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Premiere Elements 14 – Full Tutorial for Beginners [+General Overview]*

September 3, 2019


Hello people, welcome to this video! Let’s see together Adobe PremiereElements 14 and all you need to start with it!Leave us feedback to improve us!Premiere Elements is a video editing software used to create, edit and improve your videos. Let’s see all the basic steps you need to start with it. When you open it, a welcome screen appears. Here you can choose between the three Adobe Elements softwares: Photo Editor, which is Photoshop Elements; Organizer, which is Adobe Organizer, and Video Editor, which is Premiere Elements.If you want to know more about Photoshop Elements or Organizer, check outour respective guides in our channel.Premiere Elements is composed by four different workspaces: eLive is used to get in touch with Adobe, with videos, tutorials, tips and news. The other workspaces, from Quick to Expert, are used to work with your video project in different ways. The Quick and the Guided workspaces work together, and use a simplified storyboard view. The Expert workspace is the most professional one, that works with tracks and timelines instead. Premiere Elements starts from a blank new project by default. If you ever need to open existing projects, just go to File and then to Open Project… Let’s start from the Quick workspace. First of all, you do need to add your media files inside Premiere Elements. Just go to Add Media in the top left corner. You can import in different ways: from Elements Organizer, any device, camera or a direct webcam. To import files from your computer, just click and drag these directly on the storyboard. You can import videos, pictures and audio files inside. The Storyboard view is composed by four different rows, called Tracks. The Text Track, on top, contains text and titles. Below, the Video Track collects videos and pictures, and, the two Audio Tracks more below contain audio speech and soundtracks. The storyboard concept is very simple. Your files imported, shown as rectangles called clips, are always placed in sequence, one after the other. If you want to change their order in time, just click and drag a clip on the left or right. If you need to zoom in and out, just drag from the zoom bar on the extreme right. Managing clips is very simple. To cut, copy, paste or delete, just right-click on a clip. To trim the clip, in order to remove parts you don’t like, just click and drag from the clip’s edges, when you see your pointer changing shape. Trimmed clips always show this icon in a corner. If you ever mistake, undo pressing CTRL+Z. To split a clip in two, fix the red playhead by clicking on the grey stripline above and click on its scissors icon. The two pieces will become completely independent clips. You can also render gaps between two clips. Gaps in the Video Tracks are simple black screens, while in Audio Tracks are simply silent. To create gaps, simply drag a clip as far you need from the others. The gap will be always indicated through blue contours. To preview your project and its clips, use the Preview on top. Use the player below to playback and stop. The Preview will show all the clips that are under the red playhead at that moment. If you click and drag it, you can check your project in progress frame by frame. You can also adjust clips from the Preview. Click on a clip to select it. If you click on the Preview, some nodes will appear. Drag these to scale the clip, and click and drag to move it. If you want to adjust a clip in order to improve it, just select it and click on Adjust on the extreme right. You have two kinds of adjustments: color and sound adjustments. The color ones are applied on pictures and video frames, while the sound ones on audio and voice clips. Video clips, that have frames and sound, will have all adjustments available in the list. The first three tools are able to adjust your clip auto, in order to correct brightness and contrast, reduce shakes, and enhance colors. The other tools are manual and more detailed. Use Color and Temperature and Tint to adjust the colors of the clip. You can select any ready template you see, or click on More to apply precise settings. Click on Reset on the left to undo. Lighting corrects brightness and contrast; Volume adjusts the volume of the clip, while Balance regulates balance between the left and the right channels of a stereo sound. In applied adjustments you also have an eye, that enables or disables the adjustment applied. An adjusted clip will show the adjustment icon in a corner. If you want to apply adjustments on your entire project, click on Entire Movie on top. Titles & Text is used to add text inside your project. Here you have different ready templates, just click and drag one on the Text Track. Select General under the Classic Titles category if you want to add simple basic text. Then, if you go to Adjust on the extreme left, you can adjust the font style, size, color and allignment. These will be applied on the whole text, unless you select a piece of it from the Preview. Plus, while holding CTRL down, you can click and drag to move, drag the nodes to scale, or drag from outside to rotate the text. Let’s see now how to apply transitions and effects. Transitions are special effects that make a clip appear or disappear. In the bottom right corner, inside Transitions, you have all the list of transitions available inside Premiere Elements. Just click and drag one and drop it in between of two clips, or before or after a single clip. Once you drop it, a small window appears, in order to adjust the transition settings: decide to apply it on the left clip, between the two clips or on the right clip only and its complete duration. The transition will be represented through its related icon on the clips. Double-click on it to adjust its settings again. You can also add effects to clips. By default, each clip has two effects added by default: Motion and Opacity. You can check all effects applied to a clip going to Applied Effects under Adjust. Motion adjusts the clip position, its size and angle of rotation. Opacity adjusts the clip’s transparency instead. If you want to add more special effects, just click and drag an effect from Effects in the bottom right corner. This will be added in the list of effects of such clip, with all its settings inside. Clips with these extra effects will show an fx icon in a corner. On the right of each effect you have some important buttons. The first one enables or disables the interested effect. The second one resets all. The third one removes the effect from the list. This is disabled for the Motion and the Opacity effects. Premiere also offers samples you can use, through Music and Graphics at the bottom. Plus, inside Tools, you can apply advanced effects like Motion Tracking, or save snapshots from your video with Freeze Frame. Use Pan and Zoom to zoom and pan inside the video clip itself. If you ever need more help, check out the Guided tab above. This will act directly on the Quick workspace, highlighting all the single steps you need to follow to reach the final result. The Quick workspace is very simple, but it may not be enough complete when projects start to be complex. In these cases, you will switch to the Expert workspace, passing from a storyboard view to a full track view. While the storyboard view shows a unique video track, the Expert one shows more couples of Video plus Audio tracks. Video Tracks welcome pictures, videos and text, and Audio everything that can be heard. This structure lets you place overlapping clips in time. But the basic functionality, such as how to add media, text or adjustments, is completely identical.Check out our older beginner guides to discover more about the Expertworkspace.Then, just save and render your project! To save your project, go to File and then to Save As… This will save your Premiere project as it is, in a .prel file format that you can open and edit later. If you want to obtain the final video, you can render it by going to Export & Share in the top right corner, deciding format, quality, resolution and the destination folder below. In case you want to render just a part of your project, just switch to the Expert workspace, and include in the Work Area just the part of the project you are interested. You can define the Work Area by dragging its egdes.Thanks for watching! Check out our YouTube channel for more guides!

