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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.
OK, one last thing before we jump into Premiere Elements and get started here. In the exercise files if you go to the Media folder and go to Videos, you'll see that I use a file format called .mp4 quite often. This file format is referred to as H264 or H.264 and the reason why I use that is because it's a great new video format. It really does a great job of making very small file sizes, but still maintains really high quality.
That being said because it's newer, it's not always supported all the time. You might get some errors that Premiere Elements doesn't know how to recognize this. To solve this, there are actually a lot of solutions, but I really recommend getting the most recent update of the QuickTime Player from Apple.com. Alternatively, you can go to QuickTime.com as well. Now just so you know, this is not a commercial for QuickTime, Premiere Elements actually uses QuickTime a lot and that's actually one of the requirements for Premiere Elements to get it functioning correctly.
Most of the time, when you're working with video, the old standards have been .avi files, .mov files, there's even .wmv files on Windows, .mpeg and a few others, but this .mp4, this H264 format, is really hitting the world by storm. It's an amazing format and that's how I'm able to provide so many videos for us to use here because they compress really well. So we could fit a bunch of them on here. So just remember, if you're having any issues with playing these, then you can just go to QuickTime.com or Apple.com and get the latest version of QuickTime. That should solve all of your problems.
Now with the intro stuff out of the way, let's jump into Premiere Elements.
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