Join Jeff Sengstack for an in-depth discussion in this video Managing media in the Project workspace, part of Premiere Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training.
A typical video project might have dozens of video and audio clips and image and graphics files. So you need some way to keep track of all those things to manage those assets. Well, Premiere Elements has two organizational tools. The Organizer and the Project View. The Organizer has been part of Photoshop Elements for years, and it's now been updated to include features geared to video and ships with Premiere Elements 8. It really is more a file management program than it is something that you work with inside Premiere Elements 8, as you are building a video.
I'll talk about that in a separate video. On the other hand the Project View is the direct connection to the media assets you're working on in your project. By default Premiere Elements opens up in the Media View, which is kind of a mini Organizer that I think can be confusing because it displays recently viewed imported files that you might not be using in your current projects. So don't be thrown off by it. Instead import and access project assets over here in the Project View. Now this is how your project might look if you've just imported a few clips. What I want to do is add several more files to this project.
And there are several ways to add files from your hard drive. You can go File > Get Media from > PC Files and Folders. You can click on Get Media, click on PC Files and Folders. But my favorite way to do it is to go the Project View, which is where you are going to work anyways, and double-click in an empty space here, and that opens up the Add Media dialog box. Once you get here, you can select files and I've discussed how you can select files in several ways, but I'll just click on the first one here, Shift-click on the last one and Ctrl-click on Thumbs, because I don't want to import that.
Then I'll click Open. It'll add all those files here in the Media View, which is the default view. It switches to that, but I'll go back to Project and here are all the assets we just added in that fashion. Now the thing is there are a lot of files here. It's probably a good idea to somehow organize them and let's just take a look at how that works. You'll notice that all the thumbnails have their file names next to them and you can alphabetize them by clicking on name. There are also little extra things over here that tell you something about those files. If you use the scrollbar and scroll by you can see the frame rate, the duration, and whether it's been used in your project.
I kind of like seeing the duration first, not the media type or whether it's been used. So I'm going to just drag the Media Duration over like this. You can drag it over a little ways. If I can't see everything I can drag this panel over. I wanted to slide it back a little ways. And have Media Duration be first. And then if I want to determine if it's been used, I can have that one be the next thing. That is one little kind for quirky thing. If it's a piece of video that has no audio associated with it, Premiere Elements calls it a video. If it's a piece of video that has audio associated with it, something typically shot with a camcorder it's called a movie. Just so you know that they in fact are different terms for more or less the same thing.
And anything that's like an audio file has this little icon associated with it. Now I want to organize this into folders. I want to have all the fall-foliage in one folder and all the golf in another folder. So I click on this New Folder icon down here. I type in let's say Golf, and I can select all the golf clips by clicking on this one and Shift-clicking on the third one. Now I'll drag them down to that new folder. I grab the thumbnail to drag them, and then you'll see that the Golf turns black to indicate that we are now going to drop those files into that folder.
Now it will help organize things, because it's kind of messy when you've got all these files. Maybe you are going to use the fall-foliage in one part of your project and the Golf in the other part. Let me add another folder for that fall-foliage. So I'll just call it Fall. I'll click on this first fall-foliage item and then Shift-click on the top one and then I'm going to Ctrl-click on the audio, because I want that to be separate. That deselects the audio. Now I'm going to drag all those guys into the Fall folder and notice that it's highlighted. So now I have organized my Project View into just two folders and one audio file.
All I have to do is click the triangles to see your clips. So if your project has lots of assets, taking a few minutes to organize them into folders will make it easier to edit your video. In any event, the Project View is the repository for all your project's assets. Not only can you use it to organize and track down assets, this is where you need to go to add assets to your video as you edit it.
- 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