The media files are the building blocks of the movies you create in Adobe Premiere Elements. You can add different types of media files (audio, video, or images) to Adobe Premiere Elements from different sources.

To know about the supported file types, see Supported devices and file formats.

To know about supported devices, see Supported devices | Adobe Premiere Elements.

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

  • Import recorded files (audio, video, or image)
  • Capture live from recording devices
  • Record narrations from a microphone (for more information, see Create narrations)

When you add media files in the Quick view, the files are added to the Quick view timeline. In the Expert mode, the files are added to the Project Assets panel. You can select and add the files to the timeline from the Project Assets panel.

Add media
Add media options (Windows)

Add media using embedded Elements Organizer

Add media from the albums in Elements Organizer to the Quick view or Expert view timeline.

  1. Do one of the following:

    • Click Add Media, and select Elements Organizer.
    • Choose File > Add Media From > Elements Organizer.

    The embedded Elements Organizer is launched. 

  2. In the Elements Organizer workspace, locate the album containing your media.

  3. Drag one or more media files to the Quick view timeline or Expert view timeline.

    You can also select the clips and click Add Files. It adds the clips to the timeline.

  4. After your clips are added to the timeline, click Done.

Add media using Files and Folders

Import videos, photos, and audio files from your computer’s hard drive or other storage devices (for example, external hard drive or pen drive).

  1. Do one of the following:

    • Click Add Media and choose Files And Folders.
    • Choose File Add Media From > Files And Folders.
  2. To import a media file, locate and select the file from the dialog box and click Open.

    On Windows, select the folder from the dialog box and click Import Folder if you want to add an entire folder.

Note:

Alternately, you can drag files from your operating system's file explorer to the Quick view or Expert view timeline.

Add numbered image files as a single clip

If you want to add a sequence of photos as a single clip, use the Add numbered image as a single clip option.

Note:

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, file001.bmp, and so on).

  1. Do one of the following:

    • Click Add Media and choose Files And Folders.
    • Choose File > Add Media From > Files And Folders.
  2. Locate and select the first image in the sequence. 

  3. Do one of the following:

    • On Windows, select the Numbered Still check box and click Open.
    • On Mac OS, select the Numbered Still check box and click Import.

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

Import photos from your digital camera, phones, or removable drive

Import photos from a camera, mobile phone, or through USB. This option opens the Adobe Photo Downloader window. It also imports media from devices that store video files in Flash memory, or on a disk.

  1. Connect your digital camera, mobile phone, or removable drive to your computer.

    Note:

    If your device requires any driver to work with your system, install it before you start importing media files. Check your device's manual for more information.

  2. In Adobe Premiere Elements, select Add Media > Photos from cameras or devices and click Advanced Dialog.

    Adobe Premiere Elements ‑ Photo Downloader (Advanced Dialog view)

  3. Choose the drive or device from the Get Photos from drop-down list. Thumbnails of all importable files appear in the dialog box.

  4. To specify a location for the saved files, do one of the following:
    • To save files to the default Adobe folder, leave the location as it appears in the dialog box.

    • To specify a different location, click Browse (Windows)/Choose (Mac OS) and choose a folder. Alternatively, click New Folder to create a folder and name it.

    • To create one or more subfolders for grouping files by criteria, click the drop-down next to the Create Subfolder field. Choose one of the options from the drop-down list for naming the subfolder.

    • To rename the files in the folder consistently, click the drop-down next to the Rename Files field. Choose an option from the drop-down list for renaming the files. The filename defaults to the folder name you enter. When the files are added to the folder and the Project Assets panel, the filenames are in increments of 0001. For example, if you enter summer, the filenames are changed to summer0001.jpg, summer0002.jpg, and so on.

  5. Select files that you want to add to your timeline.

    By default, all files are selected. A check mark below the file’s thumbnail indicates that the file is selected. To remove the check mark and exclude a file, click the respective thumbnail.

    You can also select or deselect all files by using the Check All button or the Uncheck All button.

  6. (Optional) If you are using metadata, you can select Preserve Current Filename in XMP.

  7. (Optional) Click the drop-down next to Apply Metadata, select a template, and fill in the Creator and Copyright fields.

  8. Click Get Media.

    You can click Cancel in the Progress dialog box at any time to stop the process.

    If you want to set a default time duration for the imported image, see Set duration for imported still images.

Note:

If you don’t want to use all the files you added, you can delete them from the Project Assets panel. Deleting a file from the panel doesn’t delete it from its original location.

