Premiere Elements 9
The big news is Premiere Elements 9 is available for Mac as well as Windows. Premiere Elements has never had a Mac version but it’s here now and all its capabilities have been ported to the platform. The Elements Organizer, a standalone application like Bridge CS5, is also a Mac product for the first time. Opening the Elements product bundle up to Mac users is going to tap into a huge market of photo and video creators who use Macs, and there’s a lot more than there used to be. Adobe saw a smart way to tap into a lucrative market and took it, but it remains to be seen if its late arrival will hurt Premiere Elements’ market penetration.
Premiere Elements 9 is designed to work with video from a variety of devices, from Flip cameras and mobile devices to AVCHD and other HD camcorders. Footage is handled without transcoding so performance is faster and there’s less work for the computer to do. One new feature is the audio-cleaning filters now available in Premiere Elements 9. Premiere Pro CS5 also has some of these filters but it’s Soundbooth CS5 that really shines with audio cleanup. Premiere Elements 9 can clean up some hiss and general audio noise and it does it without the complex interface that sound applications usually require, but I don’t know yet how effective it will be.
I’m excited to see a new export option that basically creates a SWF file containing the menus and buttons you expect from a DVD. Scene indexes and menus can be created in Premiere Elements 9 and then burned to a DVD—which is still the most widely-used way to distribute video for the consumer market—and also exported to “web DVD” that can be shared online. I saw this in a demo and I thought it was a smart way to recreate the DVD experience online. Of course, Adobe is promoting Photoshop.com as a place to store and share these videos.
There don’t seem to be a lot of other features, but there are a few including new InstantMovie themes and a cartoon filter that will posterize and trace edges to create a cartoony look for videos. I’ll try them out in the review software and will post my thoughts in a future review.
Pricing and Availability
The software is available now at www.adobe.com, and it will be coming soon to the retailers. Apple Stores will now have both Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements. The Photoshop/Premiere Elements bundle costs US$149.99 and the upgrade is US$119.99. Standalone applications are US$99.99 and US$79.99 to upgrade. All products can be enhanced with the Photoshop.com Plus features for US$49.99, which increases storage at Photoshop.com from 2GB to 20GB and also offers tutorials and creative assets.
Here are Adobe’s press releases for Photoshop Elements 9, Premiere Elements 9 and the Photoshop/Premiere Elements 9 bundle. I have the review software and will post a review in the future. Stay tuned!