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In Premiere Elements 9 Essential Training, author Jeff Sengstack breaks down the editing workflow into bite–sized pieces, covering topics from setting up a project to exporting the final video to any format. The course also covers the basics of editing and advanced features like picture-in-picture overlays and audio and visual effects. Exercise files accompany the course.
Your first task when working with Premiere Elements is to start a New Project. It's not all that difficult, but there are a couple of important things to keep in mind. One, your project settings should match your source material. I'll explain that in a moment. And two, you should create a new project each time you start working on a new video. There are three ways to start a new project: from the Welcome screen here, from the Organizer, or from within Premiere Elements. We'll start with the Welcome screen. Now in the Welcome screen there are two ways to get to a new project setting. One is from the Organizer, by clicking the Organize button, or the more logical way is to click New Project.
We'll go to Organize first. Let me show you how that works. I click on Organize. Now our Organizer shows the most recent clips that we've touched on when working Premiere Elements or working with the Organizer. Yours will show whatever you've worked with inside Organizer or inside Premiere Elements. But I have these here specifically so I can give you an example of how this all works. So here are a bunch of clips that we've added here. I'm going to click on a few. I'm going to select a few by clicking on one, and then Ctrl+Clicking or Command+Clicking on a few more, just to select a few clips in some random order.
Now that I have selected these clips, I can start a project with these clips and load it up into the project. And there are two ways to do that. You can go to File up in left-hand corner here, New > Premiere Elements Video Project. If I click that, it will open a Premiere Elements with these five clips loaded up inside Premiere Elements ready to go for you to edit your video,. Or the other way to go is to go to the right-hand side and click on Fix, and then select Edit Videos, and that too would open up Premiere Elements with these clips loaded up ready to be edited. But I don't want to work from the welcome screen to Premiere Elements for this particular movie. I want to go back and show you how to get there from the Welcome screen.
So I'm going to close this, and go to the Welcome screen. In the Welcome screen we have this New Project button. I'm going to click on that and that will open up Premiere Elements, and ask you what you want to do. What do you want to call your new project, things like that. So I'll click on that and the first thing that pops up is this New Project dialog box. There are three things that you worked on in here. The name of your project, where you're going to save it, and the project settings that I mentioned before, and I'll explain that in the moment.
First of all, name your project, and typically you name your project based on the content. So it might be "our vacation" or "my business presentation," something like that, but I'm going to call the Example for our purpose. Then you need to say where you're going to save this project. Now keep in mind that the project does not save your original file, as your video files, your audio, your graphics. All those things are saved wherever you want to save them. You just save project file, which is a relatively small file that just keeps track of all those assets, wherever you want to save it. And typically you put it in something like, like My Documents or some place like that.
It doesn't have to be connected to your assets in anyway. So I've got a little place where I want to save mine. I am clicking on Browse. I have little folder that I set up just for this inside My Documents. And there is my PRE9 Setup Projects. I'll just click on that folder. We'll say OK, this is where we're going to set up this project. Now, before I click OK, I need to select the correct project setting and that's the most important step here. So I click on Change Settings, because I want to show you all the settings that are available.
And you'll notice that there are 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 folders here that have various settings inside them, and you want to select the setting that matches your source footage. Meaning a setting that matches the camcorder that you used, or if you used let's say a Flip camera, or if you use the DV camera, or HDV, you want it to match that camcorder. And you'll notice there is an NTSC group, I'll close that for a second, and a PAL group and the PAL group matches the ones up here in terms of the folders. If you work with a video in North America, Canada, Japan, you're going to see NTSC.
If you work with video just about everywhere else, it will be PAL. And so in our case we're going to work with NTSC and we're going to pick either one of the DV settings, but also I want to talk about that. There is AVCHD those are settings are used for high-definition cameras for example. There is DSLR, which is Digital Single -Lens Reflex, which is kind of a new player in the high-definition game these days, and you can pick a setting that are based upon your camera. Flip are the new kind of little high- definition compressed high-definition cameras that are out now, and these are specifically Flip models, but you can use the Flip or the sort of Flip-like cameras as well.
Then there are some camcorders that store their video on Hard Disk, or in their Flash Memory Camcorders. So they are like the little SD cards that you can plug into your computer or actually download it directly from your hard disk on your camcorder. Then finally, there's HDV, which is a high- definition format that's stored on tape, just as DV is stored on tape. We're going to take the DV setting and we're going to go, instead of Widescreen, which is the footage that we're using in all of our tutorials or all of our movies, we're going to use the Standard definition, which is the 4 x 3 that's kind of the old-fashioned format.
And we're going to select that on purpose, because I want to show you what happens if you load up something that doesn't match your format. So I'm going to click Standard and say OK. Now I'm going to click OK here, and it's going to tell me "You've already got an example file. Do you want to save this new one?" I say yes, I do, and that opens up Premiere Elements, sort of saying "okay, now what you want to do?" Now we've already touched these videos before and so the most recently touched upon videos that you've worked on, let's say, in previous projects will show up here, and I can just take one of these guys and drag it down to the Timeline to show you an example of what happens if you take footage that doesn't match your project settings.
So this particular video is a widescreen video. I'm going to drag it down to a Timeline in a not widescreen project, [00:05:35.8] the standard definition project. And we'll show you what happens when you do that. A few things happened, but the most important one is the second thing that happened. I drag that to the Timeline and it says, "You want to Fix quality problems?" Something called SmartFix, which I'll talk about in a different movie. I want to say No. And now it says Mismatched Project Settings Preset. What it's saying is that you're dragging something to the Timeline that does not match your project setting. The project setting is standard definition, and this video clip is not standard definition.
It's in fact widescreen. So it was asking, "Do you want to change the project settings on the fly?" In this case yeah, I wanted it to be a widescreen project. I made a mistake so let's fix it, so I'll say Yes. And that will reopen the project as a widescreen project. It will change your projects settings on your file. The final thing that pops up here is something called Videomerge, because it sees a lot of blue here, and that's another effect inside Premiere Elements. We're just going to say we don't want to do that right now. So that's how you create a new project, taking the Welcome screen route.
Let me show you one more way to go there from within Premiere Elements. If you've already got a project going here and you say "No, now I'm going to start my next project," you go to File > New > Project. It will ask you, "Do you want to save the current one?" And mostly you do, but in this particular case, we'll say No. And then it says, okay, what are your project settings going to be? Just the same way that you brought it before. And then you can select your project name, where you are going to store it, and select your project settings. So there are three approaches to starting a new project. My guess is the more you use Premiere Elements, the more likely you will not use the automated project creation features in the Organizer and will rely on the new Project dialog box right here, which is accessible from the welcome screen or from within Premiere Elements.
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