Adobe Premiere Elements 2018
£86.56 www.adobe.com/uk FEATURES ★★★★★ PERFORMANCE ★★★★★ EASE OF USE ★★★★★ VALUE FOR MONEY
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.