50 Comments

  • Reply Mochan October 11, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    Thank you!!!!

  • Reply Pankaj Kumar October 28, 2015 at 2:57 am

    I've Pinnacle 18 and need to. add overlays and text over the video

  • Reply scrappingrrl November 17, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    So helpful! Thanks.

  • Reply Keith Shackleton November 29, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    how do I capture video from a Canon XH A1

  • Reply Vynnessa Alease December 3, 2015 at 7:17 am

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  • Reply RandomManuelito December 17, 2015 at 4:52 am

    I need some help please

  • Reply schmittelt December 21, 2015 at 12:25 am

    I am learning with the free trial and plan on buying the full version once I become proficient. But with the trial version, all my projects have a watermark. Will I be able to transfer my trial projects to the full version and have the watermark taken away or will I have to do double work?

  • Reply CrazyCat December 29, 2015 at 2:49 am

    Sounds like a robot

  • Reply CrazyCat December 29, 2015 at 2:49 am

    so lost

  • Reply TheLigh tsays January 2, 2016 at 12:15 am

    Thank you for taking the time to help others with your video 🙂

  • Reply Michael Miller January 2, 2016 at 3:06 am

    Your splash screen said that the "Premiere Elements" program contains the picture editor, the organizer and the video editor. Is that true? Are they separate programs or one program?

  • Reply Shammu Meyyappan January 7, 2016 at 6:20 am

    I feel like this isnt much of an improvement over movie maker for $80

  • Reply Sophie J Park January 14, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Can you separate audio and video – so delete the video clip but keep the audio from the clip?

  • Reply General Rex1 January 18, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    For the video editing software, is there any overlaying in this like a picture pop up or a face cam

  • Reply Byron Cann February 3, 2016 at 7:33 am

    Hi, the audio is really bad. Sorry…

  • Reply Ruth Yoerg February 7, 2016 at 12:35 am

    How do I add a header with a text in it?

  • Reply ckmucci March 2, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    Please answer- if i save the project as a .prel on one computer can I open it and continue working on it on a different computer with Premiere Elements installed? Because I tried and all of the photos in the video show up as blank squares. What am I missing please?

  • Reply B Walker8732 March 10, 2016 at 3:45 am

    Can you render set your videos in 1080p60 with elements 14?

