tryouts were each received with Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw 9.6.0.625 with the option to update to Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw 9.7. See Premiere Elements 15 Help Menu/Updates.

6. "What's New" In 15 According To An Adobe Web Page Description.
http://www.adobe.com/products/premiere-elements/features.html?trackingid=BDDS3P45&mv=other#x 
Access to the new fx effect "Haze Removal" can be found via the right vertical bar's Edit section/fx icon/Video/Advanced Adjustments. Adjustments for this and other fx effects can be accessed via that Edit section/icon for reviewing and editing Applied Effects. Adobe details of its Haze Removal fx effect can be found HERE. See HERE for Adobe's overall "What's New" for Premiere Elements 15.

Commentary
The above covers "surface" areas of the program. In what follows, a First Look will be taken into the deeper aspects of the Premiere Elements 15 features and workflows.
Last edit made October 14, 2016.
 

PART 2.
Export & Share

For all intents and purposes the Export & Share down to the export choices and export default settings of 15 is the same as for 14/14.1. Consequently, refer and use the already detailed 14/14.1 Export & Share information. Premiere Elements 14 First look PART 2 - EXPORT & SHARE (Quick Edit, Devices, Discs, Online, Audio, Image) is found HERE. A minor exception is that 15's Export & Share/Online/YouTube has choices of 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720, or 640 x 480 upload; whereas 14/14.l has Export & Share/Online/YouTube uses upload of 1920 x 1080, 1440 x 1080, or 640 x 480.

The Export & Share headers, export choices, and default settings have been looked at one for one 15 versus 14/14.1 and found the same. This 15 First Look has not gotten into whether or not 15 Export & Share exports work worse, the same, or better than 14/14.1.

PART 3.
Content

Movie Menus
Tools Menu/Movie Menu

The movie menu choices are the same in 15 and 14/14.1. Consequently see the Premiere Elements 14 First Look blog details for this already described content.
http://atr935.blogspot.com/2015/09/premiere-elements-14-first-look-details.html

Instant Movie Themes
Create/Instant Movie

The Instant Movie theme choices are the same in 15 and 14/14.1. Consequently see the Premiere Elements 14 First Look blog details for this already described content.
http://atr935.blogspot.com/2015/09/premiere-elements-14-first-look-details.html
Like 14/14.1, version 15 continues to use the flawed Instant Movie theme named Outdoor Adventure. This theme is characterized by scattered footage of colorful media offline message. See HERE for our suggested how to fix this issue.

Transitions
Right Vertical Bar/Edit Section/Icon For Access To Transitions

The Video and Audio transition selection are the same in 15 and 14/14.1. Access to these transition can be via the right vertical bar and its icon for transition under the Edit section there.

fx Effects
Right Vertical Bar/Edit Section's fx Icon

Video and Audio fx Effects of 15 appear to be the same as for 14/14.1 with the exception of introduction of the fx effect named Haze Removal in 15. See 15's right vertical bar's Edit section/icon for fx Effects and icon for viewing and editing fx Effects.

Music (Music Scores and Sound Effects)
Right Vertical Bar/Add Section Music Icon

The Music Scores and Sound Effects choices appear to be the same in 15 and 14/14.1 and are accessed in 15 via the right Vertical Bar/Add Section/icon for music.

 Graphics (Clip Arts)

The graphics (clip arts) choices appear to be the same in 15 and 14/14.1 and are accessed in 15 via the right Vertical Bar/Add Section/smiley face for the Graphics Tab icon.

Titles or Text
Right Vertical Bar/Add Section

The Classic Titles choices appear to be the same in 15 and 14/14.1 with regard to design of choice as well as its file name. In the case of the comparison of 15 and 14/14.1 Motion Titles comparison, "Same" except for
  • a missing "lower third" file for Motion Title/Fun/Sports in 15
  • difference between 15 and 14/14.1 with regard to file name for same file presenting in each (See Motion Titles/Fun or Decorative/motion title thumbnails and associated file names
  • question about Custom category appearance in the Motion Titles list of Contempory, Decorative, Formal, Geometric, Typography, "Custom". 
ELEMENTS ORGANIZER 15 CREATE/SLIDESHOW FEATURE AND THEMES

The Elements Organizer 15 and 14/14.1 Create/Slideshow feature have the same format which is unlike that which Adobe uses in Premiere Elements 12/12.1 and earlier. The 7 Elements Organizer Slideshow theme are the same for 15 and 14/14.1 (Classic Dark, Array, The Minimalist, Memories, Album, Party Poppers, and Holiday Season.

