Premiere El­e­ments 13

Mid-level video-edit­ing just be­came even eas­ier

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When you’re done with iMovie, it’s time for Premiere El­e­ments. It’s a fan­tas­tic edit­ing pack­age that packs more than enough power for any home project, as well as its guid­ance eas­ing on the learn­ing curve. It’s also half the price of its next big­gest ri­val, Fi­nal Cut Pro. For pro­fes­sional/pro­sumer edit­ing, Fi­nal Cut is worth pay­ing ex­tra for its added pre­ci­sion in edit­ing and fea­tures (such as the com­pound clips that al­low for more flex­i­bil­ity than El­e­ments’ sin­gle time­line). For cut­ting to­gether some­thing like a hol­i­day video, birth­day mem­o­ries, or even a web show for YouTube and the like, though, El­e­ments is plenty.

El­e­ments 13 isn’t a huge up­date on 12; the big­gest un­der-the-hood change be­ing some­what be­lated support for Retina dis­plays. As far as edit­ing fea­tures go, the two big­gest ad­di­tions are aimed at new users and those who want to get a movie made with­out too much in the way of di­rect edit­ing or squint­ing at clips.

Video Story is a new wizard that of­fers tem­plates such as Birth­day, Wed­ding and Grad­u­a­tion. Each is a sto­ry­board bro­ken into pre-de­fined chap­ters such as ‘Dress­ing Up’ or ‘Get­ting The De­gree’, with the op­tion to add ex­tras or delete any that you don’t have footage for. Some take a sin­gle clip, oth­ers mul­ti­ple (with Auto-An­a­lyzer on hand to break up longer footage), with the Video Story com­bin­ing and mix­ing them up with mu­sic, fades and looks. It’s then are generic, but you can’t ar­gue with the speed. A more use­ful ad­di­tion is the Fa­vorite Mo­ments edit. This takes in an ex­tended clip that you want to ex­tract el­e­ments from, but in­stead of mak­ing mul­ti­ple in-and-out cuts, it makes it as easy as scan­ning to the part you want, click­ing a Mark but­ton and ad­just­ing the length of each se­lec­tion be­fore ex­port­ing just

Th­ese fea­tures on top of an al­ready ex­cel­lent line-up make ver­sion 13 a great choice for new users

pos­si­ble to add cap­tions and narration over the top. You can edit the de­fault cap­tions, and ei­ther publish the whole thing there or send it to the Time­line. The re­sults those bits to the time­line as a com­bined clip or a in­di­vid­ual ones.

Th­ese two fea­tures (on top of an al­ready ex­cel­lent line-up) make 13 a great choice for new users. Other im­prove­ments are thin on the ground; it’s hard to say they’re £50 worth of up­grade if you have ver­sion 12. There are new Guided Ed­its for putting video be­hind a ti­tle, and ap­ply­ing prim­i­tive ef­fects masks, though the lat­ter is let down by only al­low­ing a hard-edged rec­tan­gu­lar mask rather than feather­ing and cir­cles. Th­ese aren’t bad as one-time tu­to­ri­als. After that, El­e­ments 13 runs out of steam, with a few up­dates to fea­tures like the Shake Sta­biliser, but noth­ing that’s go­ing to make a big dif­fer­ence. A pity, but there’s al­ways the next ver­sion… Richard Cobbett

While the movie will look like a tem­plate, Video Story is great if you want re­sults with­out work.

It’d be good to see a more com­plex time­line, but that’s one of Premiere Pro’s big fea­tures.

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