Adobe Premiere Pro is a powerful tool for commercial video editing, but it’s simply not necessary for smaller direct-to-web projects, home video, or even light professional work. That’s where Premiere Elements hits the sweet spot between price and outstanding performance.
“Using Premiere Pro for small web projects is like using a 747 to go grocery shopping,” according to Jeff Sengstack, Adobe Certified Expert and author of our Premiere Pro training series.
We agree. Unless you’ve already got a Creative Cloud account or older copy of Premiere Pro, here are 5 reasons why you should take a good hard look at Premiere Elements.
To help get the point across, we have also included a handful of videos from our Premiere Elements 12 training series by Andy Anderson.
1. Cost: It’s cheap.
The retail price of Premiere Elements 12 is $99.99 by itself or $149.99 when combined with Photoshop Elements. It can be found even cheaper on retail sites. Compare this to Premiere Pro CC, which individually can be ‘rented’ via subscription for $29.99 per month by itself or with the whole Creative Cloud Suite for $50 per month.
The ongoing Cloud rates are arguably fair for a professional studio (some people still hate the Cloud model), but there’s no point for users with less demanding needs when you can buy and own your editing software for a much lower cumulative cost.
2. Its core editing tools are extremely easy to use.
Premiere Elements 12 includes a Guided Mode, a Quick Mode, and an Expert Mode. The first two make it very, very easy to make simple adjustments to existing video footage, while the expert mode is a full-on nonlinear editing suite. Don’t be afraid of the name, though. All of the crucial options and features are close at hand.
You have a monitor you can use to view and select imported, which Andy demonstrates here.
3. It has useful color correction and effects utilities, too.
With reversible, layer-based color correction and effects editing, you can easily correct white balance problems, clear up lighting issues between different shots, and stylize your scenes. With a mix of presets and manual controls, you can get exactly the results you desire.
4. It makes publishing incredibly easy.
Publishing your videos online with Premiere Elements is in fact easier than it is with Premiere Pro. In addition to a set of authoring tools for creating your own DVDs and Blu-Rays, Elements has a built-in workflow for uploading your videos to YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, and Twitter. Like any good video editor, you can also save your projects in a variety of formats for Mac and Windows media players and mobile devices.
5. You can move over to Premiere Pro once you are beyond its capabilities.
“Another attribute is that the transition from Elements to Pro is relatively easy,” Jeff says. “So, when you run into the limitations of Premiere Elements and you want to take your projects further, then, by all means, step up to Premiere Pro.”
We have highlighted some of the basic features and tools of Premiere Elements, and hopefully given you enough reason to try it. If you do feel like you need more firepower, moving to Premiere Pro will be much easier than if you’d tried starting there. The timeline tools, the monitor, and the overall workflow, while more complex in Premiere Pro, are conceptually similar. With our excellent Premiere CC training and your hands-on experience in Elements, you should have little trouble growing into a professional skill set.