COMMENTARY

Significant similarities between 15 and 14/14.1 seem striking. So why a Premiere Elements 15 First Look when the point back for details is to Premiere Elements 14/14.1 First Look? It is being decided whether or not to end the 15 First Look and then target the individual Premiere Elements 15 workflows in order to determine the depth of the 15 and 14/14.1 similarities. Although the "same", does the same feature in each of these versions work better, worst, or the same?

To be continued....


ATR



Premiere Elements 15 Daily Discoveries

INTRODUCTION

Announcement of the release of Premiere Elements 15 was just seen online.
This blog post "Premiere Elements 15 Daily Discoveries" is the companion blog for Premiere Elements 15 First Look found HERE.

Work in progress.

Full details coming soon.

ATR

Let Us Begin....October 15, 2016.

INTRODUCTION

001. Helpful Links
Learn & Support/Adobe Premiere Elements Help
https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/using/topics.html 

Adobe Premiere Elements 15 Help PDF
https://helpx.adobe.com/pdf/premiere-elements_reference.pdf

Adobe Premiere Elements/Download Adobe Premiere Elements 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10
https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/kb/premiere-elements-downloads.html 
Note: Although the link title here does not include downloads for versions 9 and 8, there appears to be downloads for versions 9 and 8 included at this location.

Return, cancel, or exchange an Adobe order
https://helpx.adobe.com/x-productkb/policy-pricing/return-cancel-or-change-order.html 
Note: Read link content carefully, and confirm with seller. Best interpretation of link is full return within 30 days of Adobe Premiere Elements 15 purchase from Adobe direct. If interpretation is correct, it looks like Adobe's return past history on this has gone from 30 to 14 and currently back to 30 days for the Premiere Elements 15 product.

Adobe Premiere Elements Help / What's new in Adobe Premiere Elements 15?
https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/using/whats-new.html#elive

Adobe ID Account And Sign-In Troubleshooting
https://helpx.adobe.com/x-productkb/global/account-password-sign-help.html


002. Movie Menu "Outdoor Adventure"
The Movie Menu named Outdoor Adventure continues to be flawed with patches of media offline footage. See HERE for details.

003. The "Best Fit" Automatic Setting Of Adobe Project Presets In 15 Versus 14/14.1.
  • The Adobe NTSC and PAL project presets are the same for 15 and 14/14.1
  • There is no place during the program installation for user to set for a NTSC or PAL TV Format
  • If an imported video's properties do not match one of the existing Adobe project presets, the program grabs a "closest fit" project preset rather than defaulting to NTSC AVCHD Full HD1080i30 project preset as it did in earlier versions of Premiere Elements. Version 15 and 14/14.1 appear to behave the same in this regard. See HERE for more details on "closest fit" and "default" project presets.
004. The 4K Sizes 4096 x 2160 (Adobe project preset not available) And 3840 x 2160 (Adobe project preset available).

Premiere Elements supports H.264 4K 3840 x 2160, but not 4096 x 2160. To consider...one suggested way for editing 4K 4096 x 2160 video
  • set the project preset manually (File Menu/New/Project) to the 3840 x 2160 (NTSC AVCHD- QFHD-16 x 9 29.99)
  • and, at export, use Export & Share/Device/Custom (including Advanced Settings for H.264, Square Pixels, 4096 x 2160 with width and height not linked), Profile = High, Level = 5.2.

005. Premiere Elements 15: The Imported Audio Clip's Duration Displayed In Project Assets And In The Timeline

The details in the blog post "PE 12: Audio Display Formats - Audio Samples and Milliseconds" found HERE applies to Premiere Elements 12 through 15. Consequently, please refer to that blog's Table named Premiere Elements 12 for 15 data.

The user is accustomed to video clip duration displaying in the format 00;00;00;00 (hours;minutes;seconds;frames). In contrast, audio clip duration displaying as 00;03;20;38880 or 00;03;20.881 is pointed to and discussed.

006. Expanded Search Field for Elements 15 eLive.

eLive previously offered Search using drop down list of categories for Everything, Inspire, Learn, and News. Now in version 15 is found Search with type in field as well as the choice categories of Inspire, Learn, and New in a drop down list. See HERE.

007. Music Remix Feature - New to Premiere Elements 15 - User Music (Non Adobe Music Score) Duration Increased Or Decreased "Without Losing The Continuity Of The Audio Content".

See HERE. Separate blog post will be devoted to this topic soon. First look at this feature suggests that the User Music needs to be dragged to the Music Track (not Audio Track) for this to work.



