Section 14. Add Media with the Adobe Media Downloader

14. Add Media with the Adobe Media Downloader


13 About the Media Panel


18 About Troubleshooting Media Additions

26 Make an Instant Slideshow

You can add media from a various number of sources: DVDs, images and video from your hard drive, images stored on removable drives, or images from a digital camera. Premiere Elements makes it very simple to add image and video files to your projects with the Adobe Media Downloader and the Add Media button.


Select Add Media from Files or Folders

Click the Add Media button in the taskbar and select From Files or Folders. The Add Media dialog box opens.


Browse for Media

In the Add Media dialog box, you can go browsing for images or video that you want to use in your project. From the Look in drop-down list, choose the drive or main folder in which you want to look for media.


Select Individual Media or an Entire Folder

To select multiple media files, press the Ctrl key and click the images you want to bring into your project. Alternatively, click to select an image, press the Shift key, and use the down-arrow key to select consecutive images. If you want to add all the images in a folder to the Media panel, just click to select the folder.


Add Media to the Media Panel

If you have selected a number of images inside a folder, click the Open button to add those images to the Media panel. If you selected an entire folder, click the Add Folder button.


After adding an audio file or a video file that contains audio, Premiere Elements performs a scan of the audio. At the bottom-right side of the screen you might see the message "Conforming audio" or "Generating peak file." This process is normal and is needed for Premiere Elements to play back the audio properly. Depending on the size of your file and the speed of your computer, this process can take anywhere from a few seconds to more than 10 minutes.

14. Add Media with the Adobe Media Downloader


Select Add Media from DVD Camera or Removable Drive

To add media that's located on a DVD, digital camera, or a removable drive, click the Add Media button and select From DVD Camera or Removable Drive. This command takes you to the Adobe Media Downloader dialog box.


Select Device

When the Media Downloader first opens, the center area, where the media is displayed, is empty. You see a message in that area that says, "Please select a device to get media."

The Get media from drop-down list at the top-right side of the screen is where you select the device from which you want to retrieve the media. If you have only one device (such as a digital camera) connected to your computer, that device is the only option in this list. If, however, you have multiple DVD drives and have inserted a DVD in each one, plus you have connected your digital camera, you can select any of these devices from the Get media from list.

The combo box displays the message "Select a Device;" click the down arrow and select the device that holds the media you want to add to the Media panel. After the device is selected, the images appear automatically in the Media Downloader's importable files area.


Change Thumbnail Size

At the bottom center of the screen there is a slider. Move the slider to the right to make the images in the center part of the screen larger; move the slider to the left to make the images smaller.


The Adobe Media Downloader dialog box can be resized by dragging the sides of the dialog box in or out. The dialog box does have a minimum size, however, and will not let you make it smaller than that minimum.


Select Media

Each media item shown in the center of the box has a filename and check box. The filename tells you something about the file and its size. Click to place a check in the box under each file that you want to download into the Media panel for the current project. There are two buttons at the top of the Media Downloader: One is a small framed picture icon and is used to show or hide the images in the importable files area. The other is a small film icon that is used to show or hide the video in the importable files area.


Set Destination and Filename(s)

On the right side of the screen are various Save Files options for the destination and name of the files you are going to download. You can browse for a destination folder for the files. You can also have the Media Downloader create a subfolder for you with options of date/time and name. You can even give each file a name of your choice, followed by an incrementing number starting with 001 (such as MyMediaFile001, MyMediaFile002, and so on).


Add Media to the Media Panel

Now that you have selected the media files to be downloaded and specified where you want these files stored on your computer, click the Get Media button. The files are added to the Media panel and saved in the location you selected. The default location is My Documents, My Videos, Adobe, in a new subfolder named with the date and time.


Depending on the size of the file(s) and your computer speed, downloading media can take from several minutes to several hours.

Adobe Premiere Elements 2 in a Snap
Adobe Premiere Elements 2 in a Snap
ISBN: 0672328534
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2003
Pages: 199 © 2008-2017.
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