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Many times the video you're adding to your Premiere Elements project will be coming from a hard drive camcorder or a camcorder that stores its video on a flash memory card. It might also come from a portable device like an iPad or an iPod touch, or even a smartphone. In this session, let's take a look at how to use Premiere Elements's video importer software to download your video from your camcorder or other portable video recording device into the program and onto your computer. The tools for gathering your video from an external device are all under Add Media, and you have the same options whether you are in Quick view or in Expert view.
The only difference is in how the media is added to your project. When you're in Quick view, any media you add, even if you are adding it directly from a camcorder, is going to go directly to the timeline. So it's already added to the timeline of your video project. When you're in Expert view, any media you add is first gathered into a project assets panel and from there you can grab it and move it onto your timeline. But the process of actually adding the media to your program, to your project, and onto your hard drive from the external device is exactly the same, whether you are working in Quick view or Expert view.
So let's go to Add Media, and in this particular case we are drawing media from my iPod. It would be exactly the same process if you're getting it from AVCHD camcorder or any kind of camcorder with an internal storage device, or you are saving it to an SD card, any kind of camcorder like that, or if you are taking it from any kind of recording device like an iPad or an iPhone or a smartphone. We'll select the option Video from Flip or Cameras, and when we do, it launches the Video Importer.
The Video Importer is a real nice interface for selecting the video you want to download and then bringing it into your project, and at the same time copying it to your computer's hard drive. These are the clips that are on my iPod right now. If I'd like to preview one, I can just click on it to select it and then play it down here in little Preview monitor. (video playing.) The clips that are checked are the clips that I will import onto my hard drive and into my project.
I can of course have the option of unchecking them all and then checking just the ones that I want. I also have the option over here on the right to delete the originals off of my camcorder or hard drive after I copy them to my computer. In this particular case, I don't want to do that. I also have the option, you can see, of adding them directly to my timeline as I bring them into the project. I'm going to select No for that. Up here in the upper-right, we have the option of setting where the videos are stored. In this case, it's going to my Videos folder, and that's just fine.
When it comes to naming the files as they're captured, as they are brought over from the camcorder, I can either let them keep the names that they have right now or if I select from the Presets Custom Name Number, I can name them anything I want. In this particular case I'm just going to call it iPod, and you can see what's going to happen. Each clip is going to be called iPod, and then it's going to add this little extension--you can see right underneath the Name blank. It's going to add an extension to it: 001, 002.
Then I simply click on Get Media in the lower-right corner. The video clips are simultaneously added to my project, as you can see there in my project assets panel now, and copied to my hard drive, and then I can just add them to my timeline and start building my movies. The nice thing about the Video Importer is not only does it work with an external recording device, like an AVCHD or other hard drive camcorder or a smartphone or an iPad, but it also works with DVDs that you've burned yourself.
You can put it in your computers DVD drive and use the Video Importer to browse it, select only the scenes that you want to bring into your project, and then use the Video Importer to copy those scenes, or to rip them from the DVD into your project and onto your computer's hard drive. The Video Importer makes it very easy to evaluate and select which video clips are downloaded from a camcorder, you smartphone, your iPad, or your iPad. In the process the video then is both added to your project and copied to your computer's hard drive all in a single move.
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