Adobe Premiere Elements makes transitioning from iMovie a simple task. You can quickly convert an iMovie video file or project to Adobe Premiere Elements with the Elements importing tools. In fact, you can automatically convert all iMovie and iPhoto projects saved on your computer to Premiere Elements projects at one time with the Elements Organizer. When you use the Elements Organizer, your iPhoto and iMovie projects are imported so you can edit the source files in Elements.

Importing an iMovie

Step 1

Open Premiere Elements, then click the “Add Media” tab.

Step 2

Click the “Files and Folders” option, then browse to the iMovie file on your hard drive.

Step 3

Click the iMovie file to import, then click “Import.” To import an entire folder, click the folder, then click the “Import Folder” button. The file or folder is imported in to Elements, and the thumbnails for the photos and videos display in the Elements main screen.

Step 4

Right-click on the thumbnail of an iMovie project to edit, then click “Edit with Premiere Elements Editor” to open the project for editing.

Elements Organizer

Step 1

Open Adobe Premiere Elements, then click the “File” option in the top menu.

Step 2

Click “Get Photos and Videos,” then click the “From iPhoto” option to launch the Elements Organizer.

Step 3

Click “OK” at the Elements Organizer prompt. The Elements Organizer searches your computer for iPhoto and iMovie files. A confirmation prompt displays when all items have been imported into Premiere Elements. A thumbnail displays in the Premiere Elements main screen for each imported file.

Step 4

Click “OK.” You can now open your iMovie projects in Adobe Premiere Elements.

Step 5

Right-click on the thumbnail of an iMovie project to edit, then click “Edit with Premiere Elements Editor” to open the project for editing.