Adding media into Adobe Premiere Elements

You can add media to Adobe Premiere Elements using one of these methods:

  • Capturing from recorded sources

  • Importing files from other types of storage

  • Adding from the Project Assets panel

  • Recording narrations from a microphone

When you add media files to Adobe Premiere Elements, they are added to the Quick view timeline and the Expert view timeline. In addition, they are added to the Project Assets panel in the Expert view.

A thumbnail, called a clip, represents each file in the Project Assets panel. Clips, whether they contain audio, video, or images, are the building blocks of your movies.

To add new media into Adobe Premiere Elements, click Add Media.

Use any of the following options in the Add Media panel to add media files:

Elements Organizer

Select this option to add media from the albums in Elements Organizer. From the Elements Organizer application, drag video and images to the Quick view/Expert view timeline or the Project Assets panel.

Files And Folders

Import videos, photos, and audio files from your personal computer’s hard drive or removable drives. You can also import files from removable media, such as DVDs, memory cards, and multimedia cards. These files are copied to the hard drive location you specify.  

Videos From iPhones and Cameras

Add videos from iPhones and cameras. Such devices also include compact video cameras, AVCHD, DVD, DSLR and other cameras.

DVD camera or computer drive

Import video from your DVD based AVCHD camers or your computer's DVDdrive. You can import media files in AVCHD format from a DVD Camcorder. This option opens the Adobe Premiere Elements - Video Importer window. You cannot import media from removable drives using Video Importer.


DVD drive is not detected in Mac OS.

Add media from Embedded Elements Organizer

  1. Click Add Media, and select Elements Organizer. The Embedded Elements Organizer option launches.

  2. In the Embedded EO workspace, locate the album containing your media.

  3. Drag one or more media files to the Quick view timeline or Expert view timeline in Adobe Premiere Elements.  

Add media from files and folders

  • Click Add Media, and then click Files And Folders. Locate and select the files that you want, and click Open. To add an entire folder, select it and click Import Folder.
  • Drag files or folders from Finder to the Project Assets panel.
  • Drag files from Finder directly to the Quick view or Expert view timeline.

You can also use the Elements Organizer to access files that are stored on your hard drive. Files that you added to the Elements Organizer from either Adobe Premiere Elements or Adobe Photoshop Elements are displayed.

Add numbered image files as a single clip

  1. Make sure that each still‑image filename has the correct filename extension. All filenames in the sequence must contain an equal number of digits before the extension for example, file000.bmp, and file001.bmp.

  2. Do one of the following:
    • Click Add Media and choose Files And Folders.

    • Choose File > Add Media From > Files And Folders.

  3. Locate and select the first image in the sequence. Select the Numbered Stills check box, and click Open.

Adobe Premiere Elements interprets all of the numbered files as a single sequence.

Note: For information on changing the duration of images, see “Set duration for imported images” in Help.


Import from iPhones, or cameras

Many types of devices other than webcams and WDM devices record and store video.

Using the video importer, you can import video clips from tapeless camcorders, FLIP and AVCHD camera, and Apple mobile devices. The files are also added to the Project Assets panel.


On Mac OS, Video Importer does not list external DVD drives. Use internal Superdrive in this case.

You can add clips directly to the Quick view/Expert view timeline without first creating a project. When you add a clip to either timeline, Adobe Premiere Elements automatically changes your project settings to match the clip properties.


Image files cannot be imported using this option. To import images, use the Photos From Cameras Or Devices option in the Add Media panel.


If you don’t intend to use all the files you add, you can delete them from the Project Assets panel. Deleting files from the panel doesn’t delete them from your hard drive. This practice is recommended for large VOB files.

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