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Showing off vacation highlights or making a music video with a professional touch is just a few keystrokes away with Premiere Elements 7. In Premiere Elements 7 Essential Training, Jeff Sengstack, Adobe Certified Expert in Premiere Pro, breaks down the editing workflow into bite–sized pieces, about everything from setting up a project to exporting the final video to any format. In between, Jeff covers the basics of editing as well as advanced features like picture–in–picture overlays and dazzling visual effects. Exercise files accompany the course.
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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