Saturday, February 13, 2016

PE 14/14.1: Video Story Elements Organizer Access


Video Story feature was introduced to Premiere Elements in 13. And, 13.1 contributes an option to disable the Video Story pan and zoom default feature. The routes of access to the feature in 13.1 include from
  • Expert or Quick workspace's new project's opening main screen which includes panel for "Make Your Video Story"
  • Expert or Quick workspace Create Tab/Video Story
Each of the two routes arrives at the Video Story workspace and its "Select a Category".

Now NEW in Premiere Elements 14/14.1, access to Video Story is possible from the Elements Organizer 14/14.1 using Create/Video Story there as well as from the Editor's workspaces new project's opening main screen panel (now called "Create a template based movie") and from the Editor's workspace Create Tab/Video Story.

Each of the three routes arrives at the Video Story workspace and its "Select a Category".

In the theme selected in the "Select a Category" area, the user can select "Use Media from Timeline" or select the category/theme and get started with the feature and then select the media from the choices of the following in the Video Story workspace
  • Elements Organizer
  • Videos from cameras & devices
  • Photos from cameras or devices
  • Files and Folder

Why so many access routes for taking the user to the same place with essentially the same Video Story feature? Is there a relationship between choice of access route and obtaining supported media for the Video Story feature?


Access to Video Story

The major advantage seen in using the Elements Organizer access to Video Story seems to be gained only if the user intends to use Video Story media exclusively from the Elements Organizer and wants a one click to get the Elements Organizer selected media from the Elements Organizer to Premiere Elements Video Story workspace and its Select a Category to begin constructing the Video Story.

Media for Video Story

"Use Media from Timeline" for obtaining the media for Video Story was discussed in a prior blog, and the limitations of this source for Video Story media were pointed to when it came to Timeline trimmed clips, fx effects, titles, and audio. These Timeline trimmed clips, fx effects, titles considerations do not apply to Elements Organizer Create/Video Story or Elements Organizer in the Media Source list within the Video Story workspace because of the nature of the files that Elements Organizer accepts and does not accept for import into it.

In the Video Story workspace there can be found options to add captions and narrations to the Video Story.

Although the Elements Organizer does support the import of standalone audio files into it, these audio files are not supported in Video Story, be it in version 13/13.1 or 14/14.1. On the other hand, Video Story in either of these versions will support a file with video and audio components.

Music for the Video Story can be controlled under Detail View/Settings in the Story Chapters phase.
The choices are Theme Music or Custom Music and with or without check mark next to "Mute sound from source video". The choice of "no" music is not seen for music for the chapter. Each chapter has a settings button except for the Story Title chapter (at start) and Story Credits chapter (at end).

Figure 1. Video Story Chapter Settings For Music And Other

There is an option to export the Video Story to Premiere Elements Editor Timeline where the Video Story arrives in the Editor broken apart which would lend itself to adding audio and other editing of the Video Story.

Video Story video trimming within the Video Story workspace can be approached in the following ways

  • Right click the whole video file in Video Story's "Get Media for your Story" workspace, and select "Split Into Multiple Clips" from the pop up. But, it does not always. And, if it does, the split clips do not contain a split clip that looks like the Timeline trim that was wanted transferred  from project's Timeline to Video Story.
  • Click on the "Star" in the video clip to open Favorite Moments for clip trimming followed by the trimmed clip's return to the Video Story in process.

Figure 2. Video Story Clip Trimming With Favorite Moments.