Ease of Use
While Premiere Elements 7 supports a number of advanced features, the software interface takes into account that many users of the application will be new to the world of video editing. When you first open the program, you’ll be met with a welcome screen where you can choose to create an instant movie, open an existing product, or begin development of a new project. Additionally, if you have an account with Photoshop.com, you can sign in to that site from this screen.
The main application interface is extremely intuitive, and even first time users should be able to feel their way around without too much trouble. However, it is well worth the time to watch some of the free video tutorials for the product – we’ll talk more about those in the User Support section of this review.
The ability to drag and drop both clips of video files and still images to the sceneline makes basic movie creation simple and fun. You can play back the production at any time during the creation process to get an idea of how it is progressing without having to leave the editing interface.
Even though I’ve had no experience with prior Adobe video editing tools, I was able to create and edit a basic movie within minutes of starting up the application. So, the learning curve for Premiere Elements 7 is definitely on the side of users who don’t want to spend hours (or even days) reading manuals or searching through help forums. I was definitely impressed.