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Welcome to Premiere Elements 11, and this is, appropriately enough, the Welcome screen. This is what greets you when you first launch the program, and from here we can launch either the Elements Organizer-- that is the file management tool that comes bundled with Premiere Elements--or we can go directly into the video editor. By the way, if you'd like to skip the Welcome screen and go directly into the program, you can set that up by clicking on the Settings available underneath this little gear in the upper-right corner. Click on that and you have the option of setting it to launch directly into the video editor.
From the welcome screen we can go to the video editor if we click the button. We can go either into an existing project by clicking on this option or starting a new project. In previous versions of Premiere Elements when you clicked New Project, you would go to a New Project Options screen and you had to select settings for your project. In Premiere Elements 11, a nice innovation to the program is that the program will set up your project settings automatically, based on the very first clip you add to the timeline. There are two workspaces in Premiere Elements: Quick view and Expert view.
The main difference is that in Quick view you have a simplified timeline. You see that you have a video track, two audio tracks, and a title track. While in Expert view you have a full-blown professional timeline. When you're in Quick view, whatever media you add to your project is added directly to the project's timeline, while in Expert view the media that you add goes first to a Project Assets panel, and there you can prepare and order your files before you add them to your movie.
Now one thing you will notice about the interface, it's tremendously clean. Adobe put a lot of effort into cleaning it up. There was not a lot of clutter in it, but fortunately, the way they have laid it out almost every tool is only a few clicks away. Many of the tools are launched from the Action bar along the bottom of the program. You'll see a similar Action bar in the Elements Organizer and in Photoshop Elements. When we click on the Tools button we have access to a number of tools, and we'll take a closer look at these tools in an upcoming tutorial.
Transitions and Titles. By the way, whenever you open a panel that opens when you click on one of these buttons and it seems a little bit tight to you, you can always widen it out. Just hover your mouse over the top, click, and drag it up. Every one of these panels in Expert view has a number of categories. So if you click on the Category bar at the top, you can jump directly to any category or you can browse from category to category by clicking the buttons at the top of the screen. You also have video and audio effects, music, and graphics.
On the right side of the interface we have two new buttons added to the program. The Applied Effects panel replaces the old Properties panel. So if I select a clip on the timeline here and then open the Applied Effects for it, this is where I would see any video effects we added to the clip and we would be open to the fine-tuning adjustments or change the settings here. The Adjustment panel will allow us to make adjustments to the color and lighting or to adjust also the audio. Very nice tool here for doing cleanup and color correction.
In the Publish and Share tab in the upper-right corner we will have are options for outputting our movie. Now, we'll take a closer look at all of these tools as we go on with the course here. But I wanted you just a get a general tour of what the program looks like and how it works. The Premiere Elements interface, it's designed to be clean and uncluttered. So whether we are working on the big production or just a quick movie for YouTube, or whether you're assembling your video, designing a title sequence, or creating a DVD or Blu-Ray menu structure, there is a custom workspace built into the program for doing the job, and the tools you need to do your video editing are usually only a click or two away.
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