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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.
In this movie, I'm going to be using the project 07 Titles in the Chapter 02 folder of the exercise files. And of course we're going to be talking about titles, how to add them and also how to adjust the ones that we find in let's says Movie Themes that we've looked at in the last movie. Now as we'll see in Chapter 09, titles get awfully complicated. There is all sorts of banners that you can add, you could add credits, you can add images, you could add styles and all sorts of really interesting, innovative things you can do with iitles. In this movie, we're just going to cover the basics. First let's talk about adjusting titles that are already there.
For that I'm going to go to the second movie that we applied, this is from the Movie Theme that we applied. And I'm just going to go over to where it says Trip Title and I'm going to click to select it and then I'm going to double click on the text to access the title editing features of Premiere Elements. From here, this function is a lot like Microsoft Word or some other word editing program. If we put our cursor here, we're going to make a new title. See up how there is brackets around the cursor? But as I move my cursor close to existing titles then that bracket disappears. And that's what I want. I want those brackets to go away and if I click in this text area with those brackets gone, it will edit existing text and that's exactly what I want to do here.
So I'm going to click at the end. I am going to hit the backspace key to backup a little bit and I'm going to type in 'trip' and then we hit the Enter key, 'to dolphins.' Then what am I going to is just hit this Selection tool, so I can come back here and select my text and move it into place. And now as I click away from this to deselect that, this looks much better. Of course, we can come in here and center that again a little bit and do some more tweaking and fiddling. But now since you get the idea that we could come in here and just click or double click the text to get access to the text editing features of Premiere and then fiddle around with it.
If we wanted to we could change the font, we could change the size and change the style, all sorts of stuff. Now if we want to create text on our own, we need to add extra step. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to click on the first clip, the intro that was added by the Movie Themes in the last segment, I'm just going to click this little T button, Add default text. That will add some text that just says Add Text and it's already highlighted so I could just say whatever I want to type, I'll just type 'Chad's movie' and again I select the Selection tool, click on the yext again, so I can move the text as an entire box and I can move it into position.
Now it's a little bit big for my taste. So I'm going to come over here to the Type area and I'm going to click on this number right here and if I want to, I could click once and manually type in the number of the size of the font that I want. I don't really know fonts that good. I can't really say, well this needs a 53 as opposed to a 68. So what I'm going to do is just click on this number, click and hold the mouse down and drag to the left to resize this text so that it's a little bit smaller. I could also quickly click on one of the styles to change the style to a different font, different characters, different text styles and colors and all sorts of fun stuff.
I think I'm going to go with this one right here and maybe bring up the size just a tad. And so there we have it. We have a customized movie with a cool Movie Theme. We have our own custom titles, we have awesome transitions and effects and all sorts of great stuff going on and we did it in just a matter of minutes. The final step coming up in the next movie is to now export this and send this and share this with others.
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