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Basic transitions

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In this movie, we actually get to get our hands dirty and work with transitions. As we have talked in the last movie, transitions are basically a way to get from point A to point B, to go from clip to clip. Transitions can be anything from fun and goofy animations or to just subtle cross dissolves. So a way basically to say 'meanwhile' or 'in another place far away' and through this it can basically help us to tell our story. That's what we need to keep in mind here. If you'd like to follow along with me I'm using the Basic Transitions project found in the Chapter 4 folder of the exercise files and to go into our transitions and to see the transitions available to us, go ahead and go to the Tasks panel and click on the Transitions button.

Basic transitions

In this movie, we actually get to get our hands dirty and work with transitions. As we have talked in the last movie, transitions are basically a way to get from point A to point B, to go from clip to clip. Transitions can be anything from fun and goofy animations or to just subtle cross dissolves. So a way basically to say 'meanwhile' or 'in another place far away' and through this it can basically help us to tell our story. That's what we need to keep in mind here. If you'd like to follow along with me I'm using the Basic Transitions project found in the Chapter 4 folder of the exercise files and to go into our transitions and to see the transitions available to us, go ahead and go to the Tasks panel and click on the Transitions button.

All the way at the top here we have the category so this is 3D Motion, and these are all of the transitions in the 3D Motion category. Here starts the Dissolve category and so forth, which is really cool and really helpful because there is like zilliona of these. If you scroll down there are tons and tons and tons of these. Basically we're just going to have a brief overview but because there are so many, it's really helpful that if you just put your cursor over one of these thumbnails of these transitions, you get a little preview of the animation that would happen with these transitions.

Remember A is the first piece of footage and B is the second piece of footage. So as you're watching these little thumbnails, you'll need to be mentally swap out those two pieces of footage for A and B. Now, if we want to apply them all you have to do is grab one of these, let's say Cube Spin here, drag it down to these two little arrows in between a clip in the Sceneline and let go, and there is our transition. This basically let's us know that there is a way that we're getting from point A to point B, it's not just going from clip to clip. So let's click on the first clip, actually I'm going to skip this. I don't want the whole thing or I don't want to watch the preview transition here. And hit the Spacebar to play it and there is the Cube Spin.

Now, what's really cool is that Premiere Elements has made this very easy to experiment and play around with. So let's say I scroll down here and I want to use the standard Cross Dissolve, probably the most common of transitions. All we have to do is just drag this over the same one that we used, the Cube Spin, and just let go and now our transition will be the Cross Dissolve. It's just that easy. So as you drag-and-drop transitions over the existing transitions it replaces them. Now, there are loads to play with here in our preview so I am not going to spoil the fun and go through all these here.

I will say that these GPU Transitions have a lot going on and they render really quickly. So these are kind of fun to play around with. Let's check out Page Roll for example. Very popular when you're telling a story or you have a storybook type video that you're telling, maybe you have a little girl that has a princess birthday party, it's fairy tale themed and you want to make it look like the different shots or basically pages in a storybook, these are great for that type of thing. So let's preview that and see what it looks like, the Page Roll. Look at that.

Now, not all transitions will render as fast as the GPU Transitions do. Some of them seem really clunky and slow, but remember in the last chapter, we talked about rendering video. If you need to you can just hit the Enter key on your keyboard to cache those video frames for faster playback. Now, some of these new transitions, if I scroll down here a little bit, they have these NewBlue transitions and these are just generally really cool. Let's take Spiral Rotation, I'll drag this down.

Let's check out Spiral Rotation. Hit the Spacebar, look at that, it's kind of crazy. Now a lot of these are very outlandish and kind of crazy and you probably wouldn't use them that often. But there are some that have a very professional tint to them, for example, Checker Board looks really cool. So if I drag and drop Checker Board down here to add as my transition and I hit Play, look at that. Do you see what happened? It basically made a Checker Board of both clips A and B and then it zoomed out of the Checker Board and zoomed back into the B clip.

That's a pretty classy looking transition. Let's see what it looks like one more time, out of the Checker Board and zooms into the next clip. It's a very interesting animation but it's not this really ridiculous, tacky ostentatious thing that some of these tend to be. There is the other one down here from NewBlue as well that I like called Roll. So if I replace this with Roll, let's go over here and see what that looks like. And look at that, it just kind of spins it like a roll of film. Let's preview that one more time and just shoves that new clip in.

But it just looks so classy, it's kind of blurred when it's doing, it looks very organic. I just love that. These NewBlue Motion Blends Elements are probably some of my favorite transitions here in Premiere Elements. If we go down a little bit further, we have the Picture Wipes. Basically these have a little bit of a picture included with them. So say for example, you're filming a family road trip you could use the Travel transition. And let's go ahead and preview that and there is a little travel sign and it goes across the screen and it kind of wipes the clip from one to another.

Now one of the things that we haven't talked about yet is how to apply transitions in the Timeline. So let's go ahead and go over to the Timeline and let's go ahead and grab a new transition, any will do. Let's say the Band Slide, and drag-and-drop in between the line between the two clips. Now if you get one of these icons where it's like a left-facing icon or a right-facing icon that's what's called a One-sided Transition. We are going to be talking about those little bit later on in this chapter. But I really want though, to get the same effect we've been having, is this one where the turquoise line is right in the middle of that rectangle.

