I do not believe that it does. That capability (well, to BD) was just added to Adobe Encore with CS5. I would anticipate that it will likely be added to PrE 9, but do not know this for a fact. I do doubt that it will work with DVD discs, however.
Premiere Elements can only burn hi-def video to BluRay discs with a BluRay burner.
It can not burn BluRay files to a standard DVD.
Thanks for the info. To clarify...I have a straight DVD burner and a HD vid camera. I want a editing programme that I can easily make movies on then burn them to DVD. It doesn't sound like Premier Elements 8 is a go for this. Sounds like Pinnacle, Sony Vegas etc have this capability built in. A bummer because PE8 seems better in other ways.
You are mixing apples and oranges... a DVD is, by specification, Standard Definition and not High Definition
PreEl does, in fact, allow you to burn SD video to a DVD
If you go to the MORE LIKE THIS link I provided, there is a round-a-bout way to write HD to a DVD
For true HD out of PreEl, you need a BluRay burner
Thanks for everyone's help. All is beginning to come clear to this technophobe. And I'm loving the nice man in the shop who did the hard sell on an HD camera without explaining I'd probably have to get a new high spec PC to be able to actually use it. Oh, and then a blu-ray burner...and a blu-ray player...and a HD TV to be able to actually appreciate the fabulous quality. Seems I can convert from AVCHD format into MPEG2 to make a standard DVD meantime, so maybe Prem Elements will be fine for the meantime. Now I know you're probably not supposed to ask this on the adobe site, but what makes Prem Elements a better buy than Pinnacle? The reviews seem mixed...especially about continual crashing. Thanks!
Do not hesitate to ask. Adobe has always been a very good host, and allows for pretty open discussions on editing videos, regardless of what one is using.
Now, I have to admit that I have not seen Pinnacle Studio since the S-10 days. I had S-7, S-8, S-9 and S-10. S-9.4.3 was about the only one, that I really liked, but felt that it was a bit too much of a "big-button" solution, as were its predecessors and S-10. I moved to AVID Liquid, and did not like it. I found PrPro, and the rest, as they say, was history. I added PrE 4 to handle some consumer formats & CODEC's, that PrPro did not do well with.
I have done some Projects in PrE, mainly to keep me atop the questions in this forum.
I find that PrE, as of version 4, is more like Pinnacle, in that things are kept pretty much under the hood, and the big-button solutions abound. I am still much less comfortable with PrE, than with PrPro, though I did spend a bunch of time on Pinnacle Studio. Things just work better for me. I have to admit that I am a "control freak," and do not mind doing hand-work, if I can harness the full power.
I have not seen the more recent Pinnacle products, so cannot comment on them. Going back, my versions (except for 9.4.3) were very crash-prone, and seldom could complete a Project, without at least one catastrophic failure along the way. I learned early on to always hit Ctrl+S (Save), after almost everything I did. My PrE 4 has only crashed once, and that was OE on my part. Now, I do have a much more powerful laptop, than the computers that I used with most versions of Pinnacle, so it's probably not a really fair comparison. The Projects now, are much more involved, than in the Pinnacle days.
Doesn't directly address your question, and I'm not sure that many folk here have spent enough time with both NLE programs, to help. I would suggest that you post your question in the Muvipix Community (forum), as many users there have different programs, and experience in a bunch. While many use Adobe products, many others use different NLE programs. Maybe some know PrE and Studio (later editions, that what I know/knew) and can answer your question directly.
After Studio 10.5.1 update killed (and I really mean "killed") a brand new workstation, I swore that no version of Studio would ever find its way inside my edit suite. That was when I went to AVID, but soon dumped that. Though I had used many Adobe products for decades, I have no idea why I did not go to Premiere Pro earlier. My bad.
PS - I also feel that most salespeople lick their lips, when they sell an AVCHD camera, as they know that the customer WILL be back for a much more powerful computer.
I'd also be wary of anybody who talks about one video editing app being "better" than another. It's a little like talking about one car being better than another. Is a Honda Civic better than a Ford F150 pickup truck? It depends on what you need.
Pinnacle Studio is a very different program than Premiere Elements, which is a very different program than VideoWave. And these programs serve a completely different workflow than iMovie and Windows MovieMaker, which are terrific in their own ways.
