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Clarifying differences between the Mac and Windows versions

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The big news for Premiere Elements 9 is that it is now dual platform. It works in both the Windows and the Mac operating system. And porting a product of this complexity from Windows to Mac is no small task, so kudos to the Adobe development team for making this port. With that being said, there are a few minor functional differences between the two versions. And since this is the first go around for the Mac, there are a few features that are missing from the Mac versions. So I want to explain that to you. Let me start with the Mac version. So I'll show you a couple of functional differences here inside the Premiere Elements Mac version.

Clarifying differences between the Mac and Windows versions

The big news for Premiere Elements 9 is that it is now dual platform. It works in both the Windows and the Mac operating system. And porting a product of this complexity from Windows to Mac is no small task, so kudos to the Adobe development team for making this port. With that being said, there are a few minor functional differences between the two versions. And since this is the first go around for the Mac, there are a few features that are missing from the Mac versions. So I want to explain that to you. Let me start with the Mac version. So I'll show you a couple of functional differences here inside the Premiere Elements Mac version.

If you want to find the Preferences menu in Windows, you go to Edit > Preferences, but in the Mac version, Adobe Premiere Elements 9 > Preferences to get to the Preference menu. And then as far as keyword shortcuts go, let me just kind of show you the standard differences between Mac and Windows. When you talk about the Command key on the Mac side, that little four squared thing there, then we talk about the Ctrl key in the Window side. When you talk about the Option key, this little diagonal slash there, on the Mac side, we'll talk about the Alt key on the Windows side.

So I'll try to differentiate that every time I talk about the keyboard shortcuts. Over here is really where the main differences are in terms of the feature set. I'm going to go look at the Edit view and then the Effects view. Under Video Effects if we scroll through all the video effects, you're going to say, wow, look at all those cool video effects that come with the Mac version. In fact, the Mac version has 18 or so fewer effects than the Windows version. It's pretty much on par with the Windows version. Very close. Where it's not quite on par is on the Transitions side of the fence, in terms of video transitions going from one scene to the next.

It's looks like a pretty good collection here, but it's actually half the number of video transitions that are on the Windows side. There are some functional features that are unavailable on the Mac version. There are four fewer import formats. That will significant one of which is Windows Media Audio, so you cannot bring Windows Media Audio files into Premiere Elements on the Mac side. It does not have three export formats that are available on the Windows side, and the two most important ones for that one are Windows Media Video, and Audio Video Interleave.

Both of which are Windows export formats, and so you'll typically use QuickTime MOV when you do these kinds of experts anyways on the Mac side. You cannot export HDV projects to tape. In other words, HDV starts its life as a tape, you import it into your project, and then you cannot in the Mac version export it back to your tape. You can export it to any other available format; just not back to the tape that you basically got it from. And then finally there is a pretty cool feature called SmartSound that allows you to customize music that you get for free when you buy Premiere Elements, but SmartSound is not available on the Mac side.

So this is how the Windows version looks, and your first thought may be "Wait a minute, it looks exactly like the Mac version," which is a good thing. Just a little subtle difference up here. It doesn't say Premiere Elements 9 up on the top here. That's missing. So if you want to access the preferences in the Windows side, you click Edit and find Preferences down here. You'll also notice that shortcuts are different. If you go to Edit, you'll see it says Ctrl instead of the Command symbol, and where the word Alt is here, it will get that little Option symbol that you see in the Mac, but that's the sort of physical difference when you look at the menus.

And finally when you look at the transitions and the effects, that's where you might notice a differences. If I go to Effects, you got to kind of really pay attention to know that as I scroll through here, there are about 18 more video effects on the Windows side. Not that you would necessarily notice that, but there are a few more there. When you go to the Transitions side and you scroll through here, there are twice as many transitions on the Windows side than on the Mac side,. But I'll record all the movies in this course in the Windows version and when I mention keyword shortcuts, if there are differences between the Mac and Windows shortcuts, I'll point them out.

