Tuesday, May 31, 2016

PE: Deactivation and Uninstall


Adobe documents exist for Premiere Elements Install and Uninstall. See HERE and HERE. Adobe does not allow the same Premiere Elements purchased serial number for a particular version to be used on more than two of the user's computers. Need to use that particular version on a third computer using the same purchased serial number is not possible without first "Deactivating" the program from one of the other two computer installs. Depending on the reason for a program  uninstall,  it is not necessary to uninstall the "Deactivated" program on computer 1 or 2 in order to install the same purchased serial number on computer 3. See HERE.


The route for "Deactivating" an installed Premiere Elements program has varied from versions 4 through 14/14.1. This blog post will be a reminder for the how to for the Premiere Elements 4 through 14/14.1 "Deactivation" process.


Premiere Elements is"Deactivated" in its opened activated project's Help Menu.
  • For 8.0/8.0.1 through 11, it is Help Menu/Deactivate. 
  • For versions, 12/12.1 through 14/14.1, it is Help Menu/Sign Out.
There is no Deactivate nor Sign Out option under the Help Menu or found anywhere else for Premiere Elements 4 and 7. With regard to Premiere Elements 4 or 7, the same purchased serial number could be installed from original installation disc on 3 different computers at the same time -
Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit, Windows 10 Home 64 bit, and Windows 10 Professional 64 bit.



Wednesday, May 4, 2016

PE 14/14.1: Quick Workspace Invocation Points


There are often several alternative ways to get to a choice in a given workflow. The March 12, 2016 blog post "PE 14/14.1: Add Media Alternative Routes" focused on and detailed alternative routes specific to Add Media in the Expert and Quick workspaces.


Adobe document on "What's new in Premiere Elements 14?" includes in its "new" list Quick workspace "Invocation Points" which appear to be alternative routes to some features other than just Add Media. What are these "Invocation Points"? In that document, Adobe wrote
Workflow initiation from Quick view timeline: The Quick view timeline includes new invocation points to get you started with your video creation process. Click any one of the invocation points like Drop Title, Record Narration, and Drop Audio Clip, to launch the desired workflows.
Also see HERE for more on Workflow Initiation.


The Premiere Elements 14/14.1 "What's new in Premiere Elements 14" list includes Quick workspace Invocation Points for the Filmstrip. The 14/14.1 new Invocation Points are "Drop Title", "Record Narration", and "Drop Audio Clips" which supplement Invocation Point "Drop Files Here" that exists in Premiere Elements 11 through 14/14.1 Quick workspace.*

"Drop Title"  NEW
One left click on Filmstrip's "Drop Title" opens the Titles & Text Tab at the bottom of the Quick workspace to give access to the Motion Titles and Classic Titles choices. This Invocation Point is only in 14/14.1. See Figure 1. Adobe's Titles workflow information can be found HERE.

Figure 1. Premiere Elements 14/14.1 Quick Workspace Invocation Point "Drag Title" In Filmstrip.

"Drop Files Here"
One left click on Filmstrip's "Drop Files Here" opens the Add Media Panel to reveal its choices of
Elements Organizer
Files and Folders
Photos from cameras or devices
Videos from cameras & devices
Webcam or WDM
DVD camera or computer drive
This Quick workspace Invocation Point exits in Premiere Elements 11, 12/12.1, 13/13.1 as well as 14/14.1.See Figure 2. Adobe's Add Media workflow information can be found HERE.

Figure 2. Premiere Elements 14/14.1 Quick Workspace Invocation Point "Drag Files Here" In Filmstrip.

"Record Narration"  NEW
One left click on Filmstrip's "Record Narration" opens the Voice Narration Record/Play/ dialog. This Quick workspace Invocation Point is only in 14/14.1. See Figure 3. Adobe's Narration workflow information can be found HERE.

Figure 3. Premiere Elements 14/14.1 Quick Workspace Invocation Point "Record Narration" in Filmstrip.

"Drop Audio Clips"  NEW
One left click on Filmstrip's "Drop Audio Clips" opens the Music Tab at the bottom of the Quick workspace to give access to the Music Scores and Sound Effects choices. See Figure 4. Adobe's 14/14.1 Help PDF information on Adding Soundtracks workflow includes incorrect information. See the 14/14.1 Help PDF Chapter 9: Mixing Adding/Using Soundtracks. There is no SmartSound feature in 14/14.1; consequently, no "Use SmartSound" option** under the Music Tab. Also, this Invocation Point does not initiate a workflow applicable to user's own music stored on the computer hard drive.

