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Importing video footage

From: Premiere Elements 4 Essential Training

Video: Importing video footage

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.

Importing video footage

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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Premiere Elements 4 Essential Training

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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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