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In Premiere Elements 9 Essential Training, author Jeff Sengstack breaks down the editing workflow into bite–sized pieces, covering topics from setting up a project to exporting the final video to any format. The course also covers the basics of editing and advanced features like picture-in-picture overlays and audio and visual effects. Exercise files accompany the course.
Most transitions have options, parameters that you can customize the suit a transition to your project and most time you just except the default behavior starting with one second duration for a transition, but you may want to get in there and tweak things a little bit. Well, there more than 100 transitions in the Windows version of Premier Elements and more than 50 in the Mac version, there are only about 10 parameters and each transition has some subset of those parameters. So here is an overview. First up, Duration. The default duration for transition is one second and you can change the default if you want to but you might as well want to save it at one second because you can individually adjust each transition to whatever duration you want. Alignment.
Where do you place it relative to the edit point. Well typically, you will put that so the edit point is right in the middle of your transition but you can move the transition around and have it end at the edit point or begin at the edit point or actually any kind of place in between. Some transitions have start and end points where you can start the transition sort of midway through transition process or have it end early. It's kind of abrupt and I've never used that but at least it's there for you to use. Motion direction. Does the transition have the ability to, let's say, wipe from left to right? Well you can change that. Then they will go from right to left or top to bottom or upper left to lower right.
Things like that. Some transitions have borders. Typically wipes have borders and the borders can have a width and color, and you can choose the color from actually the image that you working with, and some of them have something called anti-aliasing. That's hard to explain at this moment but I show you later. But basically anti-aliasing keeps your diagonal borders from looking jagged. Some transitions can go forward or reverse. The default, let's say, for a curtain is to open, but then you can go on reverse and have it close. A few transitions have a custom option and each custom option for each of those transitions is unique to those transitions.
So I really can't explain one or the other but I'll show your transition with a custom option here in a moment. You'll see what I am talking about. And then a few transitions have center points. Where does the transition begin in the scene. You can move that around and have it start in the certain place and some allow you have them end in certain places. So I am going to show your few transitions here that will demonstrate all those parameters. We'll start here in the Sceneline. You need to access the Edit Transition view to be able to adjust the parameters of the transitions. So here in the Sceneline, we select this transition between the Garibaldi and this beautiful coral reef, clicking on the transition right there. You can see it's highlighted now in blue.
If I double-click it, it just plays. So I need to find some other way to get to the Edit Transitions view. To get there, I go to Edit, click on Transitions to make sure the Transitions area is open and here is a little buttons down here, Edit Transition. That opens up the Edit Transition view for this Cross Dissolve. You can see it's called a Cross Dissolve. You can see the duration is one second and it's centered at the cut. Well the first thing I'll do when I work in the Edit Transitions view is turn on the view of the images and show the actual resources.
It's much easier to see what you doing here if you are going to preview it. For instance, now I can just drag through it. I can watch the preview up here. If I want to adjust transitions inside the Edit Transitions view down here, and I can see that going on here. All right. That's the first thing, turning on the actual clips. Now I want to adjust the duration. Instead of one second, I can change that and I can that little finger there with the arrows pointing out to left and right. You might not be able to see the arrows but they are there. When you see that, you can just click and drag up or down, left or right to make the value go up or down accordingly.
So I am going to have it go up to let's say to 2 seconds or so. So now the transition will be longer. So I'll go back here and I play the transition and it will last for two seconds instead of one, here we go, which in that kind of the setting you probably do want to do because it kind of a tranquil setting. It's nice to have a longer cross dissolve. I much prefer working in the Timeline. Things are more predictable there. So let me switch over to the Timeline. All there is a rectangle here in between the clips or transitions,and you can access the Edit Transition view by double-clicking on this little rectangles.
Sometimes they are kind of too small to click on. So what I am going to do is I am going to zoom in on the Timeline a little bit. I could drag this guy to zoom in on it or I can simply press the plus key a couple of times. Plus key on the top of the keyboard. Now you can see the little arrow there saying this is a transition. If I double-click it, that will open up the Edit Transition view. Here we go. And since I had actual sources showing before, the actual sources will show here as well. So let me go over to this transition that I want to work on here, double-click on it.
This one has a little center point. It also has Duration and the Alignment, which is standard for all transitions. I will scroll down little bit here and it has a border, Border Width, Color and Anti-aliasing, but the thing I am worried about here is the Reverse thing. I want the transition to end on the octopus not begin on the octopus. So what I need to do is click Reverse and that just changes the way this transition flows. I am also going to go down to the octopus.
