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Digital video is a medium that is now available to almost everyone. It can be captured on anything from a mobile phone to a high-definition camera, and published anywhere from YouTube to Blu-ray discs. In Premiere Elements 4 Essential Training, Adobe Certified Instructor Chad Perkins explores all the video editing capabilities of Premiere Elements 4. Chad starts with a real-world sample project, then covers techniques for importing and editing video; and adding effects, transitions, and animation. He concludes with a final project incorporating all the steps, including exporting and posting. Exercise files accompany the course.
In this movie, we're going to talk about importing media. Basically that means bringing in content, be it video, still images or audio or what have you, bringing that in to your Premiere Elements that you could use it in your video projects. Now if you go to the Tasks panel, click on the Media Button, we know that we have the Project View, the Organizer and the Get Media area. So go over to the Get Media area. We have actually already talked about how to get footage from our Camcorders, that's why I'm using the capturing process and we do the same thing with Stop Motion, which we looked at in the last movie.
Now I want to start with these other three here briefly. This one at the top here DVD, Digital Camera, Mobile Phone, Hard Drive Camcorder, Card Reader, basically this is kind of like disk storage. So we get footage off of disk storage differently that we do off of video tape for example, stored on our video camera. So let's click on. Let's say we had a card reader attached here. Let's go and click on this button and see what happens. Basically, it opens up this Media Downloader window. If you're familiar with Photoshop Elements or Adobe Bridge or the free Photoshop Album Starter Edition then this Media Downloader might look pretty familiar to you.
You could specify which device or card reader to get the information from the media and also where to store it, click on Browse for where to save it. Select the Advanced dialog, you could actually see the images from your camera or whatever that you can select. And I'm just going to go ahead and hit Cancel here, but that's where you would import footage from off of a storage device. Now, this Internet button isn't as cool as you might think. Basically when I click it, it launches my internet browser and takes me directly to the Adobe website, the Idea Gallery.
So there really isn't anything here for you to use. It's basically a commercial page that opens up and from your browser you can go look on websites for video footage to use. Now, I'm going to actually close my browser here. I am not exactly sure why this button is here because you can't directly get media from the internet to Premiere Elements directly. You would have to get it from the internet to your hard drive and then import it in some other way. More than likely you'll spend most of your time importing by using the Files and Folders button. Just simply click to open up this Add Media browser and you can click and drag to select a series of videos here or if I go up a folder, this is by the way the Media folder inside the Exercise Files folder, there are images and as you could see from this Files of type, if I click this Files of type dropdown, these are all the different files that Premiere Elements can import and you could see there is just a load of them here.
Just a whole array of different file formats that can be imported by Premiere Elements. This covers all of your basics and a lot of your really kooky, wacky, nonstandard formats as well. Now in the Slide Show folder for example I have a series of jpegs. One of the things I can do is click on the entire folder. Let's say, I have of folder stuff and I know I want everything in that folder, be it video, images, whatever. I could just click on Add Folder and the whole thing comes in. All the images in that folder come in at once and if we go into the Project View you'll see that it actually even creates a folder.
You can click this little arrow here to expand this folder and see its contents and click the arrow again to collapse it. Now, again you could feel free to bring in as much footage as you want. The way Premiere Elements deals with projects is that there are only links to files not the actual files themselves. Unlike other programs such as Microsoft Word or Photoshop where in those programs when you bring something in, it becomes part of the file. Here Premiere Elements only keeps track of the links to the file. Now if you knew the world of video editing, you might say why in the world would it do that? Why wouldn't it just embed the file inside the project? Well the reason is that video files get awfully huge.
Let's say you have a couple of video files that take up two gigabytes of space on your hard drive, which is a lot, video files are really big. If you brought those into Premiere Elements and that added another two gigabytes because it put it inside that project, well, you could see how very quickly your hard drive would just completely fill up. So almost every single video program out there only maintains a link to the original file. So that means you got to be careful about moving, renaming or deleting the original files because your project will then not work the same. The good side is you could feel free to import as much stuff as you want.
Feel free to sample this audio file or that audio file or this image or that image or this piece of video, just play around and experiment with really no harm done. You could have hundreds of files imported and the project file would not really be that much bigger because of it. Now in the next movie we're going to look at something very important, the difference between opening files and importing files.
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