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Before you can start editing a project you need to get your assets, that is your video, audio, graphics and image files into your project and in Premiere Elements that's called getting media. For first time video editors, the whole concept of getting media can be a little confusing because it's really two concepts. The first one is getting your media from an external device like your camcorder or a little SD card onto your computer's hard drive, and then the second part of that is creating links from Premiere Elements to those files on your hard drive. Actually two concepts and there are three approaches to doing that, so let me explain that to you.
You capture video when you transfer it it from a camcorder that uses cassettes like a DV and HDV, or transfer it from a webcam. In these cases, you use a cable, either a USB cable or a FireWire, and as you capture the video Premiere Elements converts that digital video data into files. Downloading basically means transferring video image and audio files from a camcorder, digital camera, or DVD to your computer's hard drive. You don't have to use Premiere Elements to do that since for the most part all you're doing is moving files from one piece of hardware or external device to another.
But there are some features in Premiere Elements that you might want to use when downloading files so you can use that feature in Premiere Elements. Importing simply means creating links in Premiere Elements to files already on your hard drive. When you capture video, Premiere Elements automatically create those links. When you download files using the Premiere Elements Video Importer -- yes, the terms are kind of confusing -- that too adds links. But for those files that are already residing on your hard drive that you have not created links already.
You need to go out and manually create those links, import those files. So getting media really has two meanings. It means moving files or video data or audio data from one source onto your computer's hard drive and then the second part of that is linking to those files from Premiere Elements.
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