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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 look at applying a Movie Theme. Super fun stuff, folks. I'm using the 06 Movie Themes Project from the Chapter 02 Folder. So to apply a Movie Theme, we need to go to the Tasks panel and click on Themes and basically there are several categories of themes to add. the default is Entertainment and what themes do is basically give your project an entire cohesive feel. They add an intro movie, they add credits and titles. They add transitions and effects and in an outro movie and a whole bunch of stuff.
What's kind of cool is that as you browse through these different themes, all you have to do to check them out is to roll your mouse over it. So let's look at this Performance Star theme. (Music and sounds of a crowd clapping and cheering.) So basically that's what it's going to do to your movie presentation. Kind of cool stuff. The one that we're going to use now is in the Travel category, so from the Entertainment dropdown or from the dropdown that says Entertainment, click that and go down to Travel and click on Travel and this is the Road Trip Movie Theme, and this we want to apply. We're going to imagine that these kids and this Dolphin Harbor experience for taking a place on a road trip.
so to apply it, simply click it to select it so it has a blue outline and click Apply. Now it warned you that effects and transitions that you have applied will be replaced or removed. So the cool painterly thing that we did on the last clip, these two transitions down here- gone. For our purposes right now, that's OK. So I'm going to go ahead and hit OK. Takes just a minute to apply it but now let's look at our once familiar project now after Premiere Elements is done adding this super sweet Movie Theme, I am going to click on the first clip and hit the Spacebar to preview.
(During intro, banjo type music plays, transitioning to the movie clip audio.) OK, I'm just going to pause it here temporarily to point out a few things. Number one there is this trip title here. That looks really tacky. The point is that we would just click on that and adjust it and make it our own, so we might put Dolphin Harbor Trip right there on that sign.
Also you'll notice that there is effects applied here, this is a extremely grainy clip. So again the Movie Theme is going to apply special effects to our clips and also transitions and audio and all sorts of cool things. So let's continue to preview a little bit more of this Movie Theme. (Background music plays over water splashing and children's voices.) So you see some of these little fun things as we move our Time Indicator here, this little marker as we go back and forth.
We see that it adds like this weird effect, it adds some kind of like coffee staining looking stuff and we also have these cool little street signs that are transitions that move from one clip to the next. We also notice that this clip was grainy and the clip before of the kids jumping in slow motion, click on it here. We notice that's really blown out and white. So basically it just adds some interesting effects to our entire project, and then if we go to the end here, there's the dolphin clip and as we keep going and scroll through the dolphin clip, we notice that there's credits with these cool little travel sign icons or these highway sign icons and we can click in the Add text here and really customize this and put our own credits in there if you want to.
That's basically all there is to applying a Movie Theme. Next we're going to look at how to apply titles to your video presentations as well.
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