Import photos and videos

Bring all your photos and videos from any folder on a computer or from devices such as cameras, card readers, and scanners into Elements Organizer. You can then organize them in many ways and make them look great.

Convert your catalog

When you import media, Adobe Premiere Elements stores the details of the imported files in a catalog. The catalog contains links to the files and records of details, such as tags that you attach to your media. 

If you created a catalog with a previous version of Premiere Elements, Premiere Elements prompts you to convert your catalog so that it is compatible with the current version. Converting a catalog is a one-time process. For more information, see Convert a catalog of a previous version.

To launch the Elements Organizer, do one of the following:

    • On Windows
      • Find the Adobe Premiere Elements icon   on your desktop and double-click it.
    • On Mac
      • Launch Finder from the Dock.
      • Search for the Adobe Premiere Elements icon   and double-click it. 
  1. On the home screen, select Organizer to launch the Elements Organizer workspace.

Home screen of Elements.
Welcome screen.

Start importing photos and videos

Import in bulk

Bulk import helps you to quickly import media. You can either import all in one go or view what folders and subfolders contain and then choose what you want to import.

  1. In the Organizer workspace, select Import > In Bulk.

  2. In the Import Media dialog box, choose the folder that has the subfolders containing your media. If the folder is not listed, choose Add Folder and browse to the folder you want to import photos from.

    Import media dialog box in Elements Organizer.

    A. Add a folder B. Remove the selected folder C. Select a folder D. Import from OneDrive (Windows only) E. Watch a folder 

  3. In the right pane, select the subfolders that contain the photos and videos you want to import and click Import.


You can also import files from a folder on your computer by selecting Import > From Files and Folders.

Import from camera or card reader

You can easily bring media files from your camera or card reader, and import them directly into Elements Organizer.

  1. Connect your camera or card reader to your computer.

  2. In the Organizer workspace, select Import > From Camera or Card Reader.

  3. In the Photo Downloader dialog box under Source, select where to copy or import using the Get Photos From drop-down list. Use default settings or set the options in the Import Settings area.

    Import media from Photo downloader dialog box.
    Import media from Photo Downloader dialog box.

  4. Select Get Media.

  5. If you get the Import Attached Keyword Tags dialog box, select the Keyword Tags you would like to import > Select OK.

  6. Select OK in the Files Successfully Copied dialog box.


    If Elements Organizer is launched while copying the photos, select Yes in the Files Successfully Copied box.


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