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One of the first things you'll notice when you look at Premiere Elements 11 is just how clean the work area is. We've got a monitor with playback controls, and we've get a timeline, and pretty much everything else is hidden in pop-up panels that are launched by clicking on the tabs and buttons around the outside of the interface. Now, a large numbers of these tools are launched from buttons on the Action bar. That's that little bar that runs along the bottom in the interface. If you have Photoshop Elements, that has a similar Action bar along the bottom and if you have the Elements Organizer, which comes with Premiere Elements, that, too, has its own little Action bar, and it's a place where a lot of the tools that you'll use in Premiere Elements are docked.
In the lower left we have an Undo and a Redo button. I don't have any Redo because I didn't undo anything to redo, but there's also a button for launching the Elements Organizer. The Tool button on the Action bar will launch many of the tools in Premiere Elements, and we look in depth at a couple of these tools in some of our other movies. We have an Adjustments button, which when we click on that will launch the Adjustment panel, which can also be launched from the button here on the right side of the interface. We can launch the Audio Mixer. The Audio Mixer is a tool for monitoring the level of your audio tracks for your video; it's also a dynamic tool that can be used to change the levels of your audio as you are working, and we look at that in one of our other movies.
Freeze Frame will create a freeze frame of your video, which we have the option, as you can see, by clicking on a button to either insert it into your movie or to export it and save it as a separate photograph, which you can edit in Photoshop Elements. The Movie Menu tool is actually a library of movie menus, and we use that when we create disc menus and DVD menus. We'll look at that more closely in one of our other tutorials. Narration launches the Narration tool, which we look at in another of our tutorials.
The Pan and Zoom tool we'll look at in depth in another tutorial. The Smart Mix and Smart Trim tools are automatic tools in Premiere Elements. Smart Mix will mix the audio levels for you automatically, based on criteria that you provide. The Smart Trim tool will look over your video and it will recommend cuts or automatically make cuts for you on pieces that it thinks are of low quality or poor quality. Time Remapping and Time Stretch are tools that will actually slow down or speed up your video, and we look at them in depth in one of our upcoming tutorials also.
Along the Action bar here are Transitions, Titles & Text, Effects, Music, and Graphics. This is kind of cool. When you're over in Quick view, if you look at Graphics, you'll only see a small library. I am doing a hover over the top here and you see, when I am at the top edge, I can drag to extend this panel size a bit. And you see you get a small selection of clipart. In Expert view, you get over 350 pieces of clipart, in a variety of categories. The cool thing is that some of these are actually animated, so you have an animated angry face, animated butterfly, little stars going around somebody like they got bonked in the head.
And my personal favorite here are thought and speech bubbles. Now you notice a lot of these, by the way, have a little blue flag over the upper-right corner. I am extending the panel just a bit by dragging on the top. That little blue flag is an indicator that the media has not yet been added to your computer. One of the things that Adobe did to kind of streamline the whole installation process is that there are a lot of templates, a lot of effects, some instant movie themes, and the clipart here that are not added to the program or added to your computer when you install the program; they come down as needed.
So when you select them and add them to the timeline, it just takes a second or so and they're are downloaded to your computer. I want to just drag one here, drag this speech bubble onto the video right onto the monitor, and you see it's added. I can size it by grabbing the bounding box or just dragging on these little corner handles, position it as needed. And it edits just like a title. In other words if I double-click on it, it opens up in the Title Adjustments workspace. I can customize the text and when I leave the Adjustments area and return to my Timeline, simply by clicking on the Timeline, you see it's in position with my custom text.
So there are a lot of great tools in the program, hidden away and yet very easily accessible. Now, this keeps the interface and the program's workspace nice and clean, yet at the same time it puts virtually every tool within easy access and only a couple of clicks away.
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