If you’re in the market for video editing software there is no doubt that you have been bombarded by choices. Even within each brand, more and more options are becoming available for consumers. Adobe is no exception. They have two primary video editing products available right now: Premiere Elements and Premiere Pro. We’ve done our best to break down the features of each product to help you make the right decision for your editing needs.

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Adobe Premiere Elements 

Overview

This product is basically Adobe’s answer to iMovie. It was created to be intuitive and easy to use for the novice editor. Its features are really skewed toward home videos and photo slide shows. It was definitely not developed to be used as a professional movie making editor.

Special Features 

There are some really fun bells and whistles in this program to play around with. If you’re putting together a photo slide show with music, it can automatically recognize the beat of the music and sync your pictures with it. It also provides themes to work around, such as family vacation, birthdays, a wedding, etc. In the most recent version of the program, you can even give your videos the appearance of cartoons. Best of all, perhaps, is that they made it very easy to share your final projects. You can easily upload to YouTube or Facebook and it can burn to DVD and Blu-ray.

Pros

This is a very easy to use program for people who are new to editing. It comes from a well known company, so customer support and online forums are easily available when you do have problems. It can also be used on both Mac and PCs.

Cons 

If you’re used to a professional editor, chances are you will get frustrated using this product. It doesn’t use a basic timeline and it is geared towards automating the editing process, meaning there is less room for actual creativity. Also, you cannot batch capture with this program. Not a huge deal, but just kind of annoying.

Should You Buy It? 

If you’re new to the editing scene, this is a great product to start with. It will create great home movies, music videos, church presentations and more. If you’re a more seasoned professional (or even experienced hobbyist), I would suggest looking for something a bit more advanced.

Adobe Premiere Pro

Overview 

The name pretty much says it all. This is Adobe’s professional video editing software, which ranks up there with Final Cut Pro and Avid. Its layout is pretty straight forward if you are familiar with video editing and it allows for plenty of customization within your projects.

Special Features 

Adobe Premiere Pro comes with practically all of the industry standard features you would expect it to. It is capable of chroma key editing, it supports alpha channels, you can customize your keyboard settings and much, much more. Perhaps the one feature of this product that makes it superior to the rest (including Premiere Elements) is that it syncs effortlessly with the other parts of the Adobe Creative Suite (like Photoshop and After Effects). This ease of use can save you valuable time when working on a project.

Pros

This program is going to do practically anything you ask it to. If you’ve used Avid and Final Cut in the past, learning Premiere Pro should not be a hard transition. It supports RED footage, which is an extra bonus. This program works well with others, and will help you become a more efficient editor.

Cons

The cost. Whereas you can buy Premiere Elements for a mere $100, Premiere Pro is going to cost you about $800. If you’re a beginner editor, this program might be a little overwhelming at first. There are lots of elements to this software, and you need to know what you’re looking for in order to find it.

Should You Buy It? 

If you are a serious editor and will be using this on a professional level, then yes, this product is worth the investment. If you’re new to editing, you may want to experiment with a program like Premiere Express or iMovie before you make the full financial investment for Premiere Pro.

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