The Adobe Premiere Elements 11 for Mac and Windows is pretty much a complete remake over version 10, aimed as much as possible at ease of use -- at user-friendliness, very easy video editing, an efficient workflow, and instant web-sharing (and it's compatible with both PCs and Macs). Premiere Elements has for a long time been among the most-used consumer-level editing programs available, and version 11 is in all regards the best Elements yet.
The new interface is beautifully light-colored and welcoming, and it provides easy navigation and furthermore is open to customization. The timeline is "open" and supports most any video, audio and photo file formats, working efficiently with all of them without requiring them to first be converted to one same format.
Elements additionally features a very broad and powerful media organizer, all types of movie-style effects and transitions, strong correction tools for both video and audio, and, among much more, several "quick-edit," "on-the-go" tools, like InstantMovie, which automatically creates a cut with music and titles and transitions.
Whether you're an enthusiast or you appreciate organizing home videos and photos into memorable packages, Elements 11, especially at its affordable price point, is a good and reliable way to go.
Bring All Your Footage and Photos Together
Use Footage from Virtually Anywhere
Bring in video from favorite gadgets, including popular HD camcorders like the Flip camera, DSLRs and other digital still cameras, webcams, mobile phones, VHS tapes, DVDs, analog and digital TV tuners, and set-top DVD recorders.
Import Photos, Too
Bring in all your photos so you can combine them with video footage to create visually rich movies.
Get the Big Picture
Get the full effect of your video clips and photos from within the Organizer with full-screen previews.
Easily Organize and Find Your Videos and Photos
Manage Your Videos More Easily
Intuitively sort and manage videos and photos based on people, places, and events using new Organizer views.
Tag Photos Faster Using Your Facebook Friends List
Use your Facebook Friends list to quickly tag faces in your photos and easily share them on Facebook.
Quickly Find Your Best Clips
No need to watch hours of raw video to find the highlights. Take advantage of the Auto-Analyzer, which automatically tags your media so you can easily find your most interesting, highest quality footage and photos.
Find Videos Faster Than Ever
Find just the video you're looking for by typing tag names, dates, and other file information into a convenient search box. Or view videos on an intuitive Timeline.
Map Your Memories
Relive your journeys by viewing your videos and photos on a map based on where they were taken.
No more searching through folders and clicking unrecognizable filenames - categorize and find your clips the easy way with visual tags that represent people, places, things, or events. Click on your pet's tag to see every video she's in.
Find a Specific Scene Fast
Easily find specific scenes in your videos thanks to automatic splitting of footage into individual scenes. You can tag and rate specific scenes and frames while previewing clips to find the best moments later on.
Pinpoint Your Search
Make quick work of complex searches with the power of visual tags. Instantly find videos that show only Jack, but not Jack and Jill, for instance.
Find Photos That Contain Specific Objects
Want to find shots that include your surfboard, your grandma's house, or the Eiffel Tower? Get more precise matches with Object Search, which automatically finds your photos based on what's in them.
Quickly Find Specific People in Photos
No more hunting for photos that feature specific friends or family members. People Recognition automatically identifies the people in your photos so you can find what you need, fast.
See Just the Videos You Want to See
Need certain types of clips and photos? Just set your criteria and they're brought together automatically in a Smart Album.
Know Where Your Videos Are
Access every video stored on your computer from directly within the Organizer, where you can use convenient Folder View to add, delete, or move hard-drive folders.
Choose Smart Moviemaking Options
Turn Photos Into Entertaining Movies
Easily bring your photos to life using customized pan and zoom motions that add drama or fun to fit your story. Automated options can even do the work of finding faces and panning and zooming to them.
Create a Polished Movie Instantly
Take advantage of Hollywood directors' techniques with InstantMovie, which automatically edits together your best clips with coordinated music, titles, and effects from your choice of movie theme. All-new themes are included.
Easily Fix Audio Problems
Easily reduce background noise and fix problems with audio volume and clarity so your movie has high-quality sound from start to finish.
Add the Perfect Soundtrack
Use SmartSound to add a variety of musical soundtracks that automatically adjust to perfectly match the length of your movie. Customize musical arrangement and mood to fit your story.
