On your timeline, you can change the way video clips are displayed by clicking on the little filmstrip icon on the track header, left of the track.
What version of Premiere Elements do you have and on what computer operating system is it running?
Are the video tutorials all demonstrated from the Premiere Elements version that you have? One way to know is to look at the headers of the workspace displaying in the video tutorial.
If the person offering the tutorial is using
Premiere Elements 11, then the workspace headers are Quick and Expert
Premiere Elements 12, then the workspace headers are Quick, Guided, and Expert
Premiere Elements 13, then the workspace headers are eLive, Quick, Guides, and Expert.
In the Expert workspace Timeline of 11, 12, and 13, there are 4 possible video track display styles, and there are 2 possible audio track display styles. Repeated
clicking of the icon to the left of the name of the track cycles through the choices.
If you are new to the program, you might want to work through the tutorials within the program under the Expert or Quick Guided workspaces. This is an example of what you would see if you clicked on Guided for the Quick workspace in Premiere Elements 13.
Lots of free learning tools.
Please consider. Any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
Premier 13 just d/l the educational one. When i'm in QUICK mode the little film strip icon is greyed out and i only see 1 picture.
When in EXPERT mode its not grayed out but I only see 2 pictures. I can't trim anything off of either end of clip. It is very frustrating.
ATR< also sorry ,but thanks for your help.
btw ,when i use guided i can see most of frames but cant do anything with them.
Thanks for the follow up.
When you click on the filmstrip icon to the left of the word Video, you get 4 choices of display style.
black horizontal line, no thumbnails
thumbnails but only one at beginning and one at end of clip
only one Thumbnail at the beginning of the clip.
Even in the case where the video clip is represented on the Timeline as thumbnails across the entire clip, you are not seeing all the frames in the clip until to expand the Timeline content to the max with the -+slider above the Timeline.
It sounds like you are the 3rd choice above selected. If you want to cut some of the clip away, move the Timeline Indicator and watch the Edit area monitor.
When you see the first spot that you want for the cut, click on the scissors tab of the Timeline Indicator stem or use the shortcut Ctrl+K. You have made a cut in the video at the place which is displaying in the Edit area monitor.
You might want to look into trimming the video in its Preview Window which is accessed by double clicking the file's thumbnail in Expert workspace Project Assets.
Please review and consider, explore and experiment. If the above needs clarification, please do not hesitate to ask.
Do one step at a time.
think i got it ,thank u very much.
Thanks for the reply.
You will do just fine. And, please remember that your friends in the Adobe Premiere Elements Forum are just a thread/post away if you need clarification on your Premiere Elements workflows.