Documentary Studies - Premiere Elements
- 1 Collect Source Media
- 2 New Project
- 3 Projects Settings
- 4 Importing Still Images
- 5 Editing
- 6 Titles
- 7 Adding Transitions
- 8 Playback & Rendering
- 9 Exporting a File
Collect Source Media
Before starting a project in Premiere Elements collect and organize any materials that will be used in the project: audio, still images, video clips.
- Create a folder with your name.
- Inside your folder, create folders for audio, stills, and video, and place files accordingly.
- Go to File > New > Project
- Name the project descriptively (with your name)
- Select a location to Save.
Computer Center Macs
- Click the Browse button.
- Select the Desktop icon on the left.
- Click the New Folder button on the bottom.
- Name the new folder.
- Click Choose.
You can’t change the project preset after starting a project, so verify the format of your source footage before selecting a project preset. Depending on your source footage, you may need to change the preset or create a new one.
Changing Project Settings
- When you drag in content that does not match the project settings Elements will inquire if you want to use the closest available preset.
- If you select not to change your project settings, you may encounter problematic playback.
- For working only with still images, or full HD footage shot with the T2i Rebel camera select:
- DSLR > 1080p 30 29.97
Importing Still Images
Still images can only have a maximum dimension of 4096 x 4096 pixels. Anything larger will not be compatible in the program. Resize images smaller before bringing in images.
- Go to File > Get Media From > Files and Folders.
- Find your project folder.
- Select the folder with the images.
- Click Import.
- There might be an error message about a .DS_Store file. Ignore this and click OK.
- The folder will now appear in the Project panel. Double click the folder to see the images.
There are two different modes to edit content: Timeline and Sceneline. It is recommended to use the Timeline view because of more available features.
Trimming Source Clips in the Preview Monitor
Remove unwanted footage from source clips.
- Double click on a video clip in the Task Panel
- A preview window appears of the video with playback controls and handles for setting in and out points.
- Adjust the handles or place the playhead and press I to set an in point, or O to set the out point.
- The in and out points can always be adjusted to reveal the full length of the clip.
Shifts other clips in the timeline out of the way-
- Click and drag a clip from the task panel into a video track in the timeline.
- Release the mouse when an icon with a right pointing arrow appears.
- Other audio/video clips will move forward or backward out of the way.
Covers up one clip with another-
- Click and drag clips over other clip into the timeline by pressing and holding the command key.
- Release the mouse when a centered arrow icon appears.
When moving clips in the timeline this will align to other objects (playhead, other clips, markers, etc) and prevent gaps.
- From the top menu Timeline > Snap, or press S.
Included in Premiere Elements are themed titles through the Edit Tab. It is recommended to create your own titles through the monitor window on the bottom right T icon. Please spell check content in a text editor.
- Click in the text field to edit content.
- In the right hand edit screen change formatting properties just like a text editor.
- Use the edit tools to change on-screen position, create shapes, and change color.
- Refine positioning adjustments layering from the top Title menu.
- Keep all text content within the inner-most guide frame to ensure content will remain visible on any viewing device.
- To apply changes click Done the bottom right of the Edit tab screen.
- The title will appear as a purple video clip. Drag this over another clip to have it superimposed, or have it over black.
- Adjust the duration by dragging on either side of clip to shorten or lengthen.
- Make adjustments by double clicking on the title clip in the timeline to re-edit.
- Create a title.
- Use return to make sure each line of text fits horizontally on screen.
- From the top menu, Titles > Roll/Crawl Options....
- In the dialog that appears change the type to a roll and click OK to apply changes.
Apply transitions in the finishing stages of editing. Transitions must be shorter than the clip length.
- In the Edit tab select Transitions.
- Click and drag a transition over a clip, release the mouse when a color overlay appears.
- To edit the transition double click on the icon.
- To preview the actual clips press the eyeball button and make adjustments using the value sliders on either side, adjust the length with the Duration slider'.
- To apply changes click Done.
- Delete a transition by selecting it and pressing delete.
Playback & Rendering
- To get a rough preview of content press the Play button in the Monitor panel, or press the Spacebar.
- When red lines appear in the timeline over footage, or playback is slow/jerky, grab the Work Area Bar near the start of the timeline and span it over all content. From the top menu, Timeline > Render Work Area and all content will be processed, or rendered, for improved playback.
- Press the Full Screen button on the top right to view content fully. Press esc to exit.
Exporting a File
- In the Tasks Panel select the Share tab.
- Select to share to Computer.
- Select the AVCHD format from the list.
- In the Preset menu choose:
- MP4 - H264 1920x1080p 30
- Name the file descriptively - with your name.
- Choose to save into your folder.
- Click Save on the bottom right. It may take a few minutes to process the exported file.
- After exporting is completed, quit Premiere Elements and preview the file to confirm everything is correct in Quicktime player.