Work in progress.

ATR

Friday, September 30, 2016

PE: More Video Effects Ideas Borrowed From Asian Movies

INTRODUCTION

April 2, 2017. See Important Notice About Web Site Links Removed From This Blog After Blog Publication*

As mentioned in some prior blog posts here, I have become a fan of the South Korean K-dramas aired on the TV there as well as South Korean movies. These movies and K-dramas were seen in the USA at two different free web sites.

Of particular interest viewing these offerings are
  • the work's special effects in the K-drama's and movie's opening and closing credits
  • and if and how these special effects can be created by and applied to our Premiere Elements home movies.
In the course of viewing that web site, some unusual opening credits in a TV series from Japan (Hapiman: Happy Marriage!?) caught my attention. Its opening credit features whole photos and/or an individual cut out of a photo or freeze frame from video introduced in the opening credits with a small white border. See Episode 12 opening credits for that TV series Hapiman: Happy Marriage!?

ISSUE

Can this white border for the individual being introduced be produced for one of our Premiere Elements home movies' opening and/or closing credits? I envisioned the answer as Yes using
selection of individual and white stroking (about 20 px) in Photoshop Elements followed by import of the result as psd into a Premiere Elements project.

FIRST LOOK AT THIS LOOK IN A PREMIERE ELEMENTS PROJECT'S OPENING

Refer to video


One basic idea for how to for photo with white border.

The photo with the white border where Jose's mother is preparing him for the event was created in the Premiere Elements 14/14.1 project's Titler using Text Menu/New Text/Default Text.
With the Titler opened, first Text Menu/Image/Add Image to bring in the photo from its hard drive save location. Photo was then scaled down and positioned. With the Titler still opened, Shape Section/Rectangular Tool was used to draw a white rectangle larger over the photo, and then the photo was scaled/positioned. Then Titler's Section Tool to select the white rectangle, followed by Text Menu/Arrange/Send Backward. The Titler Selection Tool was then used to position photo (which is now in front of the white rectangle to give even white borders around the photo.

One basic idea for how to for Jose's figure with white borders.

Party photo (or freeze frame from party video) of Jose was taken into Photoshop Elements 10 Editor where he was selected with the project's Quick Selection Tool. Control J was used to place this selection on a layer by itself in the Layer's Palette. Then Edit Menu/Stroke (Outline) Selection was used to apply the white border around the Jose figure.
Edit Menu
Stroke (Outline) Selection
Stroke set at about 20 px
Location = Outside
Blending, Mode = Normal
Opacity = 100%
Preserve Transparency - left unchecked
It is important not to layer the white border in attempts to decide on the wanted Stroke Width. Either put the Stroke on a separate layer then the selection or use the layer for the selection and use Undo to remove the unwanted Stroke size before applying a suitable Stroke size.
The selection with the white stroke is saved as psd and imported into the Premiere Elements project via Add Media/Files and Folders.

Overall

The Premiere Elements 14/14.1 Expert workspace can be seen in Figure 1.

Figure 1. Premiere Elements 14/14.1 Expert Workspace For White Border Effect Described In This Blog Post. Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 Bit Used.

COMMENTARY

Further work on this idea will be postponed for now in order to give time to the new Premiere Elements 15 release first look and daily discovery October blog posts. As time permits, this white borders blog post will be revisited and edited further.

IMPORTANT UPDATE 12/13/2016
The web site link removed has been experiencing server issues. Until these problems are resolved, the web site link removed may be a suitable substitute to view the effects mentioned in this blog post.
For Hapiman: Happy Marriage, See link removed
For the web site name removed see link removed

IMPORTANT UPDATE 12/19/2016
The web site link removed with links to free movies where we found movie effects ideas for our home movies was found operating again. Thanks web site name removed for the repairs/recovery to your web site.

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*April 02, 2017. All the video effects reference links to the two free Asian movies web sites have been removed due to attacks on computer security (support scams et al), excessive pop ups that defy pop up blockers, and nature of many of the pop ups. Disappointing turn of events! This is not just a matter of pop ups (ads) versus no pop ups (ads). The matter goes to the core of content of the pop ups and virus attacks on the computer.




