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In Premiere Elements 9 Essential Training, author Jeff Sengstack breaks down the editing workflow into bite–sized pieces, covering topics from setting up a project to exporting the final video to any format. The course also covers the basics of editing and advanced features like picture-in-picture overlays and audio and visual effects. Exercise files accompany the course.
After you've imported assets that you want to work with in your project, there are two places to access and manage those assets. The Media and Project views in the Tasks workspace. The Media view behaves a lot like the Organizer, a separate program that ships with Premiere Elements. I covered that tool in the Using Organizer movie in this chapter. I much prefer working in the Project view. I explain why and show you how it works in this movie. Let me first show you the Media view, and here are these thumbnails here inside the Media view under the Organize workspace.
If I scroll down, you can see all the things that we have added to the project recently. The thing is if I add something new now to this project after we've got started with it, double-click here, add this thing, only that clip will show up inside the Media view. so not that useful in terms of working with all the files in your project. So the best place to work really, the only place to work in my view, is the Project view. The Project view shows you all the things that you've added to your project at anytime, whether they are photos or video or audio.
Whatever you've added to your project will show up here whether you've added it now or before. Let me just run you through here. This shows you thumbnails. Since this is the photo, it's a still image, name of the file is Photo, but it's a still image. If I scroll down a little bit, we have a bunch of movies here. Movies are video and audio together. Here is how long that particular clip is. It's almost 14 seconds long. There are 30 frames per second, so it's 13 seconds and 26 frames. So it's almost 14 seconds long, a bunch of other clips, and then there is an audio clip, audio only, no video associated with it.
You notice a little checkbox, so that means that this clip has been used in your project, and it has been, it's down here. If I scroll to the right a little bit, it says that the video part of that clip has been used twice. once, twice, and the audio portion has been used once down here, this one. The audio portion was removed. You can adjust the types of files that are visible here in the Project view. If you click on one of these icons up here, this will hide the video, hide the audio, hide the still images, or you can reveal them. There are the still images, or still images and video, or all three of them.
You can change the size of the thumbnails. Right now they are Medium. If I right-click I can say Thumbnails > Small, Medium, or Large, go to large for the moment. There we go, right-click again, Thumbnail is back to Medium. You can turn them off as well. I don't want thumbnails showing. We get kind of a list view. Well, that's not truly a list view. It has these little icons there instead. The thumbnails are nice to give you a quick look of what your clips look like. Go back to showing them. You can sort these guys up here by clicking this to make them alphabetical that way or alphabetical this way.
Z at first. There's the Z at the end. You can change the things that show up here. Right now we've got Used, Media Type, you can see what's up there. Scroll through it. There is a wide variety of things that you can have display there, just right-click and go Edit Columns. These are all the various things that you can show in those columns. A lot of stuff. These are the ones that I selected. These are the ones that I use most frequently. cancel out of that. I think it's important to organize your assets into folders, because after a while you might have lots and lots of files in a project, and they can get kind of cumbersome to track through them if you don't have them organized.
You can make these new folders here by clicking on this icon right here at the bottom of the Project view. Click there. That creates this new folder. I will name this one Photos for example. Now, I'll go, grab these photos by clicking on one and then Shift+Clicking on the last one, the contiguous ones, to select all the ones in between and drag that to Photos. See the little hand there. If I go away, there is a little X, meaning that won't work, but the hand says we are going to add those clips to the Photos folder. Now, they are in there. You can open the folder. Close the folder.
Make another folder. Now, I'll click away from that folder and make another folder. Call this one video. I will take all my video clips by selecting on the first one. Clicking on that. I'll Shift+Click on what's almost the last one, this one here, and then I'll in Windows Ctrl+Click to select one more. in Mac, Command+Click and then I drag those guys into video, let go. So now I have all my video clips here inside the Video folder, all my photos inside the Photos folder. It makes it much more convenient to manage your media that way. If you decide that you're really not going to work with this particular photo in your project for example, you can delete it from the Project view.
You don't have to, but just to keep things neat and tidy, you can delete it. Simply select it by clicking on it. You can click on something that selects it and then click this little garbage can down here to clear it. Same thing as deleting it from your project. It doesn't delete it from your hard drive. It's important to know that you're just deleting it from your project file, which is just referring to it on your hard-drive. So don't worry. You've not destroyed it back on your hard-drive; you've just cut the link. There is another cool feature inside the Project view. Just right-click anywhere here and select View > Preview Area. That brings up this little television screen here which is a great thing to take a quick look at your video clips.
You click on a photo, it's just going to be a still image. You can't really go through it. But if I click on let's say a video clip, this one, I can play it. I can scroll quickly through it, and get a sense for oh, yeah, that's that one with my dog Sunny jumping over, the jump with my daughter. And if I think that the thumbnail down here doesn't really represent that video clip, I can change the thumbnail by moving to the place in the clip where I want to use the thumbnail and I will click this little Camera icon here, and that adds the new thumbnail down here. See that changed to equal that. Very cool feature! One other very cool thing is that you can view properties.
You can take a look at your clips here. Right-click on a clip and say Properties. It opens up this little Properties dialog box that says here is what your clip is all about. Tells you how long it is, the size of the file, the image size, things like that. It's a great way to take a quick look at the properties for each clip. For instance, if I look at a photo, a photo will tell me the dimensions of the photo. Right-click on it, Properties, and it says it's 2700 pixels by 3500 pixels. A very large photo. Finally, there is one drawback to working in the Project panel.
It's just one of these little flukey things but it was put in by design by the Adobe engineers. If you want to import some new files to your project, if you double-click here to import it inside the Project view, it automatically switches to the Media view. So when you import something now for example, it will show up here in the Media view and then you've got to go back to the Project view to see that you've added it to it. If you want to add that to your video folder, just drag it up to the video folder like that. That adds that folder.
There really is the only little fly in the ointment here. This Project view is the place you do want to do most of your work as you build your project, and with projects that only have a few clips, you won't need to use all the tools that I just showed you. But as you increase the complexity of your projects, you'll come to rely on the Project view. It will be your media asset organizer of choice.
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