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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 movie we're going to take a look at the Organizer. Now if you're familiar with Photoshop Elements then the Organizer will be very familiar to you. Basically, the Organizer in Premiere Elements is shared with the Organizer of Photoshop Elements. But even if you don't use Photoshop Elements, the Organizer here can still be of use to you. You use the Organizer to bring in footage and also to sort and organize it. That's the name. What's kind of cool is that in the Tasks panel in the Edit workspace if you have this Media button selected, you actually import media from either the Project View, the Organizer or the Get Media area we have been looking at.
So let's get back to the Organizer button, click the Organizer button here and all it takes to import footage is just to simply double-click here in the Organizer panel. I am actually going to go up a folder here. This is the Media folder inside the Exercise Files folder. I am actually going to double-click the Videos folder to open this up and I'm going to just select the big slew of these, just click and drag a marquee just like the big grab of them, and it doesn't matter if it's these or if there are still images or audio or whatever, it doesn't matter. Just bring in a bunch of files to the Organizer and click Open. Instantly this icon here, the Film icon, tells that these are actually movie clips.
We could also rank these. So if I right-click on one of these images or one of these pieces of video actually, it's like show details, then I have these little stars underneath them. So let's say, I like the playground spazz. I give that five stars, and the lake pan with family, maybe two stars, komodo dragon, three stars etcetera, etcetera. Let's go through and rank just a few more these here. Give some of them four or five. Well I can use this here, these stars at the top. I use this as kind of like a sorting tool. So if I said three, it's only going to show me pieces of footage or things in my Organizer that have three stars and higher.
I could change this dropdown to say, OK just show me three stars and lower or just show me those that have exactly three stars and I only have one that has three stars. So this is one way that we can rank and sort our footage in the Organizer. Another way is by adding tags. So we can click this button here to show the tag view and basically we have these keyword tags, and we can add tags simply by dragging and dropping onto elements in the Organizer. We could also click this little plus dropdown to add a new tag, a new category, or a new subcategory.
Then we click this button one more time to close that up. Also by default, realize that when you bring in elements you are seeing the newest elements first and then they get older as they go, but you can also change this to say oldest first if you wanted to. And if you're not seeing some elements. May be you know that you have more stuffing you Organizer but you're not seeing it, just click the Show All button to see everything. So even though I have this piece of footage here that's not rated, all I had to do is click Show All to see everything again. Again, I could right-click and uncheck Show Details to get rid of the stars if I don't want to see them there.
And that's basically the Organizer in a nutshell. I really don't prefer the Organizer. I know it's trying to be helpful but there are just too many bells and whistles and stuff all over the place and it's too helpful, I guess if that makes sense. It's confusing with all the little things that you can do with it and how to open up the stars and so the details and all that kind of stuff. It's not super intuitive. So I tend to stick to the Project View, and speaking of the Project View, that's actually what's coming up in the next movie.
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