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Digital Filmmaking: What Do You Need to Run Premiere Elements?

Are you thinking of using Premiere Elements to edit your DSLR movie? With 64-bit support and advanced features, Premiere Elements works best on a relatively new computer. Here’s what you need:

Premiere Elements for Windows

If you're running Premiere Elements on a PC, here's what you'll need:

  • 2GHz or faster processor with SSE2 support; dual-core processor required for HDV or AVCHD editing and Blu-ray or AVCHD export

  • Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 3, Windows Media Center, Windows Vista (all applications run native on 32-bit operating systems and in 32-bit compatibility mode on 64-bit operating systems), Windows 7, or Windows 8 (Adobe Premiere Elements Editor runs native on 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems; all other applications run native on 32-bit operating systems and in 32-bit compatibility mode on 64-bit operating systems)

  • 2 GB of RAM

  • 7 GB of available hard-drive space to install applications; additional 5 GB to install content

  • Graphics card with the latest updated drivers

  • Color monitor with 16-bit color video card

  • 1024×768 display resolution

  • Microsoft DirectX 9 or 10 compatible sound and display driver

  • DVD-ROM drive (compatible DVD burner required to burn DVDs; compatible Blu-ray burner required to burn Blu-ray discs)

  • DV/i.LINK/FireWire/IEEE 1394 interface to connect a Digital 8 DV camcorder

  • QuickTime 7 software

  • Windows Media Player (required if importing/exporting Windows Media formats)

  • Internet connection required for Internet-based services

Premiere Elements for Mac OS

If you'll be using Premiere Elements on a Mac, here's what you'll need:

  • 64-bit multicore Intel processor

  • Mac OS X v10.6 through v10.8

  • 2 GB of RAM

  • 7 GB of available hard-drive space to install applications; additional 5 GB to install content

  • Graphics card with the latest updated drivers

  • 1024×768 display resolution

  • DVD-ROM drive (compatible DVD burner required to burn DVDs; compatible Blu-ray burner required to burn Blu-ray discs)

  • DV/i.LINK/FireWire/IEEE 1394 interface to connect a Digital 8 DV camcorder

  • QuickTime 7 software

  • Internet connection required for Internet-based services

Premiere Elements supported formats

Adobe Premiere Elements supported import/export formats include 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. Import/export of some formats may require activation via an Internet connection. Activation is fast, easy, and free.

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