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Showing off vacation highlights or making a music video with a professional touch is just a few keystrokes away with Premiere Elements 7. In Premiere Elements 7 Essential Training, Jeff Sengstack, Adobe Certified Expert in Premiere Pro, breaks down the editing workflow into bite–sized pieces, about everything from setting up a project to exporting the final video to any format. In between, Jeff covers the basics of editing as well as advanced features like picture–in–picture overlays and dazzling visual effects. Exercise files accompany the course.
Transitions in Premiere Elements have certain default parameters like a 1 second duration, but you can customize every single transition in your project. Now that doesn't mean you have to learn how to adjust 120 different transitions. Rather, each transition has up to seven different parameters that you can adjust. Here is a run down. Duration, how long is the transition? Alignment, how does that line up with the edit between the two clips? Direction, left to right, top to bottom. A border, which can have a width and color. You can play it in reverse. It might have an anti- aliasing quality, which I'll explain in a moment, or it could have a custom feature.
To follow along with this tutorial, open up 06-adjust. You will see that there are three clips in the Timeline and we are going to apply transitions between these clips to show you the parameters that you can adjust to customize your transitions. So let's start with something simple. Go to Edit, Transitions, and select Cross Dissolve. When you apply Cross Dissolve, you will see that it has only two adjustable features and the way you get there is by double-clicking on this rectangle to open up the Transition Parameters view. If I go click Project and try a different way to select the transition here. Go to Transitions and click Edit Transitions. It's another way to open up this Parameters view.
Then go to Sceneline and click on the transition to select it. Go back to Transitions and open up Transitions this way. So there are several ways to get into edit the transition. I would like to look at the Timeline, so I'll go back there. Now this transition, Cross Dissolve, has only two parameters that you can adjust in terms of how the transition will look. So we will start with Duration. The default duration is 1 second. If you drag this to the right, you can increase it; if you drag it to the left, you can decrease it. I'll increase it to about, let's say, 2 seconds or so. Now if I play it, it will last for 2 seconds. You will notice that this little rectangle down here is now longer.
It's demonstrating that this transition is now 2 seconds long. It gradually goes from one scene to the next. You can also adjust where the transition is located. So I'll double -click on it again to open up those parameters. I want to say -- I don't want to Center at the Cut, I want it to Start at the Cut. Meaning that it starts here, right after this clip, and it starts at the edit point, the cut. So that clip ends and it begins to go to the next one. Or I can say I want it to End at Cut. Again, this kind of placement is very dependent on how you want the edits to look. For the most part, you want the transition to be centered on the cut. This is the default way of doing things.
Let me apply a different transition to show you another parameter, the Reverse parameter. One transition that's really good for that, that really demonstrates that clearly, is called the Curtain effect. So let me go to Curtain and drag that down, let's say, to this particular set of clips. I double-click on it to open up the Edit Transitions view and you will notice that it has an additional feature called, Reverse. Now a typical curtain would open to the next scene, right? I'll show you that, right to that shot, pretty dramatic, but you can also have it close. You can have it play in reverse, essentially, by clicking Reverse. Instead of opening to the next scene, it closes and shows the next scene sort of on the curtain. Your choice. Obviously the more dramatic thing here is to open up to the shot but your choice, you can go either way.
Let me show you a couple of more features by putting on a different transition. I'll go back to Transitions and we will try something called border and anti-aliasing using the pinwheel. Now I don't know where the pinwheel is located. There are so many transition groups and I can't really find the pinwheel quickly. So I'm going to start typing in the search area here, pin, and after a while, w -- there it is. It locates it really well. So now, I want to drag the pinwheel down to the Timeline to replace the Curtain transition. The pinwheel you will notice has a pinwheel effect, but pinwheel, if you double-click on it, has two other parameters that you haven't seen up to this point, Border Width and Border Color. Border Width will go along these edges here. So I'll just start dragging this to the right to increase the Border Width to something like 5 or so. That puts a border there.
A black border is kind of abrupt here when you have got some underwater video. So I want to pick a different color. So I click on the color picker, I can pick let's say a nice blue, for example. That changes the border but you can also pick a color from the scene, which is very cool, using this Eyedropper tool. So I click the Eyedropper, you can roll it around the scene to pick a color that you like from the scene to make it so it may be a little more complementary to your scene. So I'll pick this purple here. That would be, perhaps, a different way to do it that you might like.
There is another feature inside that particular transition called Anti-aliasing. Whenever you have any diagonals like this, then Premiere Elements always gives you the option to turn on Anti-aliasing. If you look along the edge there, you see that there is some pretty sharp jagged stair steps. I'm going to change the color, so it's more obvious. I'll go back to something like black and then you can see it. You see those stair steps there? You can get rid of those stair steps. That's called aliasing, by putting on Anti-aliasing. You will notice over here that Anti- aliasing Quality is Off by default but if you click this down arrow, you can select High Anti-aliasing which makes it really soft, almost kind of blurry, or Low, or Medium. We will try High to see that it softens the edge, so the transition is not so abrupt along those diagonal lines. That's anti-aliasing.
Let's move on to another feature, the last of the seven features. This is called Custom. Some transitions have a Custom feature, not all but just some. The custom features are dependent on the individual transition. So I'll click this Custom button. That opens up the Pinwheel Settings, which in this particular case is the number of wedges. Here we have 8 as the default but let's change that to 4. Click OK and boom, it changes to 4 wedges instead of 8. 4 sets of wedges as I move along here. Starts with 4, then it starts transitioning. See how that works? There are several other transitions that have Custom button. So let's just look at a couple more. We will look at something called Card Flip. Now again, I don't know what Card Flip is. So I'm going to type up, card, there is Card right there. We will replace this transition with Card Flip. Card Flip has a little Custom button that has two numbers in it. How many rows, how many columns.
Well, I'll change the number of rows to 4 and the number of columns to 10. It talks about how these things flip. Let me just pick a different choice here and take a look and watch how this particular transition looks. All right, one more transition I want to show you is called the Iris Star. Iris Start has a feature that's different than these custom features. It doesn't have a Custom button per se. It has a little custom feature where you can target it. So I'm going to drag this down to this particular transition because I want the Iris Star to start on that fish's eye. So you see the Iris Star's layer, it doesn't really start on its eye. If I double-click on it, I can move this little target to be right there that eye. So that the transition could come out of its eye, watch that.
Boom! So you can sort of target the transitions. These are all the parameters and you will find that each transition has some or all of these parameters in it and you can customize all of your transitions to your heart's content.
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