ATR



PE 13/13.1 and 14/14.1: eLive Workspace

INTRODUCTION

A Premiere Elements eLive workspace was introduced in Premiere Elements 13, and this workspace is carried over to Premiere Elements 14/14.1 which is the current version as of this date. The eLive workspace for 13/13.1 and 14/14.1 is not available in all countries. It is described by Adobe as "In-product information and help from web through eLive". The content of this workspace appears to be changed by Adobe periodically on an non defined frequency in each of 13/13.1 and 14/14.1. Although these 2 versions have many of the same content, the e-Live offerings are not displaying with the same mix of offerings. As of October 1, 2016, there are 41 offerings for eLive 14/14.1 and 47 for eLive 13/13.1.

ISSUE

The Premiere Elements 13/13.1 and 14/14.1 Help Menu in the Expert and Quick workspaces and use of online search engines may be of assistance to all users who work in countries where the e-Live workspace is unavailable. To give perspective to the issue of what the user is missing or not missing related to the availability or non availability of eLive, this blog post will list the offerings currently appearing in eLive workspace of Premiere Elements 14/14.1 on Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit (and confirmed Windows 10 Home 64 bit).

eLIVE OFFERINGS PREMIERE ELEMENTS 14*
(as of October 1, 2016; highlighted titles** apply to 13/13.1 and 14/14.1)

Summertime
Video with summertime theme.
https://vimeo.com/70412767
Learn Tab

Tips For Great Vacation Videos
http://www.lunaguidetotravel.com/single-post/2016/1/13/10-EASY-TIPS-for-VACATION-VIDEOS 
Learn Tab

Audio Mixer
Add and Customize Audio Effects
https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/how-to/add-customize-audio-effects.html?set=premiere-elements--whats-new--2015-09
Learn Tab

Fairy Picnic Day 
Video with fairy picnic day theme.
https://vimeo.com/133628809 
Learn Tab


It Was A Big Day Out For Little Ethan
Video with "Ethans day at the farm park" theme.
https://vimeo.com/102371956 
Inspire Tab

Create A Motion Path Using The Pan & Zoom Tool 
https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/how-to/create-motion-path-pan-zoom.html?set=premiere-elements--whats-new--2015-09 
Learn Tab


Your Getting Started Guide For Premiere Elements 14
https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/topics/getting-started-tutorials.html 
Learn Tab


School Is Back In Session
"5 tips to instantly improve your video compositions.
https://vimeo.com/blog/post/5-tips-to-instantly-improve-your-compositions 
Learn Tab

Create Titles With Title Themes
https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/how-to/create-titles-with-themes.html 
Learn Tab

Arrange Clips In A Movie
https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/archive/pre-11-tutorials/arrange-clips-movie.html 
Learn Tab 

Antarctica
Video with Antarctica theme.
https://vimeo.com/124858722
Inspire Tab

The Adventures Of Walter The Office Pug
Video with "The Adventures of Walter the Office Pug" theme.
https://vimeo.com/68704007
Inspire Tab

Memories of Tokyo
Video with "Memories of Tokyo" theme.
https://vimeo.com/130746973 
Inspire Tab


Guidance At Every Step
Focus on Guided Workspace using Premiere Elements 14.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOXS2jKli64&feature=youtu.be
Learn Tab 

Summer Memories
Video with "A Phantom Flex Summer Story".
https://vimeo.com/50296655
Inspire Tab 


Tell Dazzling Stories With Motion Titles
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYhDBn-iiLY
Learn Tab

Take A Quick Tour of Premiere Elements 14
Video "Get Started with Premiere Elements 14"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99A9tE2oFBE
News Tab

Introducing Adobe Premiere Elements 14!
http://blogs.adobe.com/photoshop/2015/09/introducing-adobe-photoshop-elements-14.html 
News Tab

Share Your Videos
https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/how-to/share-videos-youtube-facebook-vimeo.html
Learn Tab

Create Your Own Movies
Video focusing on "Video Story" feature.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvl9tEmEwm8
Learn Tab

Learn Time Lapse Photography Using Premiere Elements
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcF7DPARNXk
Learn Tab
(problem: no access to YouTube video since it is listed as private type)

Share Your Videos On Social Sites
https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/how-to/share-videos-youtube-facebook-vimeo.html 
Learn Tab


Stabilize Shaky Videos
https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/how-to/stabilize-shaky-videos.html 
Learn Tab 

Organize By Events
https://helpx.adobe.com/elements-organizer/using/events.html 
Learn Tab

Guided Edits
https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/archive/pre-12-tutorials/guided-edits-video.html 
Learn Tab

Sunday It Rained
Video with "Sunday it rained" theme.
https://vimeo.com/113110919 
Learn Tab

Create Effects Using Adjustment Layers
https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/archive/pre-12-tutorials/apply-video-effects-adjustments-layers.html 
Learn Tab

