Join Jeff Sengstack for an in-depth discussion in this video Getting media from other sources, part of Premiere Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training.
Using Premiere Elements you can download video clips from a variety of hardware devices directly into your project, or import video files from your hard drive into your project. In this tutorial I explain both methods. First up, camcorders that use hard drives or flash media to store their video files. They are becoming commonplace and inexpensive these days. This flip camcorder is riding the crest of that wave of popularity. It stores high-definition video in a compressed format that you can edit in Premiere Elements. Now to get video files from camcorders like this into Premiere Elements, you simply connect via this USB plug into your computer, fire up Premiere Elements, go to the Media Downloader, and then select the files that you want to use in your project.
Let me show you how to do that. Many types of devices other than DV and HDV camcorders record and store video and still image files. Using Premiere Elements you can import files from a variety of hardware devices or import music, video, image and graphics files directly from your hard drive. You do that inside the Organize workspace and specifically in the Get Media View. Now you notice there are four things here in the middle. DVD Camcorder, PC DVD Drive, and AVCHD or other kind of hard disk or memory camcorder, still camera, and mobile phone.
Each of these things will open up the exact same interface. Let's just click on that. You get this Media Downloader. First thing you need to do is select the device. Normally that would be some kind of like camcorder or digital still camera. In this case we have for convenience's sake a flash drive. That immediately examines the flash drive and determines the files that are on there and says there are 284 files, do you want to get all of them? And the answer almost always is nope. So you open up the Advanced dialog box. That shows all the various files as thumbnails. Scroll down. Where we start seeing once that we want to use. So here is a few.
We can uncheck them all and start selecting the ones we want to use. So let's select this golf, that golf and that golf. Once you've selected the files that you want to upload from this digital camcorder or this flash drive, you just click Get Media, and that loads those particular files into your hard drive, and displays them inside Premiere Elements. If I go to the Project View, there are those three files. If you want to import files directly from your hard drive, you just double-click inside the Project View here. That opens up the Add Media dialog box.
You can also access that from a couple of other places from the Media View. Same thing. Opens the Add Media. If you go back to the Get Media and click on PC Files and Folders, lo and behold, it's the same dialog box. Let me show you a couple of little tricks when you take files off of let's say your hard drive. I'm going to our Asset folder here and just look at the fall-foliage for example. If you want to select more than one file you can Ctrl-click on individual files like click, Ctrl-click, Ctrl-click, I have selected three different files. When I click Open, those three files will open up.
If I want to open up, let's say all of them, I can click on the first one and Shift-click on the last one. That will open up all the files. If I want to select files using what's called the Marquee Select, I just take my mouse and click-and-drag a marquee around all the files that I want to add into the project. Thumbs is the one I don't need so I'm going to Ctrl-click on that to de-select that one. Now when I click Open, it doesn't in fact actually move these whole files into the project. It just adds links to them inside the Project View. These aren't the files. These are just links to those files and then I can take these clips and add them to my Timeline.
Finally the one of the thing that you can use to get media is a webcam. You have a webcam up here in the booth. When you click on the webcam it opens up the Capture Window again, and here we are in the booth with our webcam turned on. I can just click the Capture button down here and you can start recording this video, and it will be included in your project as a clip. So that's basically how you get media assets other than tape into your project. Now that you've imported all these files you are ready to go out and edit a video.
- Getting video from a DV camera, USB camera, or hard drive
- Adjusting timing for smooth transitions between clips
- Adding text and shapes to clips with titling tools
- Mixing audio tracks by hand for a custom sound
- Building DVD menus with scene markers
- Creating a good story for the final output
Skill Level Beginner
Q: Is it possible to get still shots from video clips in Adobe Premiere Elements 8?
A: Yes, this is possible with the Freeze Frame tool, which is explained in Chapter 5, in the "Splitting clips and changing clip speed, duration and direction" movie around the 7:45 mark.
Q: When attempting to start Premiere Elements 8, I get an error message reading "Adobe has detected that the application Elements Organizer has unexpectedly quit." What is causing this, and how can it be fixed?
A: Crashes on start-up are a problem that have come up with a number of users. There is an update to Premiere Elements 8 that addresses that.
There are two approaches, open Premiere Elements by clicking New Project and then go to Help > Updates. If that doesn't work, or if Premiere crashes again, follow the steps outlined on this Adobe support page: http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/530/cpsid_53099.html