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Whether you're new to the program altogether or a pro who needs a refresher on the latest features, author Steve Grisetti gets you up and running quickly with Premiere Elements 11, the affordable and intuitive video-editing program from Adobe.
The course walks through the entire editing workflow, from importing and organizing your raw assets, to timeline editing in Quick view and Expert view, to sharing your work on DVD, Blu-ray, or on the web. Along the way, you'll discover how to enhance your basic videos with voiceover, slow motion, transitions, titles, and a solid soundtrack. In less than three hours, this course will show you what you need to know to create polished gems from almost any kind of raw footage, from tape-based DV, to AVCHD, to smartphone and iPad video footage.
Titles can help you tell your story. A few words on the screen can help you clarify a scene or identify a person, or it can simply give credit where credit's due. Premiere Elements includes dozens of title templates that you can use to add titles to your movie, each one of which is fully editable and customizable. There are a number of ways to create a new title in Premiere Elements. We can just simply go up to the Text menu at the top of screen and select New Text and create either a Default Stationery text title; a Roll, in which the title goes from the bottom of the screen to the top of the screen; or a Crawl, in which it goes either left or right or right to left across your screen.
Rather than choosing a generic title though, let's take a look at the templates. The templates panel for titles and text is launched by clicking the button on the Action Bar at the bottom of the screen, Titles & Text. There are a variety of themes here in Premiere Elements for your title. You can see them as we scroll down. Some of these are fun, some are a little more serious, some contain graphics, some are just very basic fonts and they come in a variety of categories too. You can browse those categories simply by clicking on the Category button at the top of the panel. Some of these include animation, like for instance a Roll, and if you want to see the animation, you simply hover your mouse until you see the play button and click on it and you can watch the animation, in this case a Roll.
Some include lower thirds, and a lower third is just a title that sits at the bottom of your screen and identifies either the person or the situation in your video. In this particular case, just for demonstration purposes, I'm going to just use our default text in the Default category. And to use it I simply drag the template onto my title's track on my timeline. It works essentially the same in Quick view as an Expert view; you just drag it to a video track in Expert view. We'll take a look at Expert view in a moment. But you notice that when I add the title to my timeline, I open up in a title adjustments area here.
To customize my text, simply drag across it and type in the new title. In this particular case, my title kind of extends beyond the edge of the frame. I can just resize it by dragging across the Font Size option here in the Adjustments panel. Down it goes. Below the option to select a font, you'll to see two alignment buttons. When you click them they will align your text both horizontally and vertically. When you're in Typing mode or Text mode, you can simply select and then retype your text.
When you're in Selection mode, you can move the titles around or you can use it to move around the graphic elements in your title. Let's realign it. I can change the font by selecting a Font option here, or I can go over to Styles and I can browse for a particular look. Some of these include drop shadows, some include outlines, they include colors and fonts. We'll choose that one, chaparralPro. Once again, it's too big for the screen. And I'm just going to drag over the size to resize it and then align it again.
Notice on the Monitor panel you have two concentric rectangles. Those are your safe areas. The outward rectangle is called your action-safe area. You want to make sure that nothing that's relevant to your movie appears outside that rectangle. The reason why is all televisions have something called overscan, which means they cut off a little bit of your video frame around the edge. So these safe areas will make sure that whatever is important shows up on any TV. In the case of your titles, your title-safe area is the inner rectangle.
So make sure that any text you add to your video stays within that inner rectangle. In addition to changing the font and adding styles, we can add shapes to our title. And you can draw basic shapes, and you can color them just as you could in any graphics program. Draw, for instance, a square and I can color it any color want. I don't want to have graphics in this particular one, so I'm selecting it and deleting it. But you can do the same with your text. If you'd like to color your text, you can use either the Text tool or the Selection tool.
Simply select the text box, go over here to color, and you can color it any color you want. Once you're satisfied with the results, just click on your timeline. You'll come out of the title adjustments area and back into editing your video. Now, when you've added the title in Quick mode, you see that it appears here on the title track, right above the video. You can also put directly on the video track if you'd like. When we switch over to Expert mode, that title that we applied in Quick mode, it shows up on Video 3.
And you can put your title on any video track you want in Expert mode. But if you're one of those people who likes to work between Expert mode and Quick mode, jumping back and forth, make sure that your titles stay on Video 3 and then they'll also be visible in Quick mode. In Premiere Elements you can create a title in any font, any color you want. You can make rolling and crawling titles. You can even add and remove graphics. The title adjustment area is a very versatile workspace, and it's got lots of great options.
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