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Digital video is a medium that is now available to almost everyone. It can be captured on anything from a mobile phone to a high-definition camera, and published anywhere from YouTube to Blu-ray discs. In Premiere Elements 4 Essential Training, Adobe Certified Instructor Chad Perkins explores all the video editing capabilities of Premiere Elements 4. Chad starts with a real-world sample project, then covers techniques for importing and editing video; and adding effects, transitions, and animation. He concludes with a final project incorporating all the steps, including exporting and posting. Exercise files accompany the course.
In this tutorial we're going to talk about the extremely important difference between opening files and importing them into Premiere Elements. It may sound like a small little tiny technical detail, but this is actually very big and very important as you are going through this training series. You see it's the projects in Premiere Elements that keep track of everything that's going on. It keeps track of what you have imported, it keeps track of your edits, it keeps track of where they are in the Sceneline or the Timeline and everything else that you'll have going on in your project.
Because of that, you can only have one project open at a time, but when we're speaking of importing like bringing in movies or audio or still images, you could bring in as many as you like and it's the project that keeps track of it. Think of it kind of like a picnic basket. All the stuff in the picnic basket is kind of like the stuff that you import, but with the picnic basket you have one and it contains everything. The way to import footage we've already talked about. We use Get Media or you could come over here to the Project panel. We'll talk more about that little bit later on in this chapter. But when you want to open a project, you go to File, Open Project.
When you select File, Open Project, this is not bringing in media, this is completely replacing the current project with another one that you would like to open. So again when we speak of getting media, we are talking about importing items into the current project. When we talk about going to File, Open Project, we're talking about replacing the entire picnic basket, getting an entirely different project. So as we go throughout this training series, rather than importing images or videos to try to catch up to where I am, I've already created these projects for you. So if I have a project and I'm starting off with something that is really complex, I've already made it for you. So you would want to go to File, Open Project and navigate to the part that I have talked about, so that you can start from where I'm starting from.
I know that opening and importing in a lot of other programs is the same thing, but when you're talking about video editing programs, especially here in Premiere Elements, very big difference. Next on the hit list we're going to be talking about using the Organizer.
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