Use Mattes And Keys To Blend Videos Together
Video "Premiere Elements Mattes and Keys"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIkOy4dD4HI 
Learn Tab  

A Simple Clip Of A 3 Year Olds Perspective 
Video "Blake"
https://vimeo.com/94278758
Inspire Tab

How To Add Multiple Effects To A Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mkp3LwavS8E 
Learn Tab


Adding Audio Effects
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pqmp8lHjdI4
Learn Tab

Use Motion Tracking To Add Objects That Move With Your Subject
https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/archive/pre-12-tutorials/spotlight-motion-tracking.html
Learn Tab

Suddenly I Feel Light
https://vimeo.com/channels/staffpicks/82123812 
Inspire Tab

The World Beyond The World
https://vimeo.com/89216531
Inspire Tab

Swinging Solo: Video Love Letter #1
http://www.babymakingmachine.com/2013/12/swinging-solo-video-love-letter-1.html
Inspire Tab

Trampoline
https://vimeo.com/95686450
Inspire Tab

Adjust Your Video's Color With Auto Smart Tone
https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/archive/pre-12-tutorials/adjust-video-color-brightness-auto-smart-tone.html
Learn Tab

3 Easy Ways To Make Movies 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvppYqs_sT8&index=2&list=PLPzkxRKAxnCAxJ2N6p0RQwGDrFJ7A6MFe 
Learn Tab

Easily Tell Your Big Life Story
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BF4XMwa9PkE&list=PLPzkxRKAxnCAxJ2N6p0RQwGDrFJ7A6MFe&index=5 
Learn Tab

Favorite Moments Fast Movies
Video focus is on Favorite Moments feature of program.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=km9gp6pYlCw&index=3&list=PLPzkxRKAxnCAxJ2N6p0RQwGDrFJ7A6MFe 
Learn Tab

Smooth Out Shakes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ee_SWNma-Nw&feature=youtu.be 
Learn Tab


NOTE(S)
Refer to tab type comment***.
______________________________________________________________________________ 
*eLive workspace in Premiere Elements 13/13.1 does not always use 13/13.1 for that version's lessons. Likewise, eLive workspace in Premiere Elements 14/14.1 does not always use 14/14.1 for that version's lessons.
**At this time, just a rough comparison was made between 14/14.1 and 13/13.1 eLive content. Focus was on the 14/14.1 eLive content for this blog post. 
***Each offering shows a "Tab" type toward the upper left of the e-Live workspace. It can be used to display tab type Everything, Inspire, Learn, or News.

ATR

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

PE: Info Palette

INTRODUCTION

Premiere Elements projects offer an Info Palette (floating type palette) accessed under the Window Menu (Timeline and Sceneline workspaces - versions earlier than 11) and Expert and Quick workspaces (version 11 through current version 14/14.1).

For the Timeline or Filmstrip selected clip, the opened Info Palette displays
  • file information in its top section
  • start and end points for the file (either in timecode or frame format)
Also, the Info Palette contains a section for the Timecode or Frame location of the mouse cursor (not the Timeine Indicator (CTI)) being moved across the specific areas of the Timeline or Filmstrip.
Refer to Figures 1a and 1b to view typical Info Palette results for a video and for a still. In these Figures a comparison can been seen between the Info Palette results for a selected video and still clip gained from use of Info Palette (Window Menu) versus Properties Palette (right click of import in Project Assets, followed by selection of Properties.

Figure 1a. Info Palette Premiere Elements 14/14.1 Expert Workspace (For Selected Video Clip)
Figure lb. Info Palette Premiere Elements 14/14.1 Expert Workspace (For Selected Still Clip)

ISSUE

When it was found that Premiere Elements 14/14.1 Quick Workspace Info Palette's cursor display was not functioning, the decision was made to explore and compare the Premiere Elements Info Palette from versions 4 through 14/14.1. Also of interest was possible pros and cons of use of Properties Palette (gained from Project Assets route) versus Info Palette (Window Menu/Info Palette).

OBSERVATIONS

Multiple Clip Selection

When multiple clips were selected in either Timeline or Filmstrip, the Info Palette gave the number of clips selected and the total duration of those clips. Properties was not an option in Project Assets when more than one clip was selected in the Project Assets/Properties route. "Show Properties" from right click of selected Timeline or Filmstrip clip was not an option in the case of multiple clips selection.

