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From the Organizer to Adobe Premiere Elements

After you’ve collected the clips you want to use in the Organizer, you have several options for transferring them to Adobe Premiere Elements:

  • Send them all to Adobe Premiere Elements to start a new project or for insertion at the end of the timeline in an open project. Briefly, you select the desired clips, right-click, and choose Edit With Premiere Elements Editor. Note that you can select complete clips or segments of clips identified by the Auto-Analyzer. The full procedure is documented in “Working in the Organizer” in Lesson 1. This option works well for simple projects, because it adds all content to the timeline quickly.
  • Drag the clips into the Project Assets panel. (Remember, you must be in Expert view to see the Project Assets panel.) This option gives you the most flexibility, because you can add the content to the timeline in any order and at any time.

  • Create an InstantMovie from the content by selecting it in the Organizer and sending it to Adobe Premiere Elements. This is the option explored in the next exercise.

Creating an InstantMovie

In this exercise, you’ll create an InstantMovie from the bayou boatride clips that you tagged previously. Again, an InstantMovie is a professional-looking edited movie complete with titles, soundtrack, effects, and transitions that you create by following a simple wizard.

You’ll start in the Organizer, using the video clips from the Lesson04 folder. Make sure these clips are the only ones present in the Media browser. In addition, close Adobe Premiere Elements to start with a clean slate in that program. Do not overwrite the file Lesson04_Start_Win.prel (Windows) or Lesson04_Start_Mac.prel (Mac OS): If you want to save your work, save it under a different name.

  1. Remove audio and photos from display in the browser: Choose View > Media Types > Photos, and then choose View > Media Types > Audio to remove these media types from the Media browser.

  2. Press Ctrl+A (Windows) or Command+A (Mac OS) to select all clips in the Media browser, click the Create button (create.jpg) in the upper right corner of the Organizer, and choose InstantMovie (instantmovie.jpg).

    Adobe Premiere Elements launches. If the Format Mismatch dialog box opens, click Yes to change the project preset to match the clips.

  3. If a Save Project dialog box opens, name the file Lesson04_InstantMovie.prel, and save it in the Lesson04 folder.
  4. If a dialog box opens asking if you want to fix problems in the clips, click No.

  5. In the Choose A Movie Theme dialog box, select Extreme Sports, and click Next. (If this theme is not available, choose another theme.)

  6. Customize the theme as desired. Accept the options as is, or do any or all of the following:

    • Customize the opening and closing titles.
    • Select the Auto Edit option to have Adobe Premiere Elements analyze your clips and edit them to fit the selected theme. It’s recommended you do this; if you don’t select Auto Edit, Adobe Premiere Elements uses the clips as is. Also, choose whether or not to apply the Auto-Analyzer to clips that you haven’t previously analyzed.
    • Click the triangle next to Music to show the Music options. There, select Theme Music to use the background music from the chosen theme, or select No Music. To use your own background music, click My Music, and then click the Browse button to choose the song you want. Then drag the Music/Sound FX slider to the desired setting—to the right to prioritize audio captured with the video clips and to the left to prioritize the selected background music. If you have dialogue in your project that you want to retain (which these clips don’t), select the SmartMix option; Adobe Premiere Elements will reduce the volume of the music track when it detects dialogue.
    • Click the triangle next to Speed And Intensity to show the Speed And Intensity options. Adjust the Effects and Cuts sliders as desired.
    • Click the triangle next to Duration and then choose the desired option. Match Music produces a movie that matches the duration of the selected music and is recommended. Or, you can specify a duration or choose Use All Clips, which uses all clips at their original duration with no background music.
    • Click the triangle next to Sequence to show the Sequence options. Choose Theme Order (recommended), which allows Adobe Premiere Elements to use clips as they best match the theme, or Time/Date, which uses the clips in the order in which they were shot.
    • Click the triangle next to Theme Content to show the Theme Content options. Choose the content to incorporate into the InstantMovie and whether to replace any existing content with theme-based content. If a content type is grayed out (like the Intro/Closing Movie for the Pan and Zoom theme), it is not included in that theme.
    • Click the triangle next to Render Preview, and then click Yes to render a preview of the InstantMovie after completion or No to preview it in real time from the Timeline (recommended).
  7. After selecting your options, click Apply to create the InstantMovie and then do the following:

    • Click No if asked if you want to select more clips.
    • Click Yes if asked whether you want to replace user-applied effects.
    • Click No when Adobe Premiere Elements asks if you want to render the movie.

    Adobe Premiere Elements creates the InstantMovie and inserts it into the timeline in consolidated form.

  8. To separate the InstantMovie into its components to edit them, click to select the new InstantMovie in the timeline, right-click, and choose Break Apart InstantMovie.
  9. Use the playback controls in the Monitor panel to preview the InstantMovie. If Adobe Premiere Elements asks if you’d like to render effects before playing the movie, click Yes if you’d like to see a perfect rendition, although this may take a good bit of time, depending on your system. Click No if you have a fast system and/or just want to get a quick idea of how the movie looks.


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    A. Preview area

    B. Add Marker

    C. Current time

    D. Go to Previous Edit Point (Page Up)

    E. Rewind

    F. Step Back (left)

    G. Play/Pause toggle (spacebar)

    H. Step Forward (right)

    I. Fast-Forward

    J. Go to Next Edit Point (Page Down)

    K. Render Timeline

    L. Fit to Visible Timeline (\)

    M. Zoom Out (-)

    N. Zoom control

    O. Zoom In (=)

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