Interrogating Emotions - Premiere Elements

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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, and video clips.

  1. Create a folder with your name on the desktop.
  2. Inside your folder, create folders for audio, stills, and video, and place files accordingly.

New Project

  1. Launch Premiere Elements from the dock at the bottom of the screen.
  2. From the top menu, go to File > Save Project As.
  3. Name the project descriptively (with your name), and choose to save into your project folder on the desktop.

Fixing Folder Structure of .MTS Video Clips

Before importing video clips in Premiere separate the original .MTS video files out from the private folder. This method is best when using clips captured from the Vixia cameras from Media Loan.

  1. Open up the private folder inside the Premiere project folder you created on the desktop that contains the folders for video, audio and stills.
  2. Right click with the mouse on the AVCHD folder/project bundle and select Show Package Contents.
  3. Repeat this step for the subsequent folders, AVCHD > BDMV until you reach the folder, STREAM.
  4. Open up STREAM, and select all the .MTS video clips. Hold down the command key to select multiple clips.
  5. Once all the .MTS clips are selected, right click, or control click, on one of them, and select copy.
  6. Navigate back to your main project folder and create a new folder and name it video.
  7. Open up the video folder and paste the .MTS files by pressing command V.
  8. Once all the .MTS files are copied to the video folder, delete the private folder - these are duplicates.
  9. In the video folder rename each .MTS file with a descriptive label. Doing this will help prevent overwriting files if copying files from multiple cameras, or a different shoot.

Import Video Clips from a Folder

Import clips into Elements from files that were already copied from a memory card.

  1. In Elements, at the top left of the screen click the Add Media tab.
  2. From the list, select Files and Folders.
  3. In the file dialog box click the triangle on the top right to expand the window. Find your project folder, and navigate to the video folder.
    • From the video folder select each video clip as it appears as a .MTS file or .MOV. To select all press command A.
  4. Click Import to add clips to the project.
  5. Video clips will appear in the Project Assets Tab.

Import Video Clips Directly from a Card Reader

Import clips directly from the memory card reader, available at every station in the Multimedia Lab, or when using the Computer Center checkout a card reader from Media Loan down the hall.

  1. With the camera powered off, remove the memory card and insert it into a card reader.
  2. From the top left of the screen click the Add Media tab.
  3. From the list, select Videos from Flip or Cameras.
  4. In the Video Importer window, click the yellow folder icon next to the Save In location, navigate to your project folder, and select choose.
  5. Preview video clips by selecting them and press play in the Preview window.
  6. Un-check the box next to clips you do not want to use.
  7. Click Get Media to import clips. This will duplicate the media files from the memory card to your project folder, and import the files into the Project Assets Tab.
  8. After importing is completed, eject the memory card by dragging it to the trash, and then place it back in the camera.
  9. Initialize the memory card before returning equipment to Media Loan.

Project Settings

When creating a new project Premiere Elements will automatically adjust the project settings to match the first type of video content that is imported. Project settings cannot be changed after starting a project.

Trimming Source Clips in the Preview Monitor

Remove unwanted footage from source clips.

  1. Double click on a video clip in the Project Assets Tab
  2. A preview window appears of the video with playback controls and handles for setting in and out points.
  3. 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.

Insert Edit

Shifts other clips in the timeline out of the way-

  • Click and drag a clip from the project assets tab 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.

Overlay Edit

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.

Split Clips

Split a clip into separate pieces-

  • Position the current time indicator (playhead) over a clip where it will be cut.
  • Bring the cursor over the clip and click on the split clip button (looks like scissors).
  • The clip is now separated into two pieces, that can be re-grown by edge editing.


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.