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)
|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)|
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).
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.
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.