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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 look at the Project View. Now I have already kind of gone ahead and set some of this stuff up for you. So if you like to follow along you can use the Project View Project found in the Chapter 03 folder of the exercise files and again if you want to open it up by going to File, Open Project. Now as I mentioned and just like with the Organizer you could also import footage using the Project View. So again, we're going to go over the Tasks panel, the Edit Workspace click on the Media button and click on the Project button to open the Project View and then just go to a blank area somewhere where there's just grey space here in the Project View and double click and that will open up the Add Media Dialog Box as well, but I figured since we have been doing a lot of importing in this chapter I just save you that step.
I have imported several movie clips and I have also imported a still image and an audio clip. Now I actually prefer to work in the Project View. It's very well organized. It gives me all the information I want to know at just a glance. It tells me the Media Type right here- Movie, Movie, Movie, Still Image, Audio- right there at a glance. I don't have to guess. I don't have to know the icons. It just tells me. Another thing that's very important. Let's say I drag this piece of footage. The komodo dragon head turn, I drag and drop in the Sceneline. Look at this. As soon as I use it in my project I get a little green checkmark here.
This is really good. Let's say you bring in a piece of footage and you know that you need to use it. Well if there is not a checkmark there it's not anywhere in your project. So this is a good way to come and just at a glance know what is being used and what is not being used in your project. Now, not only does it tell you the name of the file if it's being used or not and the Media Type, which is already really important, but if we drag out a little bit farther we can see that it tells us the Frame Rate. In other words how many frames per second or the sample rate in the case of the audio file and also the Media Duration, how long the clip is.
So this is 32 seconds and 20 frames, 17 seconds and 5 frames and so forth and how many times it's used, how many times its audio is used and if you have a Comment there it goes in this little spot right there. Just click in the box and just say 'this is a cool clip' or whatever you want to say. So that way you know maybe this is the good clip to use. This is the bad clip. Use this one temporally. Whatever comments you want to leave to yourself you can put here and so already you're started to see why I prefer the Project View here. Another thing of these three buttons here.
If we want to see just video, we can click that. If we want to see just our audio, we click the speaker and if we want to see just the images, we can click that and as you could see they are not mutually exclusive so we could see just the images and audio or just the video and the audio or what have you. So I'm just going to deselect all those so we're seeing all of our media. Another thing that we can do is change the view. Right now, we're in the List View which is the view I actually prefer to work in. We could actually see the Icon View as well. So we can maybe arrange these movies around.
So we can kind of reorder these here looking at these big thumbnails. Also, if they have like this waveform at the bottom that means that video clip also has audio as well. Now I'm going to switch back to List View. One of the thing about the Project View that's very helpful is the ability to create folders. So you can click a folder here and let's say I call this 'videos,' hit Enter. What I can do I could just click and drag and drop videos into this folder. Now I can keep my project really nice, neat, organized, tidy, etcetera.
So if I need to get something in a pinch, I know exactly where to go. I go to videos, etcetera. Or maybe you could this to komodo dragon videos or animal videos or people videos or whatever you want that deals with your project and that is a tour through the Project View.
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