Adjust Color with Greater Ease
Use sliders to adjust footage color as easily as you would adjust the color in your photos.
Quickly Trim All but Your Best Footage
Easily get rid of your least interesting, lowest quality footage to enhance your scenes or make your movie fit a desired length. Smart Trim can automatically cut bad footage or recommend cuts to let you make the final decision.
Easily Put Your Subject in a New Setting
Create entertaining video composites. Use Videomerge to cleanly extract your moving subject from a solid color background and then drop it into a new setting for a fun or creative twist.
Easily Correct or Enhance Color
Automatically boost color tone and vibrance without affecting skin tones. You can also independently adjust color in highlights, shadows, and midtones for perfect color throughout your movie.
Fix Imperfections Fast
Let SmartFix automatically fix shaky footage and color and lighting problems so every clip looks its best.
Enjoy a Perfect Balance of Audio
Add music and sound effects without overpowering your dialogue or background audio. SmartMix automatically balances audio elements to give you professional-quality sound throughout your movie.
Edit with Ease and Control
Choose from Two Editing Modes to Fit Your Needs
Jump into Quick mode to start editing and enhancing your videos right away, and move up to Expert mode for advanced options that let you create amazing movies.
Edit and Preview in One Convenient Place
Edit and view your movie in one place - the Monitor window - where you can easily trim and split clips, drop filters and effects right on a frame, create picture-in-picture effects, type titles and text right on the screen, and more.
Work the Way That Suits You
Focus on telling your story in a flexible workspace that you can customize - no need to click around to open and close panels.
Work Smoothly with Effects
Like the way an effect makes your clip look? Apply it to multiple clips in a single action, or remove all of a clip's effects at once.
Enjoy Optimized SD and HD Video Editing
Experience fluid responsiveness and high performance when editing video, including from AVCHD or other high-definition camcorders. Adobe Premiere Elements uses technology from Adobe Premiere Pro to help ensure optimized HD editing.
Get the Full Effect As You Work
Preview your movie full screen as you work with just the click of a button, and view edits in real time.
See Just the Tools You Need
Find the tools you need for a particular task front and center, and browse for effects and templates with ease.
See Every Detail
Easily zoom in on details of your project, zoom out for an overview, and quickly return to your previous zoom level.
Make Movies with Drag-and-Drop Ease
Create your story quickly in Quick Edit mode, an easier alternative to using the more traditional video editing Timeline. Make a movie by simply dragging and dropping thumbnails of your clips, transitions, and effects.
Edit with More Control in the Timeline
Edit your movie in the Timeline to work with up to 99 audio and video tracks. Copy and paste transitions from one part of the Timeline to another, replace a clip while retaining the original's effects and attributes, and more.
Direct It All
Move images, graphics, and text around the screen with advanced control over opacity, position, rotation, and scale.
Feel Free to Experiment
Try anything. With Auto Save, multiple undos, and the History panel, you can always go back to a previous version.
Customize with TV-Style Effects and Transitions
Go Hollywood with Popular Movie Styles
Use new FilmLooks to apply favorite cinematic styles to your movies.
Add Visual Interest with Eye-Catching Transitions
Creatively move from one scene to the next with hundreds of TV-style transitions. You can even create your own.
Get Creative Inspiration
Bring your ideas to life with relevant tutorials that show you the ins and outs of organizing, editing, enhancing, and sharing your movies.
Add Visual Pop Right Where You Want It
Blur faces, add cartoon hats, and create other touches of movie magic. Easily add any 2D video effect to a specific area of a scene and keep it locked there throughout the action.
Slow Down or Speed Up the Action
Create emphasis, suspense, or drama in key movie moments by adding slow-motion effects, and add fast-motion effects to accelerate your narrative or create a sense of energy, excitement, or fun.
Show All the Action
Drag one scene onto another to create picture-in-picture effects that show all the action.
Impress Your Audience with Dazzling Effects
Browse effects by visual thumbnails and watch high-quality previews, drag and drop to apply them to your video, and then modify them using easy slider controls.
Add Artwork and Animations
Add sparkle to your scenes thanks to a library of artwork that includes fun frames, objects, and animations.
