Adobe takes the same approach with its new Premiere Pro/Elements duo (Premiere is the company's pro-level package) as it did with Photoshop CS/Elements, removing features that only professionals are likely to need and selling the junior edition for one seventh the price. Sounds great, except that the company forgot to scale down the complexity, making the Elements product line both powerful and daunting. For example, Premiere Elements has no storyboard display and no onscreen preview of transitions. And although the program provides a stunning variety of effects that the others don't--highpass and lowpass audio filters, pitch shifting, brightness and contrast controls, the ever-popular 16-point garbage matte--learning to accomplish these wonders is a challenge, made even more difficult with instructions divided between the printed manual and the software help files. DVD creation is easier with the included templates. Bottom line: Elements is an affordable option for those who crave Premiere Pro power, but newbies will suffer mental meltdown trying to access the very features that set it apart. $100; adobe.com PINNACLE STUDIO 9 Ideal for: Users who want serious editing power and fun-to-use features We like: Sophisticated auto-movie; easy DVD making.