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:


Elements Organizer

Add media from the albums in Elements Organizer. Drag video and images to the Quick view/Expert view timeline or the Project Assets panel, from Elements Organizer.


Files and Folders

Import videos, photos, and audio files from your computer’s hard drive.



Photos

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.


Videos

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.



Webcam

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.


DVD/HD

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.


Add media from Embedded Elements Organizer

  1. Click Add Media, and select Elements Organizer. The embedded Elements Organizer is launched.

  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.
    You can also select the clips and click Add Media. This will add the clips to the timeline

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 Windows Explorer to the Project Assets panel.
  • Drag files from Windows Explorer directly to the Quick view or Expert view timeline.

Note:

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. Right-click on the Project Assets panel and select Get Media from > Files and Folders. 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 photos from your digital camera, phones, or removable drive

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

    Note:

    Install any drivers your device requires. Consult the manual.

  2. In Adobe Premiere Elements, select Add Media > Photos From Cameras Or Devices, and then click Advanced Dialog.

    Adobe Premiere Elements ‑ Photo Downloader (Advanced Dialog view)

  3. Choose the drive or device from the Get Photos From drop-down menu. 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 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.

  5. 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.

  6. If you are using metadata, you can select Preserve Current Filename In XMP.
  7. Click the triangle 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.

Note:

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.

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

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.

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/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.

Note:

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

  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 2.0 port.

    Note:

    Install any drivers your device requires. Consult the manual.

  2. Click Add Media.
  3. Click the device from which you want to import:
    • Videos From Flip Or Camera

    • DVD Camera Or Computer Drive

      The Video Importer dialog box appears.

      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 in the Add Media panel.

  4. In the Source Menu, select the device from which you want to download movie clips.

    The contents of the device or disk 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.

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

    • To import a few clips, click deselect All, and select only those clips that you want to import.

    Note:

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

  6. 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 Make New Folder (Windows)/New Folder(Mac OS) to create and name a new folder.

  7. Select a naming convention 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 - 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.

    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.

  8. (Optional) If you want to delete the selected files in the camera after import, select the option After Copying Delete Originals.
  9. (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.
  10. (Optional) If you want to create an InstantMovie using the selected clips, select Create InstantMovie.
  11. Click Get Media. You can click Cancel in the Progress dialog box at any time to stop the process.

Note:

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.

Capture video from webcams and WDM devices

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.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Turn on the webcam to capture live footage

    • Connect the WDM device to your computer using the FireWire (IEEE 1394) port.

    Note:

    Install any drivers your device requires. Consult the manual.

  2. Click Add Media. You also have the option to capture the clips directly to timeline by selecting the Capture to Timeline check box.

  3. From the Add Media panel, select Webcam Or WDM. The Capture window appears.

  4. 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.

  5. Click the Capture button.
  6. Specify a name for the captured video.
  7. 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 textbox and choose a folder. Alternatively, click New Folder (Windows)/New Folder(Mac OS) to create and name a new folder.

  8. Click Add Media and select Files And Folders.
    You also have the option to capture the clips directly to the timeline by selecting the Capture to Timeline check box

  9. 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 Windows Explorer to locate the saved video files and drag them to Adobe Premiere Elements.

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