The Premiere Elements 15 interface is clean and simple, and yet the program runs surprisingly deep. The program includes a complete library of tools and effects, most only a click or two away.
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- [Instructor] Premiere Elements is not just one workspace but is actually several. And in this session, we're gonna take a look at the various workspaces, what they do and then how to customize them for your specific needs. When you first launch the program, you'll get the welcome screen here and from here on the welcome screen, you can launch directly into the Video Editor. You can launch into an existing project. You can launch the Organizer. We'll take a look at that a little more in depth later in this course. And if you have Photoshop Elements, you can launch directly into Photoshop Elements from this welcome screen.
By the way, if you'd like to skip the welcome screen in the future, just go up to the cog in the upper right corner and you can set up the program to launch directly into the Editor or the Organizer. So, let's go into the editor and here is the Premiere Elements Editor. Now there are actually two spaces for editing your video on in Premiere Elements. There's the Expert view workspace, and as you can see, it's a little more like a professional timeline. It includes multiple tracks of audio and video that you can work with.
And there's also the Quick space or the Quick view workspace and here you can quickly assemble your movie. It's got one track of video, a track for laying out titles, a track for recording narration, and a track for adding music, and that's kind of simply it. It also has a limited library of transitions and effects. Over here in Expert view, you have the entire library of transitions and effects, a much larger library to work from. Now, most of this course, I'm going to spend here in Expert view.
In addition, at the top of the program, you'll also see a tab here for Guided edits. Guided edits are a library of tutorials, essentially, that walk you through step-by-step how to create certain effects with the program. We'll look at this workspace a little more in depth later in the course. Let's go back into Expert view. There's also eLive, which we'll look at here also later in the course. Most of the tools for the program are located on the toolbar along the right side of the interface. Here you'll find tools for adjustments.
Well, let's take a look at those. I'm gonna select a clip on the timeline. You do wanna select a clip in order to open up these tools. Otherwise, you may not see the tools that are available. There are adjustments here for correcting color, for reducing shake in your video. We'll take a look at these more in depth later in the program. There are also a number of tools here for creating your disc menu, for creating pans and zooms. They're both video and audio tools, very, very cool. We'll look at these later in the course also.
There is a massive library of effects under a number of categories, both video and audio effects. Once you've add in an effect, you can go into the Applied Effects area here and customize the effect, and even use key frames to create animations with the effect. There's a large library also of transitions, both audio and video. There is a library of titles, both Classic, these are basically stationary titles, and Motion Titles that include animation.
They're customizable. We'll look at these later in the course. There's the library of scores. Scores are custom music tracks that you can create to a custom duration or a custom length in your movie. I'll show you how to use these a little later in the course. And finally, a huge library of over 300 pieces of cliparts, some of it animated, that you can drop onto your movie. You can customize any of these workspaces. To make an adjustment to the size of a panel, you just grab on the gripper.
That's right here in the center of the margin between the two panels and you can widen it as much as you like. Likewise, this panel here, if I wanna get more vertical room here for my timeline or whether I wanna see my monitor much larger, I can make adjustments there. Additionally, if I go into the Windows menu, I can set this program for a dual monitor workspace. Let me just close this panel here by clicking again on Clipart. There we go. Okay. If I go to Window, I can set up for dual monitor workspace.
So if I have two different monitors, computer monitors, I can drag my timeline over to a second monitor and stretch it out, so I've got much more vertical room to work with multiple tracks of audio and video. Now, none of these other panels break off into floating windows, but you can separate the timeline and have that in a separate monitor. To restore the workspace to a single panel, you once again go to Window and select Restore Workspace. So the entire interface here 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 in Premiere Elements for doing that job. And the tools you need are usually just a click or two away.
- Adding and importing media
- Comparing the Quick view and Expert view workspaces
- Adding voiceover
- Creating motion paths over photos
- Turning footage into a movie with the Video Story tool
- Correcting color and lighting
- Adding video effects
- Mixing audio
- Adding transitions, including fades
- Adding titles
- Creating animations
- Creating DVDs and Blu-ray discs
- Exporting and sharing movies