Adobe Premiere Elements is a video editing software published by Adobe Systems. It is a scaled-down version of Adobe Premiere Pro and is tailored to novice editors and consumers. The entry screen offers clip organization, editing and auto-movie generation options. Premiere Pro project files are not compatible with Premiere Elements projects files.
While marketed separately, it is frequently bundled for added value with Adobe Photoshop Elements. In 2006, it was identified as the number one selling consumer video editing software. Its main competitors are Final Cut Express (no longer sold), AVS Video Editor, PowerDirector, Pinnacle Studio, Sony Vegas Movie Studio, Sony Vegas, Corel VideoStudio, and iMovie.
Unlike many of its competitors, Premiere Elements can handle unlimited video and audio tracks, with multiple keyframed effects applied to each clip, as well as Picture-in-picture and chromakey capabilities. It also supports many third-party plug-ins for additional features, including Premiere Pro plug-ins, After Effects plug-ins, and VST effects. It can create bars and tone and a countdown leader, just like Premiere Pro.
This program also features real-time video rendering which allows the user to instantly preview edits made to the video timeline.
Premiere Elements is available for Windows and macOS.
- Adobe Premiere Elements 1.0 - Released in September 2004. It was focused on consumer miniDV camcorder owners who wanted to create DVDs. It was codenamed Dick Tracy after Adobe Premiere's theme of detective code names. The development team for this product was based at Adobe's offices in San Jose, California, Arden Hills, Minnesota, and Noida, India.
- Adobe Premiere Elements 2.0 - Released in September 2005. Adobe expanded video device support beyond DV camcorders to include digital still cameras that capture video (MJPEG, MPEG4, etc.), DVD camcorders (.vob files), mobile phones (.3GP, .3G2) and new hybrid video devices like the JVC Everio and Everio G (.MOD). It also aimed to address the lack of DVD configurability, one of the main criticisms of version 1. Unlike the first version, PE2.0 may not work with AMD processors, or Intel processors that do not support the SSE2 instructions.
- Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0 - Released in September 2006. Adobe added HDV support, stop motion capture, audio narration, full-screen playback, and the ability to capture from WDM sources (such as webcams and analog capture cards). This version improved ease of use by adding Sceneline editing and allowing titles to be created and edited directly in the Monitor. New export formats were added for mobile phones, iPods and PSPs. An updated 3.0.2 version was the first to support Windows Vista, although only Vista 32-bit.
- Adobe Premiere Elements 4.0 - Released in September 2007. Adobe added a Sharing Centre, an image stabilization filter and the ability to upload video files directly to YouTube. It also includes more video effects and transitions, a slightly-modified user interface allowing beginners to easily get started with the program (although it still retains unlimited video and audio tracks), the ability to burn Blu-ray DVDs, an audio mixer (like the version on Premiere Pro) and movie themes similar to the ones from iMovie HD 6. This version includes features such as Easily organize your photos and video clips from one convenient place, Organize video clips and photos with visual tags, Create your movie with drag-and-drop ease in the Scene line, Easily edit slide shows and movies to the beat of a favorite song, Jazz up the action with effects, transitions, and movie themes, Add animated titles, motion menus, and polished credits, Share movies on DVD, Blu-ray Disc, and Mobile Devices, & Easily upload to YouTube(TM)*.
- Adobe Premiere Elements 7.0 - Released in October 2008. The version numbers 5.0 and 6.0 were skipped in order to match Photoshop Elements 7.0 version in the bundle. This version includes AVCHD support, an automatic movie-creation wizard (similar to Pinnacle Studio's SmartMovie and iMovie HD 6's Magic iMovie), a built-in SmartSound music generator (previous versions would only work with SmartSound via a free plug-in downloaded from the SmartSound website), enhanced chroma-key technology, among other features. It still retains the ease of use and prosumer-style technology of Adobe Premiere Elements 4.0. This version includes new features such as View your movies from any web-enabled computer*, Quickly find your best video clips and photos with the Auto-Analyzer, Enjoy optimized editing, even when working with HD also known as High-Definition, Let Instant Movie automatically create a movie using creative techniques from Hollywood directors, Easily combine elements from different videos for entertaining results, Add musical soundtracks that automatically adjust to match the length of your movie, Easily combine elements from different videos for entertaining results, & Add musical soundtracks that automatically adjust to match the length of your movie.
- Adobe Premiere Elements 8.0 - Released in October 2009,. This version includes a new Easily find, view, and organize videos and photos in the fully featured Organizer, See full-screen video and photo previews in the Organizer, See the same videos and photos on all of your computers with automatic syncing*, Get automatic online backup and 2GB of storage* -- enough for up to 24 minutes of DVD-quality video+, Get help with how-tos that appear just when you need them+, Have shaky footage and color and lighting problems fixed automatically, Have unwanted footage trimmed automatically, Use automated options to intelligently balance audio elements, Use motion tracking to add graphics that automatically move with the subjects in your scenes, & Add graphics, frames, and animations from a clip art library. media manager view, several features aimed at automatically compensating for video problems such as camera shake, and support for Windows 7 and Windows Touch, among other features.
- Adobe Premiere Elements 9.0 - Released on September 21, 2010 for Windows and Mac. This version includes a new ability to import clips from compact camcorders like Flip cameras as well as from DSLR still cameras, Easily fix audio problems, and create new effects. This version also gives the user the ability to easily create a convenient web DVD viewing experience, along with older version features.
- Adobe Premiere Elements 10.0 - Released on September 19, 2011 for Windows and Mac. Among this version's new features is the ability directly upload videos to Facebook or YouTube. (64-Bit Ready)
- Adobe Premiere Elements 11.0 - Released on September 25, 2012 for Windows and Mac. Changes in this version are: improved user interface, new effects and Vimeo upload. (64-Bit Ready)
- Adobe Premiere Elements 12.0 - Released on September 23, 2013 for Windows and Mac. Changes in this version are: new effects, Motion Tracking
- Adobe Premiere Elements 13.0 - Released on September 23, 2014 for Windows and Mac. Changes in this version are: video stabilizer, more guided edits, video story.
- Adobe Premiere Elements 14.0 - Released on September 24, 2015 for Windows and Mac. Changes in this version are: motion titles, color pop, guided edits, 4K Ultra HD.
- Adobe Premiere Elements 15 - Released on October 4, 2016 for Windows and Mac. Changes in this version are: Layer Adjustment, a Guided Edit which applies effects across multiple clips or an entire movie at once; Haze Removal; remixing of music files to fit video clip length; face detection in Smart Trim, Favorite Moments and Pan and Zoom; Video Collage, a tool for the creation of dynamic collages with photos and video.
- Adobe Premiere Elements 2018 - Released on October 4, 2017 for Windows and Mac. Changes in this version are: Candid Moments, Smart Trim, Freeze Frame with Motion Title, Create Bounce Back Effect, Animated Social Posts, Fix Action Cam Footage, One-click dynamic slideshows. 
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