Nick, Premiere Elements is a video editing program.
In NTSC video, there are 29.97 frames in every second of video. (In PAL there are 25.)
Even if you could make something in some program that ran at 200 fps, when you output it as video for a DVD or BluRay or even online, it would be 29.97 fps. So you would have created 170 extra frames every second that the program would simply throw away when it converted it to video!
I know you're thinking in terms of analog audio, where you can shift things around in microscopic increments.
But video, like film, is made up of frames. You can't fit more than one frame in a single frame, and you can't have video halfway between frames any more than you could take a strip of film and paste something halfway between two frames.
It is not a shortcoming of the program to use frames. It is how it is designed -- to create NTSC, PAL or Web video!
I don't think you get my point. Premiere Elements is NOT just a video editing program. More accurately, it is a video creation program. You don’t have to import or edit video to create a video. I create videos from photographs and audio, and PE is well suited for this.
My main point relates to individuals who create videos from photographs and audio.
PE to me is similar to Photoshop in that if you are clever enough, you can find other extremely powerful and useful ways to utilize it. Perhaps I'm a Maverick when it comes to using PE only for photos and audio, but it works quite well for this purpose.
At one time in my career, for 8 years I made a living out of using Photoshop. In those 8 years I never once imported a single photograph. In fact, I sometimes wondered why it was called Photoshop. I created graphic elements used in websites, never once processing a photograph.
Now things have changed. I use Photoshop almost exclusively, though not entirely, for photograph processing.
I guess I must be one of the few out there that can think outside the...
Sorry, Nick. But I'm sticking by my guns.
Nowhere on the package does it say it's a product for creating video projects with unlimited frame rates. It's a desktop app for editing NTSC and PAL video.
I can think outside the box and use my dishwasher to boil water for tea -- but that doesn't mean it's a design flaw if the tea isn't up to my standards.
I still challenge you to take a couple of feet of movie film and show me how you're going to fit more video information in between the frames. As Mr. Scott used to say, you cannot break the laws of physics!
But oh well. I admire your sense of adventure, Nick. You may want to check out a program like Flash or Director, which are designed for creating more non-traditional animations. But Premiere Elements -- it's designed to edit video from camcorders for viewing on a computer or TV.
For Audio Sample-rate precision, regarding Audio, one can do that with PrPro. It can also handle a wider range of FPS material, than can PrE.
Being a Video NLE program, it still has the limitation of only being able to display a single, full Frame, but one can set the Timeline's TimeCode Display to Audio Units, and then adjust the Audio to 1/48,000th of a sec., which is pretty fine. Note: if one has a 32KHz, or 44.1KHz Project, they will have the accuracy of 1/32,000th or 1/44,100th of a sec. accuracy. Still pretty fine an adjustment.
Also, for SlideShows, one might find that ProShow's Producer can handle higher FPS Frame Rates, but I do not know the level of accuracy with Audio in that program.
With high Frame Rates, one does have to later deal with the delivery of the files - obviously, BD and DVD are out, as they have limited Frame Rates, and not all video players can handle really high Frame Rates.
"I still challenge you to take a couple of feet of movie film and show me how you're going to fit more video information in between the frames. As Mr. Scott used to say, you cannot break the laws of physics!"
I obviously agree with you! I've made myself quite clear that you cannot put anything in-between frames. The rest of the world doesn't seem to understand that point. At least not the ones who are offering me "help".
And of course PE is designed around video and frame rates. Just like Photoshop is designed around photographs. But Photoshop and PE are flexible applications offering more than one might imagine.
I'm a firm believer in selecting the application that fits the user's ultimate goals. Right now, PE is the closest application I have found that does what I want, though I am looking into Adobe Flash as a possible alternative. If someone wants to be helpful, thay may want to suggest to me other alternatives.
Premiere Pro is my recommendation, and for the reasons stated above and here:
Audio Unit accuracy for Audio-editing, and a broader range of Frame Rates.
The intent to use a higher frame rate only solves a granularity problem when syncing with photographs an audio. Of course, the output could be any frame rate you desire.
And as others have alluded to, perhaps there is a better alternative application out there that better suits my needs.
I have evaluated Adobe Flash CS5 and it just doesn't quite fit the bill. It's main fault is it's output which is limited to web based flash, obviously. My projects require topnotch image and audio quality capable of a video output to HD at 1920 x 1024.
So far PE still fits the bill better than anything else (in it's price range). Premiere Pro would be better, but at $700 is way out of reach.
Any other suggestions?
Oh yeah! Now we're talking! Looks great! I'll download the demo and take it for a ride!
Thanks for the tip!
OK folks, I have some news! Premiere Elements is not the best fit when it comes to making videos from photographs and audio. As was pointed out by Neale, I have evaluated ProShow Producer and it really fits the bill! No more frame issues! No more slow performance! Audio synching is precise! Way more transition effects than PE. The output quality is stellar and really shows off my photography.
I am returning PE for a refund.
Thank you Neale for your suggestion!
Yes, ProShow Gold, or Producer, are great SlideShow programs, and are designed to do just that. You might want to check out Reply # 5 as well.
There's much to be said for getting the right tool for the job, Nick! Happy moviemaking!
You're welcome. I'm pleased to hear you have found a good solution.
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