The New Features in Adobe Premiere Elements 13

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Released September 24th, 2014: The world’s best selling consumer video editing program for over a decade now has once again been overhauled for 2015 – Welcome Adobe Premiere Elements 13. This release features some exciting improvements that help make your everyday videos turn into professional looking clips with a few clicks. Our favorite new addition is the “favorite moments” feature where you can you can just click and choose your favorite moments from a video clip as it plays and Elements will put all the clips together for you into one video. So instead of trying to cut out what you don’t want to keep, you choose what you do like (we’ve tried it out and it seems to significantly help reduce the editing time). Premiere Elements 13 also has new Video Stories where you can choose a story type, like a wedding or birthday theme, and the program will add all the chapters, music, clips, and put tougher all the trimmings and transitions for you. Other new features include Guided Edits to add motion into your video titles, enhanced video stabilization power to cut down shaky video (great for all your iPhone clips), improved processing speed to cut down wait times, and several other improvements which we break down below.

How much will it cost me?

Pricing for Premiere Elements 13 hasn’t changed and continues to be offered in a traditional perpetual license format unlike Premiere Pro CC and Adobe’s other Creative Cloud apps that are only sold on a monthly subscription. The standalone version of Premiere Elements 13 is $99.99 and the bundle that includes Photoshop Elements 13 is $149.99. You can often find it on sale for less at Amazon (they are an authorized reseller). Be sure to see our full list of current Premiere Elements 13 promo codes, coupons and discounts for the latest deals as well as the link to the free trial download.


Even though Premiere Elements is a scaled down and more user friendly version of Premiere Pro CC, don’t let the name fool you – The program requires a decent computer and plenty of free hard drive space to take full advantage of it’s capabilities. Here are the minimum system requirements that your PC or Mac should have to get started:

Windows PC:

  • A dual-core 2GHz or faster processor with SSE2 support (that will have you covered for HDV and AVCHD editing along with Blu-ray export) with at least 2GB or RAM. An Intel i7 chip is needed if you for XAVC-S processing.
  • 5GB of available hard disk space for the program along plus more for room for your videos.
  • Microsoft Windows 7 or 8 that’s ideally running on a 64 bit system.
  • A good display at 1024×768 or better.
  • Microsoft DirectX 9 or 10 for sound play and a display driver.
  • QuickTime 7 software and Windows Media Player.
  • A DVD or Blu-ray burner if want to make physical discs of your movies or clips.


  • A 64-bit machine running on a multi-core Intel processor.
  • At least 2GB of RAM and 5GB of free hard-disk space.
  • Mac OS X Mavericks (v10.8 through v10.9) or Yosemite
  • A good display at 1024×768 or better (i.e. retina display).
  • QuickTime 7 software.
  • A DVD or Blu-ray burner if want to make physical discs of your movies or clips.

New Features and Enhancements

As we mentioned, there are some pretty nice improvements in Premiere Elements 13 and if you’re running a version an older version of Premiere Elements from a few years ago, it’s definitely worth considering the upgrade. Here’s a look at some of the most import changes in this release.

  • New Favorite Moments – Let’s face it, when shooting video, usually only certain moments are interesting and the rest not so much. Well, cutting down your raw film footage is now breeze with the new Favorite Moments feature in Premiere Elements 13. Now as your clips play, Favorite Moments will let you click on/off the scenes that you want to keep as you go. Then it takes all those clips and puts them together in one movie – Nothing more you need to do. To find Favorite Moments in Premiere Elements simply right-click (or Control-click on Mac) on Skateboards.MOV and click Edit with Premiere Elements Editor. As the clip plays, click the Mark Moment button to start marking a moment and click again when the moment ends. Make as many as you want and click Done when finished to complete the edit.

premiere elements 13 favorite moments

  • New Video Story – They say the hardest step is always the first step. That can’t be more true than putting together a film of an event from a hundred little clips and pieces, like a wedding or birthday party. Where do you begin? Well, the new Video Story feature helps you bring everything together. Just pick one of the pre-made themes and Premiere Elements 13 will automatically add chapters, do the video trimming and add transitions for you. You’ll find Video Story under “File > New > Project”. Then in the New Project dialog, click “OK”, click “Yes” in the second dialog, click “Create” in the upper right corner, and then click “Video Story”.

premiere elements 13 video story

  • New Guided Edits – Premiere Elements 13 has a new feature called Guided Edits that lets you and effects and blurs to your videos. Two of our favorites are Video in Title and Effects Mask.
    • With Video in Title, you can put a clip inside the text of your title with a solid background or play one move in the title and another in the background. To find this feature in Premiere Elements 13, open your recording and click “Expert” in the top bar and then “Guided”. There will be an option for adding a “Video in Title”.
    • With Effects Mask, you can select a portion of your films from to be converted or warped. For example, you can select a face to be distorted, blurred, or turned into a black and white image.

premiere elements 13 guided edits

  • New Enhanced Shake Stabilizer – If you’re anything like me, then you have a ton of iPhone clips that would be really good if only there wasn’t so much camera shake. Well, Premiere Elements 13 now boasts a great new camera shake removal tool to help you smooth out all of your clips.

premiere elements 13 shake stabilizer

  • New Elements Live – Need help? Looking for a tutorial? Want inspiration? Now you don’t need to the Elements interface to have access to the latest tutorials, help pages, tips and tricks. Find Elements Live in the “eLive” link in the top bar inside the Elements Organizer or the Editor workspace.

How do you like the new Elements 13?

Love it or hate it? If you’ve had a chance to test out the new Premiere Elements 13 then let us know what you think about the new features and improvements in the comments section below.

  1. September 29, 2014


    Are there any added audio clips and/or new transitions?

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