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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.
Premiere Elements has two Organizers. The main one is a standalone program that ships with Premiere Elements and Photoshop Elements. The other is something of a mini Organizer that resides inside Premiere Elements. I think both tools have some worthwhile functionality and can help neophyte video editors get their feet wet. But once you go beyond Premiere Elements automated editing tools you probably won't spend too much time working in either Organizer. You can access the Organizer in one of two ways: from the Welcome Screen, which you've seen in other movies, or from here inside Premiere Elements.
Up there at the top is a little buttons that says Organizers, so let's click on that. That opens up the Organizer and I've purposely left it blank. I've not imported anything new lately, so it ends up with a blank slate like this. What you want to do is add files to the Organizer and then you can organize them. Let's go File > Get Photos and Videos. I'm going to go From Files and Folders. Let me go over here to my underwater stuff and we'll select all the underwater clips.
Click on the first one, Shift+ click on the last one and I can click Get Media or Open. Both do the same time. I get this little message saying the only items in the main window are those that you just imported. If you want to see all of them, you can click on Show All. I haven't imported anymore yet but I'll do that in a second. So there are the 10 clips we just imported. Let me import a few more so you can see how that works. Get Photos and Videos. We'll get some photos this time, back up one notch, other-assets, and grab these five photos here.
Click the first one, Shift+click last, this time we'll click Get Media and we'll see that it does the exact same thing and I get that message again. Click OK. I want to see all the things I just imported so I click Show All and that shows everything we've imported within the recent time. Now here they're organized. So what value is there to having these guys show up here? Well you can do a few things. You can sort them for various criteria. So let's start with the easiest thing and let's just to sort them based upon our quality rating. You can rate any video clip, audio clip, or still image by clicking these little stars to say how good it is in your view.
So that's a five star. That's a four-star and for whatever reason I'm just picking these kind of randomly. Once I've clicked these guys and set the star ratings, I can say okay, show me all the star ratings that are higher or lower than something. Let's say higher than three stars, there you go. Higher than or including three stars. I can say lower than three stars, three or fewer, or I can say let's go back to Show All again. So you can star rate your images and your clips and see only those things that you think are the best or the worst or whatever you want do that.
You can add what are called keyword tags to clips and you can sort based on them as well, so let's just put on here where the Keyword Tags are located. I'm going to instead of having just People, Family or Friends as our sub-tags, I want to add some specific tags of my own. So let me go to Other. I am going to say let's add something to that. So I am going to say let's add a Sub-category of Other and the Sub-category will be coral reef. Look up there and I've added the coral reef tag. Now I want to tag the coral reef things by just dragging the tag to those items.
I select this one, this one, this one, this one. I select four things for example. I can drag it to one and apply it to all four. So I've tagged those guys. I could tag the rest as well but for example if I want to see only the things that are tagged coral reef, I click this little button. It shows only the things that I've tagged as a coral reef. So it's another way you can sort things. Click off the search icon here to see everything again. There're things called Smart Tags. See down here is a Smart Tags. Smart Tags are ways that Premiere Elements or the Organizer analyzes your clips and decides whether they're low contrast or there's motion in the clip or whether there are multiple objects or it's shaky or whatever.
You can auto analyze your clips and then Premiere Elements or the Organizer will add Smart Tags to your clips. So I'm going to go up here and select a few of these guys, select the video clips, and select these three let's say and I'm going to right click and say Run Auto-Analyzer. We'll now look at these clips and examine them and see if they're lets say shaky or out of focus or have multiple scenes, things like that. Now that analysis took quite a while in our computer and it'll probably take equally long on yours, which shows you that you might want to weigh whether you want to auto analyze a clip or not, but now that it's done let me click OK and you see these purple tags showing up here. That means that these clips have been auto analyzed and Smart Tags have been attached to them and if you hover over the purple tag you see what those Smart Tags are. High Quality, Long Shot, One Face.
Hmm. That's the face of a fish. It's in focus. It says it's shaky but that's because of the nature of the shot; it's underwater. What you can do know is you can now sort on the Smart Tags. You can say show me all the High Quality Smart Tag clips. Well there they are. Show me all the Shaky ones. They're all shaky. We hover over this guy here and see what it says. It says Single Object. So if we click on Single Object, yes they're all single objects. So that's how you sort though based on Smart Tags and if you want to go to that Smart Tag auto analysis processes, as you can see it takes quite a while to do it, you can have it done in the background if you choose. You can go to Edit > Preferences or on my the Mac it'll be under Organizer > Preferences and go down to Media-Analysis and then over here you can say Run Analyzer on System Startup, and it looks like those files that have been loaded up here, and then run it when the System is idle. That means when you're not doing something else, it will do this in the background.
So it does it automatically in the background and I would just click OK if I wanted that to happen. Right now I'll click Cancel. So you can have things going on the background if you want and you can see that it is time consuming. The thing is I know when my clip is shaky and shaky is not necessarily a bad thing sometimes. So I really don't need that the auto analyzer tell me that it's shaky, but if you want to give this a shot, feel free. It's just one of the features of the Organizer. Moving along you can make albums in the Organizer. So I am going to go over to the Album section and click on plus here and we'll say New Album and the album is like a virtual storage space for your files.
It doesn't move your files but it creates a little place where you can load up files and access them via links. So I'll say the Album Name will be, let's say, photos and I'm going to drag these photos into that album. So now I have an album called photos, which has these photos in it. I can make another album, so we are done, make another album, so I am going to click away here and deselect that and click on plus. New Album. This one I'll call fish I guess. We'll drag some fish over it and just these first five let's say. Cick on that one, Shift+click on this one, drag that, I'll say done here.
Once you have an album, you can say this album, I want to create a video from this album. I will go to Create and I want to go to Instant Movie. If I click Instant Movie, that would open up Premiere Elements, load these guys up on a Timeline, ask you what kind of theme you want to apply to your movie, and then create a movie without you basically having to lift a finger. So this is sort of the way that you can use the Organizer to then create movies that are done more or less automatically. But the more you look at the movies in this course, you're going to realize that I really don't to do automated things.
I'm here to learn how to do things manually. So you probably won't use this future very often. But nevertheless that's how you then can take images from or video from the Organizer and then turn them into movies inside Premiere Elements automatically. So before I finish this movie I want to take you back to Premiere Elements and show you how that looks if you go from the Organizer back to Premiere Elements. I'm going to what they call Alt+Tab over it but I could then also just drop my cursor of the bottom screen and access it that way. But I'll just Alt+Tab over and there's Premiere Elements and there are the things that we've added inside the Organizer with the Smart Tags associated with them here as well.
So what we've done in the Organizer now shows up in the Media view of Premiere Elements. As a video editing tool I think the Organizer program and the Media view within Premiere Elements come up short. I think that the features is like keyword tags and Smart Tags end up taking more time than will be saved down the road.
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