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Getting to know the interface

From: Up and Running with Premiere Elements 11

Video: Getting to know the interface

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.

Getting to know the interface

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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Up and Running with Premiere Elements 11

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  1. 8m 30s
    1. Welcome
      57s
    2. Understanding the basics of editing
      2m 45s
    3. Getting to know the interface
      3m 47s
    4. Using the exercise files
      1m 1s
  2. 22m 46s
    1. Capturing video from a tape-based camcorder
      4m 8s
    2. Downloading video from a hard drive or a storage-based camcorder
      4m 26s
    3. Importing media already on your computer
      2m 22s
    4. Managing media files with the Organizer
      6m 7s
    5. Organizing media in the Project Assets panel
      5m 43s
  3. 19m 45s
    1. Editing with Quick view vs. editing with Expert view
      5m 42s
    2. Adding, slicing, and trimming clips, and performing ripple edits
      7m 53s
    3. Pretrimming media in the clip monitor
      6m 10s
  4. 23m 2s
    1. Looking at the Action Bar toolkit
      4m 26s
    2. Recording narration
      3m 19s
    3. Creating a motion path with the Pan & Zoom tool
      9m 10s
    4. Speeding up or slowing down video segments with Time Remapping
      6m 7s
  5. 19m 3s
    1. Adjusting color, lighting, and audio
      5m 45s
    2. Adding and customizing a video effect
      7m 25s
    3. Using the Chroma Key and Videomerge effects
      5m 53s
  6. 14m 19s
    1. Adding and customizing an audio effect
      6m 14s
    2. Creating custom music tracks with Quicktracks
      8m 5s
  7. 12m 55s
    1. Creating fade-ins and fade-outs
      5m 36s
    2. Adding and customizing a transition
      7m 19s
  8. 9m 22s
    1. Adding and customizing a title
      4m 58s
    2. Adding a text animation
      4m 24s
  9. 18m 34s
    1. Creating a custom motion path using keyframes
      4m 35s
    2. Keyframing video effects
      6m 43s
    3. Mixing several tracks of audio using keyframes
      7m 16s
  10. 14m 10s
    1. Adding menu markers
      5m 21s
    2. Applying a menu template
      5m 33s
    3. Adding a "special features" video to your DVD or Blu-ray
      3m 16s
  11. 10m 34s
    1. Burning a DVD or a Blu-ray disc
      3m 46s
    2. Uploading video to Facebook or YouTube
      4m 6s
    3. Outputting a movie for viewing on a portable device
      2m 42s
  12. 1m 13s
    1. Next steps
      1m 13s

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