This is a lot to ask in a single post! But most of these are pretty basic questions.
I'd recommend you start with my free 8 part Basic Training tutorials at Premiere Elements support site Muvipix.com. They'lll answer most of your questions.
You can also find answers to ALL of these questions in my books, if you're interested.
And, if you've still got some specific questions, we're all very glad to help you. It's just kind of hard to walk you through the basics of the entire program in a couple of brief forum posts.
1) How do I load pre-existing videos/audio to a project's working timeline?
Can you elaborate a bit more on this one, as I am not quite sure what you wish to do?
2) Which lines do I specifically use to post audio and video on (Soundtrack, Narration, Audio 1, Video 1, Audio 2, Video 2, Audio 3, and Video 3)?
You can use any of the Audio Tracks, that are empty. However, there have been some odd behaviors in earlier versions of PrE, regarding the two Fixed Audio Tracks, Soundtrack and Narration. In most of those cases, the "fix" was to Select and drag the Audio Clips from one of those, to any free regular Audio Track. Note that if an empty Audio Track does not exist in the Timeline, you can create one (or as many as you need, up to about 99).
3) How do I cut video/audio parts on the timeline?
There are a couple of ways to Cut the Audio and/or Video. One is to use the Razor/Scissors Tool, and if you have the CTI (Current Time Indicator/Playhead) where you want to Cut, and Snap is ON, then the Razor/Scissors Tool will Snap to that point, when you get close to it.
Next, and again with the CTI positioned, where you want the Cut, you can hit Ctrl+K, to Cut the Clip(s).
If you ONLY want to Cut, say the Video, or Audio, then Alt+click on that Stream in a muxed Clip. That will temporarily unlink the Audio from the Video, so that Cuts can be made to just one Stream.
4) What does the Sceneline do different from the timeline?
The Sceneline View is sort of like a "lightbox," for general, quick sorting of Clips, but is very limited for actual editing. Most recommend that after the initial sorting, one switch to the Timeline View, for exact editing. Also, the Sceneline View only shows one Track on the actual Timeline, so its view is limited.
5) How do I add video/audio transistions to parts on the timeline?
It is probably easiest to just drag the Transition from the Transitions Panel display, to where one want it to fit, between Clips. Now is probably a good point to read this ARTICLE on Handles, as they are important to get most Transitions to function properly.
6) How do I mark where the end to the timeline video/audio-list is established, for the final video/audio or audio file?
This happens automatically, as one adds Clips. The Timeline just increases as the Duration (runtime of all Clips on the Timeline) increases.
The only time that one needs to even consider this is with the WAB (Work Area Bar). If it has been set to a smaller portion of the Timeline, and then Clips are added, one needs to manually extend the WAB to cover those additional Clips, if needed. The easiest way to do that is to hit the \ (Backslash key), to Zoom out, and then Dbl-click the little box in the middle of the WAB. If the WAB has not been set to a smaller portion of the Timeline, then it automatically extends also.
7) How do I make my finished project into a video/audio file or just audio?
As of about PrE 7, all file Exporting is done from the Share Tab. Be sure, when viewing the Share Panel, that you look at the scroll bars to the right, as they will access more options. In most formats, one can Share to an Audio file, a Video file, or a muxed Audio & Video file.
Hope that helps,
I am a bit confused. Is that "APE3" a typo? I thought that you were on PrE 7.
The first thing that I would do is take a good look at this ARTICLE. It starts with a checklist of things to do to get PrE running at its best. Next, it has links on tuning up one's computer and their OS. Last, there are links on troubleshooting, that work up in degree of difficulty.
If nothing helps, see the link to How to Get Started, in Reply # 4.
>couldn't find my original post
You click your name and that takes you to your history area
Click "YourName's Stuff" (where, of course, YourName is your actual screen name) and you will see a list of your recent messages
Also... some reading...
Forum Tutorials http://forums.adobe.com/docs/DOC-1021
Personalize Forums http://forums.adobe.com/docs/DOC-1013
How to Select a Forum http://forums.adobe.com/docs/DOC-1015
Sorry, I meant APE9 (Adobe Premiere Elements 9). Not sure why I put a "3" in there.
It's weird. My APE9 program is now either saying "an error has occured," or one of those "Runtime Error!" things, or back to a "low on system memory" thing, even though I recently had my RAM space increased to 3 GBs (Windows XP desktop computer). I'll check on that Article link, and get back to you guys, as well as on my other problems, once the program is working right.
P.S. - Do you guys know when the APE9 for Dummies book will be released?
You can use any of the Audio Tracks, that are empty. However, there have been some odd behaviors in earlier versions of PrE, regarding the two Fixed Audio Tracks, Soundtrack and Narration. In most of those cases, the "fix" was to Select and drag the Audio Clips from one of those, to any free regular Audio Track. Note that if an empty Audio Track does not exist in the Timeline, you can create one.Casque Beats de Dr.Dre Studio Red Sox .