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Adobe Premiere Elements 12 review

Is the latest version of Adobe's consumer-level video editing application worth £63.49?

We liked

The Guided section offers an excellent way for people new to video editing to familiarise themselves with the concepts of the craft, and how it all works within Premiere Elements' way of doing things. There are also plenty of features designed to simplify complex tasks, such as colour correction or complex special effects. Adobe should be commended for striving to make these functions of post-production much easier to get to grips with, even for those who have little to no experience.

Adobe Premiere Elements 12 review
Premiere Elements' Guided section helps newcomers to understand the interface and the procedures needed to create a film.

Being able to transfer photos and videos from your phone to your computer via the cloud - or more specifically Adobe Revel - is also a boon. It's a shame, though, that you can't mark which parts of your clips you'd like to use until they reach your computer.

We disliked

Because Adobe insists on creating its own interface, distinctive from the usual Mac or Windows look, some aspects can and do go wrong.

In Mac OS X 10.8's default settings for instance, scrolling from right to left moves the elements on the screen from right to left - just as it does on an iPad. But in Premiere Elements, scrolling right to left moves the elements left to right as it used to be in versions of the OS prior to 10.7 (Lion). This can get frustratingly confusing over time - and seems totally unnecessary.

As mentioned above, our experience of Premiere Elements 12 was also characterised by the programme crashing with disappointing frequency.

Final verdict

There are undoubtedly some strong features in this update - do they warrant paying all over again for the latest version? Ultimately it depends whether you're a lover of special effects or not.

If you are, you'll most likely appreciate the subtle improvements and new features that come with Adobe Premiere Elements 12. If not, then there's little to make the upgrade worthwhile, especially since the app crashed a lot during testing. Fingers crossed Adobe will be fixing this sooner rather than later.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSoftware
Software Main TypeGraphics/Multimedia
Brand NameAdobe
Language SupportedEnglish
Software Sub TypeVideo Editing
Distribution Media/MethodDVD-ROM
Licence PricingStandard
Licence TypeComplete Product
Platform SupportedPC, Intel-based Mac
Operating System SupportedWindows, Mac OS
FeaturesHighlights:
  • Discover a friendly and intuitive environment
  • Do it all with one powerful yet easy-to-use product
  • Take your videos with you wherever you go
Easily organize and find your videos:
  • Map your memories
  • Manage your videos more easily
  • Quickly find your best clips
Choose smart moviemaking options:
  • Get Hollywood effects and styles
  • Add music to your movies
  • Get easy and powerful video editing
  • Create a polished movie, instantly
  • Animate titles to fit your movie
  • Spotlight your subject
Edit with ease and control:
  • Learn as you use
  • Slow down or speed up the action
  • Adjust color with greater ease
  • Enhance footage with powerful photo-blending techniques
  • Make movies with drag-and-drop ease
  • Save time with smart, automated options
Easily create and share:
  • Get HD quality on standard DVDs and export in AVCHD format
  • Share your stories
  • Optimize for any screen and share on the go
CompatibilitySupported import/export formats:
  • AVCHD, Blu-ray Disc (export only), DV-AVI (import/ export on Windows, import only on Mac OS), DVD, Dolby® Digital Stereo, H.264, HDV, MPEG-1 (import only), MPEG-2, MPEG-4, MP3, QuickTime, Windows Media (Windows only), and many more.
Licence Quantity1 User
ManufacturerAdobe Systems, Inc
Product NamePremiere Elements v.12.0
Package TypeRetail
Software NamePremiere Elements v.12.0
Manufacturer Part Number65225409
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.adobe.co.uk
Marketing Information

Empower your creative vision with video editing that's so easy, it almost makes the movie for you. Use automated options, special effects, and in-app guidance to turn your video clips into entertaining movies that will wow family and friends. And now, take your Elements videos with you, wherever you go, on your smartphone or tablet.