Thanks. If I must, I must, but there's nothing like (talking with someone who has) experience and I'd prefer not getting involved with a program if it might be clear from the outset that another is better. I'll have a look at the tutorials, but the number of things that looked good to me initially only to prove wanting later is legion. Thanks for the links.
I was going to go Pro, but I checked your links. It's looking like Pro would be way over my head as a novice. I'm now inclined (but still waiting for others to weight in) to go with Elements. One thing that helped tip the scales (although someone may say that it's irrelevant) is that the videos for Elements seem to compose a detailed course.http://tv.adobe.com/show/learn-premiere-elements/ whereas the videos for Pro seem to be excerpts (serving as ads?) for other sites. Learn Premiere Pro CC | Adobe TV
A lot of people start with Premiere Elements and then after becoming proficient with it , move on to Premiere Pro.
That's the conclusion I came to. I just ordered Elements. Thanks!
It is always a good idea to evaluate the free 30 day tryout of Premiere Elements 13 from Adobe before purchase to assure the compatibility of it with your computer environment and your project goals.
What is your computer operating system? Be advised that Premiere Elements 13 no longer supports Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Mac OSX 10.7.
There are no more .flv/.f4v exports. No more DV and HDV capture.
The following will should give you some insights into Premiere Elements 13
Did you note a non technical fundamental difference between Premiere Elements and Premiere Pro, that is, Premiere Pro is available
only on a subscription basis (monthly payments or maybe also yearly payments) whereas Premiere Elements involves a one time purchase of the license.
Please update us on your progress when you get a chance.
TMI! Seriously, tho', thanks! Money isn't an issue, so I decided to start with Elements. If it's not enough, I'll go to Pro. I felt lost looking at Pro's new project screen, which is what made me decide to give Elements a try. The download link appears not to be working. It returns a "413 Header Length Too Large" error, and it would take more than a few minutes to download, so I ordered it from Amazon.
BTW, 64 bit Win 7/Pro on an i7 chip with 8 GB memory