Enhance Your Footage with Powerful Photo-Blending Techniques
Use blend modes to enhance one clip with the colors or textures of another clip, add your signature or a copyright line as a watermark, and more.
Have Fun with Animations
Easily add animated graphics that liven up your scenes.
Tie it All Together with a Theme
Drop a theme onto your footage to transform it into a movie. Themes offer coordinated music, transitions, effects, disc menus, and title screens.
Get Creative with Stop-Motion Animation
Try your hand at animation. Use stop-motion video capture to animate an action figure, create a time-lapse movie of a sunset, and more.
Sound Your Best
Edit to the Beat of a Favorite Song
Easily create entertaining slide shows and movies that move to the music. Adobe Premiere Elements automatically detects the tempo of your musical soundtrack to help you easily sync the beginning and end of each scene with the beats.
Create a Rich, Full Soundtrack
Create soundtracks from audio CDs and MP3 files, use up to 99 audio tracks, sweeten your audio with effects like reverb and equalization, and take advantage of precise waveform controls.
Narrate Your Stories
Tell your story in your own voice by adding narration to your video.
Mix and Refine Audio for Greater Impact
Use background music and sound effects to underscore emotions, add emphasis, or create a mood. The Audio Mixer lets you adjust relative volumes with sliders so, for example, dialogue can be heard clearly over music.
Add Professional-Quality Menus and Text
Customize Your Discs with Interactive Menus
Design custom disc menus from scratch, or choose from dozens of Hollywood-style motion menu templates. Type in text and drag and drop to add your own clips, images, and audio.
Add Polished Credits
Roll credits in any of more than 100 professionally designed templates.
Animate Titles to Fit Your Movie
Choose from a set of world-class Adobe fonts designed to look great on video and customize them with shadows, glows, and other effects. Then animate your titles to make them bounce, spin, or zoom across your scenes.
Add a Scene Index for Easy Navigation
Take advantage of automatically created scene indexes or chapters for your menu, with links that correspond to your video clips.
Share Virtually Anywhere
Share Videos and Slide Shows on Vimeo
Quickly share your video clips and photo slide shows on the popular Vimeo site.
Export in AVCHD Format
Share movies in high-quality AVCHD format.
Share Your Stories on the Web
Easily upload your finished movies to YouTube or your personal website. Adobe Premiere Elements takes care of optimizing and formatting for specific destinations so your movies always look great.
Share in Online Albums
Share your memories in unique Online Albums with animated templates that let you show off photos and videos together, with music. Share them to Photoshop Showcase or your own website.
Optimize for Any Screen
Let Adobe Premiere Elements optimize your movie for high-quality playback on any device, from mobile phones to big-screen HD TVs. Plus, create and see your video in traditional television (4:3) or widescreen (16:9) format.
Get HD Quality on Standard DVDs
Burn HD-quality movies to affordable DVD discs using standard burners.
Share Optimized Media
Conveniently share videos and photos directly from the Organizer, which automatically optimizes your media so it looks its best.
Share On the Go
Show finished movies on mobile devices including iPad, iPod, and iPhone; other mobile phones; and Sony PSP (PlayStation Portable) systems. Select from new export presets for many popular phone models.
Share Movies in High-Quality HD
Take advantage of the latest technology and enjoy your movies in high definition, including on Blu-ray Disc.
Share in Many Ways from One Location
Follow easy steps for creating your movie once and then sharing it in multiple ways, including on disc, the web, and mobile devices.
Quickly Share On Other Popular Sites
Import video clips and immediately share them on Facebook and YouTube, and quickly share finished movies on Facebook.
Create Movie Discs in a Few Simple Steps
Go from camera to DVD or Blu-ray Disc, complete with menu and scene index, in a few easy steps. Fit hours of video on a single- or dual-layer DVD or Blu-ray disc that's optimized for best results.
Create Web DVDs
Debut your movie with a convenient, interactive web DVD viewing experience. Easily share your movie - complete with a scene index and chapter menus - on your own website.
Preview Before You Burn
Make sure your menu and movie are just as you envisioned them by previewing them on your computer before burning to disc.