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Chapter 4. Managing Clips > Working with the Media Window

Working with the Media Window

The Media window is the receptacle of all the clips—video, audio, and still images—you intend to use. Accordingly, it’s vital that the clips be organized, easy to find, and easy to evaluate. Premiere Elements’ Media window helps you achieve these goals (Figure 4.1).

Figure 4.1. The Media window helps you organize, find, and evaluate your clips.


To help you change the view options or access common commands quickly, several buttons are conveniently located at the bottom of the Media window. As in all the primary windows, you can also access commands associated with the window from an integrated menu that’s labeled More.

The preview area displays vital information about selected items in the window, as well as a sample image. You can play back movie files in the preview area. In addition, you can set any frame of a movie clip to represent the clip in the Media window views.

The Media window is fundamental; you can close other windows, but closing the Media window closes the project and returns you to the welcome screen.

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