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Where is the "Action" bar?

New Here ,
Aug 06, 2021 Aug 06, 2021

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I cannot see/find it.

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LEGEND ,
Aug 06, 2021 Aug 06, 2021

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Not sure what you mean ... do you mean the Menu bar? Work area bar? What?

 

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Aug 06, 2021 Aug 06, 2021

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Hello, Below is from a post.

 

How can I add motion tracking to my video?

Import your video clip to the timeline. Select the clip. In the action bar, select Tools > Motion Tracking. Click Select Object. A resizeable frame appears in the monitor. You can resize the frame by dragging on the corner circles.

 

Not sure what they mean by "Action Bar"

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Aug 06, 2021 Aug 06, 2021

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Moved from Premiere Pro to Premiere ELEMENTS forum.

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You need to be in Expert Mode to see Motion Tracking

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New Here ,
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I goofed, I am in Premier Elements forum, need to be in Premier.

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Export mode, you mean Export Media ?

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Aug 06, 2021 Aug 06, 2021

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No Expert Mode. At the top of the UI there is Quick, Guided and Expert.

Expert you need if you are using Elements.

As for Premiere Pro there is no Tools > Motion Tracking that is an Elements feature.

 

Which program? Elements or Pro?

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The Action Bar is the bar that runs along the bottom of the interface. It used to be where all of the program's tools were accessed, so it's kind of an archaic term.

 

Most tools in current versions of the program are accessed now via the Toolbar, which runs along the right side of the interface. Motion Tracking can be found under the Tools button on this Toolbar.

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Explorer ,
Sep 29, 2022 Sep 29, 2022

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Hi, running into this same issue and am still very unclear where this action bar is. Which "interface" are you talking about steve? Are you able to include a screengrab? 

 

Alternatively if anyone can just say or show with an image where to access Tools > Motion Tracking that would do it. 

 

Like SeanB839 I'm just trying to get to where this article is pointing to
https://helpx.adobe.com/ca/premiere-elements/using/motion-tracking.html

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Sep 29, 2022 Sep 29, 2022

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Have a look at this tutorial. 

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Explorer ,
Sep 30, 2022 Sep 30, 2022

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Thanks for the quick reply Steve!

 

Ahhhh I'm realizing my issue here. I guess I'm in the wrong forum. I'm in Premiere "PRO" not Premiere "ELEMENTS". Trying to access some form of motion tracking within premiere pro, which I'm having trouble doing. 

 

To be honest I've never even heard of "Elements" before this thread. Maybe getting side-tracked here, but what is elements vs pro? Can I access these same tools as a Premiere Pro subscriber / user? I can't find "Premiere Elements" within creative cloud as its own app. 

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Sep 30, 2022 Sep 30, 2022

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At one time, Elements was the little brother of Pro. But they've both evolved into very different programs with very different interfaces.

 

In short, Premiere Elements is designed to edit consumer video via an easy-to-access interface. Premiere Pro can edit consumer video but is primarily designed for professional use and includes a very deep and powerful toolset. But aside from both being video editors, they have very little in common, interface-wise.

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Explorer ,
Sep 30, 2022 Sep 30, 2022

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Thanks Steve, much appreciated. 

Looked up some other tutorials / info as well. Interesting that Elements appears to have a more robust tracking system than Pro. 

Anyways, thanks for your help. If anyone stumbles across this and is specifically looking for a good way to track an image or object within Premiere Pro only, as of now, IMO there's no great option. That said, I found this tutorial helpful:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NP0LhHyzYMY

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Sep 30, 2022 Sep 30, 2022

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Premiere does not offer Motion Tracking.

Unless you want to do it manually, After Effects is the way to go.

Or use this plugin:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkcCJflw3Pg

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New Here ,
Dec 02, 2022 Dec 02, 2022

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the amount of time i have spent trying to find a simple answer to tracking a shape in Premiere is crazy, only to find out - adobes flagship video editor cant do it, and in fact there is no action bar, or tools, or motion tracking menu! maybe... thats why I cant find it. This is why people hate adobe now. I cant even get a straight answer to a simple question! none of this is directed at you Ann - I appreciate the straight answer.

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LEGEND ,
Dec 02, 2022 Dec 02, 2022

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I've tracked things like faces, cars, license plates at various times. That sort of basic tracking works pretty well in Premiere.

 

If you want to track one thing and move something else based on that, in say a graphic object, you can by grouping them. They'll move together.

 

For anything more complex, that's exactly what AfterEffects was built to do.

 

Neil

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