At some point I'll use effects or transitions that are not on the Mac version. I'll try to point that out too, but it's possible I might forget to do that on occasion. Bottom line, both the Windows and the Mac versions are full-featured video editors.

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Premiere Elements 9 Essential Training

58 video lessons · 8197 viewers

Jeff Sengstack
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  1. 7m 31s
    1. Welcome
      1m 10s
    2. Understanding the workflow
      1m 19s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 44s
    4. Relinking missing media
      3m 18s
  2. 16m 52s
    1. What is Premiere Elements 9?
      6m 16s
    2. Touring the interface
      6m 28s
    3. Clarifying differences between the Mac and Windows versions
      4m 8s
  3. 44m 16s
    1. Creating a new project
      7m 18s
    2. Getting media
      2m 0s
    3. Capturing video from a cassette or a webcam
      7m 14s
    4. Downloading assets from external devices and storage media
      8m 53s
    5. Importing media from a hard drive
      3m 32s
    6. Managing media in the Project workspace
      7m 3s
    7. Using the Organizer
      8m 16s
  4. 30m 57s
    1. Using the Sceneline and the Timeline
      3m 45s
    2. Adding, rearranging, and deleting clips in the Sceneline
      6m 20s
    3. Adding and deleting clips in the Timeline
      9m 51s
    4. Adding and rearranging clips in the Timeline using modifier keys
      11m 1s
  5. 32m 8s
    1. Adjusting clip length in the Sceneline
      7m 56s
    2. Adjusting clip length in the Timeline
      8m 44s
    3. Adjusting clip length in the Preview window
      6m 4s
    4. Creating freeze frames and changing clip speed, duration, and direction
      9m 24s
  6. 25m 4s
    1. Understanding transitions
      4m 49s
    2. Applying transitions
      9m 37s
    3. Adjusting transitions
      10m 38s
  7. 41m 53s
    1. Understanding video effects
      9m 25s
    2. Applying and modifying video effects
      8m 46s
    3. Repositioning, scaling, and rotating clips with the Motion effect
      6m 50s
    4. Working with the Motion Tracker
      10m 1s
    5. Using the Effects Mask tool
      6m 51s
  8. 52m 31s
    1. Understanding animation
      7m 48s
    2. Animating video effects
      13m 52s
    3. Using the Motion effect with keyframes
      11m 43s
    4. Working with effects presets
      9m 55s
    5. Controlling changes between keyframes
      9m 13s
  9. 32m 44s
    1. Recording narrations
      3m 12s
    2. Making music soundtracks with SmartSound (Windows only)
      5m 38s
    3. Advanced audio editing with J-cuts and L-cuts
      6m 31s
    4. Applying audio effects
      11m 41s
    5. Mixing audio tracks manually and with the SmartMixer
      5m 42s
  10. 25m 38s
    1. Creating text and geometric shapes
      7m 1s
    2. Editing and formatting text and shapes
      5m 10s
    3. Using styles and templates with text and shapes
      6m 40s
    4. Animating titles
      6m 47s
  11. 25m 46s
    1. Understanding compositing
      5m 23s
    2. Creating picture-in-picture overlays
      8m 46s
    3. Making portions of clips transparent using Green Screen, Videomerge, and other techniques
      11m 37s
  12. 16m 54s
    1. Understanding Auto-Analyzer and Smart Tags
      4m 11s
    2. Using InstantMovie and themes
      6m 4s
    3. Trying out Smart Fix and Smart Trim
      6m 39s
  13. 13m 43s
    1. Understanding DVD authoring
      2m 12s
    2. Adding DVD markers to the Timeline
      4m 47s
    3. Creating DVD menus using templates
      6m 44s
  14. 20m 7s
    1. Understanding project exporting
      3m 15s
    2. Exporting to standard file types
      5m 54s
    3. Creating files for online and mobile phone use
      3m 39s
    4. Creating DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and web DVDs
      7m 19s
  15. 33s
    1. Goodbye
      33s

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