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Showing off vacation highlights or making a music video with a professional touch is just a few keystrokes away with Premiere Elements 7. In Premiere Elements 7 Essential Training, Jeff Sengstack, Adobe Certified Expert in Premiere Pro, breaks down the editing workflow into bite–sized pieces, about everything from setting up a project to exporting the final video to any format. In between, Jeff covers the basics of editing as well as advanced features like picture–in–picture overlays and dazzling visual effects. Exercise files accompany the course.
A typical video project might have dozens of video and audio clips and imaging graphics files. So you need some way to keep track of all those things. Well, Premiere Elements has two organizational tools. The Organize View and the Project View. Now I think the Organize View has several unnecessary features that are more worth than they are worth. So I won't go into detail about that. But on the other hand the Project View, the direct connection to your media assets, warrants closer inspection. I created 03 project for this tutorial. It opens up like this but in fact there are several video clips already into this project. Just click on the Edit Task button.
You see them under the Project Task view. Clips inside this view have names and icons, and you can arrange them alphabetically by clicking up here. They also have some characteristics and you can see those characteristics by sliding over to the right. Of particular interest is that they are a certain duration. Also there is a distinction that you need to see here. There are some clips called Movies and some clips called Videos. Videos are video files without audio. Movies are video files with audio. You can also see that you have audio files and still images and still images can be, let's say, photographs or title slides that you can use in your project. There is also a couple cool little things that go on inside the project view that you might want to see.
If you add a clip to your story by dragging it down to the Timeline for example, it puts a little check mark there saying you have used that. There is no rule that says you can't use a clip twice but at least that indicates that you've used something. If you use it twice and drag it down there again for example and slide over a little bit you'll see that video usage is 2. You might want to see your Duration or the Video Usage more readily than sliding it over like this. So you can rearrange these guys by dragging it over, noticing that you get the little blue line indicating that you've placed it in a new place.
We'll take the duration and drag it over one more spot, like that. And if you want to see the Video Usage you can do the same thing and drag it over as well and get a quicker view. One of the benefits of working in this Project View is that you might want to organize your clips in folders so you can access them and find them more easily. The way you create a folder simply by clicking this little button down here and typing in a new name for it. So for example I'll put in Horse. Now I want to put all the horse clips inside that folder. I select them by clicking on the first one and then Shift+Clicking on the last one. I could have Ctrl+Click, I could have clicked on one and then Ctrl+ Click on other ones as well.
That's how you select multiple clips. Now I drag the group of five down to the bottom where I created that new file folder. When it's highlighted like that it means you are ready to drop them in there. Now those five files are inside there. Do the same thing for underwater. Another file folder, type in Underwater and go grab all the underwater clips. I could say underwater stills, underwater videos, but we'll put all the underwater clips into that one folder. Select them all with clicking and Shift+Clicking, drag it down to the Underwater folder, let them all inside there. You might also want to create a folder for audio clips and a folder for titles.
So this is a good way to organize your media assets. You do that in the Edit Task workspace under the Project View and when you start building your video you'll be glad that you organized in this way. It makes it easier to do the project.
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