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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 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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