The Tools panel provides options that let you add cool effects to your video. For example, use Time Remapping and Smart Mix to add sophisticated motion effects to your video. You can choose Smart Trim to let Premiere Elements automatically edit your footage for a crisper video.

Video tools

Favorite Moments

A video usually has various favorite moments. Adobe Premiere Elements helps you mark and extract all your favorite moments in a video as a single collated clip or individual clips. You can use the extracted clips of favorite moments for editing or sharing.

For more information, see Mark and extract your favorite moments.

Freeze Frame

Grab a single frame from a video clip to use as a still image in your current movie or to save as a still on your hard drive for use elsewhere. For example, you can use a still in your movie to show a character start an action, but then stop mid-action, frozen on the screen.

For more information, see Freezing and holding frames.

Motion Tracking

Motion Tracking gives you the ability to track moving objects in a video clip. You can attach clipart like still images, graphics, or video clips to these objects.

For more information, see Apply motion tracking in video clips.

Movie menu (Windows)


Creating a Movie Menu with a non-landscape format is not supported.

You can create a menu‑based DVD by using one of the predesigned menu templates included with Premiere Elements. A menu can include sound and motion. Some templates contain drop zones, where you can drag and drop a still image or video to personalize the menu background.

For more information, see Creating disc menus.

Pan & Zoom

Using the pan and zoom tool in Adobe Premiere Elements, you can create video-like effects from images or movie clips. For movie clips, the effect works best when there is minimal movement of objects within the clip.

When working with the pan and zoom tool, you select objects and the order in which they are panned and zoomed into. Adobe Premiere Elements provides you with customization options using which you can apply the effect according to your requirements.

For more information, see Pan and zoom to create video-like effect.

Smart Trim

Smart trimming enables you to trim the low-quality sections of a video file. Smart trim can be done manually and automatically. You can trim clips from the Quick view timeline or the Expert view timeline.

For more information, see Smart trimming.

Time Remapping

Add a slow or fast motion effect to your videos for that wow factor. For more information, see Time remapping.

Audio tools

Audio Mixer

Use the Audio Mixer to adjust audio balance and volume for different tracks in your project. You can adjust the balance and level of audio contained within your video clips, and within soundtrack and narration audio.

For more information, see Audio Mixer.


You can choose to record a narrative for your video from within Premiere Elements. Using your computer’s microphone, you can narrate clips while previewing them in the Monitor panel. Your narration is then added to the Narration soundtrack visible in either the Quick view timeline or the Expert view timeline.

For more information, see Create narrations.

Smart Mix

SmartMix enables automatic adjustment of the volume of the background music. For best results, place dialog clips on the Audio 1 track or the Narration track (Foreground tracks) and music on the Soundtrack track (Background tracks). Premiere Elements analyzes clips on all Foreground tracks for dialogs. Keyframes are then smartly/automatically created to lower the volume level to ensure that the dialog in the Foreground track is audible. SmartMix adjustments apply to all audio clips on the Expert view timeline, not just on the selected clip. When you use SmartMix on an audio track, keyframes you applied previously on the Soundtrack are deleted.

For more information, see Smart Mixer.

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