This introductory tutorial covers the Premiere Elements workspace,  importing files, exporting to the timeline/scene, splitting at the play-head, scrubbing the timeline, working with time-stretch, applying affects and transitions, working with layers and exporting.

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When teaching students to use Premiere Elements it’s a good idea to either have a dedicated networked external drive that project files and scratch disks can be allocated to. If that is not practicable, and you are using non networked DER laptops, (class sets) advise students to purchase or provide for them, 4-8GB USB’s. That size drive should be able to carry sufficient data for smaller independent projects. If students are using their own DER laptops there should be sufficient space on the native drive for most needs.

To facilitate a good workflow begin with creating projects, opening saved projects and familiarizing students with the Elements workspace. The workspace is logically arranged into the most frequently or commonly used tasks in a normal workflow.

The ‘Organise’ pane/window allows you to;

  • Import media / files via ‘Get Media’ tab
  • Create instant movie (cancel to close)
  • Tag clips

The Edit pane/window allows you to;

  • Work with project files
  • Work with Themes
  • Apply effects to timeline selections
  • Apply transitions to timeline or scene-line
  • Apply titles

The Disc Menu pane/window allows you to;

  • Create DVD menu’s and burn the project to DVD. However this is problematic in terms of burning the project to disc on DER laptops as they don’t have a DVD drive. Theoretically you could save the project to a networked drive and burn the DVD from a networked PC.

The Share pane/window allows you to, via the following menu’s;


  • Export to Blue Ray or DVD disc (Not available for DER laptop)


  • Upload to You Tube
  • Upload to a website via FTP

Personal Computer.

  • Export to Flash, MPEG or DVAVI. In some cases you may have to register the component, but it’s a fairly simple process.

Mobile phones and Players.

  • Export for iPhone and iPod
  • Export for Audio Podcast
  • Export for Creative Zen


  • Export to tape or mini DV tape. This is an essential for students whose video works are selected for ArtExpress. Successful candidates need to submit their selected works on mini DV tape and Premiere Elements is one of the few editing apps that will allow you to do this. Despite popular opinion, iMovie does not export to DV tape. Only in iLife ’06 is there a version of iMovie HD that exports to mini DV tape.

There a lots of good tutorial sites available for Premiere Elements. A short sample is provided below.

Adobe Premiere Elements Tutorials, Tips and Tricks

VTC    Extensive collection of tutorials

Adobe TV


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