Quick Workspace Info Palette Cursor Location Non Functional

Info Palette cursor section was not found to reflect the cursor movement in the Filmstrip of
Premiere Elements 11 through 14/14.1 Quick Workspace Info Palette. This did not seem to be the case for Premiere Elements 10 and earlier. Refer to Figure 2 representing the functional Info Palette cursor section in the Sceneline workspace.

Figure 2. Functional Info Palette Cursor Section.
  
Maintaining The Customization Of Info Palette Size And Position (Within A Project, After Save/Close/Reopening Project, Beginning New Project)

In Premiere Elements 14/14.1 it was not found possible to maintain the customized size and position of the Info Palette in the Expert or Quick workspaces. The Info Palette retained its size and/or position customization if it was opened and not closed during a working session of a particular project. If the customized Info Palette was opened, customized, closed in a particular project but the project not closed, the customization was lost when the Info Palette was reopened in that project. Likewise, if the Info Palette was customized and the particular project saved and closed, the Info Palette customized size and or position was lost. And, first use of the Info Palette in a new project was characterized by a default sized and positioned Info Palette. Initial studies suggest that the Premiere Elements 14/14.1 Info Palette behavior applies to Premiere Elements versions 11, 12/12.1, 13/13.1 as well as 14/14.1.

In contrast, using Premiere Elements 10, the Info Palette retained its customized size and/or position if the Info Palette was opened closed reopened during a working session of a project. If the customized sized and positioned Info Palette was left opened or closed and the project saved and closed, the reopened project displayed the sized and positioned customized Info Palette in the project's workspace. In addition, first use of the Info Palette in a new project was characterized by the sized positioned Info Palette of the prior new project. Initial studies suggest that the Premiere Elements 10 Info Palette behavior applies to Premiere Elements versions earlier than 10 as well as 10.

COMMENTARY

The Info Palette appears to have lost some of its features when Premiere Elements moved on to version 11 and to date. Customization of the Info Palette was compromised in this regard. Premiere Elements Windows was used in this look at the Info Palette. The user is encouraged to look at the Info Palette behavior in his/her particular Premiere Elements version. The observations in this blog post were made using Premiere Elements on Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit and confirmed with Windows 10 Home 64 bit.

With regard to Properties Palette versus Info Palette offerings, the user can make a quick comparison between his/her needs in this regard by right clicking the Timeline clip of choice and selecting "Show Properties" when an opened Info Palette is displaying.

Thanks to the viewers for your patience during the preparation of this Info Palette information for your consideration.

________________________________________________________________________________

ATR


PE: Special Effect/Creating Clone Pop Ups From An Object

INTRODUCTION

We have been doing a lot of viewing of South Korean film industry movies looking for ideas for opening titles and closing credits for our Premiere Elements homemade family videos. In the course of viewing these movies we were impressed by the excellence of the South Korean movies, actors, and actresses. In this regard, we sought to find out more about the career of Sang Keun Suk (actor, singer, major talent). In Mr. Sang's Facebook page, he currently offers a video (under Videos/Zagda CF 2012) in which a duplicate of himself pops out from himself to form a dancing duo and then another duplicate of himself pops out from himself to form a dancing trio.

ISSUE

Our focus is solely on Premiere Elements. We have no interest at this time to attempt to find the best program to generate the effect referred to in the INTRODUCTION. We want the best we can get from Premiere Elements in our quest to find out if the effect can be achieved in Premiere Elements.

The starting point of this blog focus is to describe the best way found so far to create that pop out effect using Premiere Elements 14/14.1 as the video editor. What is described below is one way...the best way found so far for us. If interested, please give the pop out idea a try and/or try to work out a better way to achieve the effect and apply it to your Premiere Elements projects.

RESULTS

Basically our best pop out effect was achieved using duplicate clips and editing/keyframing the Scale and Position. A sound effect (Body Hit) was used to enhance the pop out effect. The Class Reunion soundtrack from the project's Music Scores was added to embellish the effect. The soundtrack used had a duration of 11 frames and had its Audio Gain increased to 12 dB. The pop out obtained is demonstrated in the following video. Robot 01 from the project's Graphics was used for the clips.


The above video was generated from the following project workflow.
Premiere Elements 14/14.1 Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit
Project: NTSC AVCHD AVCHD Full HD 1920 x 1080i30
Expert Workspace (Refer to Figure 1)

Figure 1. Pop Out Effect Exploration Using Expert Workflow Premiere Elements 14/14.1.

