Getting started on Adobe Premiere Elements 10
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.
Posted by Brad Hall