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Applying a Movie Theme

From: Premiere Elements 4 Essential Training

Video: Applying a Movie Theme

In this movie we're going to be adding a Movie Theme, we are going to be using the Movie Theme project from the Chapter 13 folder of the exercise files there. In the same way that we bumped up our game a little bit when we talked about transitions, when we apply Movie Themes I'm going to show you some advanced tricks for Movie Themes. We are not going to just apply this and move on. We're actually going to get pretty hardcore into this here. Let's go over into the Themes area in Tasks panel, just go ahead and click on Themes and then the default Theme here is this cool rock and roll Performance Star Theme.

Applying a Movie Theme

In this movie we're going to be adding a Movie Theme, we are going to be using the Movie Theme project from the Chapter 13 folder of the exercise files there. In the same way that we bumped up our game a little bit when we talked about transitions, when we apply Movie Themes I'm going to show you some advanced tricks for Movie Themes. We are not going to just apply this and move on. We're actually going to get pretty hardcore into this here. Let's go over into the Themes area in Tasks panel, just go ahead and click on Themes and then the default Theme here is this cool rock and roll Performance Star Theme.

Let's go ahead and preview it again one more time as I roll my mouse over here. (Crowds clapping and cheering.) OK. So very good. Now what I want to do is before I apply it, I'm going to make sure it's selected and it has like this blue highlighter around here, then I'm going to click Edit Movie Theme Options. This is very important. The reason why it's very important is because this is selected by default, Replace Existing Effects. So all that stuff we did in the last movie setting this up with all these cool tint effects, bringing out all the noise and the contrast and stuff, that would be completely replaced if we were to leave this selected.

So I'm going to uncheck this. Now, it's OK to leave Effects selected, because that will add additional effects on top of what we have already have, which can be pretty cool. So we'll let that one slide, but I don't want to replace the Existing Effects so I'm going to uncheck that. You're more than welcome to uncheck any of these that you want to get rid of, for example, Transitions. I really like all the transitions that we have with the fading in from black and all that kind of stuff, so I'm going to uncheck transitions as well. I am sure this Movie Theme has some great transitions, but we have already made once that are custom tailored to this exact project at certain times and places.

I don't want Premiere Elements to automatically get rid of those. And scrolling down here the last thing I want to uncheck is Sound Effects. Some of these Movie Themes apply sound effects during the transitions or apply sound effects over the clip or whatever. We've got some rock and roll going on here. So we don't want these sound effects or anything else applying to this project that would get in the way of the audio that is going on. When we do all this closing stuff, the closing movie, the closing credits, the intro movie, the intro credits, we definitely want the overlays and everything else looks good.

So I'm going to go ahead and hit Done to apply this to my project. So let's get back down here to the Timeline, hit the Home key and let's preview this to see what we have so far. (Crowds clapping and cheering as rock music fades in.) OK, I'm just going to go ahead and stop it there.

We do have some cool stuff going on. I like these cool grids that come on, make it look like there is a big jumbotron and the video is being shown on these huge TV screens or what have you. There is some good stuff going on. The lens flare is always a cool effect and then like right there just kind of lines up perfectly with this guitar. I'm fine with that, looks great. These overlays of the crowd, a good time, but there are some of these things that I really don't dig. This beginning sequence when there is the pan up shot and there is this cool spinning star that kind of gets in our way.

When I say cool spinning star, I mean hideous spinning star that I really hate, that's getting in the way really bad. There is also this arena graphic that's on top and normally that would be really cool, but we put so much effort into customizing our project that these are kind of getting in the way now and then we move over and we edit the graphic overlay from this clip, where is that, here? There we go. We can hardly see the overlay because of this graphic. I am not sure I like that so much. So what am I going to do is actually expand my interface so I could see my video tracks a little bit better and we know about this Video 2 track because we already applied that, but what you may not is that when you apply a Movie Theme, there's actually additional tracks created with Movie Theme content on them.

So here is a Movie Theme track for example. Here is another Movie Theme track here, here is another Movie Theme track. So I'm going to go ahead and select the star file and make sure it's purple, it means it's selected, I am going to hit the Delete key to just get rid of it. You don't have to do that; you can keep the star around if you want. I just don't like it. I also don't really like this stage background at least not here anyway. So I'm going to select that and hit the Delete key to get rid of it. Now that's looking like the project that we made and then once we get over here; these clips represent the crowd.

We will leave that, that looks OK, but a little bit later on we have the same type thing where our clip goes completely black and that's because the star is flying in. It's coming in from being super huge to getting super small then basically Premiere Elements is not used to our super quick cuts. If we add clips that traditional hobbyists makes that are maybe a couple of minutes long then this graphic would be great and kind of mix things up a little bit, but we're now skilled video editors and we don't need Premiere Elements putting these huge stars that last for several seconds on top of our great video clips.

So I'm going to select the star over here and hit the Delete key and you can also scroll on the Timeline. Any other stars that you see if you want to delete those, I'm just going to go ahead and do that. We have this outro movie here. I like that though so I'm going to let that stand as is. Some of these clips like these effects. just super grungy and really cool, some really great stuff going on. So now, we look at our project. Let me just resize my interface so we could see a little bit more of the window here. Now as we play it, let's just go and preview just a little bit. (Rock music plays.) OK. So it's having some issues rendering but some of these clips are just really coo,l the additional effects.