Figure 4. Premiere Elements 14/14.1 Quick Workspace Invocation Point "Drop Audio Clips" In Filmstrip.


Typically my preference is for use of the Premiere Elements Expert rather than the Quick workspace since
  • In Expert workspace, the user can see better what is going on and consequently have more control of the workflow features
  • The features found in the Expert workspace are not all available in the Quick workspace
  • What is seen in the Expert workspace track content (above Video 1) is not always seen in the Quick workspace
Nonetheless, these 14/14.1 Quick workspace Invocation Points seem targeted to the first time Premiere Elements user who has not yet gotten into vital program exploration and experimentation of the project's menus, assets, and workflows. These Invocation Points could very well be classed as a subset of the Quick Guided workspace and its tutorials.

Please consider what Premiere Elements project choices do and do not enhance your Premiere Elements workflow as you create your special video presentation.

*Work done with Premiere Elements on Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit as well as Window 10 Home 64 bit.
**SmartSound does not exist in Premiere Elements later than version 11.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

PE 14/14.1: Language and "Country/Region Selection" Preferences


During Premiere Elements 14/14.1 installation*, the program's language is set in the installation's Options dialog** after entry of the purchased serial number in the Serial Number dialog. And, if the language needs to be changed after installation, then the program needs to be deactivated, uninstalled, and reinstalled.

There is a new "Country/Region Selection" preference found in 14/14.1 Edit Menu/Preferences/, and it appears to be related to certain web sharing/online services for the program rather than the language that is set for the program. In Premiere Elements earlier than 14/14.1, the country/region setting is made after the first time double click of the Premiere Elements desktop icon and before the Welcome Screen can appear. Of note, Web Sharing preference options remain the same from Premiere Elements 4 through 14/14.1 under Edit Menu/Preferences/Web Sharing. See Figure 1.


Setting of the country/region used by the Web Sharing preference appears to be handled differently in 14/14.1 than in earlier versions. And, a distinction needs to be made between program language and program country/region settings.


Premiere Elements 14/14.1 Edit Menu/Preferences/Web Sharing's "Check for Services" allows for  "Check for Services" in either of two ways. See Figure 1.
  • Check mark next to "Automatically Check for Services"
  • Or, no check mark next to "Automatically Check for Services", and click on "Refresh" for "Manually Check for Services", followed by OK to a Services Updated dialog and its instruction to save project and restart application for change to take effect.
In 14/14.1 each way is presumably based on the setting for the new "Country/Region Selection" preference found Edit Menu/Preferences/"Country/Region Selection". See Figure 1b.

Figure 1a. Premiere Elements 14/14.1 Edit Menu/Preferences/Web Sharing.
Figure 1b. Premiere Elements 14/14.1 Edit Menu/Preferences/"Country/Region Selection".

If the 14/14.1 installation language was set to English***, French***, or German***, the program installed in English, French, and German respectively. But, in each instance, the Edit Menu/Preferences/"Country/Region Selection" setting was found to be the same, that is, United States (English) or the French or German language counterpart for United States.


The bottom line appears to be that Premiere Elements 14/14.1's"Country/Region Selection" preference can be set and re-set in the workspace after installation; whereas, this preference cannot in versions of Premiere Elements earlier than 14/14.1 where "Country/Region Selection" is made
  • After first time double click of the Premiere Elements desktop icon and before the Welcome Screen can appear
  • Without any "Country/Region Selection" preference in workspace Edit Menu/Preferences
That would mean that the 14/14.1 user should not have to go through a deactivation/uninstall/reinstall in order to change the "Country/Region Selection" preference, as is the case if a language change is wanted by the user.

Comments are based on the first hand observations made in this study. Of interest is the observation cited in the *** footnote below. Much more work in progress regarding what "Country/Region Selection" preference is all about.

* Work done using Premiere Elements on Windows 10 Home 64 bit and confirmed on Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit.

**If installation is from Disc and its Options dialog does not have the wanted language in its Language drop down list, then explore use of Adobe Other Downloads for a tryout installation file. This source typically has more language choices than are offered in a Disc route. The purchased serial number from the Disc can be inserted into this free tryout during its installation.

***When 14/14.1 program was installed using English as the language, there were 4 workspaces: e-Live, Quick, Guided, and Expert. When this program was installed using French or German, there were only 3 workspaces, named Quick, Guided, and Expert (expressed in French or German language). In the case of a Premiere Elements 14/14.1 French or German language install, the Country/Region Selection set in preferences as United States (expressed in French or German language respectively) did not force the e-Live workspace to appear.