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Basic Editing: Audio & Video

Before you begin

  • Create a folder in the D: Drive Storage folder and label it with your network ID. This is where you will save all of your files.

Getting Started

  • From the desktop, select the VIDEO icon, then double click on Adobe Premiere Elements 13 in order to open the program.
  • Once you have opened Premiere Elements, make sure you know where the files you will want to be using in this project are. It's much easier to find them before!
  • Select Video Editor at the start screen.

  • Click on the Expert tab to enter Expert Mode.
  • In order to import any audio, video, or picture files you may have, simply select the Add Media button, and choose the appropriate option. If you are importing files off the computer, use the "Files and Folders" option as seen below:

Placing Files, Moving Files, & Trimming Files

  • Now that you've imported all the files you want, you should be able to see previews of them in the top left corner. In order to begin working with these files, simply drag them onto the appropriate track at the bottom of the screen.
  • Video Files: Video files will have an audio and a video component. Place them both on the Video 1 and Audio 1 track.
  • Audio Files: Audio files will have just an audio component. Place it on any audio track.
  • Image Files: Image files are just like video files - they can go on any track labeled video.
  • Feel free to place audio tracks on the narration or soundtrack tracks as well.




  • Now that you've got all your tracks placed, you can move them around easily by simply clicking on them and dragging. Arrange your tracks as needed for audio, video, and images. Don't forget to listen or watch your video by using the white play button in the middle of the screen!


  • Trimming Video: Trimming video or audio is simple. Just double click on the track that you are trying to trim. Next, grab one of the two grey sliders on either side of the window that pops up and pull them in order to cut the track. Once you are satisfied, you can simply close the window!

Exporting your finished project

  • The last step once you have finished editing your video is to export it as an MP4 file.
  • In order to do so, click on the Export & Share button in the top right hand corner.
  • The setting should be automatically on Computer, and you may keep the default settings. This will save your video as an MP4 file with a resolution of 1920x1080 at 30fps.