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Premiere Elements 10 Essential Training breaks down the editing workflow into bite-sized pieces, covering everything from setting up a project to exporting the final video to any format. Author David Basulto introduces the basics of editing in Adobe Premiere Elements as well as the advanced features like picture-in-picture overlays and audio and visual effects.
Adobe Elements 10 enables you to control many aspects of your clip. So I've got three clips here in my Timeline. I have got a dance clip here--and I will just move these over a little bit so we can see them better. Here is another dance clip. And then the bottom layer, or my background, is this lovely shot of the handles on the gym room floor. So I am going to press Command+Z to move them back, Ctrl+Z on the PC, and I am going to select my top clip. And now I am going to go to Edit > Edit Effects, and here is what's called the Motion tab and the Opacity.
We are just going to talk about Motion for now. Within the Motion tab is the Position, the Scale, Scale Width, the Rotation, and the Anchor Point. Let's not worry about the AntiFlicker filter now. So I am going to start off with the anchor point. Now what is an anchor point? An anchor point is the center of the world. Basically it's like the sun. It's where everything is going to go around or be centrally located around, and here is my anchor point on this clip. It's a circle with crosshairs.
So if I choose Scale and I scale it down--and we will make it bigger again or actually I will go here and type in 100%. And why is that important? Well, if I go down into Rotation and choose Rotate Left, everything is rotating around the anchor point. But what if I wanted the anchor point to be in the corner here, so that it rotated around this way? So let's take a look. So I am just going to scrub this over, and we will go 250.
I could have also just typed in 250 right there. So now looks like my footage has moved, but the anchor point is the one that's moved, so now if I just click and hold my footage and drag it back, put it into the middle, the footage is where it should be, but the anchor point has moved to the left. And if I go into my Rotate, it's rotating to the left now around my anchor point. That's the new center of the universe; it's not in the middle here. Now that might be important because later on when you learn how to use keyframes and you want to make something spin or rotate or resize and you want it to go from a specific area of your video, you know how to use the anchor point to move it there.
I am going to press Command+Z to get us back to square one. Now let's look at Scale for a moment. I showed you how I scaled in earlier, but why don't we use Scale and Position now. So I am going to scale this down to about 45%. And you know what? I am going to drag this over here to the right, and then I am going to select the next clip underneath it, and I am going to scale that down to 45%. I am going to click and drag that one.
So, as you can see, as I have done this, created this cool picture in picture, keep an eye on this position number here, so if I click on this in the viewer and drag it around, position number moves with it. So you can either do that in the viewer here, which is a little more intuitive than using numbers, or use the numbers. So now if I deselect, I've got this cool little picture-in-picture thing playing, and let's just press the spacebar and see how it plays. I can also turn it upside down if I wanted to, so maybe the background is upside down for some reason. Let's go back.
So as you can see, once you master the Motion tab within the Effects window inside the Edit > Effects Motion, you will be able to make some great picture-in-pictures and many other things.
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