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Organizing media in the Project Assets panel

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Video: Organizing media in the Project Assets panel

When you are working in Quick view any media you add to your project using the Add Media tools will go directly to your project's timeline. When you're in Expert view, however, any media you add will go to your Project Assets panel, and you can launch that panel by clicking on the Project Assets button here in the upper- left corner of the interface. By default, your project assets show up in grid view as little thumbnails. By the way, the Project Assets panel is one of the few panels in the program that you can enlarge as large as you want; just hover over the lower-right corner, click and drag, and you can make that much bigger.

Organizing media in the Project Assets panel

When you are working in Quick view any media you add to your project using the Add Media tools will go directly to your project's timeline. When you're in Expert view, however, any media you add will go to your Project Assets panel, and you can launch that panel by clicking on the Project Assets button here in the upper- left corner of the interface. By default, your project assets show up in grid view as little thumbnails. By the way, the Project Assets panel is one of the few panels in the program that you can enlarge as large as you want; just hover over the lower-right corner, click and drag, and you can make that much bigger.

Some people prefer to work in Thumbnail view. It's sometimes more efficient if you've got a large number of files to look at them in List view. And you can do that by clicking in the upper-right corner here on the Panel Options button and selecting View > List View. Still, we've got a lot of files to look at here. A lot of times when I am working on a movie, I may have 50 to 100 files to scroll through. That's a lot to look through every time I want to locate a clip. Fortunately, the program includes some management tools for gathering your media into smaller packets, so you can work on, and focus on, just one set of media clips at a time.

To create a folder to put some of your media in, you can go to the upper-right corner again, select from the Panel Options > New Folder. We can call this folder, for instance, Harvest. And I can gather all the media files here that have to do with harvesting the vegetables and select them either by holding down the Shift key and selecting the first and last or by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking on one file at a time. Then, to move them into this folder, I can either drag them down to it or I can right-click and select Cut, open up the folder, and paste them in it.

I did this with a right-click selection. And now I've got a lot less media to deal with. I can create another folder. By the way, I don't have to go to Panel Options. I can just go to an empty area of the Project Assets panel, right-click and select New Folder. We can call this one Farmers Market. Then we can drag all of the files. I'm holding down the Ctrl key on my PC or the Command key on my Mac--all the files that have to do with the Farmers Market.

Then just dragging them down into the folder. Now I've got a lot less distraction here in my project Media panel, or my Project Assets panel. I'm going to create one more folder here. We will call this one Audio. Again, we're not changing the location of any files on our computer's hard drive. These folders are simply for organizing in the Project Assets panel. Let's select all my audio files, holding down the Ctrl key or the Command key on a Mac, cutting them, opening up the folder, and then pasting them inside.

I can create subfolders within my folders. Right-click again, select New Folder. I'll call this one Music. So you can create categories, subcategories, and really keep the media into small packets so that you can focus on just what you need to create a particular sequence. The Project Assets panel also contains some very cool tools that aren't available anyplace else in the program. I'm going to resize the Project Assets panel here by dragging on the corner, just to get it out of the way.

If you go to Panel Options, you'll find there are also new items. These new items are specific media clips that the program creates for specific needs. For instance, if you're creating a video that you're going to show on a broadcast television station, a TV station may require you to have bars and tone at the beginning of your video. This is so that they can set the audio level and the color level for your video. And you can do that right here from New Items. There's your bars and tone. When I play it, you'll hear it sets the tone at a certain audio level.

I'm going to click on the spacebar to play it. (beeping sound) You can see it also has a color pattern for them to use to make sure that they're using the same color space as the rest of your video. The Project Assets panel also includes, under New Item, an option to create a Universal Counting Leader. You've seen these in old movies, right? It counts down from eight to two, and you can customize the look of your countdown if you'd like, by changing colors. And it has a blip on two seconds, and they use this of course to queue up your video, and it looks like this.

Now, in addition, on the Project Assets panel, under our Panel Options, we have the ability to create a black video or a color matte. These are just brief video clips that you can use if you have a blank space in your video. For instance, you may want to fill it with black. Not a good idea to have a blank space on your timeline in Premiere Elements. Sometimes it can lead to some buggy behavior with the program. Instead put a black video clip in there. You can also create a color matte, which is just a color video clip to your specifications.

Using the Hue sliders or selecting from a color picker, you can create a clip in any color you want, and you can use that for instance as a background if you're going to create titles over a colored background. There are number of great tools worth getting to know in the Project Assets panel. Not only does the panel include tools for ordering and managing the media files you've gathered for your project, but it also includes valuable tools for generating media clips.

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  1. 8m 30s
    1. Welcome
      57s
    2. Understanding the basics of editing
      2m 45s
    3. Getting to know the interface
      3m 47s
    4. Using the exercise files
      1m 1s
  2. 22m 46s
    1. Capturing video from a tape-based camcorder
      4m 8s
    2. Downloading video from a hard drive or a storage-based camcorder
      4m 26s
    3. Importing media already on your computer
      2m 22s
    4. Managing media files with the Organizer
      6m 7s
    5. Organizing media in the Project Assets panel
      5m 43s
  3. 19m 45s
    1. Editing with Quick view vs. editing with Expert view
      5m 42s
    2. Adding, slicing, and trimming clips, and performing ripple edits
      7m 53s
    3. Pretrimming media in the clip monitor
      6m 10s
  4. 23m 2s
    1. Looking at the Action Bar toolkit
      4m 26s
    2. Recording narration
      3m 19s
    3. Creating a motion path with the Pan & Zoom tool
      9m 10s
    4. Speeding up or slowing down video segments with Time Remapping
      6m 7s
  5. 19m 3s
    1. Adjusting color, lighting, and audio
      5m 45s
    2. Adding and customizing a video effect
      7m 25s
    3. Using the Chroma Key and Videomerge effects
      5m 53s
  6. 14m 19s
    1. Adding and customizing an audio effect
      6m 14s
    2. Creating custom music tracks with Quicktracks
      8m 5s
  7. 12m 55s
    1. Creating fade-ins and fade-outs
      5m 36s
    2. Adding and customizing a transition
      7m 19s
  8. 9m 22s
    1. Adding and customizing a title
      4m 58s
    2. Adding a text animation
      4m 24s
  9. 18m 34s
    1. Creating a custom motion path using keyframes
      4m 35s
    2. Keyframing video effects
      6m 43s
    3. Mixing several tracks of audio using keyframes
      7m 16s
  10. 14m 10s
    1. Adding menu markers
      5m 21s
    2. Applying a menu template
      5m 33s
    3. Adding a "special features" video to your DVD or Blu-ray
      3m 16s
  11. 10m 34s
    1. Burning a DVD or a Blu-ray disc
      3m 46s
    2. Uploading video to Facebook or YouTube
      4m 6s
    3. Outputting a movie for viewing on a portable device
      2m 42s
  12. 1m 13s
    1. Next steps
      1m 13s

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