So I let go there and then let's click the Current Time Indicator over here preview that and there is the Band Slide. Now as if there weren't enough transitions to choose from here, there are just zillions of them, but it gets even more complicated as we will see in the next movie, where we're actually going to show you how to customize these transitions. So maybe you like the Band Wipe or the Paint Splatter or whatever, I'm going to show you how to make it your own and make it more personal and tweak these settings just a little bit.

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Premiere Elements 4 Essential Training

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  1. 11m 20s
    1. Welcome
      2m 22s
    2. What is Premiere Elements?
      2m 30s
    3. Why use Premiere Elements?
      2m 0s
    4. How to use the exercise files
      2m 40s
    5. About the video in this course
      1m 48s
  2. 33m 52s
    1. The basic Premiere Elements workflow
      5m 5s
    2. Importing video footage
      4m 13s
    3. Working with clips
      4m 19s
    4. Editing a movie
      2m 12s
    5. Adding transitions and effects
      5m 22s
    6. Adding a soundtrack
      3m 11s
    7. Applying a Movie Theme
      3m 54s
    8. Adding a title
      3m 24s
    9. Sharing the final movie
      2m 12s
  3. 37m 37s
    1. Tips for installing Premiere Elements
      1m 44s
    2. About the Welcome screen
      1m 32s
    3. Tips for creating new projects
      2m 41s
    4. Getting familiar with the interface
      5m 8s
    5. Getting video from camera to computer
      4m 27s
    6. Capturing stop motion footage
      2m 10s
    7. Importing media
      4m 36s
    8. Opening vs. importing
      2m 0s
    9. Using the Organizer
      3m 18s
    10. Working with the Project view
      3m 40s
    11. Finding missing footage
      2m 55s
    12. Fixing mistakes
      1m 44s
    13. Using the Help options
      1m 42s
  4. 53m 52s
    1. Introduction to editing video
      2m 22s
    2. When should we cut?
      2m 13s
    3. About the Sceneline and the Timeline
      1m 41s
    4. Navigating in time
      7m 34s
    5. Trimming video in the Sceneline
      4m 8s
    6. Trimming video in the Timeline
      1m 4s
    7. Splitting a clip
      3m 41s
    8. Rearranging the order of clips
      3m 14s
    9. Previewing a video
      1m 50s
    10. Making slow motion and fast motion clips
      4m 15s
    11. Playing a clip backward
      1m 7s
    12. Freezing a frame of video
      3m 6s
    13. Creating a temporary pause
      3m 1s
    14. Moving and transforming clips
      8m 10s
    15. Using markers to work faster
      6m 26s
  5. 18m 7s
    1. What are transitions?
      2m 32s
    2. Basic transitions
      6m 16s
    3. Customizing transitions
      4m 41s
    4. “One-sided” transitions
      2m 43s
    5. Important rules about transitions
      1m 55s
  6. 38m 35s
    1. What are effects?
      4m 4s
    2. Adjusting brightness and color
      7m 5s
    3. Chad's favorite effects
      8m 22s
    4. Giving clips an “old film” look
      2m 46s
    5. Stabilizing footage
      4m 29s
    6. Customizing effects settings
      5m 27s
    7. Making lightning shoot from your hand
      6m 22s
  7. 32m 28s
    1. The importance of audio
      2m 9s
    2. Working with audio
      4m 1s
    3. Mixing audio tracks
      5m 10s
    4. Automatically detecting musical beats
      4m 54s
    5. Unlinking audio and video
      5m 18s
    6. Using a consistent audio source
      3m 41s
    7. Recording narration
      1m 37s
    8. Applying audio effects
      5m 38s
  8. 19m 0s
    1. Understanding animation concepts
      2m 24s
    2. Creating keyframes for fixed effects
      8m 3s
    3. Animating effects
      4m 38s
    4. Fine-tuning animations
      3m 55s
  9. 28m 53s
    1. Using the titling tools
      10m 47s
    2. Animating credits
      6m 3s
    3. Creating titles using templates
      2m 56s
    4. Using the included free content
      3m 55s
    5. Making a slide show
      5m 12s
  10. 12m 5s
    1. What are Movie Themes?
      4m 33s
    2. Applying Movie Themes
      5m 25s
    3. Customizing Movie Themes
      2m 7s
  11. 20m 42s
    1. Adding DVD chapter markers
      5m 26s
    2. Creating DVD menus
      5m 11s
    3. Exporting to DVD and Blu-ray
      3m 14s
    4. Exporting to YouTube
      2m 7s
    5. Exporting to iPhones, iPods, Zunes, cell phones, and other devices
      2m 14s
    6. Exporting to a file on your computer
      2m 30s
  12. 11m 40s
    1. Tips for shooting good video
      2m 52s
    2. Getting a second hard drive
      1m 32s
    3. What camera should you buy?
      1m 46s
    4. Different types of camera storage
      3m 22s
    5. Optical vs. digital zoom
      2m 8s
  13. 49m 56s
    1. About the final project
      1m 54s
    2. Importing and setting up the project
      2m 16s
    3. Arranging the clips
      3m 1s
    4. Adding audio and markers
      3m 59s
    5. Intermediate video editing
      13m 5s
    6. Creating transitions and overlays
      7m 24s
    7. Changing colors with effects
      5m 50s
    8. Applying a Movie Theme
      6m 27s
    9. Personalizing the titles
      2m 45s
    10. Exporting and posting to YouTube
      3m 15s
  14. 1m 48s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 48s

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