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Viewing a project’s files

  1. Adobe Premiere Elements User Guide
  2. Introduction to Adobe Premiere Elements
    1. What's new in Premiere Elements
    2. System requirements | Adobe Premiere Elements
    3. Workspace basics
    4. Guided mode
    5. Use pan and zoom to create video-like effect
    6. GPU accelerated rendering
  3. Workspace and workflow
    1. Get to know the Home screen
    2. View and share auto-created collages, slideshows, and more
    3. Workspace basics
    4. Preferences
    5. Tools
    6. Keyboard shortcuts
    7. Audio View
    8. Undoing changes
    9. Customizing shortcuts
    10. Working with scratch disks
  4. Working with projects
    1. Creating a project
    2. Adjust project settings and presets
    3. Save and back up projects
    4. Previewing movies
    5. Creating video collage
    6. Creating Highlight Reel
    7. Create a video story
    8. Creating Instant Movies
    9. Viewing clip properties
    10. Viewing a project's files
    11. Archiving projects
    12. GPU accelerated rendering
  5. Importing and adding media
    1. Add media
    2. Guidelines for adding files
    3. Set duration for imported still images
    4. 5.1 audio import
    5. Working with offline files
    6. Sharing files between Adobe Premiere Elements and Adobe Photoshop Elements
    7. Creating specialty clips
    8. Work with aspect ratios and field options
  6. Arranging clips
    1. Arrange clips in the Expert view timeline
    2. Group, link, and disable clips
    3. Arranging clips in the Quick view timeline
    4. Working with clip and timeline markers
  7. Editing clips
    1. Reduce noise
    2. Select object
    3. Candid Moments
    4. Color Match
    5. Smart Trim
    6. Change clip speed and duration
    7. Split clips
    8. Freeze and hold frames
    9. Adjusting Brightness, Contrast, and Color - Guided Edit
    10. Stabilize video footage with Shake Stabilizer
    11. Replace footage
    12. Working with source clips
    13. Trimming Unwanted Frames - Guided Edit
    14. Trim clips
    15. Editing frames with Auto Smart Tone
    16. Artistic effects
  8. Applying transitions
    1. Applying transitions to clips
    2. Transition basics
    3. Adjusting transitions
    4. Adding Transitions between video clips - Guided Edit
    5. Create special transitions
    6. Create a Luma Fade Transition effect - Guided Edit
  9. Special effects basics
    1. Effects reference
    2. Applying and removing effects
    3. Create a black and white video with a color pop - Guided Edit
    4. Time remapping - Guided edit
    5. Effects basics
    6. Working with effect presets
    7. Finding and organizing effects
    8. Editing frames with Auto Smart Tone
    9. Fill Frame - Guided edit
    10. Create a time-lapse - Guided edit
    11. Best practices to create a time-lapse video
  10. Applying special effects
    1. Use pan and zoom to create video-like effect
    2. Transparency and superimposing
    3. Reposition, scale, or rotate clips with the Motion effect
    4. Apply an Effects Mask to your video
    5. Adjust temperature and tint
    6. Create a Glass Pane effect - Guided Edit
    7. Create a picture-in-picture overlay
    8. Applying effects using Adjustment layers
    9. Adding Title to your movie
    10. Removing haze
    11. Creating a Picture in Picture - Guided Edit
    12. Create a Vignetting effect
    13. Add a Split Tone Effect
    14. Add FilmLooks effects
    15. Add an HSL Tuner effect
    16. Fill Frame - Guided edit
    17. Create a time-lapse - Guided edit
    18. Animated Sky - Guided edit
    19. Select object
    20. Animated Mattes - Guided Edit
    21. Double exposure- Guided Edit
  11. Special audio effects
    1. Mix audio and adjust volume with Adobe Premiere Elements
    2. Audio effects
    3. Adding sound effects to a video
    4. Adding music to video clips
    5. Create narrations
    6. Using soundtracks
    7. Music Remix
    8. Adding Narration to your movie - Guided Edit
    9. Adding Scores to your movie - Guided edit
  12. Movie titles
    1. Creating titles
    2. Adding shapes and images to titles
    3. Adding color and shadows to titles
    4. Editing and formatting text
    5. Motion Titles
    6. Exporting and importing titles
    7. Arranging objects in titles
    8. Designing titles for TV
    9. Applying styles to text and graphics
    10. Adding a video in the title
  13. Disc menus
    1. Creating disc menus
    2. Working with menu markers
    3. Types of discs and menu options
    4. Previewing menus
  14. Sharing and exporting your movies
    1. Export and share your videos
    2. Sharing for PC playback
    3. Compression and data-rate basics
    4. Common settings for sharing

Project Assets panel overview

The Project Assets panel lets you preview source material for your projects. Select the Expert view and then click Project Assets.

