You can add media to Adobe Premiere Elements using one of these methods:
Capturing from live or 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 and select any of the following options:
Import photos from a camera, mobile phone, or through USB. This option opens the Adobe Premiere Elements - Photo Downloader window. It also imports media from devices that store video files in Flash memory, or on a disk.
Add media 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.
Capture video from a webcam or WDM-compatible capture device. This option opens the Capture window. WDM devices are Windows Driver Model compatible devices that help recording video clips on Windows devices.
Import video from your DVD based AVCHD cameras 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.
Note: DVD drive is not detected in Mac OS.
- 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 Windows Explorer to the Project Assets panel.
- Drag files from Windows Explorer 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.
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.
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 Make New Folder (Windows)/New Folder(Mac OS) to create a folder and name it.
To create one or more subfolders for grouping files by criteria, click the triangle next to the Create Subfolder field. Choose one of the options from the drop-down menu for naming the subfolder.
To rename the files in the folder consistently, click the triangle next to the Rename Files field. Choose an option from the drop-down menu 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.
Select files to add to the Project Assets panel. A check mark below the file’s thumbnail indicates that the file is selected. By default, all files are selected. Click the respective thumbnail to remove the check mark and exclude a file. You can also select or deselect all files by using the Check All button or the Uncheck All button.
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.
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 AVCDHD camera, removable memory devices, and mobile devices.
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. 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.
However, if you add a clip to an existing project whose preset does not match the clip’s preset, a message appears. Click Yes to let Adobe Premiere Elements change the project’s settings to use the closest available preset.
Image files cannot be imported using this option. To import images, use the Photos From Cameras Or Devices option in the Add Media panel.
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 2.0 port.
Install any drivers your device requires. Consult the manual.
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 - filename
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.
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.
Devices such as webcams and WDM devices capture live video.
Using the Capture window, you capture live video from these devices and copy the video clips to the hard drive location you specify. You also have the option to capture the clips directly to the timeline by selecting Capture to Timeline check box
You can add these clips to Adobe Premiere Elements by dragging them from Windows Explorer to the Quick view/Expert view timeline.
You can also drag the clips to the Project Assets panel in the Expert view.
Alternatively, use the File And Folders option in the Add Media panel to add the clips to the Quick view/Expert view timeline.