Join Jeff Sengstack for an in-depth discussion in this video Touring the workspace, part of Premiere Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training.
The Premiere Elements 8 workspace is divided up in a certain way to help you make better videos. It really has a structure and an organization to it. It's divided into three panels: the Monitor panel, the Tasks panel, and the My Project panel. You can see the titles for those panels if you go to Window > Show Docking Headers, and there they are. Monitor, Tasks, and My Project. Opening up those little extra bars at the top of the panels gives you the option to click little fly-out menus, but in fact, the fly-out menus are accessible using a right-click approach.
For example, if I right-click here, it opens up the same basic menus. So there is really no reason for you to use up your real estate with those guys. So I would rather just hide the docking headers. In the Monitor panel, this is where you have the view of your project, and it uses typical VCR controls, like Play. (Music playing.) You can fast forward, or go back one frame at a time, forward one frame at a time. Typical VCR controls. There are a few other items here that we'll talk about in another video.
The Tasks panel is divided up into four workspaces: Organize, Edit, Disk Menus, and Share. The Organize has five subtasks, if you want to look at it that way. Five buttons that allow you access to other characteristic of Premiere Elements. The Get Media part is the one that you use frequently. This is where you get your video from your camcorder or from your Flash drive, or from your hard drive. Then the Media is kind of a mini Organizer. I really don't expect you to use this very often. It's there, but it doesn't really serve much of a purpose.
The Organizer is really the larger version of the Media View. So I have to skip over media. InstantMovie is kind of a little gimmick that I'll talk about in another video. Organizer is a whole separate program, and I'll do a video that shows the Organizer to you. That's a new feature in Premiere Elements 8, but in some ways it actually slows down your workflow. Then finally, the Project is really the other important characteristic of the Organize workspace. If I click on that, that shows you the clips that are in your current project, and this is really the menu that you will access most frequently.
If you go to another Tasks view here and come back to Organize, it automatically goes to the Media button. That's kind of unfortunate. I would rather have it go back to wherever you were before, but you will typically go back to Project or Get Media. Those are the two guys that you will work with most there in the Organize Tasks view. Edit has the effects that you will work with. You apply effects onto clips. The effects are both video effects and audio effects. The video effects change the appearance of a clip, and then you can also have a set of audio effects, where it changes the sound. Transitions go between clips, and there are tons of transitions inside Premiere Elements that allow you to transition from one clip to the next.
A lot of fun to work with. You can add text to your projects, and you don't use the Titles view to do that, but the Titles view gives you these templates that allow you to have let's say rolling credits, or images that are text and a lower third, like this, with some graphics associated with them. Themes are things that you can apply to an entire video when you are done, to give it kind of a Hollywood fun look. That may be a little bit over the top, but I'll explain how you use that in anther video. Then Clip Arts has a bunch of clip art that you can add to your project, either as a separate image or apply them to video clips.
Disc Menus allow you to create DVD menus, which is really a very cool feature inside Premiere Elements. It's not just a video editor. It's a DVD authoring tool. There are all kinds of template that allow you to create Main Menus and Scene Selections Menus. Then finally, the Share View lets you take your project and share it. That's really the object of the game, right? You want to make your project, and then let other people see it. So there are various ways to share it. I'll explain the different ways to do it in other videos. Finally, down here on the My Project pane, there are two views: the Timeline and the Sceneline.
The Sceneline is probably where you will start doing your video editing, but you use it a couple of times, then you will probably say I kind of maxed out the Sceneline characteristics, and I want to step up to the Timeline, which is really the professional level of video editing tool. So you will probably end up working only in the Timeline sooner or later. The Timeline and the Sceneline both have certain other characteristic that allow you to do certain kinds of edits, which I'll explain later. So this is the workspace and it really is a well-organized tool that allows you to make better videos and I'll explain all the various aspects of the workspace in other videos.
- 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