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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.
The next couple of movies are going to be very brief, and they are not going to have any project files, they are going to be very simple, but they are going to be pretty cool. There's a wealth of free stuff that comes with Premiere Elements to help get you started, just to add some coolness to your project. So in this movie specifically we're going to be looking at the Templates that you could use with titles and credits. So to get to those, we come over here to the Tasks panel and click on the Titles button, to get to the Titles area. Just like in other areas that we have seen and will continue to see, as we go through this training series, there are several categories here from which to choose; the default being Entertainment, just because it comes first in the alphabet.
So let's look at what we have here. Let's stay right here, there is a Blue Notes theme. So for this Blue Notes theme there are several different graphics and titles and credits, and all sorts of cool things that you can use if you like this kind of art. So let's say, for example, these credits; if I roll my mouse over, you could see these credits going, they are already stylized, the motion is already there. All you have to do, just click this Apply button to apply this to your project, then you could customize it, obviously you don't have to say Blue Note title, you can make it say whatever you want. If you want some frames, like a graphic border, if you want what's called a lower third, basically a bar at the bottom of the screen, maybe you're creating a DVD menu, like something that look a little bit more like this, or something looks more like this, just a title screen.
All sorts of similar templates, for Contemporary Music for the Drive In, that's kind of cool, for Marquee, Night Vision, an old movie poster, little retro movie poster. Then we have Performance Star, this cool rock and roll theme we will see a little bit more of in the next chapter on Movie Themes. Continue to scroll down here, we got some Popcorn, and Retro TV, and this cool showtime looking thing, and then like some movie curtains, good for like theatrical productions or what have you.
That's just in the Entertainment category. I mean, look at this, there's Wedding, there's all these different themes for weddings, all these different cool templates, this is just beautiful, look at this, these are really well designed, great decorative elements to add to your project. You could use them for credits, you could use them as banners for movies, whatever you want to do. Also be aware that there are some HD or High Definition templates as well if you're outputting to high definition television. So that concludes our brief look at templates. Just be aware, if you're looking for some kind of cool graphic element, a frame, a border, maybe you want to have like a theme that continues on throughout your whole project; so maybe there's a border here, a frame here, you want all of it to match where you could find a category, like this Decorative category, and you could use all the different themes and frames and titles and lower thirds from this one theme, so it gives your whole project kind of a cohesive feel.
Again, it's kind of what we're going to see with movie themes in the next chapter, but it's not so intrusive, it's a little bit more selective, you have a little bit more control over what elements get put where. Next, we're going to look at even more free stuff that comes with Premiere Elements.
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