Some of them are just kind of OK. There is a lot of these kind of like four at once type things going on and some like super really grainy clips. This all looks really cool. A lot of these effects you may not know how to do at all and then in comes Premiere Elements, allowing you to have the cool lens flare, the cool arena TV screen wall here, a bunch of good stuff going on. Now we're pretty much done with our project. I am just going to hit the End key to go back, this is the last movie of our project here and at the end of our project there are some credits. We need to just change the titles to customize this project, really make it our own.

So in the next movie we're going to fiddle with these credits, really customize them before we finally spit these out to YouTube.

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Premiere Elements 4 Essential Training

96 video lessons · 5418 viewers

Chad Perkins
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  1. 11m 20s
    1. Welcome
      2m 22s
    2. What is Premiere Elements?
      2m 30s
    3. Why use Premiere Elements?
      2m 0s
    4. How to use the exercise files
      2m 40s
    5. About the video in this course
      1m 48s
  2. 33m 52s
    1. The basic Premiere Elements workflow
      5m 5s
    2. Importing video footage
      4m 13s
    3. Working with clips
      4m 19s
    4. Editing a movie
      2m 12s
    5. Adding transitions and effects
      5m 22s
    6. Adding a soundtrack
      3m 11s
    7. Applying a Movie Theme
      3m 54s
    8. Adding a title
      3m 24s
    9. Sharing the final movie
      2m 12s
  3. 37m 37s
    1. Tips for installing Premiere Elements
      1m 44s
    2. About the Welcome screen
      1m 32s
    3. Tips for creating new projects
      2m 41s
    4. Getting familiar with the interface
      5m 8s
    5. Getting video from camera to computer
      4m 27s
    6. Capturing stop motion footage
      2m 10s
    7. Importing media
      4m 36s
    8. Opening vs. importing
      2m 0s
    9. Using the Organizer
      3m 18s
    10. Working with the Project view
      3m 40s
    11. Finding missing footage
      2m 55s
    12. Fixing mistakes
      1m 44s
    13. Using the Help options
      1m 42s
  4. 53m 52s
    1. Introduction to editing video
      2m 22s
    2. When should we cut?
      2m 13s
    3. About the Sceneline and the Timeline
      1m 41s
    4. Navigating in time
      7m 34s
    5. Trimming video in the Sceneline
      4m 8s
    6. Trimming video in the Timeline
      1m 4s
    7. Splitting a clip
      3m 41s
    8. Rearranging the order of clips
      3m 14s
    9. Previewing a video
      1m 50s
    10. Making slow motion and fast motion clips
      4m 15s
    11. Playing a clip backward
      1m 7s
    12. Freezing a frame of video
      3m 6s
    13. Creating a temporary pause
      3m 1s
    14. Moving and transforming clips
      8m 10s
    15. Using markers to work faster
      6m 26s
  5. 18m 7s
    1. What are transitions?
      2m 32s
    2. Basic transitions
      6m 16s
    3. Customizing transitions
      4m 41s
    4. “One-sided” transitions
      2m 43s
    5. Important rules about transitions
      1m 55s
  6. 38m 35s
    1. What are effects?
      4m 4s
    2. Adjusting brightness and color
      7m 5s
    3. Chad's favorite effects
      8m 22s
    4. Giving clips an “old film” look
      2m 46s
    5. Stabilizing footage
      4m 29s
    6. Customizing effects settings
      5m 27s
    7. Making lightning shoot from your hand
      6m 22s
  7. 32m 28s
    1. The importance of audio
      2m 9s
    2. Working with audio
      4m 1s
    3. Mixing audio tracks
      5m 10s
    4. Automatically detecting musical beats
      4m 54s
    5. Unlinking audio and video
      5m 18s
    6. Using a consistent audio source
      3m 41s
    7. Recording narration
      1m 37s
    8. Applying audio effects
      5m 38s
  8. 19m 0s
    1. Understanding animation concepts
      2m 24s
    2. Creating keyframes for fixed effects
      8m 3s
    3. Animating effects
      4m 38s
    4. Fine-tuning animations
      3m 55s
  9. 28m 53s
    1. Using the titling tools
      10m 47s
    2. Animating credits
      6m 3s
    3. Creating titles using templates
      2m 56s
    4. Using the included free content
      3m 55s
    5. Making a slide show
      5m 12s
  10. 12m 5s
    1. What are Movie Themes?
      4m 33s
    2. Applying Movie Themes
      5m 25s
    3. Customizing Movie Themes
      2m 7s
  11. 20m 42s
    1. Adding DVD chapter markers
      5m 26s
    2. Creating DVD menus
      5m 11s
    3. Exporting to DVD and Blu-ray
      3m 14s
    4. Exporting to YouTube
      2m 7s
    5. Exporting to iPhones, iPods, Zunes, cell phones, and other devices
      2m 14s
    6. Exporting to a file on your computer
      2m 30s
  12. 11m 40s
    1. Tips for shooting good video
      2m 52s
    2. Getting a second hard drive
      1m 32s
    3. What camera should you buy?
      1m 46s
    4. Different types of camera storage
      3m 22s
    5. Optical vs. digital zoom
      2m 8s
  13. 49m 56s
    1. About the final project
      1m 54s
    2. Importing and setting up the project
      2m 16s
    3. Arranging the clips
      3m 1s
    4. Adding audio and markers
      3m 59s
    5. Intermediate video editing
      13m 5s
    6. Creating transitions and overlays
      7m 24s
    7. Changing colors with effects
      5m 50s
    8. Applying a Movie Theme
      6m 27s
    9. Personalizing the titles
      2m 45s
    10. Exporting and posting to YouTube
      3m 15s
  14. 1m 48s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 48s

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