You can view the contents of a project using the list view or the grid view. Use the panel options menu to switch between the views.

The grid view displays a snapshot of the video you imported into the project. The Project Assets panel indicates files that you use in the Expert view timeline with a green icon. Use the Search box to search for files within the panel.

Display and arrange media items

In the Project Assets panel, you can display items in the List view. The List view lets you view more items simultaneously, search, and sort items by properties such as media type and duration.

  • To sort items in List view, click the column heading by which you want to sort the items. (For example, click Media Type to sort items by type.) If folders are expanded, items sort from the top level and down the Project Assets panel hierarchy. To reverse the sort order, click the column heading again.
  • To see more of the column headings in List view, drag the right side of the Project Assets panel to the right. Alternatively, drag the scroll bar at the bottom of the panel to the right.

Organize clips in folders

The Project Assets panel can include folders into which you can organize project contents. Folders can contain media files or subfolders. Consider using folders to organize media types, such as still images, audio files, and video clips.

  1. In the Project Assets panel, do any of the following:

    To access the Project Assets panel, select Project Assets in the Expert view.

    • To add a folder, click the New Folder icon at the bottom of the Project Assets panel. In the list view, if you click New Folder multiple times in a row, each new folder is nested inside the previous new folder.

    • To move an item into a folder, drag the item to the Folder icon. You can move folders into other folders to nest them.

    • To display the contents of a folder, double-click the folder. Alternatively, in List view, click the triangle beside the Folder icon to expand the folder.

    • To navigate to parent folders, click the appropriate icon. You can click and hold this button to see a list of all the folders above the one currently listed. You can also jump to a folder by highlighting it and releasing the mouse button.

Rename a source file in a project

  • To rename a clip, select it, choose Clip > Rename, type the new name, and press Enter. (The change affects only references used in the project; the name of the original source file remains the same in the Project workspace and on your computer.)
  • To rename an original source file, close Adobe Premiere Elements before you rename it. The next time you open the project, Adobe Premiere Elements asks you to locate the file.

    Tip: You can also rename a selected clip by clicking its name once to select the text, typing the new name, and pressing Enter.

Find an item in a project

  1. Right-click an item in the Expert view timeline, and select Reveal In Project.

    To find an item on the hard drive, right-click the clip, choose Properties, and note the path at the top of the Properties panel.

Locate missing files for a project

Premiere Elements doesn’t store original source files in a project—it references the name and location of each source file when you import it. If you later move, rename, or delete a source file from your computer, the Where Is The File dialog box opens when you next open the project.

In addition to source files, a project also references preview files. Preview files allow you to preview effects in real time without having to render them—a process that can take hours. Preview files can be re‑created if necessary.


After you create the final movie, you can delete source files if you do not plan to reuse them. If you plan to re-edit the movie in the future, archive the project with the Project Archiver before deleting source files.

  1. In the Where Is The File dialog box, choose one of the following options:

    Display Only Exact Name Matches

    Displays only the files that match the name of the missing file when the project was last closed. If you know that the name of a file has changed, deselect this option.


    Replaces the missing file with the original or replacement file.


    Starts the Windows XP Search feature.

    Skip Previews

    Ignores missing preview files so you aren’t asked to find them.


    Replaces the missing file with an offline file. The offline file acts as a placeholder for related clips in the Project Assets panel and the Expert view timeline.

    Skip All

    Replaces all missing clips with offline files without asking you for confirmation.

Delete a clip

Because Adobe Premiere Elements doesn’t store media files in the project, deleting a clip from a project removes all instances from a movie. However, Adobe Premiere Elements does not delete the clip’s source file from your computer. To conserve disk space, delete the source file.

To delete a media file from the Project workspace, do one of the following:

  • Select the file in the panel and click the Delete icon.
  • Right-click/ctrl-click it in the Expert view timeline, and choose Delete. You can also delete by selecting the file and pressing the Delete key. The file is deleted from the Elements Organizer, but it is not deleted from your hard disk.

    Tip: To identify unused items in a project, see the Video Usage and Audio Usage columns in List view. To display these columns, scroll to the right. A green check mark (list view) and a green dot (grid view) indicates that the asset is being used in the project.


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