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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.
Folks, in this movie I'm going to show you how to add transitions to this project which I know you already know how to do. We have done this a million times. We did in the intro project. We've done in the whole chapter on transitions, but because adding transitions is so easy, I want to give you a little advanced trick in this movie. I am going to show you how to create an overlay, which is advanced technique that we have not covered anywhere in this title thus far. Since this is an Essential Training title after all, I try to stick to the basics and cover those as thoroughly as I can.
This technique, the one about overlays that I will show in this movie will be a kind of like a hint of what you can do with some of the advanced features in Premiere Elements. First things first though. Let's go ahead and add the basic effects. I am going to go over here to the Tasks panel, click on Transitions and let's go ahead and go to the Dissolve category. And what I'm going to do is, I'm going to drag Dip to Black to the beginning of the hand up clip. So where our project actually starts with this really sexy black and it fades and starts moving there.
Next, as we're fading up here, we go to this cool big strum and I kind of want to create this illusion that this big strum is like this super cool rock arena. Now there are a lot of cool things that we can do to make that happen. That are little bit more complex in this, but for a simple effect we can scroll down just a little bit here and I'm looking for the new blue elements here. The NewBlue Art Blends Elements, and I'm looking for Glow Harsh. So I'm going to click and drag that in between the pan up clip and the big strum clip.
So that's going to add this kind of flash of white. This is kind of larger-than-life, which is what I want. One thing, and here is what's leading to this advanced trick here, one thing I don't like about this is how there is this cool strum and then a quick face and there is really not too much going on here. We don't really have a chance to get used to the face, so we rock out and then there is the face and then we start rocking out for real. What I would like to do is create an overlay, so that the kid's face is just nodding on top, kind of faded over it.
So that's what we're going to do here. Go to the right hand side of the My Projects panel and scroll up a little bit. So you can see this Video 2. We could have multiple video tracks and we could use these as a kind of, put tracks on top of each other, as we will see here in a second. What I'm going to do, I'm going to click on the confident face clip. I am going to click and drag it upwards and tell it exists in the Video 2 track. So now we have two clips of video. It's kind of like a sandwich. Picture the big strum being kind of like the bottom piece of the bread, which we can see.
And then picture this is being like the piece of cheese that covers the bread. As soon as we go over this in time, the big strum clip is here, but we can't see it, because we're seeing this confident face clip over it. So if I have this confident face clip selected and go to Effects to this clip's fixed effects. I open up Opacity. If I were to fade Opacity, then you see that we are blending these two clips together. So this is what I want to do. I want this clip to fade in a little bit and be kind of here, so we kind of have it temporarily focused right here, but we got both things going on.
That's going to keep up the intensity. There is not going to be a jarring transition as it goes to him nodding and all that stuff. What we need to do really to make this work is, first we got to expand the big strum clip to fill up this gap here. We could also move this clip over the confident fade here. Let's go ahead and expand. So there's a little bit more of the confident face. Sounds good and let's go ahead and move the Current Time Indicator to the beginning of the confidence face clip. Go ahead and take the clip Opacity here in the fixed controls area.
Just drag that down to zero. We don't want this to start on. We want to gradually fade on. That's why we expanded the end point of this. This clip is a little bit longer, so we have a little bit more room for this clip to fade in. So, the Current Time Indicator is at about 4 seconds and 28 frames, about 5 seconds essentially. And I come over here its fixed effects, making sure that confident face is selected. We don't want big strum selected because we don't play with its Opacity at all. Go over here to Opacity, click the stopwatch to create a keyframe and then let's move in time a little bit, and increase the Opacity to however much you want.
You might want to go for a subtle effect, maybe 20%. You might want to go for an overriding effect, that maybe 60% or70%. I might go for somewhere in the middle, maybe about 35% or so. That looks pretty good. Then as it goes the kid comes in, nods his head, looks pretty cool. Keep in mind that the more you increase the opacity of the confident face clip, the less you'll see the big strum clip. So be aware of that.
Also, here is a second advanced technique that we didn't talk about earlier. When you're in the Timeline view, you have these little things called rubber bands. When you create keyframes it actually creates these little nubs on the rubber band. So if we want to increase the Opacity or the value of this keyframe, you just click on this little thing and drag it upwards as well. You notice that a 100% opacity is as high as we can go. But if I want to adjust as I could go here to the mini little Timeline area here or I could come down and adjust one of these nubs on the rubber band in the Timeline view.
It's really again, whichever you prefer. When I take this down to about 30 and I think that looks pretty good. Now we're not going to add transitions to any of these other clips. When you're creating these really fast clips one after another, first of all- transitions, there's not really enough room for one of them, because these clips are only on for a couple of seconds as it is. If you're going to put another transition on that, which would take up a second in of itself, it would just be a little bit weird. Most of the clip would be just a transition, which is not cool. Also when you create just from cut to cut to cut without transition, it just seems to be more intense.
Transition tend to soften the blow of the edit a little bit. And we want to do anything but soften the blow. We want this to be intense and manic and crazy and all over the place and that's basically what we do here by not having any transitions. By the way one more one thing I didn't mention here, I'm using the Transitions project from the Chapter 13 folder, continuing on from where I left off in the last movie. However, in this Transitions project as you'll notice that if I scroll a little bit further along, they have actually added several more clips here. And actually I haven't deleted the audio on these, which I will do before we go to the next project.
Be aware that I going to fiddle around a little bit further above and beyond what we did in the last movie, partially because I'm a nerd who loves his stuff and partially because I'm a proud father, but it's been really fun doing this. This is a kind of a work related thing together and being creative and telling a story with these video clips, is a good time. Now I'm really liking this project. Obviously I can't keep my hands off of it, but one of things that's really lacking here, is that these clips- if I just hit the Home key to get back to the beginning, these clips just seem a little lackluster. If we're making a real rock video, we wouldn't have a lot of these muted, beige brown tones.
So in the next movie what we're going to do is we're going to use effects to bring some life and some personality to these clips.
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