And I want to also have the center on the octopus and I want it ending on the octopus. So I am going to go over here. Let's say CenteratCut. I am going to say EndatCut. Now it'll finish the little move on the cut and now I want it to end on the octopus. Here is the little center point. I can drag it down to the octopus. I can use this sort of preview here, this darted end thing. And kind of zoom on this. This guy is going to work and it looks like it's going to work fairly well. I also want to make it longer. So I can make it longer here by just dragging as I did before, or you can make transitions longer down here on the Timeline simply by dragging them as if they were clips.
Notice if I hover over there, then my contact sensitive cursor turns into a trim tool. I can trim the length this thing to the left. I am not trimming the clip. I am trimming the transition. So now let's see it. It's a really long transition. And it will slowly go down to the octopus and go to the next scene. I'll talk about the border and the Border width and that kind of stuff in a different transition. Let's move on down the line here a little bit. I am going to scroll across the bottom to this next one, zip-line here. Double-click on it to take a look at that one. This is a Wipe transition. Wipe transitions have a number of possibilities.
And that goes across the scene like that, left to right. This is probably the way I want to go. I am going to show some other options here. If you look at the Wipe, it has all these little diamonds or triangles around outside of it. That's says you can start not only in left right there where it's highlighted. That's the current view. I can go from the upper left hand corner for instance. northwest down the southeast. Let's see how that looks. And so you can see it goes that way. But this isn't bad because we are going downhill. So let's see that one instead. Whenever you have got a wipe where you have got line through the screen, a wipe or an iris or something like that, there is always going to be a border associated with it.
And by default, the border is zero. So I am going to drag that up a little bit and make it larger. I will hold down he Shift key and make it go faster to a border let's say, I don't know, 15 pixels. That's pretty wide but I want to make sure it's obvious to you. Now I want to pick a color. I can click this swatch and pick a color this way but lots of times it's a good idea to pick a color that matches the scene. So you click on the Eyedropper tool to make it highlighted and then go into the scene and pick the color that you want. As you roll around, you'll watch the little swatch change colors there on the right-hand side. As I move the eyedropper here at the left, the swatch over here is going to change color to whatever color I am hovering over.
So I think I will take this dark green over there. That will change this diagonal line to a dark green. Now if I zoom in on the diagonal and you are going to see it has kind of a jagged edge to it. To zoom in, I will right-click here on the monitor panel. Go to Magnification. I am going to go to 200%. That zooms in on the monitor and you will see the jagged edges there. I want to get rid of those jagged edges. That's called aliasing. It's actually one little pixel, very distinct pixels. You can anti-alias and Anti-aliasing is off. Why don't they just say aliasing is on? But that's not how it works in this world.
So I am going to change it High, which actually is kind of processor intensive, though I am going to make it High. What that does is it puts a soft edge to the anti-aliasing. So it sort of blends with the clip behind so it won't be quite so ragged. Now I will go back out to Magnification > Fit, and as that guy goes through the scene, it might be a little tough for the processor to handle it, it will be a smoother move rather than a rough kind of jagged edge. And it goes by so quickly people won't notice it, but I like the idea of making it smooth like that. Let's move on down the line here.
Let's see this transition. This is the Doors transition, and again this is closing the door. I think I will rather have the door open. So let's go over here, click this, and click Reverse, and this one has Anti-aliasing as well because the doors are always at an angle right up there. See that jagged edge? So you can turn Anti-aliasing as well to make that softer. As it goes through even without the border, it will make that softer, which is nice.
We move down a little but further here, this next transition. Now here where it's one scene to next, it's kind of similar. So I want to make it obvious that it's different but this particular transition has a custom parameter. So not only it will be obvious but it has a custom parameter. Let me show you how that works. You know it has the custom parameters only after you open it up and take a look at it, and there is a little button here. It says Custom. You never really know what's going to be inside the custom list unless you have worked with it before. So you click Custom. In this case, it says how many boxes do you want to have in this transition? So you have a bunch of boxes.
Let's say we will increase the number of boxes as it goes from one scene to the next. (Music playing) Two last ones. This guy has the little Center and the Zoom Trails and I am thinking since I'm going to be going from the similar scene to the next, I want to make it obvious. I am going to have this little center over here, and I want to say how many zooms do I want to have. I am going to have let's say 20, where they are custom, and you never really know until you click it.
So now we have been able to move the center point plus use the custom option. Whewww! We go to the next one. And finally, this time I really mean finally, we are going underwater here and it's going to be a really dramatic use of color. And when there is so much color in the transition, it's cool to kind of spread that out. So let me just double-click on that. Let's just change the duration on this guy to have really have fun with the color. We will just drag this over here like that and this over here like that, make a much more dramatic switch from one to the next, as you gradually go from one to the next.
So while transitions have only ten parameters, the customization possibilities are endless.
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