Video Track 2 clip.
Start/End Points = 00;00;00;00 to 00;00;04;29
No Keyframing

Video Track 3 clip (Duplicate of Video 2 clip)
Start/Eng Points = 00;00;02;00 to 00;00;04;29
Keyframing (Applied Effects/Applied Effects Palette/Motion Panel's Position and Scale properties.)
.....Point 1 @ Timecode 00;00;02;00, Position 960.0 and 540.0 @ Scale 0.0%
.....Point 2 @ Timecode 00;00;02;05, Position 1025.8 and 574.7 and Scale 40%
.....Point 3 @ Timecode 00;00;02;10, Position 1107 and 547.7 and Scale 100%
.....Point 4 @ Timecode 00:00:02;15, Position 1525.2 and 416.1 and Scale 100%

Video Track 4 clip (Duplicate of Video 2 clip)
Start/End Points = 00;00;03;13 to 00;00;04;29
Keyframing (Applied Effects/Applied Effects Palette/Motion Panel's Position and Scale properties.)
.....Point 1 @ Timecode 00;00;03;13, Position 960.0 and 540.0 @ Scale 0.0%
.....Point 2 @ Timecode 00;00;03;16, Position 960.0 and 617.7 @ Scale 40.0%
.....Point 3 @ Timecode 00;00;03;18, Position 370.0 and 524.0 @ Scale 100%
.....Point 4 @ Timecode 00;00;03;23, Position 373.9 and 477.4 @ Scale 100%

COMMENTARY

The RESULTS raw data have now been entered in the RESULTS section in order to include here the intended blog content on the topic of a possible pop out effect created in Premiere Elements. It is important to remember that this blog post is just a feasibility study for a pop out effect using Premiere Elements as the video editor and creator of the effect.

Thank you for your continuing support in viewing my ATR Premiere Elements Troubleshooting blog series.


_______________________________________________________________________________ ATR

Sunday, July 31, 2016

PE: What Version Of Premiere Elements To Buy

INTRODUCTION

If history repeats itself, Adobe Premiere Elements 15 as the latest version of Premiere Elements is expected to be released sometime between the end of September 2016 and the beginning of October 2016. Classically, the new features for a latest version are not made public by Adobe until the moment of release of the new version. We are not affiliated with Adobe in any way and have no insider information about the new features in the lastest version release.

ISSUE

With the release of a new version of Premiere Elements, the user who already has some version of Premiere Elements is faced with the "want" versus "need". Some may be drawn to new features of the new release. Some may opt to stay with the Premiere Elements version which is already in use. "Bargain Pricing" may be a lure for some users (old or new) to purchase the currently latest version (14/14.1) that costs less just prior to release of the new. If there are thoughts of the Premiere Elements user giving or selling his or her version to another, see HERE.

As the release time of a new version of Premiere Elements approaches, "Sale Pricing" for Premiere Elements 14/14.1 is expected from Adobe and online vendors. Also, Premiere Elements earlier than 14/14.1 with lower pricing might be found at some online sites. This blog post will focus on the dilemma of a "Great Bargain" versus a video editor with the features needed to get the job done for the user. It is hoped that the information provided will be the starting point for the user's homework on the matter.

OBSERVATIONS*

Suggested Reading Material

Premiere Elements 14 First Look
http://atr935.blogspot.com/2015/09/premiere-elements-14-first-look-details.html
Premiere Elements 14 Daily Discoveries
http://atr935.blogspot.com/2015/09/premiere-elements-14-daily-discoveries_21.html

Premiere Elements 13 First Look
http://atr935.blogspot.com/2014/09/premiere-elements-13-first-look-details.html 
Premiere Elements 13 Daily Discoveries
http://atr935.blogspot.com/2014/09/premiere-elements-13-daily-discoveries.html

Premiere Elements 12 First Look
http://atr935.blogspot.com/2013/09/premiere-elements-12-first-look-details.html 
Premiere Elements 12 Daily Discoveries
http://atr935.blogspot.com/2013/09/pe12-daily-discoveries.html

Sampling of Version Alerts

Premiere Elements  13/13.1 and 14/14.1.
There is no DV or HDV capture firewire into a Premiere Elements Capture Window.
Last version to have this feature is Premiere Elements 12/12.1
Workarounds have been described. See applicable reference above.

Premiere Elements 13/13.1
One 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.
No workaround, other than to keep the iso created to file size 1 GB or less. See appropriate references. This issue appeared to be resolved in Premiere Elements 14/14.1.

No Disc error.
Adobe solution is to delete the Old Film.AEX file. See applicable reference above.

