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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.
For this movie I'm going to be using the Arranging project in the Chapter 13 folder of your Exercise Files or you can just basically continue on from where we left off in the last movie. What we're going to be doing here is adding the video clips to our project. Now they are two schools of thought here, two different ways to do this. A lot of times in the manual for Premiere Elements you'll hear them say something like select all the video clips and just drag and drop them into your Sceneline or Timeline, and while that does work, there is another method there. If you drag and drop all of your clips here, let's say we do that.
I am just going to click the top one and big strum.avi and hold the Shift key and click strumming.avi, and if I drag-and-drop them into my Sceneline, they all come in there and from here we can drag and click and drag to rearrange these as necessary. However, there is another way to do it that I actually prefer. So I'm going to hit Ctrl+A. What that's going to do is going to select all of my clips. You see they all now have a blue highlight after using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+A. I am going to hit the Delete key on my keyboard basically to get rid of those clips there.
Another way to add clips to your project is to simply add the clips that you need from the Project View as you know that you need them. In other words, I know for example that the pan up clip is first. So as soon as adding something like 10 clips to my project and then scrolling and scrolling and scrolling until I find the pan up clip and then dragging it all the way back to the beginning, I could just simply click on pan up.avi, drag and drop. Now again, you can use whatever method you feel most comfortable with, this is just my personal preference.
And we scroll back up here in the Project View. The next clip is big strum.avi, there we're going to get a little confident face, and then as we scroll down here, we are going to get a little rocking out-front 2. Scrolling back up here, we're going to bring in game screen, then we're going to go neck zoom and we are going to rocking out-side.
And as far as we're going to get with this project, now there are a few of these clips that we did not use and the biggest portion of each of these clips we won't be using. We'll be trimming these a lot later on in this chapter. So feel free to not only use the clips that we did not use, but to reuse the clips that we're using in different parts of the movie. So some of this project is going to be very formal, in other words I'm going to tell you, OK, do this for this time and do this for this clip and whatever, but the rest of the project is going to be up to you, what you want to do.
There is going to be some room for you to create and kind of add on to what I'm doing here. But this is the basic order in which we want the clips that we're going to be using here. Next, we're going to add a very important element. We are going to add some audio and then we're also going to add some markers so we know how and when to edit. That's coming up in the next movie.
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