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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 we're going to talk about how to apply Movie Themes. If you like to follow along I'm using the Applying Themes project in the chapter 10 folder. And we're not only going to talk about how to apply themes, which is basically you just click a button. We're also going to browse through some of them, so you get an idea of really what's out there. So to look through those, let's go over to the Tasks panel and click on the Themes button. Now first there is a scene that is really that much available, but if we click on this dropdown menu at the left, that says entertainment by default, we see all the different categories of Movie Themes.
Usually there is only one or two Movie Themes in each category, but they are such wide span of genres of Movie Themes here, you are bound to find something that you like. One of the best features of this is that you don't actually have to apply the Movie Theme to see all the features of that theme. So let's say for example here at the entertainment, there is this performance star theme and it looks just like a regular rectangular black box, it doesn't look very exciting at all. However, if I hold my mouse over the thumbnail here, we'll actually get a preview of this Movie Theme without even having to apply it.
Before I do that let me explain what we're going to see here when we preview it. We're going to preview the intro movie that it's going to add for us, and then we're going to see a welcome movie on top of that and then we're going to see some stock footage. There stock footage is birds as well, like what I have, which is interesting. And we're going to see what your footage will look like with this Movie Theme applied. In this case it was going to be an overlay of like a crowd and people rocking out and so like that, so let's checkout the preview of this Movie Theme. OK, if you need to initialize too, sometimes you can click on it just to warm it up and put your mouse over it.
OK, so those parrots that we were just seeing, those are basically what your movies would look like, your clips would look like with the overlay of the crowd rocking out at the bottom. Now one might argue that if you have footage of parrots, then do not use the performance star Movie Theme, maybe there are some kind of a rock and roll parrots, but typically, we want to have a theme that goes with the theme of your movie. But anyways, you get the idea of how cool this is. It's a really well done intro and then there is a title screen that you can customize and then there are overlays on your videos.
There are also custom transitions and effects applied; all that kind of stuff. So let's go and browse through a few more of these. There is the ever popular wedding for example. Actually, it's like the travels, we'll go to travel first then we'll go on to wedding.
So you see the corny transitions and cool stuff going on with those Movie Themes, it's a good time. Let's look at the wedding real quick, as wedding stuffs are always very popular. That's what here we have the outdoor wedding theme, we don't need to preview that. There are memories -- there was a few of the memories, family memories and memory box and there is of course, birthday party and there are movies, so in case you're creating like a film and if you have a new baby, there is a baby theme, which is really cute. So as you can see here, some really cute stuff going on.
So I'm going to go back to this performance star just because its absolutely ridiculous to have rock and roll birds and I don't want try it. So what we got to do first is, click on the Movie Theme to select it and then click apply to apply it to your project. Once you do that, it says, all user applied effects shall be replaced or removed, because anything that you have going on so far, any additional effects, like if you had a lens flare or a blur or whatever applied to your footage, it's going to completely replace and remove everything and subplant it with what's in the Movie Theme.
In this case I don't have anything applied, so yes, that's absolutely what we want, click OK and after a minute you can see now our project is very much different. We have the intro movie that we saw a little bit earlier, we could skim through that and now we're seeing the lights and all that kind of stuff from the theme. Very cool looking stuff. Then we have the movie title which we can go in and edit later. We talked about how to do this in the last chapter and then we have the footage of the bird. There is a rock and roll lens flare and all sorts of cool stuff going on in this footage as well.
There are closing credits with the stage lights and all of that. So it's really all that is to apply a super sweet Movie Theme to your project. Just search for it in the themes area and select it, making sure that there is a blue highlight around it. Then click the apply button and that's all that is to applying Movie Themes. Now what about those time when maybe you just want the intro, or maybe you just want the transitions, or whatever, you just want to take bits and pieces, you don't want to completely take over your entire project, well, that's what we're going to talk about in the next movie, how to customize these Movie Themes.
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