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Getting familiar with the interface

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Video: Getting familiar with the interface

Let's talk about the user interface, basically, our workspace here in Premiere Elements. I realize that this isn't the most exiting thing in the world to talk about, but at the same time knowing your workspace is going to make you feel you a lot more familiar and comfortable with Premiere Elements. First let's talk about these panels. We have three main panels in Premiere Elements. We have the Tasks panel, which is this one on the right hand side. We have the Monitor panel where we view our footage and we have the My Project panel, which consist of the Sceneline and if you click this button, the Timeline.

Getting familiar with the interface

Let's talk about the user interface, basically, our workspace here in Premiere Elements. I realize that this isn't the most exiting thing in the world to talk about, but at the same time knowing your workspace is going to make you feel you a lot more familiar and comfortable with Premiere Elements. First let's talk about these panels. We have three main panels in Premiere Elements. We have the Tasks panel, which is this one on the right hand side. We have the Monitor panel where we view our footage and we have the My Project panel, which consist of the Sceneline and if you click this button, the Timeline.

Now you could resize any of these panels, as often as, you like and as much you want. Just put your cursor on a divider line in between two panels and just click and drag to resize. So you might be doing a lot of work in the Tasks panel, you really don't really care what's going on in the Monitor panel, so you can resize it thusly, or the opposite might be true, where you might be really looking closely to your project. You want that to be full focus. And you don't really don't care what's going on here in the Tasks panel. You could also do the same thing with the My Project panel. As you click and drag out you can see much more of what's going on here in the Sceneline.

This also becomes very important. Later on we talk about the Timeline. There's just a lot more going on i n the Timeline, there's a lot to scroll through here so being able to resize the interface to see all of those video tracks is very helpful. Let's go back over the Sceneline, take this back to something little bit more standard there. Now this is a small thing. But the top of all of the panels here, the main panels, Monitor, My Project and Tasks. There are these, what they are called headers here or Docking Headers to be more specific. They show by default, but you could actually go to the Window menu here at the top of the screen and select Hide Docking Headers.

That will move them and that will give you a little bit more screen real estate. But for the purposes of this training, just so we were clear and you don't get lost, I'm going to leave them on. So I'm going to back to Window, Show Docking Headers. Also be aware that in many panels there are these two little two arrows facing the right here. And basically, these two arrows what's called a flyout menu. That's basically, a contextual menu that gives you options for that particular panel. In other words, if we want more options for the Monitor panel we can click the flyout menu here and we have Safe Margins and Playback Settings.

Same thing with the Tasks panel and same thing with the My Project panel down here on the right. Also one thing to be aware of. Here in the Tasks panel there is a lot going on here, it's a little noisy. But there is a hierarchy to keep in mind. Basically, we have the Tasks panel and within the Tasks panel there are three workspaces Edit, Create Menus, and Share. Let me go back to Edit here. Within the Edit workspace there are five categories, Media, Themes, Effects, Transitions, and Titles. Right now, Media is selected and within Media there are three different ways to play with Media.

Project, Organizer and Get Media. So if you see there's a lot going on, it's very pretty and colorful, there are lot of icons. There is a nice logical structure here. The Tasks panel, then the Workspaces, and then the categories of the workspaces, and then finally the subareas of those categories. If I click over here on Effects, one of the things we will also see a lot of are these drop downs. And typically these work also in hierarchal way, where on the left side we have the categories, the name of categories. Let's say Video Effects and then the next one we have categories of that.

So categories of Video Effects, so if you want to see just the Keying Effects in the Video Effects category, we can select that to kind of narrow our search a little bit. Be aware that little icon right here. These little icons are kind of like flyout menus as well. They basically just give you different options for what you're currently playing with. So we will find this series of dropdown menus in Themes. Here with Entertainments and Show All, Transitions and Titles. Now, if you ever do mess things up quite a bit. Let's say we're all over here and I'm just going to tweak my interface just ridiculously and let's say that I have Docking Headers hid and you open up a project or you're on somebody else's computer and you look at this and you think what in the world happened to my poor baby Premiere Elements? Well, what you could do is just go back up to Window menu and select Restore Workspace.

That's going to take everything and put everything back the way it was. Now notice that my Docking Headers did not come back. That's not considered a part of the Workspace. So what you need to do is go back manually and say Window, Show Docking Headers, although everything else went back to the way it was by default. Now, one final cool little trick here. If we go to the Edit menu at the top of the interface go to Preferences and then select User Interface, it's kind of a cool little way to pimp the interface here, or what we can do is take this little slider to the left to make the interface darker.

It's kind of sleek and sexy. Or if you prefer it lighter, you can drag it to the right and lighten up the interface quite a bit as well. For this training, I'm going to leave it at its bland default by clicking Default Brightness and leave it as it is. I am just going to hit OK or Cancel there. And that's basically a general tour of the interface and now that know your way around, it's time to talk about getting video form your camera into Premiere Elements.

