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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.
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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