Well, at the risk of sounding like I'm pounding my own drums, I've sort of spent the last five years laboring on this forum (with over 5,000 posts!), writing books and even creating my own web site to help people get up on running! I'd recommend you check some of it out.
Http://Muvipix.com is a site dedicated to helping people get up and running with the program. There's a gathering of probably the world's most knowledgeable and helpful people on the Community forum -- and you'll find lots of free tips, tutorials, royalty-free music and stock footage and motion backgrounds there -- even more (like over 1000) if you subscribe to the site. I've created a free set of tutorials called Basic Training with Premiere Elements that should definitely get up and running with the basics. There's an intermediate series of 10 more tutorials that you can access if you subcribe to the site, plus dozens more on specific subjects.
I've also written a number of books on both Premiere Elements and on the Photoshop Elements/Premiere Elements combo. They're available on Amazon.com and through the Muvipix.com store.
Check out those reviews on Amazon!
I will strongly second both Steve's books and his Learning Series from Muvipix. I rely on those weekly.
PS - Steve, now I see why the avatar was different this AM - the forum was waiting to process the new one. Now, I just have to get used to the new "look."
PS - Steve, now I see why the avatar was different this AM - the forum was waiting to process the new one.
But it didn't need the temporary 'standard' avatar:
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Many Thanks for your kind and quick response. I will obviuously check out your recomendations,
Can you recommend any books / mags. I may purchase somethings for some hard back reference - Sorry just seen recommendation for books.
Just in case anyone is interested I, i'm a keen member of a forum to do with my profession, its a free forum, feel free to take a peek, if its of interest -
Thank you again.
I am with you, on wanting reference books. Tutorials and online articles are nice, but I like to have the library stocked, so I can grab them easily, while the monitor is full of editing programs, etc. Now, I come from an older time, before the Internet, so books were what I grew up with.
I have heard good things about the Missing Manual series too. I've actually gifted a few copies of these, when I gave one of the Adobe programs to friends. However, I have to admit that I have never even unwrapped these. I have many of Steve's books, and will include copies of those in the next gift.
Not run across any magazines that feature PrE, as an editing tool. Very few actually spend much time on PrPro. It seems that AVID and FCP (Mac) get most of the magazine coverage. I also do not read any "consumer" video mags, so probably miss some good ones.
Good luck, and if you find some other materials that impress you, please update this thread, as those recs. might well help someone else in the future.