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Adobe Premiere 3,
This review is from: Adobe Premiere Elements 3 (PC) (CD-ROM)
Some people are having issues with this software - but all I can say is that I think it is brilliant. Let me qualify that. I own Premiere Elements 1 and 2 - and have now upgraded to version 3. I have also tried Pinnacle and Ulead products over the years - together with Magix and Serif MoviePlus. I make and edit home movies - and my company also makes films that we sell to clients. I couldn't live without this programme.
Maybe I was lucky - but the software installed flawlessly on two AMD based PCs - one a single core - one dual core. The programme has never crashed. (Although we did have difficulties with Elements 2).
In my view only ONE thing really counts when it comes to video editing software - how easy it is to 'edit' raw footage - and that's where Premiere Elements excels. It's easy to control where to cut - and the range of professional looking transitions is very good.
Be aware that there is quite a steep learning curve to start with. DON'T expect to fire up the programme and create a perfect movie within 5 minutes. But just think - what was it like when you first encountered PowerPoint? Took a while to get used to that? When I first bought Premiere Elements - I spent an afternoon going through the user manual - and that's all I needed.
The shortcuts are intuitive - and the workspace is well layed out.
Some of the short-comings in Premiere Elements 1 have been addressed in v.3 (more flexibility with the workspace, more flexibility with DVD titling, more file types for import and export, good file archiving, etc). Okay, rendering could be faster and in some ways this package is trying too hard to be consumer friendly.
But overall this is the best prosumer video editing package currently on the market - by some way.
And just in case anyone suspsects....I have abosultely no connection or interest in Adobe!