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Premiere Elements 4 Essential Training

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  1. 11m 20s
    1. Welcome
      2m 22s
    2. What is Premiere Elements?
      2m 30s
    3. Why use Premiere Elements?
      2m 0s
    4. How to use the exercise files
      2m 40s
    5. About the video in this course
      1m 48s
  2. 33m 52s
    1. The basic Premiere Elements workflow
      5m 5s
    2. Importing video footage
      4m 13s
    3. Working with clips
      4m 19s
    4. Editing a movie
      2m 12s
    5. Adding transitions and effects
      5m 22s
    6. Adding a soundtrack
      3m 11s
    7. Applying a Movie Theme
      3m 54s
    8. Adding a title
      3m 24s
    9. Sharing the final movie
      2m 12s
  3. 37m 37s
    1. Tips for installing Premiere Elements
      1m 44s
    2. About the Welcome screen
      1m 32s
    3. Tips for creating new projects
      2m 41s
    4. Getting familiar with the interface
      5m 8s
    5. Getting video from camera to computer
      4m 27s
    6. Capturing stop motion footage
      2m 10s
    7. Importing media
      4m 36s
    8. Opening vs. importing
      2m 0s
    9. Using the Organizer
      3m 18s
    10. Working with the Project view
      3m 40s
    11. Finding missing footage
      2m 55s
    12. Fixing mistakes
      1m 44s
    13. Using the Help options
      1m 42s
  4. 53m 52s
    1. Introduction to editing video
      2m 22s
    2. When should we cut?
      2m 13s
    3. About the Sceneline and the Timeline
      1m 41s
    4. Navigating in time
      7m 34s
    5. Trimming video in the Sceneline
      4m 8s
    6. Trimming video in the Timeline
      1m 4s
    7. Splitting a clip
      3m 41s
    8. Rearranging the order of clips
      3m 14s
    9. Previewing a video
      1m 50s
    10. Making slow motion and fast motion clips
      4m 15s
    11. Playing a clip backward
      1m 7s
    12. Freezing a frame of video
      3m 6s
    13. Creating a temporary pause
      3m 1s
    14. Moving and transforming clips
      8m 10s
    15. Using markers to work faster
      6m 26s
  5. 18m 7s
    1. What are transitions?
      2m 32s
    2. Basic transitions
      6m 16s
    3. Customizing transitions
      4m 41s
    4. “One-sided” transitions
      2m 43s
    5. Important rules about transitions
      1m 55s
  6. 38m 35s
    1. What are effects?
      4m 4s
    2. Adjusting brightness and color
      7m 5s
    3. Chad's favorite effects
      8m 22s
    4. Giving clips an “old film” look
      2m 46s
    5. Stabilizing footage
      4m 29s
    6. Customizing effects settings
      5m 27s
    7. Making lightning shoot from your hand
      6m 22s
  7. 32m 28s
    1. The importance of audio
      2m 9s
    2. Working with audio
      4m 1s
    3. Mixing audio tracks
      5m 10s
    4. Automatically detecting musical beats
      4m 54s
    5. Unlinking audio and video
      5m 18s
    6. Using a consistent audio source
      3m 41s
    7. Recording narration
      1m 37s
    8. Applying audio effects
      5m 38s
  8. 19m 0s
    1. Understanding animation concepts
      2m 24s
    2. Creating keyframes for fixed effects
      8m 3s
    3. Animating effects
      4m 38s
    4. Fine-tuning animations
      3m 55s
  9. 28m 53s
    1. Using the titling tools
      10m 47s
    2. Animating credits
      6m 3s
    3. Creating titles using templates
      2m 56s
    4. Using the included free content
      3m 55s
    5. Making a slide show
      5m 12s
  10. 12m 5s
    1. What are Movie Themes?
      4m 33s
    2. Applying Movie Themes
      5m 25s
    3. Customizing Movie Themes
      2m 7s
  11. 20m 42s
    1. Adding DVD chapter markers
      5m 26s
    2. Creating DVD menus
      5m 11s
    3. Exporting to DVD and Blu-ray
      3m 14s
    4. Exporting to YouTube
      2m 7s
    5. Exporting to iPhones, iPods, Zunes, cell phones, and other devices
      2m 14s
    6. Exporting to a file on your computer
      2m 30s
  12. 11m 40s
    1. Tips for shooting good video
      2m 52s
    2. Getting a second hard drive
      1m 32s
    3. What camera should you buy?
      1m 46s
    4. Different types of camera storage
      3m 22s
    5. Optical vs. digital zoom
      2m 8s
  13. 49m 56s
    1. About the final project
      1m 54s
    2. Importing and setting up the project
      2m 16s
    3. Arranging the clips
      3m 1s
    4. Adding audio and markers
      3m 59s
    5. Intermediate video editing
      13m 5s
    6. Creating transitions and overlays
      7m 24s
    7. Changing colors with effects
      5m 50s
    8. Applying a Movie Theme
      6m 27s
    9. Personalizing the titles
      2m 45s
    10. Exporting and posting to YouTube
      3m 15s
  14. 1m 48s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 48s

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