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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing capabilities--don't let the low price fool you., May 8, 2006
This review is from: Adobe Premiere Elements 2.0 [Old Version] (DVD-ROM)
This is an amazing program and an unbelievable bargain. As other reviewers have noted, be sure you have enough computer horsepower for the task--this is a general video editing requirement not unique to Premier. Digitizing video can be a nightmare or a breeze, depending on your system and hardware. For example Turtle Beach makes a great $100 video/audio digitizer (VideoAdvantage-USB) that puts out frame-acccurate DV format which is as good as video from a DV camera. Although Premier doesn't directly support this digitizer, the TB unit includes a program that captures video and saves the files in AVI format for easy Premier import. I have a box full of analog Video-8 tapes as source material. I found a refurbished Sony DCRTRV60 "Digital-8" camcorder which functions as an ideal digitizer--it plays the old analog tapes, digitizes them in-camera, and connects to Premier via a Firewire connection. Premier supports this camera, so you can use its excellent video capture module, and even control the camera from Premier--as easy as it gets.

Premier doesn't recognize my DVD burner but it's easy to burn to a file and use a program that does recognize your burner to make the DVD's.

The program is a joy to use. Once I figured out the difference between "cut" (delete key) and "clear" (edit menu), I was flying. (Cut removes the highlighted clip and closes the resulting gap, Clear removes the clip and keeps the gap there so you can insert something else.) Seeing and hearing the content in real time as you move the current time indicator back and forth through the timeline is priceless. The effects, audio, video and transistions, are plentiful, easily tunable, and very easy to use. I had a graduation scene that was spoiled by a gas generator rumbling away in the background. I used the audio highpass and notch filters to completely remove the generator noise while preserving the sound track. Many of my video clips needed significant color and saturation correction--just drag the clip into the timeline, trim it to suit, and tune hue-saturation by dragging sliders while watching the effect of the change in real time. (You also hear the audio filtering effect changes in real time, without which it would be impossible to fine tune something like my generator-sound-eliminator.) When I finished my production I couldn't resist showing off a bit by timing slide transitions to beats in the music--easy with the real-time jogging back and forth, and tinkering with slide durations just by dragging their edges back and forth in the timeline. This is one of those rare products that seems to come up with the perfect answer whenever you ask, "I wonder if it can...."

My final production, a DVD, looks absolutely beautiful.
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