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In Premiere Elements 9 Essential Training, author Jeff Sengstack breaks down the editing workflow into bite–sized pieces, covering topics from setting up a project to exporting the final video to any format. The course also covers the basics of editing and advanced features like picture-in-picture overlays and audio and visual effects. Exercise files accompany the course.
Premiere Elements makes it easy to upload your video to YouTube, Podbean or Photoshop.com, plus you can create videos formatted for specific mobile phones. Let's first take a look at the online thing. If you click this, you have three options. You've got Photoshop.com, which has a limit of 2 gigabytes, and you can pay for more if you choose to. Then there is YouTube, which essentially is unlimited depending on how many things you want to load up, and how big they are, but you can pretty much go to town on that one. Then Podbean is a Podcast option that you can upload videos or audio, take your pick.
We'll stick with YouTube for the time being. Each one of these options has some presets. Look at the Presets for YouTube. Now this would be a widescreen preset for us, but you probably you know we can also do High Definition, which is really amazing that HD is now running online in YouTube. It's really a very cool thing. And so we'll take the widescreen to match this guy. You can notice that there is a Frame Size and a File Type and all these little characteristics to this particular selection. So in fact, you know you could have not taken the Preset and done a little bit of heavy lifting and gone back to the computer side and selected, let's say MPEG, and then you pick a preset here, there are H.264 presets here and then you could have gone to Advanced and made some changes here in terms of the Frame Size and basically, worked out what the Adobe engineers have worked out for you as presets for the mobile phones.
So what they're doing here is they're giving you presets such that when you select them, you're pretty much guaranteed that by selecting a preset for the particular hardware that you're going to apply this on, that it will work well on that piece of hardware or on that online site. So that's just that a basic way of going through it. Let's start with iPod, though. Let's use iPod as example, you pick that and pick a preset, I'm going for High Quality here, give it a name as we've done before when we've worked on the computer version of this. We'll call this Zip line and you give it a location and all you're doing is making a file.
I think I want to just have the Zip line, so I'm going to drag this guy over to the Zip line. Get my WorkArea Bar adjusted and just export the Zip line. There we go. I'll select WorkArea Bar here, so we did this to that one. Now I've mentioned before sometimes you see a File Size here, this time it does show up. If I uncheck that, the File Size would be 15 megabytes for the whole collection of videos, but when I click just the WorkArea Bar, it shifts down to only about 3 megabytes. You can see the difference because it's a much smaller part of your project. Once you are happy with these selections, you click Save, and we'll just skip at this time, I've done before, but when you click Save, it'll take your project, your timeline will go out, so the reference to the links to all those files that you put on your hard drive, it will then not touch those files.
It will create an entirely new video, what's called transcoding. It'll transcode it as an H.264 file. So it'll export it your computer. We'll take look at that exported file here in just a moment. Let's go track it down and click Done. There is Zip line, and it exports as an MP4 file, which is the kind of files that I have been using for your assets. I'll double-click on that. And here's our MP4 file.
If you look at it, as it goes by, you'll notice little jagged edges and things like that. Those are compression artifacts. When you compress something as much as this is being compressed, it will start losing some of the quality, but again, the original Zip line files have not been touched, they have not been turned into MP4 files and the quality of those files has not been changed. So this is the basic process that you go through if you want to post something online or create a file that'll work on a mobile phone.
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