Funtimes With Premiere Elements: File Transfer
Comparing and contrasting Premiere Elements with the Premiere I’ve briefly used in class. With more time to use this program, it works rather decently – in fact, a little better. You can actually play your video for one thing (ooh. ah.)
Unfortunately, Camtasia just doesn’t play mp4s, so there was no cheating and using that to edit files to put together with Premiere. Sad times. BUT Premiere Elements 9 (which I would recommend downloading for everyone who can’t get the “normal” premiere on his/her laptop) works seamlessly with the same mp4s that the other Premiere uses, so if you need to transfer files from one computer to the other and – for some reason – the flashdrive will not work on a windows, then have no fear.
First, you’re going to want to put all your files into one folder. Make a folder by right-clicking – or CtrlClicking for all your Macies out there (I usually do this on the desktop so my new file is easier to play around with), then go to “new” and “folder” New is the next-to-bottom option, and then folder is the first so I trust nobody will have trouble finding it (considering the reader wouldn’t know this already… but just in case)
Drag your files into the folder, and then right click the folder and go down to Add to Archive:
Note: I don’t exactly remember how different this was on a Mac, but since I didn’t have any issues with it, it should be close enough. You can only make it a .zip as opposed to the option between a .zip and a .rar I think, but I could be wrong. I’ll edit this later.
On a Windows you’ll get the option. Which one you want is a matter of personal preference, but as I said above, in the instance of trying to get files from a mac-only flashdrive, you can only use .zip so that makes the decision much easier. Yei.
It takes a little while, but once it’s finished you have a file. There are a few things you can do with it.
Depending on the size, you could email it to yourself as an attachment or go to to a web service like YouSendit and THEN send it to yourself. If it’s a little on the largeish side, and if you have a friend who’s willing to help you, then you can cheat a little (like I did) and send it through an AIM. It’s not easy to show, because not all instant messengers are built exactly the same, but the option to share files and folders WILL be there, and then all they have to do is send it back when you return to your working computer.
Then all you have to do is unzip the file (right click on it and extract files – it will have the same little icon next to it that the Add To Archive option had in the pic above), choose what folder to put it in (make a new one if you’d like) and woot! Your files are ready to be worked in Premiere Elements, you little sneak, you.
More on the differences (as I’ve found out) in my next post.