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Adding Media

When you want to use a file in your project, you import the file as a clip. You can add one file at a time, several files at a time, or an entire folder of files. All the files you add appear as items in the Media panel.

The standard import method is designed to import files stored on a hard disk. However, you can use Premiere Elements' Media Downloader to import files stored on a DVD camera or removable drive, such as image files stored on a CD.

An imported still or video can be as big as 4,000 pixels tall by 4,000 pixels wide, and Premiere Elements can support a variety of video and audio formats.

To add files on a hard diskto a project:

  1. In the Media panel, specify where you want to add the clip by doing either of the following:
    1. Navigate to the folder into which you want to import or to the topmost level of the Media panel.
    2. In list view, select the folder into which you want to import.
  2. In the taskbar, click Add Media and choose From Files or Folders in the pull-down menu ( Figure 3.33 ).
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    Figure 3.33 In the taskbar, click the Add Media button and choose From Files or Folders from the pull-down menu.

    The Add Media dialog box appears.
  3. Do one of the following:
    1. To import a single file, double-click the file.
    2. To import multiple files, select the files and click Open.
    3. To import a folder of files, select the folder and click Add Folder ( Figure 3.34 ).
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      Figure 3.34 Select one or more files and click Open. Or, to import a folder of files, select it, and click Add Folder (shown here).

    The Add Media dialog box closes, and the clips appear in the Media panel ( Figure 3.35 ). If you imported an entire folder, then the folder appears as a folder of clips in the Media panel.
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    Figure 3.35 The selected files (or folder of files) appear as clips in the Media panel.

To add files from a DVD camera or removable drive:

  1. In the Media panel, specify where you want to add the clip by doing either of the following:
    1. Navigate to the folder into which you want to import or to the topmost level of the Media panel.
    2. In list view, select the folder into which you want to import.
  2. In the taskbar, click Add Media and choose From DVD Camera or Removable Drive in the pull-down menu ( Figure 3.36 ).
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    Figure 3.36 Click the Add Media and choose From DVD Camera or Removable Drive.

    The Media Downloader dialog box appears ( Figure 3.37 ).
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    Figure 3.37 The Media Downloader dialog box appears.

  3. In the Media Downloader dialog box, choose a device in the Get Media From pull-down menu ( Figure 3.38 ).
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    Figure 3.38 Choose the device containing the media files in the Get Media From pull-down menu.

    Media files contained on the device you specify appear in the main viewing area.
  4. For the Show option, select the button associated with the media type you want to display ( Figure 3.39 ).
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    Figure 3.39 Show or hide image, video, and audio files by clicking the appropriate button.

    You can resize the thumbnail images by using the slider under the images.
  5. To specify the location where the files you select will be copied, click Browse and then specify a location on a hard disk. By default, Premiere Elements copies files to a folder called "Adobe," within your "My Videos" folder.
  6. To store downloaded media in a folder within the folder specified in step 4, select Create Subfolder Using, and then select either of the following options: Date/Time of Import creates subfolders according to the date and time the files are imported. New Name allows you to enter a name for the subfolder in the field provided
  7. To specify a custom name for the downloaded files, select Rename Files To ( Figure 3.40 ).
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    Figure 3.40 Specify where you want to store the copied files. You can also organize the files into subfolders, and specify a custom base filename.

    Files use the same base name, but are numbered incrementally.
  8. Select the items you want to copy to the location you specified in step 5; deselect the items you want to exclude ( Figure 3.41 ).
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    Figure 3.41 Check the items you want to copy and import and then click Get Media.

    You can check or uncheck multiple items by first selecting the items and then clicking any of the selected items' check box. You can select items in the Media Downloader as you do in an Import dialog box.
  9. Click Get Media. The selected files are copied to the location you specified, and renamed and organized into subfolders according to the options you set. The files copied to the hard disk are imported into the project automatically, and appear in the selected folder of the Media panel ( Figure 3.42 ).
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    Figure 3.42 Checked items are copied to the location you specified, and the copies are imported automatically.

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