This is a blatant move to force customers to the Pro version. Much like the move to force photographers who use Photoshop CS6, like me, to pay a monthly subscription for the privilege of upgrading. I have been an Adobe user of more than 20 years, but our relationship will end as soon as I find an alternative provider.
Please restore Blu-ray (and AVCHD) authoring and burning
to PrE 2018.
I’ve been an enthusiastic PrE user since the very beginning,
and always update to the latest version when it becomes available. My motivations for upgrading are (in order),
improved stability and bug fixes, faster
performance, and new features.
However, the latest version, PrE 2018 shocked me when I
learned that support for authoring Blu-ray discs was dropped. Note that I found out the hard way. I used PrE 2018 to complete a 90 minute movie
of my daughter’s wedding. However, when I went to burn Blu-ray discs for the
family I realized that Blu-ray support had disappeared. Dropping a feature like this without
mentioning it in the product announcement, release notes, or read-me file is really unethical
for a highly professional company such as Adobe. Shame on you!
Also, since I just invested in a new Windows desktop for video editing and
paid extra for a built in Blu-ray burner (had to purchase the Dell commercial
line, rather than their less expensive consumer model), I am particularly annoyed.
Fortunately, I had kept PrE 15 so I was able to complete my
Blu-ray project and keep the family happy.
I realize that Blu-ray isn’t as popular as it used to be,
but for us amateur video makers who distribute their work for viewing on large
screen HD televisions, it’s really the only practical option. Distributing to non-tech family members via online
(YouTube & Vimeo), or USB memory sticks just doesn’t work for us. Many in my audience don’t have internet
connected “smart” televisions, or, if they do, are challenged to make it work. But, they do have Blu-ray players and know how
to use them as they regularly watch Blu-rays movies from Red Box and Netflix. Also, they really appreciate having scene
menus to quickly locate favorite scenes, especially longer movies (e.g., video
yearbooks, weddings, etc).
So, my key requests are:
Restore Blu-ray (and AVCHD) authoring and
burning to PrE 2018.
Change your product strategies to promote upward
compatibility, so that customers aren’t left high and dry when a new version is
3. Change your business practices so if an existing feature or capability is dropped (for good reason), you
Announce it to the user community in advance,
Highlight it in the product information, release notes, read-me, etc.
Provide a “work around” such as recommending alternative public domain software
I have been a consistent Elements upgrader since version 3.0, so I looked at the comparison between Premiere Elements version 15 & 2018, saw no reference to removing BluRay authoring, upgraded to 2018, and a month into a large video project found out that I could not create a BD disc from PrE 2018 nor could I open that project in my restored PrE-15 which does have BD publishing.
Equally bad, after converting my Organizer 15 catalog to Organizer 2018 and removing the version 15 catalog, I found that, since version 15 could not open or convert my 2018 catalog, I had to create a de novo version 15 catalog, thus losing all the image recognition, albums, stacks and version sets, and hidden flags.
This is very poor customer service! Please either restore BluRay publishing, or provide a work-around, or offer a refund.
In my case, I will continue to Use Premiere Elements 15 until it breaks. If Adobe has not included the ability to burn to BR by then, I will seek out another application.
Bluray and AVCHD feature removed from Premiere 18 disc output, please put feature back is why I use your products . Will go to other suite if needed ...Thank You
The point isn't that there is a work around, the point is that it is absurd to market a consumer editing package capable of dealing with (at least) HD video that isn't even able to create a Blu-ray iso! I have now exported my project into Cyberlink PowerDirector 16 Ultimate which does exactly what I did with Premiere Elements until the 2018 version.