Adobe Premiere Elements online training course

Adobe Premiere Elements lesson 2, A new project

Getting media

After we have choosen for "New Project" in the welocome screen, the first thing we need to do is import different media like videofiles, soundfiles and photofiles which we will use in Premiere to make our movie.
This can be done in a few ways.
The first way to do this, is to click on "File" in the menubar and choose for "Get media from" in the dropdown menu and click on the option where you want to get the files from (1).
A second way is to select the "Get Media" button in the "Project" tab of the "Task" window and choose the device or folder from where you want to import your files (2).
Quick note:
When you want to add a file which is on a videocamera, photocamera, cell phone or anything else, this device needs to be connected and switched on to your computer.
But i assume you had allready figured this out.

Once the files are inserted into Premiere Elements these are being displayed in the "Media" option in the "Project" tab.

Don't worry, you can insert photos, videos and sounds at any time in the ways i just explained.

If you imported a file which you are never going to use, then you can remove this by selecting the file and pushing the "Delete" key on your keyboard.


When we imported some files into Premiere Elements it might be wise to organize them into different folders.
This way it will be much easier for you to find files you need to use.
To do this select "Media" on the "Project" tab.
Click on the "New folder" (4) button on the top of the project view, give the folder a name (for example photos) and drag all files of this mediatype into this folder.
The mediatype for a photo is "Still image", for sound its "Audio" and for video material its "Movie" or "Film".
This will get a mediatype "Movie" when its video material without sound and it will get the mediatype "Film" when there is sound present on this film.

Especially when you imported alot files, its usefull to make a folder for each of these mediatypes.
Its also possible to make some sub folders which you can use to subdivide your files even more.
To do this select the folder where you want to create a subfolder and click on the "New folder" (4) button.

On the topright of the project view you can find the "Filter" buttons.
With this button we can filter different mediatypes in our list.
On the topleft of the project view we find the buttons "List view" (1), "Icon view" (2), "Go up a level" (3), "Make new folder" (4), "Create new item" (5) and "Delete" (6).
I assume everyone knows what these buttons will do.

If you would like to change the size of the thumbnails in the project window then you need to click on a empty space in the project window and choose "Thumbnails" from the dropdown menu where you can choose between Small, Medium, Large or Off.
When you wish to remove the thumbnails from the project view you choose the "Off" option.
If afterwards you wish to show them again, click on the "Off" button once more.

If you would like to play a clip in the project view, double click it in the list and click the "Play" button in the preview window that will appear.