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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.
OK folks, are you ready to start your very first Premiere Element project? Of course you're. This is going to be so cool. Now, what we're going to do here is we're taking on a real world project in Premiere Elements but I realize, this is the very start of the training series and you are going have probably no clue what we're doing most of the time. That's OK. Again, the whole point of this chapter is just to get your feet wet, get you familiar these ideas. We go more in to depth in the rest of the training series, and then we have another sum up project at the end of this title.
So just go along with the ride, just get familiar, get acquainted with Premiere Elements here. I realize that there is a lot of that happens before you even get to this point. With installation, there's questions and with the Welcome screen, there are some questions there. We will start here just going through this project, and we will answer those questions a little bit later. Now, first let me show how this is being setup. I am going to create a separate project for each movie in this chapter. So that way, if you want skip one of the steps, you could just jump in and feel comfortable. So the way that you can follow along is to go to File, the File menu at the top left hand of the interface.
File, Open Project and in the Chapter 02 folder of your exercise files, I will create a project for each separate movie. In this movie, we're going to talk about the first step and that's importing media into your Project. So because it's the first step, I have called it Project 01 Importing. The project for the next movie will be called 02 something, something, the next movie after that will be, 03 something, something, and so that way you always know which project you should be working on for which movie. Also the beginning of each movie, I'll announce which project that I'm using but this is how you use it.
File, Open Project select the Project and click Open. I am actually using the 01 Importing project right now, so I don't need to import it, so I'm going to select Cancel. So, now let's get down to the task at hand. Importing or bringing in media to our project. Now, this can be done in a variety of ways. If you're in the Project View, here with Media button selected and Project here selected, you could simply double click to open up the Add Media dialogue. Alternatively, you can select the Get Media button over here, and simply select Files or Folders.
In Premiere Elements, you'll find there are many ways to do the exact the same thing. You have your choice of what's more comfortable for you. There is right or wrong way especially in this instance. So I'm going to click on Files and Folders since I'm already here and we're actually going to be using files that come with Premiere Elements. Now in the rest of this whole training series, we're going be using files that I have created and have provided for you on the disc, but here we're going to use the files that just come with the program. So the way to find this is to go to your hard drive and then go to the Program Files folder, then go to the Adobe folder and then the Adobe Premiere Elements 4.0 folder, and then once you are here, it's in this Sample Files folder that we find all of the media that we will be using for this chapter.
Now these files that are numbered here, let's say. AVI, those are movie files. This. AIF is an additional Soundtrack file. We are going to be using all of these during these throughout this chapter. So I want all of these in here. So what I'm going to do is click and drag my mouse and that will select all of them. I could also click one, hold the Shift key and click the last one to select the first one, last one and everything in between, or I could select one and hold the Control key to select ones that maybe aren't right next to each other.
So whichever method you prefer, select all of the footage elements or all of the media in the Sample Files folder and click Open. you're immediately brought to the Organizer view, we can see all of the footage elements that you have brought in. Alternatively, you could also go to the Project View, to see all the elements you have brought in as well. Now again if you remember from the last movie, these haven't yet been added to our video presentation. We actually have to drag and drop them from the Project View into the Sceneline or the Timeline.
We'll cover that in the next step.
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