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Digital video is a medium that is now available to almost everyone. It can be captured on anything from a mobile phone to a high-definition camera, and published anywhere from YouTube to Blu-ray discs. In Premiere Elements 4 Essential Training, Adobe Certified Instructor Chad Perkins explores all the video editing capabilities of Premiere Elements 4. Chad starts with a real-world sample project, then covers techniques for importing and editing video; and adding effects, transitions, and animation. He concludes with a final project incorporating all the steps, including exporting and posting. Exercise files accompany the course.
Premiere Elements actually provides two different ways to work with and edit video, the Sceneline and the Timeline. The Sceneline is actually the default. In the Sceneline View, things are very basic and they are pretty much spelled out for you. So it says right here, 'Drag next clip here.' I can click a clip in the Organizer or in the Project Area and just drag and drop it right there. If I'm previewing a clip and I'm a little bit further in time, all I have to do to rewind it is just click a clip and it jumps me back to the beginning of that clip. Click here again, I jump to the beginning of that clip.
See that cool animation where it auto-centers itself right there. I love that that. That is so cool. It's just very simple and easy to work with the Sceneline. Now, as you start getting a little bit more advanced with Premiere Elements you want to take things to the next level and you'll want the advanced features of the Timeline. So come over here into the My Project Area and click on the Timeline. And so as you could see here already, this is a lot more complex. There's a lot more doohickeys and tools and all sorts of icons and weird things. It's just not as pretty and simple to look at. The Timeline is structured much more like a professional video editing application and as such it's not as easy to use, but it does have a lot more features and functions which will help you to be able to do more than you could in the Sceneline View. Now throughout this training series, we'll be pretty much sticking to the Sceneline View except when we need to access the powerful features of the Timeline.
Now we're almost ready to jump in and start talking about how to actually edit your video. Before we do that though I want to have one final movie and on just how to navigate the Timeline. How to get around in time with the Timeline and the Sceneline View. That's coming up in the next movie.
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