It all depends on what you're trying to do and what type of video you're trying to do it with. So resist comparisons and take advantage of the free trials to find out with best fits your needs.
You make some great points. Also, one needs to know a bit about the reviewer, and their level of knowledge with say an NLE (Non Linear Editor). Some review all sorts of software, but have never really worked with video-editing. Those reviews might point out how completely intuitive an NLE might be for the complete novice, but usually that novice, becomes an "old hand" with just a few Projects.
I've also observed some reviewers trying to run NLE's on a plain-vanilla system, that might work for checking e-mails and a little Web-surfing, but is ill suited for the type of intense work, that an NLE does. All it shows up is which NLE requires the fewer resources to work.
Many reviewers have zero experience in AV files, and hence report with the blinders of ignorance firmly in place. I do not feel that this sort of journalism is useful to any, but that occasional user, who might just want to assemble a couple of AV files into one, and shies away from ever reading a manual, or book on how to do it. Yes, there are many such users, but most want to do a bit more, and those reviews are of little use to helping them determine which program can do it best for them. I also see certain wonderful features bashed, because they take a moment to understand the concept, and then other "features" touted, that are of little to no real use.
Like a wine writer - one needs to know the reviewer's palate and tastes, before they put much stock in those reviews. Reviews are only as relevant as the preferences and knowledge of the reviewer.
No improvements with Version 9, still no AVCHD DVD Burning.
When discussing Premiere Elements - AVCHD - DVD disc, I do not see that anyone here has mentioned the classic thread posted in this forum by gossamer. His comments and especially those of H. Schaub detailed how to get AVCHD DVD with the help of 3rd party software. You should find the thread content very interesting:
Many of the people involved in your thread today were involved as well in the thread of gossamer.
The Gossemer threads (here and on Muvipix) were linked in Reply # 6. Though very similar, there are a couple of little differences between those threads.
You are quite right. I did overlook post # 6 in this thread and those links. Sorry about that.
Gossamer did involved many forums (too numerous to mention) in his quest for his AVCHD DVD.
However, I have always conisdered the one here at Adobe to be the primary thread because of its details/documentation and the major contribution of H. Schaub in this matter (which for me constituted more than a little difference between here and elsewhere).
I did not want what I considered the primary source to be lost in all the valuable cross linking that was going on.
>still no AVCHD DVD Burning
You will NEVER be able to author a High Definiition movie to a DVD... the disc is the same size, but a DVD and a BluRay use a different laser to write to the disc
You will also NEVER be able to play a BluRay disc, burned or commercial, in a DVD player... due to the different laser
You will ALWAYS need to down convert HD to SD to write a "regular" DVD to play in a "regular" desktop DVD player... which puts aside the capability of SOME players to play a HiDef file burned to a DVD using other than a regular DVD movie format
You can't play a personal sized Pizza in a DVD player... and you can't burn or play a BluRay in a DVD drive
John T Smith
Dismissing the pizza business and generalizations, how do you view the efforts of gossamer and H. Schaub and their relationship to your "nevers" and AVCHD DVDs?
My question is genuine and meant to learn, nothing more.
John T Smith wrote:you can't burn or play a BluRay in a DVD drive
Especially if you are already using it as a cup holder
Insanity is hereditary, you get it from your children
I have read that you can burn some kind of file (WMV?) to a DVD that will play back as if it is (or is?) HD... if the DVD player supports directly playing that kind of file (not all do, from what I've read)
But, as I said, DVD and BluRay use a different type of laser to write/read a disc, so you will never be able to directly go from AVCHD... as HiDef... to a DVD
You must always down convert AVCHD to DV AVI and then to MPEG2, or directly from AVCHD to MPEG2, to be able to create a movie DVD
A DVD player (other than the ones that will play whatever kind of file I saw mentioned (I don't have one, so didn't pay a lot of attention) simply is not going to be able to read a BluRay disc due to the different type of laser used... that has nothing at all to do with software, it is a simple fact of hardware
I've also read that you may author a SHORT video to BluRay and burn that to a DVD to then play back in a BluRay player... but I've never tried that... but even then, playback (from what I read... again, did not pay a lot of attention) is going to have to be in a BluRay player, since a DVD can't decode a BluRay signal