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Many times the video, the still photos, the audio or the music files that you want to add to your Premiere Elements project are already on your computer. When that's the case, you only need to import this media into your Premiere Elements project. And we can do that exactly the same way whether we are working in Quick view or Expert view. The only difference is, whenever you add media using the Add Media menu, that media is added directly to your timeline in Quick view. In Expert view, any media you add, however you add it--directly from a camcorder or from your hard drive--it first goes into a Project Assets panel, and then you can organize it and bring it into your timeline as you assemble your movie.
When your media is already on your computer, you can browse to it one of two ways. One is to use the Elements Organizer, and that's an external program that comes bundled with Premiere Elements. We are going to take a closer look at that in an upcoming session. But the simplest way to get your media is to just go down here to Files and Folders, and that browses right to a folder on your hard drive. Then you can select whatever media you want to add. And I am holding down the Shift key, by the way, and you can select the first and last, or you can hold down the Ctrl key on a PC or your Command key on a Mac and select several not in succession, and just click Open and they are added to your Project Assets panel.
Now there are also a couple of shortcuts. You have to go all the way out to add media if you don't want to. If you right-click on an empty space in your Project Assets panel, you have access to a shortcut here to Get Media and you can go right to folders that way. There is even a shorter shortcut though. Wherever there is an empty space--and it doesn't matter whether you are in Grid view or whether you are in List view--just find an empty space, just double-click on it in your Project Assets panel, and it will open a Browse screen for you.
You can gather your assets and they will come right into your project. Once your video still photos, audio, and music files are on your computer hard drive and are imported into your project, the files appear here in the Project Assets panel. Or optionally, like I say, if you are in Quick view, they go immediately to your Timeline, and once there, we can begin the process of editing our movie.
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