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Many types of devices other than DV and HDV camcorders record and store video and still image files. Using Premiere Elements, you can import files from a variety of hardware devices or import music, video, image and graphics files directly from your hard drive. You do that inside the Organize Task workspace and specifically in the Get Media toolset. I have talked about how you get video from tape devices like a DV camcorder. In this case, we are going to talk about getting them from different kinds of hardware that store them as files. Specifically, these four, DVD or digital still camera or a mobile phone or a high definition device that records to a hard drive, stores things as files.
So when you click any one of these four, it opens up the same kind of dialog box, the Media Downloader. When you go here to look for anything that's attached to your computer, in this case we have got a digital still camera attached to the computer, the Canon EOS 5D. You click that and it connects to the device and starts downloading the images. Now you don't need to select all 86 images, you can go down here and click the Advanced Dialog button and select whatever images you want to select. So we will just un-click everything and select a couple of images. Then go Get Media. And it adds those three image files to your project.
If you want to import files directly from your hard drive, you can just double-click in here and that will open up the Import or Add Media dialog box, or you can go back to Get Media and click on this little button here, and it will open up that same dialog box. When you are in here, if you are using a particular type of video format, in this case avi files, and you click on Show Thumbnails or Large Icons, you can actually see the opening frame of each of those clips to give you an idea of what they are about. If you go to a different one, let's say, that has only mov files, which are QuickTime mov files, it will not show you those thumbnails. That's one little disadvantage, but if you have something like an avi file, you will be able to see how they look and you can select them one at a time by holding Ctrl and clicking on various things. Or you marquee select by just dragging to select a number of them. Or you can use another shortcut. Clicking on one and Shift+Clicking on another and it will select all of them in between the contiguous files. When you click Open, it adds all those files to your project.
Now it's not actually adding the files themselves; it's adding links to those files. It doesn't copy and paste them or something like that. It just creates links. Finally, the one other thing out here is if you have a webcam connected to your computer, you can click on this. It will open up a little dialog box. It will allow you to take an image directly from your webcam as you create it. So that's basically how you get media assets other than tape into your project. Now that you have imported all these files, you are ready to go out and edit a video.
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