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Getting started with Adobe Premiere Elements

Adobe Premiere Elements is a software program that allows you to edit video. And like all of Adobe software, it's all about getting started, and letting the software guide you. This is what Elements does best, and it is what Adobe software used to be like when I first started my career as a graphic designer many years ago.

The hardest part of Adobe Premiere Elements is what to do first. When first opened, all you see is the menu along the top. When I first started it, I remember thinking that it gave me a blank look, and I gave it a blank look. So, here is what you do:

Before you start Adobe Premiere Elements, make a folder on your computer. It doesn't matter what it's called - it's just the place where you're gonna put everything. This software creates a bunch of related files when it gets going, and will keep track of everything - if you save it into a folder.

Make your folder. Now put some clips into it. That's the video that you are going to edit. Put it all in there, let Premiere figure it out. It will.

Click on New Project. If the *splash box* isn't appearing, go to file - new project. Before you click *OK*, give it a name (it doesn't matter what) and be sure to browse to put it in the folder you just created. Ignore the *change settings* for now, right now we're going to go with the defaults. When you click *OK*, you will see Premiere start to look like a software program, instead of just a blank screen.

Of course, they have to try to sell you something, so you will get a box that pops ups up. Click *No* for now, they will ask you again.

Your screen will be divided into three parts. On the top left will be where you will be seeing your video, on the right will be where you will bring in your media, and at the bottom will be the scene line. No, you really don't have to memorize what Adobe calls all this stuff. That's the beauty of this type of software, and why kids can do it. They just click on things, they don't take notes.

There are, however, some terms that you will need to know:

• Get media. That lets you go get your clips. Remember that your original clips will not be altered in any way. You are not editing those clips, you are editing a new copy of them. You can always go back to the original, which is nice.

• Share. This allows you to export your finished, edited video. As an old-timer in software, I am used to the term *export*, but I guess *share* sounds more friendly. To save a video that your webmaster can post on your site, select FLV Medium.



And this is a friendly piece of software. If you can get it started, it's a lot of fun!