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Getting media from other sources

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Video: Getting media from other sources

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.

Getting media from other sources

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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Premiere Elements 7 Essential Training

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Jeff Sengstack
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  1. 3m 47s
    1. Overview
      1m 21s
    2. Understanding the workflow
      55s
    3. Using the exercise files
      23s
    4. Relinking missing media
      1m 8s
  2. 10m 47s
    1. Understanding Premiere Elements 7 features
      5m 49s
    2. Touring the workspace
      3m 14s
    3. Using the Help function
      1m 44s
  3. 14m 2s
    1. Starting a new project
      2m 52s
    2. Getting video from a camcorder
      5m 22s
    3. Getting media from other sources
      2m 36s
    4. Managing clips with the Organizer and in Project view
      3m 12s
  4. 10m 6s
    1. Adding, rearranging, and deleting clips in the Sceneline
      3m 31s
    2. Adding, rearranging, deleting, and replacing clips in the Timeline
      6m 35s
  5. 19m 29s
    1. Using the Monitor panel to trim video in the Sceneline
      3m 51s
    2. Trimming video in the Timeline
      4m 3s
    3. Trimming clips in the Preview window
      3m 58s
    4. Changing clip speed, duration, and direction
      7m 37s
  6. 16m 18s
    1. Understanding transitions
      4m 31s
    2. Applying transitions
      4m 47s
    3. Adjusting transitions
      7m 0s
  7. 17m 53s
    1. Understanding video effects
      9m 47s
    2. Applying and modifying video effects
      8m 6s
  8. 30m 16s
    1. Understanding animation
      4m 34s
    2. Animating video effects
      9m 29s
    3. Using the Motion effect with keyframes
      4m 5s
    4. Working with effect presets
      8m 22s
    5. Controlling changes between keyframes
      3m 46s
  9. 18m 17s
    1. Recording narrations
      2m 53s
    2. Making soundtracks with SmartSound
      4m 16s
    3. Applying audio effects
      6m 2s
    4. Mixing audio tracks
      5m 6s
  10. 17m 56s
    1. Creating titles from scratch
      7m 25s
    2. Having fun with titles
      10m 31s
  11. 13m 10s
    1. Understanding compositing
      3m 6s
    2. Creating picture-in-picture overlays
      4m 52s
    3. Creating transparency with Videomerge
      5m 12s
  12. 6m 45s
    1. Using Instant Movie, themes, and Smart Tags
      6m 45s
  13. 12m 22s
    1. Understanding DVD authoring
      1m 34s
    2. Adding DVD scene markers
      3m 37s
    3. Creating DVD menus using templates
      7m 11s
  14. 8m 52s
    1. Sharing from the Tasks panel
      7m 4s
    2. Archiving projects
      1m 48s
  15. 6m 46s
    1. Shooting video to make a great story
      6m 46s
  16. 19s
    1. Goodbye
      19s

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