Adobe Pre­miere El­e­ments 2018

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Adobe is to edit­ing what Hitch­cock is to sus­pense: a mas­ter of­ten im­i­tated but never bet­tered. With a pick-upand-play sim­plic­ity that masks a fierce power, we’re crown­ing Adobe Pre­miere El­e­ments 2018 our Group Test Gold Award win­ner.

Inside Pre­miere El­e­ments 2018, you’ll find two modes: Quick and Ex­pert. Func­tion­ally, they are iden­ti­cal, but Ex­pert mode de­liv­ers an en­hanced time­line for ad­vanced users, whereas Quick mode re­sem­bles a fea­ture-rich Win­dows Movie Maker. Both are user-friendly and keep the fo­cus on your film by dis­pens­ing with the tra­di­tional three-panel dis­play and slip­ping crit­i­cal func­tions away in the right-hand ac­tion bar.

It’s a tes­ta­ment to Adobe’s de­sign skill that any­one can use the pro­gram to edit videos with rel­a­tive ease. Most ac­tions are self-ex­plana­tory and sim­ple to ex­e­cute – just hover your mouse over clips in the time­line to re­veal quick-use icons that let you in­stantly trim and split videos.

Even com­plex tasks are made sim­ple with the in­ter­ac­tive guided tu­to­rial, step-by-step videos demon­strat­ing both ba­sic and ad­vanced ef­fects such as slo-mo and the ‘ Red Noir’ ef­fect, fa­mously used as an emo­tional sucker-punch in Spiel­berg’s Schindler’s List. It’s as near as you’ll get to Hol­ly­wood-style ef­fects for less than £ 100.

Video cleanup is equally straight­for­ward and of­ten nec­es­sary with smart­phone footage, where steady hands and de­cent light­ing are all too rare. The ba­sic Shake Re­duc­tion of­fers fan­tas­tic con­trol thanks to Quick and De­tailed op­tions – although it coun­tered in­sta­bil­ity with an overzeal­ous zoom. One click of the Smart Fix but­ton sees ad­just­ments to your video’s light­ing, con­trast and colour, but you can choose to make man­ual al­ter­ations if you’d rather not let the soft­ware do it for you. For most projects, though, you can trust the tool be­cause Pre­miere El­e­ments re­ally knows what to do and how to do it.

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