Premiere Elements is definitely going to work very differently than Premiere 6.5. In fact, Premiere Pro works very differently than Premiere 6.5, since Premiere 6.5 is well over 10 years old -- a lifetime as software goes.
What you are dealing with is called ripple editing, and it's just a matter of learning to work with it (or holding down the Ctrl key when you don't want it to happen).
Meantime, have you checked out my free 8 part Basic Training tutorials?
Thank you both for the direction... Is there a way to push everything to the right? Or everything on one track? I've tried holding CNTRL down and that has helped a bit but I really need to be able to move things ahead and create "dead" space.
Yes. Just drag to lasso them and move them to the right.
Though you don't need to. If you just drag your new clip into the middle of a sequence without holding down the Ctrl key, the other clips will automatically move to the right to allow you to insert the clip.
Is there something I could do to create a soft guaze over a clip with an area that is in focus and the rest, softly fuzzing out? I have one tape of footage that is damaged. I've selected some clips with pixelating edges and am trying to figure out the best way to make them look presentable. Currently, I was thinking of adding a black soft edged frame around the whole thing but I know this version can do some cool and creative things....
You can use the Efffects Mask to isolate the effect and then apply a Gaussian Blur over it.
Have you worked through my Basic Training tutorials?
With these basic kinds of questions, you may want to look into getting a copy of my book, which takes you step-by-step through the program's features.
If you're really coming from Premiere 6.5, which was designed back in the pre-DV era, everything about video editing has changed since then. It might be a good idea get the basic down before you get too deeply into a project.
I your problem is ONLY out around the edges of your Clip, it might also be possible to use the Fixed Effect>Motion>Scale, to enlarge your Clip, and let the Project's Frame Size effectively crop those damaged areas out.
Now, if the damage extends well into the Frame, then Scaling will likely introduce too much image degradation - for just a little, it can work nicely though.
For more severe damage, then your tack, plus Steve G's suggestions will like allow you to clean things up, just with a slightly different aesthetic solution.