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Applying transitions

From: Premiere Elements 7 Essential Training

Video: Applying transitions

Once you have selected a transition you think will work well, placing it between two clips in the Sceneline is mindlessly easy. Let me show you how it's done. We are working with the 06-apply project and if it opens in the Timeline view, just switch over to the Sceneline view because that's where I would like to get started. We will look at the Timeline later. So here is the Sceneline view with four clips on it. We want to put transitions between clips. Transitions move from one clip to the next. To get the transitions, you go on to the Edit tab and then click on the Transitions button to get to the Transitions view. Here are the transitions.

Applying transitions

Once you have selected a transition you think will work well, placing it between two clips in the Sceneline is mindlessly easy. Let me show you how it's done. We are working with the 06-apply project and if it opens in the Timeline view, just switch over to the Sceneline view because that's where I would like to get started. We will look at the Timeline later. So here is the Sceneline view with four clips on it. We want to put transitions between clips. Transitions move from one clip to the next. To get the transitions, you go on to the Edit tab and then click on the Transitions button to get to the Transitions view. Here are the transitions.

Now the easiest transition, the one that's used most frequently is the Cross Dissolve and that's the default transition and it's marked with a little gray rectangle around it. Notice when you hover your cursor over any transition, it previews. It's a very clever little thing to help you to get an idea of what the transitions are like. We will go to Cross Dissolve and to apply a transition between two clips in the Sceneline, you just simply drag the transition to that little placeholder between the two clips with a double arrow and you have now applied a transition. Notice that the correct time indicator moves to the beginning of the transition here in the Monitor. If I click Play, we will watch that transition take place. That nice little dissolve.

If I want to change the transition from the Cross Dissolve to something else-- I'll change it to something really obvious. Let's go to this GPU Transition, which requires a GPU card on your PC to work well, and take this Page Curl, which is a really obvious transition. I'm going to drag it down on top of the Dissolve. If I let it go, it replaces it. That's how you replace a transition. Simply drag a new one on top of the old one. We have now replaced it. Notice that the icon here changes to show the little Page Curl. Notice too that the current time indicator again moved just to the beginning of the transition.

I click Play. It will do that little Page Curl. By the way, take a look at the Page Curl just to see how that works. This is a very powerful transition. Notice that it actually looks like it's showing the backside of the video here. It takes a lot of process power. That's why it requires a GPU, Graphics Processing Unit, inside your PC to perform that little transition. Now if you want to apply a transition to the beginning of your project, that's as simple as it is to apply it anywhere else. Typically, you want to start your project from black and have it fade up. Well, Dip to Black is one way to do that. Just drag it to the front and watch what happens when you do that.

I click Play. It fades out from black because you are coming from black to the screen. If I changed it to Cross Dissolve, it has the exact same effect, fades up from black. That's a great way to start a project. It's also a great way to finish a project. I can take Cross Dissolve to the very last clip. Notice that the current time indicator jumps to the beginning of that transition. I click Play and the transitions out, transition the black, fades the black. It's a great way to start or end a piece.

Now that's what we do inside the Sceneline. Very simple to apply a transition and very simple to change it. Let's go to the Timeline. Here it's a little different because there is a couple of extra possibilities when you add a transition to the Timeline. If you zoom in on the area where I added this one transition, right there. I'm going to press the plus sign and it will expand the view of the Timeline centering wherever I have the current time indicator. Notice that there is the Transition icon to tell you there is a transition there but notice that the icon is to the left of the edit point. That happens when you have not enough frames to allow the two clips to overlap. If I click on this and try to drag it to the right, I can drag the transition, it will then center, but what's going to happen now is it puts freeze frames where the transition takes place, but the viewers won't see the freeze frame. It actually the turtle will freeze at some point; but the viewers won't see that.

So typically, when you add a transition, it will be centered but if you don't have enough head or tail frames, it will slide off to the right or left, but I'm telling you what Premiere Elements does, which is make these freeze frames where there is not enough head or tail frames, the viewers won't see it. That's a very slick function of the Transition tool. Just as you did in the Sceneline, you can change transitions in the Timeline simply by dragging a new transition on top of the old one. So let's me do something that's also an obvious change, like something here with the Confetti, drag that down on top of it. Now I hit the Play button, watch that transition take place. All you have to do is just drag a new transition on top of the old one to replace it. That's how simple it is to add transitions to the Timeline or the Sceneline. What you will want to do with these transitions probably, the more you edit, is to refine the transitions, to customize them. I'll explain that in another tutorial.

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Premiere Elements 7 Essential Training

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  1. 3m 47s
    1. Overview
      1m 21s
    2. Understanding the workflow
      55s
    3. Using the exercise files
      23s
    4. Relinking missing media
      1m 8s
  2. 10m 47s
    1. Understanding Premiere Elements 7 features
      5m 49s
    2. Touring the workspace
      3m 14s
    3. Using the Help function
      1m 44s
  3. 14m 2s
    1. Starting a new project
      2m 52s
    2. Getting video from a camcorder
      5m 22s
    3. Getting media from other sources
      2m 36s
    4. Managing clips with the Organizer and in Project view
      3m 12s
  4. 10m 6s
    1. Adding, rearranging, and deleting clips in the Sceneline
      3m 31s
    2. Adding, rearranging, deleting, and replacing clips in the Timeline
      6m 35s
  5. 19m 29s
    1. Using the Monitor panel to trim video in the Sceneline
      3m 51s
    2. Trimming video in the Timeline
      4m 3s
    3. Trimming clips in the Preview window
      3m 58s
    4. Changing clip speed, duration, and direction
      7m 37s
  6. 16m 18s
    1. Understanding transitions
      4m 31s
    2. Applying transitions
      4m 47s
    3. Adjusting transitions
      7m 0s
  7. 17m 53s
    1. Understanding video effects
      9m 47s
    2. Applying and modifying video effects
      8m 6s
  8. 30m 16s
    1. Understanding animation
      4m 34s
    2. Animating video effects
      9m 29s
    3. Using the Motion effect with keyframes
      4m 5s
    4. Working with effect presets
      8m 22s
    5. Controlling changes between keyframes
      3m 46s
  9. 18m 17s
    1. Recording narrations
      2m 53s
    2. Making soundtracks with SmartSound
      4m 16s
    3. Applying audio effects
      6m 2s
    4. Mixing audio tracks
      5m 6s
  10. 17m 56s
    1. Creating titles from scratch
      7m 25s
    2. Having fun with titles
      10m 31s
  11. 13m 10s
    1. Understanding compositing
      3m 6s
    2. Creating picture-in-picture overlays
      4m 52s
    3. Creating transparency with Videomerge
      5m 12s
  12. 6m 45s
    1. Using Instant Movie, themes, and Smart Tags
      6m 45s
  13. 12m 22s
    1. Understanding DVD authoring
      1m 34s
    2. Adding DVD scene markers
      3m 37s
    3. Creating DVD menus using templates
      7m 11s
  14. 8m 52s
    1. Sharing from the Tasks panel
      7m 4s
    2. Archiving projects
      1m 48s
  15. 6m 46s
    1. Shooting video to make a great story
      6m 46s
  16. 19s
    1. Goodbye
      19s

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