The Adobe Premiere Elements workspace presents an easy-to-use interface for video enthusiasts. It organizes features into Quick and Expert views based on their complexity.

The Quick view aggregates basic features that enthusiasts commonly use to quickly edit video footage and share with others. It optimizes common tasks that you perform with clips, such as editing clips, creating menus for DVDs, and sharing movies.

The Expert view includes advanced features and tools, such as Audio Mixer and Time Stretch, that professionals use to perform intricate video editing tasks.

The Guided view helps you edit movies by guiding you sequentially through a series of steps.  

The eLive tab helps access a stream of resources right from your workspace to get creative ideas for your videos and become more proficient with Adobe Premiere Elements.

Welcome screen

When you first launch Adobe Premiere Elements, the Welcome screen is displayed.

Click Video Editor to launch Adobe Premiere Elements.

Click Photo Editor to launch Adobe Photoshop Elements.

Access the Elements Organizer to organize, tag, and perform basic editing tasks on your media before importing them.

Quick view

Use the options in the Quick view to add titles, effects, and transitions, background music, and graphics to your clips. Pan or zoom your clip, if necessary, or use Smart Trim for a crisper video. Use Instant Movie to automate movie creation steps.

The Quick view contains the Add Media panel, Quick view timeline, Action bar, Adjust panel, Applied Effects panel, and the Share panel.

Guided view

The Guided view provides instructions on how to perform various tasks in both Quick and Expert views. In one of the views, select a guided edit from the Guided tab and follow the instructions.

Expert view

In addition to the panels available in the Quick view, the Expert view contains the Project assets panel.

This panel contains the media files you import into your Premiere Elements project. Use the panel options to organize the files as a list or in a grid. The grid view displays a thumbnail for each file. If you add any media asset to the timeline, a green icon appears below the thumbnail for the asset.

Add Media panel

The Add Media panel lets you add media files from various sources to the Quick view timeline so you can rearrange and edit them.

Use the Add Media panel to add media files from sources, such as video cameras, flip, digital still cameras, apple mobile devices, and folders on your hard disk.

Quick view timeline

The Quick view timeline contains the following tracks:

  • Video: Edit your video clips and images in this track
  • Titles: Add text titles to your clips here
  • Sound: Add background music and other sounds to your movie
  • Narration: Include recorded narrations for your movie here
Quick view timeline

The Quick view timeline displays each clip as a series of frames that span the entire clip length. You can trim unwanted portions within individual frames and rearrange them. You can also swap the position of a clip with another to make a coherent movie sequence.

Expert view timeline

For more advanced editing, use the Expert view timeline. The Expert view timeline graphically represents your movie project as video and audio clips arranged in vertically stacked tracks. When you capture video from a digital video device, the clips appear sequentially as they occur.

Expert view timeline

The Expert view timeline uses a time ruler to display the components of your movie and their relationship to each other over time. You can trim and add scenes, indicate important frames with markers, add transitions, and control how clips are blended or superimposed. Compared to the Quick view, the Expert view timeline has more tracks.

Action bar

The Action bar contains options that provide easy access to common features you use for editing tasks. Use the options to add titles, transitions, special effects, graphics, music, and markers to your clips.

The Action bar contains the following options:

Organizer: Opens Elements Organizer to let you organize and manage your media files

Tools: Provides options that let you add cool effects to your video. For example, use Time Remapping and Smart Mix to add sophisticated motion effects to your video. You can choose Smart Trim to let Premiere Elements automatically edit your footage for a crisper video.

Transitions: Provides transitions you can use between your movie clips. The Transition contextual control appears automatically when you apply a transition for the first time. Use it to modify the transition properties. To open the Transition contextual control later, double-click the transition. The Expert view provides more transition effects compared to the Quick view.

Titles & Text: Contains pre-formatted title templates you can use in your movie. The Title contextual control appears automatically when you apply a title to your movie for the first time. Use it to modify the title properties. To open the Title contextual control later, double-click the title. The Expert view provides more title templates compared to the Quick view.

Effects: Shows special effects and presets you can apply to clips in your movie. To edit a special effect after applying it, click Applied Effects to modify the properties in the Applied Effects panel. Compared to the Quick view, the Expert view provides more effects that are organized under various categories.

Audio: Lets you add theme music to your movie. You can select multiple music clips from here, and they are played in the order selected. Click Use Smart Sound to choose third-party music plug-ins for your movie.

Graphics: Lets you add graphic images, such as clip art and callouts (thought bubbles or speech balloons) to specific portions in your clips.

Adjust panel

The Adjust panel lets you adjust the inherent properties of your clip, for example color and lighting. You can also use the Smart Fix tool to enhance the quality of your video footage.

To display the Adjust panel, select the clip and then click Adjust on the right. If you add a title to your clip, use the Adjust panel to alter its properties, if required.

Applied Effects panel

The Applied Effects panel lets you view the properties of effects already applied to your clip. The panel provides various options that enable you to modify the applied effects.

Applied Effects panel

To display the Applied Effects panel, select the clip to which effects are applied, and click Applied Effects on the right.

Create panel

  • Video Story: Create a structured story of your life events and spice it up with a magical touch.
  • Instant Movie: Automatically guides you through the movie creation process. It lets you quickly select movie templates and edit clips. Instant Movie also lets you add theme-based effects, titles, transitions, and audio to your movie. You can change settings as desired.

Publish and Share panel

Use the Share panel to save and share (export) your finished project.

You can save your project for viewing on the web, a mobile phone, a computer, DVD, and more.

  • Private Web Album: For sharing videos online, privately with your friends.
  • Social Websites: For videos that can be uploaded to video sharing websites, such as Facebook, YouTube, and Vimeo
  • Disc: For copying your movie to DVDs
  • Computer: For videos that can be viewed on computers
  • Mobile Phones and Players: For videos that can be played on mobile phones and other devices

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