Join Jeff Sengstack for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the Organizer, part of Premiere Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training.
New to Premiere Elements 8 is something called the Organizer. It's been around for a few iterations of Photoshop Elements and it's been used heavily by folks with hundreds of photographs on their hard drives. But this is the first time it's been a standalone program operating with Premiere Elements 8. And you can access it by clicking this Organize button in the Welcome Screen or clicking on the Organize button within Premiere Elements 8. So let's go there now. This is the Organizer and right now it's just a blank slate waiting for you to tell it something. The Organizer basically is a catalog and you need to inform the catalog about things that you want it to track.
It doesn't do it automatically. So where we're going to tell it to track something is by going File > Get Photos and Videos > From our Files and Folders. And we're going to track down a folder that we want to use for it to track. So I'm going to take this folder of items here. I'm going just to select a few of them to avoid having it get clogged up with data. So we'll select these ten clips and say Get Media. That will add these ten clips to the catalog of the Organizer. And now that they are in the catalog, you can do a couple of things.
You can rate them if you want to. You can say this is just a great clip and I also think that it works well with this other clip over here. I just want to make sure those are both highly rated. This bag is not very highly rated. So you can rate those by just clicking on the star rating. You can also put clips inside albums. Lots of times you might have video clips in multiple folders on a couple of hard drives and they might actually be about the same thing, but they're in different places. And so one way to organize that is to create an album. You are not actually going to move clips to an album. You are just going to create an album that with links back to those clips.
So the way you create an album is by going here, clicking New Album and we'll say something like Tee shots. Let's go write there Tee shots, and once we decide which Tee shots we want to include, we just go over and click on this one, Ctrl-click on that, and that, and that. We're going to put those four guys inside our Tee shots album. And once you've decided which clips you want to put inside your album, just click Done. Couple of reasons why you want to have this little organization is that you can track down your highly-rated files or you can track down files based on the file names, because at some point you might have hundreds of video files or image files that you want to use in a video scattered around on your hard drive.
So let's first of all take a look at the searching based on ratings. We can go here. We want to have let's say three stars and higher. There you go. It's easy enough, or just one star and higher, or we want three stars and lower. So only the low rated clips. Easy to search in that particular fashion. We also want to search on, let's say we want only three stars. No, none of those. You can also search under the word Find and you can search based upon dates or captions, which we are not including here, but by file names. So let's say we go on filename. We're going to go on golf. Click on OK.
It finds all the things with the word golf in the filename. I am just trying to demonstrate how you use this, but at this particular point, I'd like you to delete all these clips from the catalog because all throughout our lessons, we are going to try to keep the Media View inside Premiere Elements free and clear of a bunch of clutter and any clip that's inside the Organizer catalog will show up inside the Media View inside Premiere Elements. And we've been trying to keep that clean. So I'd like you to continue that process or at least start that process here by selecting all these guys.
I'm doing a marquee select. You can do other methods to select them all. I'm going to press Delete and you get this little message. 'Should we also delete these from the hard drive?' Definitely not. So do not check that and just click OK. Finally, if you want to learn a lot more about how the Organizer works, I suggest you go to the lynda.com tutorial on the new version of Photoshop Elements, Photoshop Elements 8.
- 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