The Elements Organizer is a file management tool that comes bundled with Premiere Elements and Photoshop Elements. The Organizer gives you the power to easily sort, tag and search your video, photos and other media files.
- [Narrator] The Elements Organizer is a companion program that comes bundled with both Premiere Elements and Photoshop Elements. Now although it includes other tools, for things like creating slideshows, or sharing to social media sites, its primary purpose is to serve as kind of a file management tool for the media files that are on your computer. Now, that said, let me just say that what you see in my organizer is not going to be the same thing as what you see in your organizer on your computer, because the organizer bases its catalog, its media files, obviously on what's on your computer.
So this is gonna be unique to my computer. To launch the organizer, you can either click on the button there on the welcome screen that appears when you first launch the program, or click on the button at the bottom of, either Premiere Elements or Photoshop Elements. Here's the organizer. Its catalog displays all the media files on your computer, or all that you've allowed it to search. In fact, the very first time you install the program, it's going to search your entire computer and build a catalog. Now these files that appear in here are still photos, those are indicated, well, nothing, it just appears as a thumbnail.
Video files, which appear with the little film strip in the upper right hand corner, and audio files, which appear as little speakers. Now you can preview any one of these by double clicking on them. You can display them, this is a standard grid view to display them. You can also display them in detail view. You click by going to the View menu and selecting Details, or pressing Control D or Command D on a Mac, and that will switch it over here to detailed view if you choose that view. Let's say file names.
It will show you the names of the files, it will show you the dates that they were saved to your computer, the rating you gave them, et cetera. Let's go Control D, Command D, to go back to grid view here. These files are classified using meta data, and then, once the meta data is added, or generated by the media files, you'll be able to locate them using some of the search tools that are built into the program. Now, some of these files I have saved into little albums that I've created simply by clicking on the plus button here. If we go back to Premiere Elements, you'll see that if I go to Add Media, Elements Organizer, these are my albums that I created, and if I wanna search for a particular file in an album, I need only click on that album, and I will see only the files that are within that album.
So that's very, very helpful. Let's go back to the organizer. There are also key word tags. Some of these are generated automatically by the organizer when it first searches your computer to find the media files that will generate some auto tags. You can add your own tags simply by clicking the plus button, selecting Media Files, and then giving them a tag, and dragging, or creating the tag, and then just dragging it on to a picture. Like that, or onto a media file. And now that's tagged.
You can also sort your media according to the people that are in them, and the program will work with you To locate the faces, all you need to do is identify them. According to the places, and, by the way, if you shoot pictures with a camera that has a GPS built into it, and all smartphones do, this meta data that's on the photos will automatically speak to the organizer, and the organizer will automatically put them on the map here, where the photo was shot.
Isn't that cool? You can also sort according to the date the media file was created, or the event that it was commemorating. Now, once we go back to the main media browser here, we can do a search by clicking on the Search button here. This is brand new in Version 15, they completely overhauled the search. Click on the Search button in the upper right hand corner of the program, and you'll see that you have all of these criteria for searching. So, for instance, if I wanna see pictures of Jean-Michel, and I wanna see pictures of Jill, and I want to see certain locations, like Carpinteria, and then I can use Boolean logic between these, so I can set this as either an and, or an or, so if I wanna see pictures of Jean-Michel or Jill, or Jean-Michel and Jill, and I can set this as an or, and now we're seeing either pictures, or media files, that include both Jean-Michel and Jill, or Carpinteria, or I can set this to exclude, and it can be pictures of Jean-Michel, or Jill, except for those that are also tagged with Carpinteria.
And there's a lot of different ways to sort a catalog, your files, and tag them with meta data. It's a very complicated program, very deep, and in my book that's available on Amazon.com, just to give it a quick plug, I spend three chapters describing how to use all the great tools in this program. So, if you're interested, it's well worth exploring, and it's much more than we can do in this course. But, in the meantime, there are also some added tools in here. I'm gonna click back to get back to the main media browser.
You can also create a number of photo and video projects, right here in the organizer, and you can share to a number of sites, including not just Facebook and Twitter, and Vimeo, but also YouTube's smug mug, and create some other stuff too. Well worth exploring, a very, very cool program. Now, if you shoot a lot of photo and videos like I do, this organizer can be an invaluable tool for managing your media files. And it can help you quickly locate any video, audio files, or still photos on your computer, and, in addition, it includes some great tools for creating things like slideshows and photo projects.
A really surprisingly, powerful file management tool, and just a bonus thrown in here, with both Premiere Elements and Photoshop Elements.
- 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