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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.
Now, we're going to add some pizzazz to our project by adding Transitions and Effects. If you'd like to follow along, I'm using the 04 Transitions and Effects Projects found in the Chapter 02 folder of the Exercise Files. First let's talk about transitions. Transitions are basically special effects that happen between clips to guide us from one clip to the next. Let's back up little bit and go to our first clip. In the beginning of the first clip, we fade from black into our clip and we see the kids in regular motion here and then we go to the second clip, they jump in slow motion. It's really cool but as we look at the end of the first clip and the beginning of the next clip, there is a kind of disconnect there.
They are not really jumping and then all of a sudden they are jumping, it's a little awkward. So what we want to do is soften up the transition between these two clips. We do that of course with a transition. So what we're going do is go over the Tasks panel and click on the Transitions button and as you can see here there are loads of transitions to choose from. Every single one of these boxes is a transition. If you want to preview what some of them do just hold your cursor over it to get a little demonstration of that particular transitions will do. So there is a Clock Wipe, so somebody is in a video waiting for somebody to hurry up and get there or whatever, there is a little Clock Wipe.
We are definitely going to cover a lot of these in Chapter 5, when we talk specifically about transitions. What I'm looking for right now is this in the Dissolve category, Cross Dissolve. Cross Dissolve is probably the most common type of transition, basically it's a very soft way to get point A to point B, it fades out one clip as it fades in the next one. So what I'm going to do is simply drag the Cross Dissolve, just click on it and drag it down to this space, these like right facing arrows here in between the two clips and let go. All of a sudden, as you can see here now, we have a transition.
So now as these kids get ready to jump, there is a nice fade between these two clips. Isn't that better? Yes, that's lot better. I like it much better. Now, let's talk about the end of this clip. The end of this clip, we get to the Dolphin Harbor sign. That's also a little jumpy and a little unexpected. So what we could is we use transitions here to transition from the kids jumping to Dolphin Harbor. We could do something little bit crazier here, so I am going to scroll down and I'm going to look for this one in the New Blue Art Blends elements.
I am going to select this Metallic Ice. Basically it turns both videos clips, this cool Metallic Blue. That's kind of like the transition between them. I like it. So I'm going to click on Metallic Ice and drag and drop in the same way in between these two clips here. By the way, as we'll talk about later, if you want to replace a transition, all you have to do is drag and drop a different one on top of existing one. So if I want replace Metallic Ice with Metallic Copper, all I have to do is drag and drop Metallic copper on to this spot. Metallic Ice would be gone, replaced by Metallic Copper.
It's just that easy. So at the end of this clip, it's kind of cool, these kids turn Metallic Ice and the Dolphin Harbor logo turns Metallic Ice and then its fades out, and starts playing the clip. So let's play that in full speed and see what's it look like. Kind of fun little way to say something different is happening now. Pretty cool stuff. Now lets talk about Effects. Effects can be any thing from a special effect on screen to a color adjustment. The gamut is really huge when we talk about effects.
So I'm going to click on the last clip in the entire sequence here. I am going to go over to the Effects button. As you could see here, there are plenty of effects just like with transitions and they do any one of number of crazy things. There is this cool Earthquake in the NewBlue Motions Effects Elements category. The Earthquake effect, so just like with transitions, we drag and drop to apply it except instead of dragging and dropping it on the space in between two clips, we actually drag an drop it to the clip itself.
So I drag and drop Earthquake on this clip and now when I play it, it's fluttering in and spinning around like crazy. I need to go back to that clip there, there we go. So what I'm actually going to do is hit Ctrl+Z on the keyboard, the Ctrl key and the letter Z to undo that action, to take off the Earthquake. If we go up a little bit farther, one of my favorite effects is under the Generate category. That is Lens Flare. So if you have some sunlight coming in or you just want like an extra little glare, you can drag and drop Lens Flare, and you see that effect that adds.
It's pretty beautiful. I am going to hit Ctrl+Z, one more time. Another thing we can use effects for, right above that are Distortions and I'm scroll down little bit farther, over the Pixelate category, you'll find an effect called Facet and if I drag and drop this on to my dolphin clip, you will see that it's a subtle effect, but it turned everything kind of artistic and painterly. Almost looks like it's a water color now. So If I scrub this Timeline and look at this dolphin playing, all the splashes in the water look like they were drawn by hand with water colors. It's a beautiful artistic effect.
Effects are capable of this type of thing as well. So as you can see with transitions and effects, you can really create a lot of interesting looks for your video projects. In the next movie, we're going to look at adding some audio and additional soundtrack to our movie project.
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