Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video Meeting the Welcome screen, part of Up and Running with Premiere Elements 9.
Now, when you first double-click on the icon or choose the application for Premiere Elements 9, this is the screen that you're going to get. This is the Welcome screen. It's super friendly. And essentially, we have three options. We can either Organize, which is for locating media on your hard drive via the organizer, we can make a new project, or we can open an existing project. Now, if you have been using Premiere Elements, and maybe you've been playing around with the settings, which I highly encourage. I think it's a really good idea to muck about and experience and see what happens when you change the settings in an application.
It's a fantastic way to learn. You may want to reset those settings before you get into going through this course with me, because you may find that things behave a little bit differently. All you need to do to reset your preferences is do something like click on New Project. And as Adobe Premiere Elements is loading on a PC, hold down Shift+Ctrl+Alt on the left side of the keyboard all at once. And while you hold those down, it'll reset the preferences for you. On a Mac, that's going to be Shift+Cmd + Option. And just for point of reference, the Alt key on a PC is pretty much used the same as the Option key on a Mac. Now, by the by also, I'm going to presume that you're using a two button mouse on a Mac.
If you're not using a two button mouse, when I say right-click, you're really going to be control clicking. This is traditionally how you would get a contextual menu, a set of options, by clicking, using Mac OS. On this screen, if I click Organize, then I'm going to get the Organizer. And this is where I can import my media to a single, if you like, a database, I guess. It's a single point of reference for all of the media and I can look at them based on time and date, and when I acquired them. And wonderful for staying organized and creating your movies.
I'll just click the Home button, let me just pull this down a bit, to take me back to the Welcome screen. And let's just minimize the Organizer, pull that back, here we go. I'm operating on two screens here and you're seeing the second one in turn running. If I click on New Project, then I get an option to Save my existing project, let's Save that. And have a look at the options I get. Now, I'll perhaps cover this in more detail another time. But the gist of it is that you chose a name for your project, where it's going to go and you specify the settings. And the settings are how you want the thing to be conformed. Do you want it to be a high definition movie? Do you want it to be a regular standard definition movie? How many frames per second, those sorts of options.
When you click OK, a new project is created. I'll just Cancel that for now because I want to show you the last option on that Welcome screen. And here we go, let's just minimize that. The last option, pretty straightforward, is Open Project. And this allows you to access projects that you've recently worked on. This is like a recent items list that you'd find in a lot of applications these days. And you can click Open, and Browse to find another project you've been working on. Just for a reference, you'll notice that here's a project called My Project, pretty easy to remember. And you'll notice that it said .prel file.
Now, this is called a file extension. And all it does is tell the operating system, Windows, in this case I'm working on Windows 7, that this is a Premiere Elements project. You've probably seen or at least heard of .doc, doc, which is for Word files, or .pdf which is an Adobe Acrobat PDF file. Now, Mac OS uses a slightly different system. You don't always need to use file extension on Mac OS because it tags the file itself in a way that the operating system can identify. But for Windows, you need the dots whatever, in this case PREL.
These so-called file extensions are added automatically. But not always on a Mac, on a PC they will be, but on a Mac they may not be. So, if you are working on Mac OS, my advice is to maximize compatibility and avoid any possible confusion. Put the dot whatever in. It's very often a tic box when you are saving files, an option you choose just to include the file extension so that if you do give files for example, to a PC user for whatever reason, the PC is going to know what it is.
Without that file extension, a PC really doesn't know the difference between a JPEG picture, and for example, a Word document. Well, that's why there's a dot something, in this case .prel, Premiere Elements file. And those are the options you have when you first start up Adobe Premiere Elements 9 in the Welcome screen. You can get access to this by the by, from inside of Premiere Elements, by clicking on the Home button, or inside the Elements Organizer by clicking on the Home button. I'm not sure how often you'd need to do it, though, because you can access those applications from inside of each other anyway.
But you've got the option there.
- Overview of the Premiere Elements interface
- Working with media files and capturing from tapes
- Creating a new project and understanding the options
- Arranging clips to make a movie
- Adding transitions and special effects
- Making titles and using graphics
- Using music and working with audio
- Sharing your movie