  • Reply blake bouldin April 27, 2016 at 4:05 am

    how the hell did I get here this lady doesn't even speak English

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  • Reply gameoholic1994 May 6, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    I'm having some trouble. The display of the video on top of the screen is squared up like it's presenting the video in Full-screen format. How can I change it so the preview display can be in Widescreen format, and stay Widescreen by default?

  • Reply Cottonflower2 May 10, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    I've been working on a project with Premiere Elements 14, and suddenly, when I opened it today, I noticed all my clips and progress was gone. And I don't really know how to explain this properly, but a File Explorer window opened up titled "Where is the file [file/clip name]?" and at the bottom of the window, a few options showed up. The options were "skip", "skip all", "offline", or "offline all". There was another option, "skip previews", but I wouldn't be able to click on it. What do I do?!

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  • Reply Lars May 14, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    I also have a question: I bought Premiere Elements -13- about a year ago and now, after I ugpraded to win10 everytime I render my voice with it disappears or I get a really ugly sound. But I'm still able to hear my voice in the preview window, any ideas?

  • Reply Arielle Else June 1, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    How much is it?

  • Reply silver lord films June 22, 2016 at 8:07 am

    Can you proxy edit ?

  • Reply MK Online June 24, 2016 at 5:15 am

    How do you render in 60 FPS!?!?!?! PLEASE REPLY!!!

  • Reply Pro Video star July 8, 2016 at 3:05 am

    great video it helped

  • Reply Mason Schweinzger August 4, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    Great video.. love to see Skyrim on your desktop in the background! lol

  • Reply Noah Currie September 21, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    after I've published my video, and i can see that the video is in my documents, how do i view it? (I use mac)

  • Reply Steven Hunt November 27, 2016 at 6:01 am

    REDUE THIS, AND NEXT TIME FIND SOMEONE WHO SPEAKES ENGLISH.

  • Reply seetv569 January 8, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    Very good video 🙂

  • Reply Heather Anne January 13, 2017 at 5:35 am

    This is a great introduction video for someone who is a total beginner. I think her accent is cute and personable. I like that the video gets straight to the subject at hand without any extra nonsense. It's clear and concise and the information is well organized.

  • Reply mikel stevenson February 4, 2017 at 9:12 am

    All at once my videos are no longer filling the full screen, I have to grab the handles and pull the corners out to fill the screen and this lowers the video quality.  It just started doing this after messing with the crop tool.  How can I get it back like it was?  Thanks. Thumbs up.  Subscribed

  • Reply gladys February 27, 2017 at 2:26 am

    This lady sounds like Melania Trump.

  • Reply Reflective Moni April 13, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    Thanks 👍

  • Reply BargrosNintendoGames June 5, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    this lady cant speak did she edit it bad on purpose? I know you have someone to speak the lines normally

  • Reply Anna Kowalczyk August 1, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Very informative thank you!

  • Reply eko bianto November 2, 2017 at 1:21 am

    thank you

  • Reply Claudia Giomi November 19, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    Thank you for explaining in a simple way.

  • Reply Ted Cannon January 18, 2018 at 3:59 am

    Too hard to understand.

  • Reply David Sh331 January 29, 2018 at 11:24 pm

    English please…

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  • Reply DaViSaGa March 3, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    To all people who are dedicated to making "witty" comments about the pronunciation and diction of the video … (far from thanking the content) We invite all of them to do a tutorial in Spanish to see the unfortunate and pathetic level that you show. It is evident that this woman is sharing this information in a non-native language. all of you need learn more Education and respect before commenting on stupidities, "teachers".

  • Reply Chef Mike Benninger May 5, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    i had lots university profs with far worse English skills and that I couldn't just rewind and watch again if i missed something, this is far better, far cheaper. But hey, if you think you're so shit-hot at Premier tips, please record it and post it here, I'm sure we'll all appreciate it…

  • Reply Mike Powell July 28, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    SPEAK ENGLISH….

  • Reply Tom Cruickshanks November 20, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    To bad – cannot understand – I only talk English.

  • Reply salvor1 February 15, 2019 at 4:35 am

    speak slowly clearly, don't move the cursor so fast.

  • Reply salvor1 February 15, 2019 at 4:39 am

    can't quite hear short fast words -SLOW DOWN.

  • Reply Simon Jon June 2, 2019 at 8:41 am

    This lady speaks excellent English, but her accent could be polished to eliminate the traces of her ( Italian perhaps ?) native language.. Useful info, once you adapt

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