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Adobe Premiere Elements 8

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With Adobe Premiere Elements 8, the newest version of the #1 selling video-editing software, making incredible movies is easier than ever. Bring all your video clips and photos together in one convenient place where you can easily find, view, and manage … see full wiki

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1 review about Adobe Premiere Elements 8

Bit of a resource hog but functions well

  • May 3, 2010
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Premiere Elements Adobe's consumer-oriented video-editing software offers an easier approach to creating polished videos of many small clips than the competition, and at a reasonable price. My version came with a $20 mail-in rebate, making it an even better deal.

While it's not considerably different than Elements 7, it does offer some features to make the cleanup and putting together more enjoyable.

For example, "Smart Mix" makes it easy to put together a perfect balance of music, dialogue and audio effects with automatic audio mixing and Timeline view offers more precise control and real time editing of up to 99 tracks of audio and video. You can merge scenes, add graphics to follow any action or add cinematic flair with movie themes.

Footage can be imported for most devices and it is possible to work simultaneously with SD and HD motion graphics plus output can be in either full or widescreen format. Then get ready to share your movies on your favorite device.

Sound complicated? Not with Adobe's powerful automated options. Easily organize, find, view and protect your video clips in a convenient media management hub. Utilize up to 2 GB online storage, edit, enhance and share your movies with family and friends, all while adding professional touches.

What's in the box? A two-DVD set suitable for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7, a Getting Started User Guide, and an illustrated Quick Reference card.

System requirements:
2GHz processor with SSE2 support (3GHZ required for Blu-ray Dual Core or HDV)
Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2, Windows Media center, Windows Vista or Windows 7

There are additional requirements specific to each version, so check to see if yours is compatible.

Also, it's recommended that you install the latest updates before running the program.

Installation was simple on a Dell Dimension 051 with a 3 Ghz processor (yeah, a bit of a dinosaur ...), but the program seemed problematic. I had compatibility issues with the NVIDIA Graphics card and the program in general is a bit of a resource hog, however, the functionality is pretty good once these problems were resolved.

I agree with another reviewer, though. If you're on the fence about this program, take advantage of the 30 day trial and see if it works for you.

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