Join Steve Grisetti for an in-depth discussion in this video Downloading video from a camcorder or smartphone, part of Learning Premiere Elements 14.
- Many times the video you're going to be using in your Premier Elements project will be coming from a hard drive camcorder or a camcorder that stores this video on a flash memory card. Might also be coming from a portable device, like an iPad or an iPod Touch or even a smartphone. In any event, the process of getting the video from the device into your Premier Elements project is basically the same and in this session we're going to look at how to use Premier Elements video importer software to download your video from your camcorder or other portable device to your computer.
Now, a lot of people will just simply take the SD card out of their camcorder and plug it into your card reader. You can do that if you want. Some people prefer to actually use Explorer or Finder to go to their camcorder and manually move the files. I prefer the video importer simply because it makes sure you're getting the right files and it does all the hard work for you. To access the video importer, you go to Add Media over here in the upper left. Click on it and select the option to add video from cameras and devices.
Now, right now I have a device plugged into my USB port. It's my Canon AVCHD camcorder. So, we'll select this option and the video importer opens. You notice here under source, I do have the option of selecting my sources. In this particular case it automatically found my Canon camcorder. You may have to manually look through this or if you haven't got your device turned on and configured correctly, you may have to refresh it. These are the video clips that are in my camcorder. I can preview any one of them. For instance, I can select this one here and I can play it in my preview window.
Once I've done that, of course, I can select which ones I want to import into my project by checking or unchecking. In this case, I'd like them all to come into my project. I'd also like to delete them. You notice I have that option selected. I'd like to delete them from the camcorder once I move them over to my hard drive. By the way, it's a very important principle. You can't just import media from your camcorder. In other words, I can't go to add media from files and folders and browse to my camcorder because as soon as I unplug my camcorder from my computer, I'm going to lose the connection between the file and my project.
So, you need to physically move your media from the camcorder onto your computer. It's an important distinction. So, this video importer will automatically do that. It will automatically take the video from your camcorder, put it on your computer and import the video into your project at the same time. Have a couple of options here. At the top we have the option of selecting where the video is saved and I can move that right into my project assets folder. I can also name it. Now, you can see in order to name it I have to select from the presets here the option to give it a custom name.
So, I'm going to call these my neighborhood pictures and you see that this little example here shows me that it's going to name the files as they come in 001, 002, 003, 004. I have the option also of adding the media directly to my timeline or creating an instant movie, which we'll talk about later in this course. I'm just going to select for now the option to delete the originals from my camcorder after I move them over to my computer and now I click on Get Media and that will add then the files to my hard drive.
So, there it is. They're being moved from my camcorder to my hard drive and they're being added now to my project and there they are in my project assets panel. Now, of course, Quick view does not have a project assets panel when we switch over here. So, when you add media from your device, it's immediately going to be added to your timeline in the order that you've downloaded it. Let's go back over here to Expert and here we can see my clips. I want to show you one more thing. Like I say, you can not only get media from your camcorder but also from your other recording device.
Let's select that video importer option again. So, add media video from cameras and devices and here if I go to my source, you see I also have my smartphone plugged in here. So, let's select that and when we select that we'll go to my smartphone's media and here we can see some media that is located on my smartphone, which, same process. I can select what media I want. I can preview it and then I can add it to my hard drive and simultaneously add it to my project.
The video importer makes it very easy for you to evaluate and select which video clips are downloaded from your camcorder, your smartphone, your iPod or your iPad to your project and in the process this video then is both added to your project and it's copied over to your hard drive all in one move.
Join Steve Grisetti as he reviews the basics of editing in Premiere Elements, from adding, splitting, and trimming clips to advanced techniques for color correction, audio, transitions, and text. Plus, learn how to select the best segments from a long clip with the Favorite Moments tool, and use Guided Edit to help speed up your workflow. When the editing is complete, Steve will show how to use the Export and Share workspace to publish your project on DVD or Blu-ray disc or post it online.
- Importing and organizing media
- Adding, slicing, and trimming clips
- Using Guided Edit
- Recording narration
- Creating motion paths
- Changing video speed with Time Remapping
- Adjusting color, lighting, and audio
- Stabilizing shaky video
- Adding transitions, titles, and text
- Creating DVDs and Blu-ray discs
- Uploading videos to Facebook and YouTube