What's new

User Interface driven workflow for new and advanced users

Adobe Premiere Elements 11 Quick Editor provides new and advanced users a new user interface driven workflow. You can use the powerful tools in the Quick Editor to do amazing things with your videos.

Quick Editor aggregates basic features that hobbyists commonly use to quickly edit video footage and share with others. Use the options on the Action bar to accomplish common editing tasks.

Quick Editor provides advanced features and tools that professionals use to accomplish intricate video editing tasks. Use the options in the Action bar to accomplish advanced tasks. The Transitions panel, and the Effects panel contain more options under various categories.

New features in the Quick Editor

Time remapping

You can now play sections of your footage at variable speeds, such as slow motion, fast motion, reverse motion, or a combination of speeds.

Variable speeds help create sophisticated effects in which subjects appear to smoothly pass through different speeds, for example motion effects in movies. With Time Remapping, you can depict a swift punch in slow motion to emphasize its force of impact.

Use Time Remapping to add a time zone to a section and specify a variable speed for the time zone. When you play the footage, the time zone plays the section at the specified speed instead of its normal speed.

  1. Select a clip and click Tools from the Action bar. The Tools panel is displayed.

  2. From the list of options, choose Time Remapping. Premiere Elements Quick Editor switches to the Time Remapping mode.

    Time Remapping mode

  3. Drag the current-time indicator over the footage to the point where you want to add a time zone.

  4. Do one of the following:

    • Click the Add button on the current-time indicator. A time zone (green color) is applied to the footage.
    • Click the Add Time Zone button on the action bar. A time zone (green color) is applied to the footage.
    Time zone applied to footage

  5. Drag the sides to the left or right to adjust the time zone.

  6. Set the speed of the time zone. Select a variable speed from the speed slider or specify a time in the Duration box.

    Note: The speed slider is displayed only when the time zone is selected.

    Speed slider

  7. Click Done. When you click the Play button, the section where you added the time zone plays at the specified speed.

You can add multiple time zones to your footage. To add another time zone, place the current-time indicator at the point where you want the new time zone. Then, add the time zone in the normal way. Use the Previous Edit Point and Next Edit point buttons to quickly navigate to the start and end points of time zones.

Select Easing In and Easing Out to eliminate abrupt changes in speed at the start and end of a time zone. In addition, you can click render for a smooth video playback.

When you play a footage at variable speeds, the accompanying audio may not remain in sync. To remove audio playback, select the Remove Entire Clip’s Audio box.

To play a section of footage in reverse speed, click the Reverse button on the action bar after you add a time zone to the section. The color of the time zone changes from green to brown.

Reverse time zone

The reverse time zone plays the section in three phases. In the first phase, the reverse time zone plays the section in the forward direction at normal speed.

In the second phase, it plays the same section in reverse motion. You can use the speed slider or the Duration box to modify the playback speed for this phase.

In the third phase, the reverse time zone replays the section in normal playback. To remove all time zones you added to your footage, click Reset.

New special effects


Apply the Vignetting effect to reduce the brightness or saturation of your clip at the periphery compared to the center.

Vignetting adaptively adjusts the exposure of your clip, preserving the original contrast and creating a more visually pleasing effect.

For example, you can apply the Vignetting effect to the following clip:

Original image

To apply a Vignetting effect, select the clip in the timeline and apply the effect from the Adjust category in the Effects panel.


You can now add one or more of the effects under the FilmLooks category of the Effects panel to let your footage resemble a movie. For example, add the Dreamy effect to your clip to make it appear as a dream sequence. For step-by-step guidance, see Add FilmLooks effects.

Original image

Here's how the clip looks when you apply the Dreamy special effect:

Dreamy effect applied to clip

Temperature and tint

Using the Temperature And Tint video effect, you can introduce warmth or coldness to your image. You can also control the amount of green and red tones in your image. Use the Temperature slider controls to change the amount of orange or blue tone. Increasing the amount of orange introduces warmth to your image. Increasing the amount of blue introduces coldness to your image. Use the Tint slider control to add more red or green tone to your image. For step-by-step guidance, see Adjust temperature and tint.

Opacity blending modes

Premiere Elements Quick Editor supports layer blend modes that change the way layers react with each other. You often use some of the common modes in every day work. For example, if your image is too dark, you can quickly make it brighter by duplicating the photo layer in the layers palette. Later, you change the duplicate layer mode to screen.

Use the Opacity filter to select blending modes for various layers of your video. Premiere Elements Quick Editor supports 27 blending modes. Select a blending mode from the list and apply it to your image. Use the sliders to increase or decrease its effect.

Instant movies

Use the Instant Movie option on the action bar to quickly create a movie by selecting a movie template and making small edits to your clips. Instant Movie also lets you add theme-based effects, titles, transitions, and audio to your movie. You can change settings as desired. For more information, see Creating instant movies.

Tracks in timeline

The timeline includes the following tracks for your clip:

  • Title: Add a title for your clip on this track
  • Video: Edit your video on this track
  • Sound: Add audio files for your clip to this track
  • Narration: Add a narration for your clip to this track

Note: The timeline provides more tracks for video and audio in addition to the narration and sound tracks.

Drag media to timeline

Drag a clip from the Explorer window to the timeline to edit the clip. Use the trim handles to trim the clip on the timeline. The trim handles appear when you select the clip on the timeline. If you have multiple clips in the timeline, you can rearrange them.

Split icon on current-timeline indicator

Remove unwanted portions of your video clip directly on the timeline. Use the Split icon on the current-time indicator to split your clip and remove the unwanted portion.

Adjust panel

Use the options in the Adjust panel to adjust the inherent properties of your clip, for example color and lighting. You can also use the Smart Fix tool to enhance the quality of your video footage. To display the Adjust panel, select the clip and then click Adjust on the right.

Adjust panel

If you add a title to your clip, use the Adjust panel to alter its properties, if necessary.

Applied Effects panel

View and modify the properties of effects already applied to your clip using the options in the Applied Effects panel.

Applied Effects panel

To display the Applied Effects panel, select the clip to which effects are applied, and click Applied Effects on the right.

Transition contextual control

Tweak the transitions in your clip using the options in the Transition contextual control.

Transition contextual control

The control automatically appears when you apply a transition to your clip for the first time.

Minor changes

Vibrance and Auto Tone are now available as two separate controls.

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