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In the Project Panel, click on the New Icon, and choose Color Matte. You can set that to any color, that you wish. Drag that to the Timeline, on Video Track 1, and click+drag on the Tail of that, to extend it as long a Duration, as you wish.
Also, what we see as "black" in a Video Project, is really "transparent," but if there is nothing to show through that, it appears as black.
Hmmmm... I don't see a project panel? What am I missing? I'm using Premiere Elements 11.
In Expert Mode, follow these instructions:
Project Assets panel overview
The Project Assets panel lets you preview source material for your projects. Select the Expert view and then click Project Assets.
You can view the contents of a project using the list view or the grid view. Use the panel options menu to switch between the views.
The grid view displays a snapshot of the video you imported into the project. The Project As
For Black Video, or Color Mattes, follow these instructions:
Create and add a black video clip
You add black video clips to separate multiple movies or to create pauses in a movie. You can also use a black video clip for a title.
1. Click Project Assets.
2. In the Project Assets panel, click New Item from the panel options and choose Black Video.
Create a colored matte for a background
You can create a clip consisting of a full-frame matte of solid color, which you can use as a solid background for titles or animated clips.
Brightly colored mattes can serve as temporary backgrounds to help you see transparency more clearly while you adjust a key effect.
1. Click Project Assets.
2. In the Project Assets panel, click New Item from the panel options and choose Color Matte.
3. Choose a color in the Adobe Color Picker dialog box, and click OK.
A color matte clip is placed into both the Project Assets panel and the Expert view timeline.
Good luck, and hope that helps,
Thank you for clarifying. Projects Panal = Project Assets I was able to add a color matte.
With each version of PrE, Adobe changes a few names, and even locations of common operations, so it's tough to keep up with exactly what something is called, version to version.
Glad that you found it, and that it worked for you.
Another, though somewhat convoluted route, would be to create a New Title, and then create a Full-Frame Shape, of the desired color, and probably with no Stroke. However, I find Color Matte to be like "one stop shopping."