That's a lot of questions for one post, Sylhut! I'll do my best to give you general answers -- but without knowing your system specs and what type of camcorder you're getting your video from (as well as which settings you're using to edit your video in your Premiere Elements project) it's hard to be too specific.
I'm concerned that you're not seeing all the InstantMovie Themes icons. This could indicate a lack of power or lack of RAM on your computer. Though it's also not clear from your post if you actually did download the additional content or not.
I'm not sure what you're saying when you say that you can only find 12 soundtracks in your media. Have you gone to the Organize tab and selected Project? This will show you all of the media clips that have been imported into your project.
I've created a series of Basic Training tutorials for Premiere Elements support site Muvipix.com. They'll help you navigate some of these basics.
The Media Offline indicator means that the program can not find some of the media you've imported into your project, most likely because the device that includes it has been removed from your computer. You can't, for instance, link your project to media still on a camcorder or camera, for instance. All media must be on your hard drive so that the program can link to it as you're working on your project. Using the Organize/Get Media button to download or capture your video from your camcorder will ensure that that is the case (as I demonstrate in my tutorials).
The Inspiration Browser is an online set to tutorials which you can access if you're logged onto Photoshop.com. As you click on those little captions that appear at the bottom of the program, you'll be taken to Photoshop.com and offered a tutorial specific to the task you're trying to perform.
Finally, it's very important that you render your work whenever you see a red line on the timeline above your clips. Whenever an effect, theme or transition has been applied to a clip, you will need to render it to see a full quality playback. You render by pressing the Enter key. When you've rendered, there will be a green line above the clips on your timeline.
Again, I don't know what you're using as source video but, if you've got your project settings and source media perfectly matched (as you should), there will not be a red or green line above any clips on your timeline until you apply an effect, theme or transition to them.
There's much more in my books, if you're interested. They're available on Amazon.com and at the Muvipix store. You'll find more information on the program and about the books at:
Steve, thank you for trying to help. I have an iMac Core 2 Duo, 4GB Ram, and captured my video from my Canon Vixia HF200 . I don't think this is the problem. The clips are fine. The problem I'm having is with the Instant Movie themes which I installed from Adobe. Maybe they didn't install correctly and I should try reinstalling, but I would like to go ahead and purchase the software so I can get my project done asap. When I go to the "Organize" tab and select "Media", it shows my clips and 12 Adobe audio soundtracks ?.
I tried to render my project again (it must need to be rendered every time you open the program) but when I select the instant movie and press enter nothing happens.
I would like to go ahead and purchase the software and work out these issues, but I'm not sure if I should uninstall everything first and start over. Or, can I just buy and my installed progam will work properly?
I have been watching your tutorials and they are very helpful but I'm sure I will need to purchase the books for Premiere and Photoshop. Thanks again.
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As I said, Sylhut, you need to go to the Organize tab and select Project. Not Media.
The Media panel has another purpose and, as I explain in my books and tutorials, it can be very confusing because it may or may not show you the media in your project.
The Project panel is Premiere Elements' media panel. This is the media that's in your project.
The Canon Vixia shoots in a variety of modes. If you plan to edit your video in Premiere Elements, you should only shoot in FXP and MXP mode.
When you start a new project in Premiere Elements, you must click the Settings button and, from the preset options, select AVCHD 1920x1080. I believe the camcorder is stereo but has a 5.1 option -- so I think you'll be okay selecting the stereo preset.
When you've selected the proper project preset, your clips can be placed on your timeline with no red or green lines above them until you apply an effect or transition to them. Using the correct project preset, then, will save you a lot of unnecessary rendering.
I did set the project presets correctly. The question I have about the Media Panel, is this where you access the soundtracks Adobe provides you to include in your projects? There are only 12 and I'm wondering if there are more in another location? Also, to render my project, should I be able to select it in the timeline and press enter and it will render? If so, that is not happening.
I am unable to watch your tutorial on instant movies on Premiere because it keeps saying I need to install Adobe Reader (which I did).
Do you think it would be best to uninstall the trial and start over?
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The tutorials are MP4s, not PDFs, so I'm not sure why you'd need Adobe Reader.
I also don't know anything about the soundtracks Adobe provides you. I've never heard of music being supplied with the program -- unless you're talking about SmartSound Quicktracks, which creates custom music tracks for you. But that's a whole other set of tutorials.
But, once you start a project, you need to use Get Media to get your media, either off your camcorder or from a location on your hard drive. Once you've "got" media, it will appear in your Project panel.
The Media panel, in my opinion, is just about useless -- and very confusing. I'd recommend you ignore it completely.
Once you've located the clips on your hard drive, you can use Get Media/From Files and Folders to bring them into your Project panel.
If the OP is referring to SmartSound QuickTracks, this ARTICLE might be useful. It covers the gamut of SmartSound software and music, so there is more info, than one will need just for QuickTracks. Personally, I use a lot of SmartSound software and their music. Hardly a Project is completed without some SmartSound material in it somewhere.