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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Try before you buy...FREE, 16 Jan 2007
This review is from: Adobe Premiere Elements 3 (PC) (CD-ROM)
I don't yet own this software and having read the very helpful review by A. Lloyd, I did a bit of on line investigation to ensure that were I to buy, it would work on my computer. I went to Adobe's web-site, signed up, viewed all available software trial versions, found this, downloaded it for a 30-day trial (over 700 MB - so Broadband is a must), saved it to 'My Downloads', created a system restore point, installed it and have had a brief play. It slows down a bit on my Pentium 'M' 2.3 GHz, 1GB RAM, single chip, nearly two-year old Dell but it does work, manages to preview scenes as they are captured and seems to have a logical sequence and lay-out. I am a complete novice at this, so I have no experience of similar software by which to judge this except Windows Movie Maker... The on-line tutorials are easy to follow, useful - in fact all the on-line documentation that comes with the download seem pretty useful - and take you by the hand through this - for me - steep learning curve. I've successfully captured (that is taken video from my brand new Christmas present and still utterly bewildering Sony HDR HC3E and transferred it to my lap-top hard drive) in Standard Video format. Sadly, I don't think my lap-top is up to the processing power necessary to successfully capture High Definition (HD) quality video; upgrade of memory and 256 MB dedicated video RAM seem 'must-haves' for the full HDV functionality of this software. So, if you have a Standard Video (DV - I think!) format cam-corder and a computer of or above the minimum specification as detailed in the VERY SMALL PRINT on the download information, then this will work for you. I am just sorry that A. Lloyd did not have the benefit of a similar review to his or her own to raise the warning flags in time to save the wasted money.
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