Join Steve Grisetti for an in-depth discussion in this video Getting to know the interface, part of Learning Premiere Elements 14.
- The Premiere Elements Video Editor is not one workspace, but it's actually several. In this session we're going to take a look at some of the various workspaces, what they do, and then how to customize them for your specific needs. When you first launch the program it will open into a welcome screen, which you can see right here. And from this welcome screen we can connect not just to the Video Editor, which is Premiere Elements, and the Organizer, which is the File Management Tool, we'll take a look at it in detail a little later in the course. But if you happen to have Photoshop Elements installed also on your computer, you have the option of launching into the Photo Editor from this same launch screen.
By the way, if you want to skip this launch screen completely, just go up to the cog, click on that, and select the option to launch directly into the Video Editor. To launch the Video Editor you can either generically launch it by clicking on the button here, or if you go over to the arrow you can select the option for a New Project, to Open an existing project, or to open one of the most recent projects. We're going to open a recent project here. The very first time we ever launch the program it's going to open into the ELive, or the Elements Live area. ELive is an online connection to Adobe, it's sort of an inspiration and learning center.
We'll take a look at in greater detail a little later in this course. But as a Video Editor, you're mostly going to be concerned with the Quick View area. Quick View, as you might guess, is a quick and easy area for assembling your movie, it's got a single track of video, a single track for your titles, and then a couple of tracks for your audio. If you just want to quickly put together a movie, it's a great place to work on your movie. The Expert workspace, a little more professional. It has many tracks of audio and video, in fact, up to 99 tracks of audio, and 99 tracks of video.
You can do many more professional things, many more professional adjustments, and special effects that you can't do in the Quick View area. This is where we're going to be spending most of our time in this course. Around the program, if you go to Project Assets, you'll see the video and audio files that have been added to your project. By the way, in Quick View there is no Project Assets area, I'll explain why a little later in the course. But in either area you have the option to Add Media. This would be where you will import your video and audio files, either existing files that are on your computer, or files that you need to download from your camcorder or recording device.
Along the bottom of the program we have the Action Bar, where we can access tools, both audio and video tools. The huge library of Transitions, Titles, and Text templates, including some of the new motion titles, which we'll look at in depth a little later in this course. Effects, both video and audio effects. Music, including a library of Sound Effects. And Graphics, which are clip art, many of these animated, most of them have transparent backgrounds and you can overlay them into your video projects.
By the way, every one of these panels can be resized if you hover over the top, you get a little double headed arrow like this and you can just drag it as large as you'd like. Give you access to all the assets in that panel. In the Project Assets panel over here on the left, we even have the option of dragging on the corner and making it as big as you want so you can see all of the assets in your project. I'm going to select a clip on the timeline along the right. Our Applied Effects, this will show you all the special effects that have been added to a particular clip.
This is where you can adjust the effects, and you can even create keyframed animations. The Adjustments panel is where you can make adjustments to the Color, the Lighting, and the Audio Levels of your individual clips. Along the top the Create button gives you access to instant movies. This is the basic Instant Movie here, where you can just throw together a bunch of video clips and the program will create a movie for you. And Video Story, which is a little more interactive. It's a template in which it will guide you through the process of taking your Raw footage and creating a story from them.
Then over here on the right, Export and Share, this is freshly revised for Version 14. This is much more of a workflow oriented way to output your video. With the new Export and Share workspace, you simply select the destination which you'd like to create your video for, and the program will automatically guide you to selecting the best specs for that particular video output. All of these workspaces are customizable. If you drag on the scene between the timeline in the Preview panel, you can make the timeline larger, or make the Preview panel larger.
And if you have two monitors, if you're editing on a dual monitor system, you go to Window, select Dual Monitor Workspace, and it turns your timeline into a floating window that you can size as large as you'd like, and spread out among your two monitors. To restore your workspace, just go up to Window here, and select Restore Workspace. So this Premiere Elements interface is designed to be clean and uncluttered. Whether you're working on a big production, or a quick movie for YouTube. Whether you're assembling your video designing a title sequence, or creating menus for your DVDs, or BluRay discs, there's a custom workspace for doing this job.
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