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Whether you're new to the program altogether or a pro who needs a refresher on the latest features, author Steve Grisetti gets you up and running quickly with Premiere Elements 11, the affordable and intuitive video-editing program from Adobe.
The course walks through the entire editing workflow, from importing and organizing your raw assets, to timeline editing in Quick view and Expert view, to sharing your work on DVD, Blu-ray, or on the web. Along the way, you'll discover how to enhance your basic videos with voiceover, slow motion, transitions, titles, and a solid soundtrack. In less than three hours, this course will show you what you need to know to create polished gems from almost any kind of raw footage, from tape-based DV, to AVCHD, to smartphone and iPad video footage.
The Elements Organizer is a companion program that comes bundled with both Premiere Elements and Photoshop Elements. Although it also includes other tools, its primary purpose is to serve as a file management tool for the media files on your computer, and your media files will include your video, your still photos, your audio files, and of course your music files. The Elements Organizer can be launched by going to Add Media, and this works whether you are in Quick view or Expert view. It's right there at the top of the screen. You can also launch it simple by clicking the button on the Action bar at the bottom of the screen. Now what you see on your screen is going to be very different than what you see on my screen because once you install and launch the Elements Organizer, it goes out and automatically adds all the media files on your computer to its catalog.
The media files in your computer display in this big gray area in the center here. This is called your Media Browser, and we can scroll through and see the wide variety of still photos, video files, music, and other audio files. And we can look more closely at them or zoom back using the Zoom slider in the lower-right corner. Throughout the tool are several ways for you to manage, order, and locate your specific media files. The My Folders area here on the left, those list folders on your hard drive.
In my case, the computer found media files in those folders and it's watching those folders. As I add new media to my computer, they will automatically be added to my media catalog here in the Elements Organizer. Above my folders are the albums. Albums are created in the Elements Organizer. They work similar to folders. To create a new album you simply click on the Plus sign here and select the option to create a New Album. And then you just drag them onto the media files you want to include in there. So I have for instance an album here called Harvest. When I click on that I have all of the media files that I wanted to include in the category of Harvest.
I have Music Tracks, Off to Market. And this is one way to organize them. Whenever you create a video project, it automatically creates an album. So if I open that up, they are all in my video projects. And if I were to click on one of those, you will see the media files that were added to that particular Premiere Elements project. But that's not all folks. By the way, whenever you filter using one of these Filter options here in the Elements Organizer and you want to get back to the main menu of your catalog, just go up to the upper-left of the Media Browser and click on All Media, or Back, sometimes it says, until you get back out here to the main catalog.
There are other ways to filter your media files here in the Media Browser, and one of them is keyword tags. If this panel on the right isn't showing, just go down to the lower-right corner and there is a thing that says Tags/Info. Click on that button. That will open and close that panel. Keyword tags are dragged onto the media, and they work sort of as metadata. So for instance, if I want to see everything that has to do with travel in my particular Media Browser, I can click on Travel or I can drill down and get specific and look only at media files that I have tagged with Europe. Go even farther down to France, to Paris, to Shopping.
So you can get really specific or look at a wide category of keywords. Adding keywords to your media files, especially when you are dealing with hundreds, or maybe thousands of media files, may seem a bit intimidating at first, but it's great housekeeping and once you've done it, it makes it so much easier for you to locate a specific file with just a couple of clicks. You notice under keyword tags we have Smart Tags. These are added automatically by the Organizer. It has a background program called the Media Analyzer or the Auto Analyzer, and it's going out onto your hard drive.
It's looking at all of your files and it's tagging them with these Smart Tags automatically. Now, you can see most these have to do with quality. These Smart Tags will carry over to Premiere Elements and there are a number of automatic tools in Premiere Elements--Smart Fix for instance-- that will look at these tags and it will know exactly what to do to automatically fix problems in your video or your still photo. But that's not all, folks. There are still other ways to categorize our media files. If you look at the center top of the interface above the Media Browser, you'll see four tabs, so we can search not only generally with our media, but we can look at specific categories. For instance, we can look at People.
These are media files categorized by people. Actually, this only works on photos, but these are people in our photos. The program will automatically go out and look for faces in your photos. You can launch that tool by clicking on Add People here at the bottom of the screen. Once you do that, you'll be prompted to identify some of the people in the photos. The program will take over and it will start asking you, is this so-and-so, is this so-and-so, and it will work with you semi-automatically to create categories of your photo files based on the people in them.
You can also search your media files by place. If you happened to have a GPS built into your camera or your camcorder, anything you shoot will automatically be added to a certain place on this map of the world, or you can search for a certain place. For instance I want to see just the media files or just the photos that are shot in Santa Barbara. I can type Santa Barbara. When I want to press Enter, it says Santa Barbara, California. Yes, that one. And there they are. When I click on this, there is a filtered look. These are only the videos and still photos that were shot in the Santa Barbara area.
I can also search by specific events. Clicking on that tab you see that I create events here. It will categorize my video and my photo files according to when they were shot, and I can name the event they were shot at. And if I want to see for instance all of the video that was shot at the event shopping at the market in September, I just double-click on that and I see those files filtered too. Particularly if you shoot a lot of video or a lot of photos, the Organizer can be an invaluable tool for managing your media files.
It can help you quickly locate any video, audio files, or still photos on your computer. It's really a surprisingly powerful file management tool and well worth getting to know.
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