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Getting started on Adobe Premiere Elements 10

Adobe Premiere Elements is a software program for editing videos. Elements is Adobe's simplified interface, which they have for both Photoshop and Premiere. Maybe the word *simplified* isn't accurate, though - maybe it should be *less wildly complicated* than the full professional version. So don't worry, this software has all that you need, and probably much, much, more.

When you open Premiere, you are greeted with a blank screen. To begin, go to File - New - New Project. Call it anything that you want, save it anywhere that you want. Leave all of the settings the default - if you look at them now it will make you crazy.

You will see the screen divided into three parts -  your video (called the monitor), the clips that you will bring in (called tasks), and at the bottom, the timeline/scene line. Don't worry about what these are called - it doesn't matter - like all Adobe software, this is a visual interface. You don't have to memorize names of things.

In spite of the fact that Elements is supposed to be *simplified*, there is still a mind-boggling amount of stuff on the screen. I have never used the full version of Premiere, so I can only imagine. And like all software, most of it doesn't matter. After you have used this program for a while, you will learn to ignore most of the visual *noise* - and focus in on what's important to you.

What's important to you is to begin editing a video. To do that, you will need to get media. It would be nice if it would say *get video*, but later on you will find that you can add other types of media, so just look for the little picture of a strip of film with an arrow pointing down.
By the way, since Adobe software is always best used with the icons, it's worthwhile to take a few minutes, squint your eyes, and try to figure out what the little pictures mean. I will post more explanations here, but here is the best place to start - the film strip. It's also used in the logo for this software. What they are trying to show here is a piece of a film strip from the old days. It may look like a building with a couple of really big windows and a lot of smaller windows, but it's not. Whenever you see an icon that looks like that, you know that it refers to video.