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To edit video, audio, images or graphics in Premiere Elements you need to create links from your project file to those asset files stored on your hard drive. If you captured video or use the Premiere Elements Image Downloader or Video Importer, those links are created automatically. For all other files on your hard drive that you want to work within a project, you need to link to them manually. There are several ways to do this, but all end up opening the same Add Media dialog box. Let me show you how that works. Here's a new project with no assets linked to it yet.
We're going to go and get some assets. There are four ways to do that. I'll just click through four of them so you can see the process and I'll show you my favorite one at the end. Go to File > Get Media from > Files and Folders. Click on that and you see the Add Media dialog box. I am going to cancel out of that for now. Inside the Organize workspace, I am going to go up to the Get Media view and down here there is a Files and Folders option. I am going to click on that. Same dialog box. Then the shortcut that I like to use is to double-click in an empty space either here in the Media view or in the Project view.
So we'll go to the Media view first. Click any empty space. That opens up the Add Media dialog box. Over here in the Project view, which is where I like to work when I am editing videos, just a double-click here. A little anomaly happens over here. I'll double-click. It opens up the Add Media dialog box as expected, but it changes the view from the Project view to the Media view and this is on purpose. This is by design. I don't necessarily agree with this thing. I think it should stay on the Project view, but the engineers at the Adobe thought it would be better to go back to the Media view. So that's what happens.
Now, here inside the Add Media dialog box I am going to show you how to select clips. Notice here we've got a bunch of AVI clips. Those are Audio Video Interleaved clips. That's a Windows format that can be played in both Windows or Mac and then down here we've got something called the WAV file. That's an audio file. Well, notice that you can select all different kinds of format types. Look down here. It says all supported media. It will show you all the various kinds of media that you can asset through this Add Media dialog box. So we'll pick these guys up. Now, I can select all of them by clicking the first one and then Shift+Clicking on the last one.
It's a shortcut to select all of them. I can select one and just say Open. I am going to take care of that one. I can select the individual clips, let's say the first one, the third, the fifth by holding down the Ctrl key on Windows and the Command key on Mac and clicking. I am holding down the Ctrl key right now. That selects individual clips. It's a shortcut for selecting individual clips. You don't necessarily want to import one at a time. It's best to select as many as you can. Another way to select all of the clips is to do what's called a marquee select, which is what I really think is cool.
Just click anywhere away from the files right there for example and then drag. That creates this marquee. You can see it for me there. This way you can select a number of contiguous clips, either all of them or some sub-set of the whole group. We'll select all of them. Once they're selected, you click on Open and that creates links to those files inside your project. This is the Media view but over in the Project view here are all those files. Now, what's happened here is that you have not taken these files and moved them anywhere.
You simply created links to these files. Premiere Elements is a reference-based video editor. It doesn't move things. It just refers to things. So it's important to know that now when you use the Add Media dialog box, when you go get media from your hard drive, you're not moving it, changing it, deleting it, or anything like that. You're just creating a reference-based link to it.
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