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In Premiere Elements 9 Essential Training, author Jeff Sengstack breaks down the editing workflow into bite–sized pieces, covering topics from setting up a project to exporting the final video to any format. The course also covers the basics of editing and advanced features like picture-in-picture overlays and audio and visual effects. Exercise files accompany the course.
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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