Import from Flip, AVCHD, cameras, phones, or removable drives

Import video from devices that store video files in Flash memory or on a disk. Such devices include Flip and other compact video cameras, AVCHD, DVD, DSLR and other cameras, and mobile phones. When you import these files, they are copied to the hard drive location you specify. The files are also added to the Project Assets panel.

Note:

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 or Expert view timeline without creating a project. When you add a clip to the timeline, Adobe Premiere Elements automatically changes your project settings to match the clip properties.

However, if you add a clip to an existing project whose preset does not match the clip’s preset, a message appears. You can let Adobe Premiere Elements change the project’s settings to use the closest available preset.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Place the DVD into your computer’s DVD drive.

    • Connect your card reader such as SD card or memory stick to your computer.

    • Connect the digital camera, mobile phone, or other device to your computer using the USB port. 

    Note:

    If your device requires any driver to work with your system, install it before you start importing media files. Check your device's manual for more information.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Click Add Media > Videos from cameras and devices.
    • Choose File > Add Media From > Videos from cameras and devices.
    Video Importer dialog box
    Video Importer dialog box

  3. Select the device from Source drop-down in the Video Importer dialog.

    The importable files are displayed in the panel below the Source menu. The number of files, and the size of the content is displayed at the bottom of the panel containing the content.

    Note:

    Video Importer cannot import media from external hard drives. If you want to import media from an external hard drive, use the Files and folders option.

  4. Do one of the following:
    • To import all the content displayed in the panel, click Check All.

    • To import selected clips, click UnCheck All, and select only those clips that you want to import.

    Note:

    To preview the contents of a clip, click the clip and click the Play button in the Preview panel.

  5. To specify a location for the saved files, do one of the following:
    • To save files to the default Adobe folder, leave the location as it appears in the dialog box.

    • To specify a different location, click  and choose a folder. Alternatively, click New Folder to create and name a new folder.

  6. Select one of the following naming conventions for the downloaded files using the Presets menu:

    Filename

    Retains the filenames the camcorder assigns.

    Folder Name-Number

    If your folder name is Wedding Pics, the clips are assigned the names Wedding Pics-001, Wedding Pics-002, and so on.

    Date-File Name

    Adds a timestamp to the filename the camcorder assigns. The timestamp is the current date and time - the date and time on which the movies were transferred to your computer.

     

    Note:

    To rename files, delete them from the Project Assets panel in the Expert view, and reimport them.  

    Custom Name-Number

    Enter a custom name in the Name field. For example, if you enter My Holiday in the field, the clips are named My Holiday-001, My Holiday-002, and so on.

  7. (Optional) If you want to delete the selected files from original location after import, select the option After Copying Delete Originals.

  8. (Optional) If you do not want the imported clips added to the Quick view/Expert view timeline after import, deselect Add To Timeline. The imported clips are added only to the Project panel.

  9. (Optional) If you want to create an InstantMovie using the selected clips, select Create InstantMovie.

    For more information about InstantMovie, see Creating Instant Movies.

  10. Click Get Media. You can click Cancel in the Progress dialog box at any time to stop the process.

Note:

If you don’t want to use all the videos you added, you can delete them from the Project Assets panel. Deleting a video from the panel doesn’t delete it from its original location. This practice is recommended for large VOB files.

Capture video from webcams and WDM devices

You can capture live video from webcams and WDM devices (Windows only) and copy the video clips to a specified location on your hard drive. This option opens the Capture window. 

You can capture the clips directly to the timeline by selecting Capture to Timeline check box.

You can add these clips to Adobe Premiere Elements by following the procedure mentioned in Add media from file and folders.

Note:

For WDM devices, make sure that your device is connected with your system and working properly.

  1. Do one of the following:

    • For Windows, click Add Media > Webcam or WDM or select File Add Media from > Webcam or WDM.
    • For Mac OS, click Add Media > Webcam or select File Add Media from > Webcam.

    The capture screen appears.

  2. In the Capturing Source menu, select the device from which you want to capture video clips. The video that the device captures is displayed in the panel below the Capturing Source menu.

    Note:

    You can extract frames using full motion from the integrated camera's webcam feed.

  3. Click the Capture button.

  4. Specify a name for the captured video.
  5. To specify a location for the video, do one of the following:
    • To save files to the default Adobe folder, leave the location as it appears in the dialog box.

    • To specify a different location, click the button next to the Save to text box and choose a folder. Alternatively, click New Folder to create and name a new folder.

  6. Click Add Media and select Files and folders.
    You can also capture the clips directly to the timeline by selecting the Capture to Timeline check box.

  7. Browse to the location where you saved the video files and add them to the Quick view/Expert view timeline.

    Note:

    You can also use your system's file explorer to locate the saved video files and drag them to Adobe Premiere Elements.

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