Premiere Elements 11
Version 11 is the last to have the SmartSound soundtracks feature which allowed the user to alter the duration of the feature's soundtracks without changing the arrangement of the music.
See http://atr935.blogspot.com/2014/10/pe-11-smartsound-error-windows-81-64-bit.html
Adobe Music Scores (same concept as SmartSound, but not SmartSound) are used in the versions later than version 11. The fate of the user established SmartSound library should be thought through if user is going to Premiere Elements 12/12.1, 13/13.1 from Premiere Elements 11 or earlier.

Premiere Elements 10
(Windows)...Display and other problems exist with Premiere Elements 10 that is installed on Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and 10 64 bit using a NVIDIA GeForce video/graphics card later than about May 2013.

Workaround has been to roll back card driver version to May 2013. Or, use alternative Premiere Elements 10 non NVIDIA GeForce card setup. See appropriate reference including
http://atr935.blogspot.com/2014/02/pe10-nvidia-video-card-roll-back.html

Premiere Elements 9.0/9.0.1
Replacement background for disc menus disappears when the end product disc is played back.
Workaround is to add audio to the main and/or scene menu level at the disc menu customization level. See appropriate reference including
http://atr935.blogspot.com/2014/02/pe9-disc-menu-lost-replacement.html 

Very frequent appearance of display card error.
Workarounds included update of the video card/graphics card driver version. And, the driver version is up to date, deletion of the BadDrivers.txt file. See appropriate reference including
http://atr935.blogspot.com/2015/02/pe-bad-driverstxt-file-locations.html 

Premiere Elements 8.0/8.0.1
Version at release was essentially unstable.
Adobe release of the 8.1 Updates essentially stabilized the version.

With versions 8.0/8.0.1 and earlier, there can be problem with MPEG2 Activation on new installs of the version.
Solution has involved deactivation, uninstall, ccleaner run through (regular and registry parts), reinstall with antivirus and firewall(s) disabled. Also factor in the Royalty Activation factor.
http://atr935.blogspot.com/2015/11/pe-14-premiere-elements-14-mac-only.html

Premiere Elements 7
Video clip with 5.1 channel audio would appear on an upper video track unless the project preset was one that included description for use with a clip with 5.1 channel audio.
Solution is, for video with 5.1 channel audio, use a project preset which includes for use with a video containing 5.1 channel audio.

COMMENTARY

This blog post does not claim to give a complete version profile which might be used in making a choice of Premiere Elements version opportunities and liabilities. More information can be added to this blog post in the coming weeks.

Work in progress**

ATR
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 *Studies using Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit.
**As of October 1, 2016 no Adobe announcement on the fate of Adobe Premiere Elements 15 and a release date have been found online. The online Adobe Buying Guide continues to show Premiere Elements 14 as the latest version.
http://www.adobe.com/products/premiere-elements/buying-guide.html?promoid=WT7FJ8NC&mv=other

PE: More About Applied Effects/Project Keying Options

INTRODUCTION

The topic of Premiere Elements transparency and superimposing can be found in Adobe documents such as Adobe Premiere Elements Help/Transparency and superimposing and Adobe Premiere Elements Help/Effects Reference which include insights into transparency terms such as alpha channel, Opacity, Mask, Matte, and Keying. And, the ATR Premiere Elements Troubleshooting blog series has looked at various techniques for creating transparency in the Premiere Elements Timeline content. For example, see
PE: Videomerge Produced Transparency Lost in 4K (3840 x 2160) Sized Export
PE: Non Red Key. What is it?
PE: Alpha Adjust. What is it?
PE 11: Image Transparency and Videomerge Pop Up
PE 11: Difference Matte As Substitute for Green or Blue Screen Key 

ISSUE

This blog post will share some "What is this?" information targeting a few of the keying effects found under Expert workspace Applied Effects/Keying in Premiere Elements 11 through 14/14.1 and Edit Menu/Effects/Video Effects/Keying in Premiere Elements 10 and earlier. The keying effects focused on here are
  • Image Matte Key Effect
  • Luma Key Effect
  • Remove Matte Key Effect
  • Remove Difference Effect
  • RGB Difference Key Effect (Windows Only)
The examples will be generated using Premiere Elements 14/14.1 on Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit.

RESULTS

Image Matte Key Effect

Luma Key Effect

Remove Matte Key Effect

RGB Difference Key Effect (Windows Only)



WORK IN PROGRESS - Incomplete Blog Post As Of July 31, 2016.
The RESULTS section details, explanations, and graphics are being worked on and are expected to be posted in this blog post soon. Apologize for the posting delay, and thanks for your patience.

ATR