Join Steve Grisetti for an in-depth discussion in this video A tour of the interface, part of Learning Premiere Elements 12.
Premier Elements is not one work space, but several. In this session, let's take a look at the various work spaces and what they do and how to customize them for your specific needs. This is the Welcome Screen; this is what you see when you first launch the program. Although, if you'd like to bypass the Welcome Screen, you can do that also. There's a little gear up here, click on that, and you see you can select the option to go directly into the Video Editor or go directly into the Organizer. Now, the Organizer we'll discuss in a later session; it's a great tool for organizing and managing media files on your computer.
But in the Video Editor, we have two options, to open a new project or to open an existing project. I'm going to open an existing project here just to, show you our general work space. Now, there are two workspaces, main workspaces for editing your video in Premier Elements, there's the Quick View and there's the Expert View. The Quick View as you can see, has a very simplified timeline and on that timeline, we have two audio tracks, one for placing our music, one for placing our narration, although you can also put other audio on there if you'd like.
We have one track there that has our video and if it has accompanying audio, that's included on there. And then a track on top for adding titles. It's very simple, but that maybe all you need in a lot of cases. If you just throwing together a quick movie, and you're going to put it up on Vimeo, or you're going to put it up on Youtube or Facebook or something, this is a quick and easy workspace for creating your video. The more elaborate timeline is found in the Expert workspace; this is where I tend to work a lot more. You can see it's still a timeline, we're still working with time here, however we have a lot more options to be able to do things.
We have access to all of these audio tracks so our basic audio track is accompanying our video, is there on audio one, we have a narration track, we have a sound track, we also can add multiple audio and video tracks on top of that, a total of 99 of each if you'd like; and you can do some pretty elaborate compositions then in the Expert workspace. Now a new thing that has been added here to version 12 is the Guided workspace. Now, the Guided workspace is not an independent workspace the way the Expert View and the Quick View workspace are completely separate workspaces.
The Guided workspace is actually attached to these and it's a great way if you're new to the program to find out how to do some basic things with the program. And so, there's a guided work space here for the Expert view that will show you how to do some basic things here: how to get started with the program, how to trim unwanted frames and how to add transitions, all the way down to animation. And if you're in Quick view, there's a set of guided edits for it also. So whatever view you like to work in, there will be a Guided edits for you here; and they're a great way like I say, to get started with the program.
Along the bottom of the program, and you'll see this if you happen to have Photoshop Elements also, is what's called the Action bar. And the Action bar is where you find most of the tools that you'll work with here in the program. There's an Instant Movie tool here for creating an Instant Movie, and the program will automatically create a movie based on the assets you provide it. It will provide titles for you, and it will provide special effects, and it will provide music, and create an instant movie just out of whatever you throw at it. The tools, you'll find some great major tools and we will go, throughout this course, into great detail on each of these powerful tools.
There's a menu for transitions, a menu for titles and texts, a menu for your video and audio effects. Under the audio button, you'll find scores; later in the course we'll go into greater detail here on using scores. It's an amazing tool for creating custom music tracks for your project. And here in the end we have graphics, which is pretty cool. It's not just basic clip art, but there are over 300 pieces of animation, cartoons of little speech bubbles that you can add to your movie that are available here under the Graphics button.
Along the right hand side are Adjustments and Effects, and I have to actually select a clip on here on my timeline in order for you to see what's underneath these. So, I'll just select a clip here on my Timeline. Applied Effects is going to show us any effects that we've added, whether they're audio effects or video effects. And we'll do some customization to those effects here in the Applied Effects panel. And you can see by default, we also have two effects here: Opacity and Motion. And those two properties are a part of every video you add to your timeline, so that you can immediately do things like change its scale and positioning, and create animations using the Motion and the Opacity effects.
There's also adjustments, And adjustments will allow you to shift your color, your lighting, increase or lower you volume, set your balance, and a couple of other things we'll show you as work in here. Now these tools vary slightly between the Quick view and the Expert view. You can see the Quick view, these tools tend to be fairly simplified, while we're in Expert view, if I select a track on my timeline here, you can see that I have several more adjustments than are available in Quick view. So Expert View has many more elaborate tools that you can use.
We'll explore all of these in greater detail as we work through our course here, and each of these workspaces, by the way are, customizable. So if you need more room for your timeline you can just drag right here on the scene between the timeline and the monitor, and make it as large as you want. You can do that in both Quick view and in Expert view. And likewise, if you open any one of these panels for instance, Titles and Text, you can drag on the top here and make the panel larger and smaller. There is one panel that's available in Expert view but not in Quick view and that is the Project Assets panel.
I'm going to move over in Expert view; you can see this. These are the assets that have been added or the media files that have been added to your project. Well, if we're back in Quick view, there's no Asset panel. The reason why is, in Quick view, as you add your media to your project, it's immediately added to your timeline automatically. There's also dual monitor support here. If you happen to be using two monitors, you can select the option for dual monitor support here or the dual monitor work space. It will break the timeline off into it's own separate window, So you can stretch that out as tall as you want on your second monitor and you've got plenty of room to work with your timeline.
I'll just restore that quickly to our basic workspace here. So a lot of things we can customize in here and a lot of great workspaces to explore. Premier Element's interface is designed to be clean and uncluttered. So 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 a DVD or Blu-Ray menu structure, there's a custom workspace for doing the job. And the tools you need are usually only a click or two away.
- Downloading media from your camcorder
- Importing media on your computer
- Managing media with the Organizer
- Performing slice, trim, and ripple edits
- Creating a motion path with the Pan & Zoom tool
- Speeding up or slowing down video segments with Time Remapping
- Color-correcting video
- Building custom music tracks with Scores
- Creating fade-ins and fade-outs
- Adding text animation
- Keyframing video effects
- Adding effects to your entire movie at once with the new Adjustment Layer feature
- Burning a DVD or Blu-ray disc
- Uploading your video to Facebook, Vimeo, and YouTube
- Uploading to Adobe Revel