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Importing media

From: Premiere Elements 4 Essential Training

Video: Importing media

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.

Importing media

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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Premiere Elements 4 Essential Training

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Chad Perkins
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  1. 11m 20s
    1. Welcome
      2m 22s
    2. What is Premiere Elements?
      2m 30s
    3. Why use Premiere Elements?
      2m 0s
    4. How to use the exercise files
      2m 40s
    5. About the video in this course
      1m 48s
  2. 33m 52s
    1. The basic Premiere Elements workflow
      5m 5s
    2. Importing video footage
      4m 13s
    3. Working with clips
      4m 19s
    4. Editing a movie
      2m 12s
    5. Adding transitions and effects
      5m 22s
    6. Adding a soundtrack
      3m 11s
    7. Applying a Movie Theme
      3m 54s
    8. Adding a title
      3m 24s
    9. Sharing the final movie
      2m 12s
  3. 37m 37s
    1. Tips for installing Premiere Elements
      1m 44s
    2. About the Welcome screen
      1m 32s
    3. Tips for creating new projects
      2m 41s
    4. Getting familiar with the interface
      5m 8s
    5. Getting video from camera to computer
      4m 27s
    6. Capturing stop motion footage
      2m 10s
    7. Importing media
      4m 36s
    8. Opening vs. importing
      2m 0s
    9. Using the Organizer
      3m 18s
    10. Working with the Project view
      3m 40s
    11. Finding missing footage
      2m 55s
    12. Fixing mistakes
      1m 44s
    13. Using the Help options
      1m 42s
  4. 53m 52s
    1. Introduction to editing video
      2m 22s
    2. When should we cut?
      2m 13s
    3. About the Sceneline and the Timeline
      1m 41s
    4. Navigating in time
      7m 34s
    5. Trimming video in the Sceneline
      4m 8s
    6. Trimming video in the Timeline
      1m 4s
    7. Splitting a clip
      3m 41s
    8. Rearranging the order of clips
      3m 14s
    9. Previewing a video
      1m 50s
    10. Making slow motion and fast motion clips
      4m 15s
    11. Playing a clip backward
      1m 7s
    12. Freezing a frame of video
      3m 6s
    13. Creating a temporary pause
      3m 1s
    14. Moving and transforming clips
      8m 10s
    15. Using markers to work faster
      6m 26s
  5. 18m 7s
    1. What are transitions?
      2m 32s
    2. Basic transitions
      6m 16s
    3. Customizing transitions
      4m 41s
    4. “One-sided” transitions
      2m 43s
    5. Important rules about transitions
      1m 55s
  6. 38m 35s
    1. What are effects?
      4m 4s
    2. Adjusting brightness and color
      7m 5s
    3. Chad's favorite effects
      8m 22s
    4. Giving clips an “old film” look
      2m 46s
    5. Stabilizing footage
      4m 29s
    6. Customizing effects settings
      5m 27s
    7. Making lightning shoot from your hand
      6m 22s
  7. 32m 28s
    1. The importance of audio
      2m 9s
    2. Working with audio
      4m 1s
    3. Mixing audio tracks
      5m 10s
    4. Automatically detecting musical beats
      4m 54s
    5. Unlinking audio and video
      5m 18s
    6. Using a consistent audio source
      3m 41s
    7. Recording narration
      1m 37s
    8. Applying audio effects
      5m 38s
  8. 19m 0s
    1. Understanding animation concepts
      2m 24s
    2. Creating keyframes for fixed effects
      8m 3s
    3. Animating effects
      4m 38s
    4. Fine-tuning animations
      3m 55s
  9. 28m 53s
    1. Using the titling tools
      10m 47s
    2. Animating credits
      6m 3s
    3. Creating titles using templates
      2m 56s
    4. Using the included free content
      3m 55s
    5. Making a slide show
      5m 12s
  10. 12m 5s
    1. What are Movie Themes?
      4m 33s
    2. Applying Movie Themes
      5m 25s
    3. Customizing Movie Themes
      2m 7s
  11. 20m 42s
    1. Adding DVD chapter markers
      5m 26s
    2. Creating DVD menus
      5m 11s
    3. Exporting to DVD and Blu-ray
      3m 14s
    4. Exporting to YouTube
      2m 7s
    5. Exporting to iPhones, iPods, Zunes, cell phones, and other devices
      2m 14s
    6. Exporting to a file on your computer
      2m 30s
  12. 11m 40s
    1. Tips for shooting good video
      2m 52s
    2. Getting a second hard drive
      1m 32s
    3. What camera should you buy?
      1m 46s
    4. Different types of camera storage
      3m 22s
    5. Optical vs. digital zoom
      2m 8s
  13. 49m 56s
    1. About the final project
      1m 54s
    2. Importing and setting up the project
      2m 16s
    3. Arranging the clips
      3m 1s
    4. Adding audio and markers
      3m 59s
    5. Intermediate video editing
      13m 5s
    6. Creating transitions and overlays
      7m 24s
    7. Changing colors with effects
      5m 50s
    8. Applying a Movie Theme
      6m 27s
    9. Personalizing the titles
      2m 45s
    10. Exporting and posting to YouTube
      3m 15s
  14. 1m 48s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 48s

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