i am equally frustrated with version 10. all i want to do is edit some DVDs. the software is defintely not intuitive. the tutorials are hard to understand (many are recorded by some Brit with a strong accent and weak voice).
Keep in mind that this is a brand new PC that is not corrupted with junk. This is a brand new installation of Adobe Premiere Elements 9.
That is very likely the problem. The trouble with any 'brand new PC' is that the manufacturers will have created the master image of the hard disk many months ago. Consequently the various drivers and applications will be out of date by the time you get the PC.
Take a look at PrE Hanging, or Crashing - Some Tips. There is a checklist there of the essential items to update.
Insanity is hereditary, you get it from your children
And here is the free-part Basic Training tutorial series I did for Premiere Elements support site Muvipix.com.
No British accent. Just my Midwestern drawl.
And do take Neale's advice and clear your computer of junk files and do a good defragging.
You also don't say how powerful your processor is, how much RAM you have or what operating system you're using, but each of those elements play a role in your performance and stability also.
I guess it's particularly frustrating because I consider myself fairly computer savy. My knuckles haven't been dragging the ground for quite a few years.
I realize that Premiere Elements 2 is a dinosauer, but boy, was it user friendly. I convinced 5-6 friends to buy it.
I have a couple of shows I need to get done for the Holidays and I'm about to re-install my older version, get the shows done, and worry about my new version later.
Specs on the PC: i7-2600 3.4GHz
Windows 7 OS
16 GB RAM
Does not need defragging
The hard drive is not cluttered with junk.
And the link provided by Neale doesn't open; Just says "Oops"
With PrE 4.0, the "old GUI" was replaced with a "steamlined" one. Personally, and as I use PrPro mostly, I am not a fan of the new GUI.
I actually struggled more with PrE 4.0, than any other NLE, after about Pinnacle Studio 4, or 5, which was my first video editor. I felt that much was hidden, and many of the terms that I had become accustomed to in AVID Liquid and then PrPro, had been changed. Luckily, Steve, and others, helped be get a handle on that program.
Adobe has designed PrE to be user-friendly, and my guess would be that if it was one's first NLE program, things would actually be easier, than those of us, who pick it up, after years with other programs, and especially "pro" programs.
PrE is quite powerful, though some operations are done via "big buttons," however for the majority of users - the target audience, I am sure that they appreciate that. I can be sure, as I field a lot of questions on the PrPro Forums, where PrE users migrate up, and come by, looking for those auto, or semi-auto solutions, only to become alarmed, when we tell them that in PrPro, one does almost everything by hand. Same with DVD/BD authoring in PrE. While limited, when the PrE users show up in the Encore Forum, they are amazed that there is zero automation, and that one must do it by hand.
I think that Adobe is doing good things, for the majority of their market. It's old guys, such as me, who struggle, 'cause they are used to GUI's, and manual operations, like found in PrPro.
I have read many of Steve's books, have looked closely at his Basic Training, and Learning Series articles and tutorials, and highly recommend them. Were I starting with PrE, or video-editing in general, his material would be my first stop.
Oh, after I first installed and fired up PrE 4.0, looked at the GUI, and poked around a bit, was to come to this forum, and read every post - there were fewer back then, so it only took me about two days. Lot of good info in the forum. Some is about problems, but much is about "how to," and that was what I was looking for.
Good luck, and once you get the new PrE terms down, learn their location, and get a handle on the GUI, I think that you will love the program.
Evander2 wrote:And the link provided by Neale doesn't open; Just says "Oops"
Sorry about that - I'm not sure why. Try this link: PrE Hanging, or Crashing - Some Tips
Insanity is hereditary, you get it from your children
I did not check the previous one, but this one opens just fine for me, Chrome on XP-Pro SP3.
Thanks Steve. I am trying to access the tutorial series, but keep getting referred back to this thread. Says “discussion is locked”?
Are you clicking on the blue hyperlink in the post I linked you to?
No, I haven't. Been too busy today.
The hyperlink in your discussion led me to this:
Feb 22, 2011 7:53 AM
<http://forums.adobe.com/message/2453821#2453821> Premiere Elements Basic Training
This question is Not Answered.
If you'd like an overview of the basics of Premiere Elements -- from creating a project through building a timeline, adding effects and titles and outputting your video -- I've created an 8-part tutorial series for Premiere Elements support site Muvipix.com.
It's a great way to introduce yourself to the interface, as well as to introduce you to our training materials and my Muvipix.com guide books for Premiere Elements and Photoshop Elements.
You can watch the series here <http://muvipix.com/products.php?searchphrase=basictrainingpremiere+elements&btn.x=22&btn.y=15> . Hope you'll check them out!
The word “here” stands out much better---I didn’t see it in your 0riginal email—the blue color didn’t stand out.
Will check it out