Sunday, July 31, 2016

PE: What Version Of Premiere Elements To Buy


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.


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.


Suggested Reading Material

Premiere Elements 14 First Look
Premiere Elements 14 Daily Discoveries

Premiere Elements 13 First Look 
Premiere Elements 13 Daily Discoveries

Premiere Elements 12 First Look 
Premiere Elements 12 Daily Discoveries

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.
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

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 

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 

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.

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.


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**


 *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.