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Customizing transitions

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Video: Customizing transitions

If you'd like to follow along with me here in this movie, you can open up the Customizing project in the Chapter 4 folder. Actually it's like what we're going to be talking about here, customizing yransitions. I have applied the Venetian Blinds transition to our clips here. Let's just take a look at what that looks like. Boom, a Venetian Blind action there. If you back this up, you could see that we basically have these Venetian Blinds, kind of fading down like that, this horizontal dance. What I'm actually going to do is get my Current Time Indicator to one of these frames, where the transition is actually happening we could see both sources, and I will make it easier when we're customizing to see what the final result is going to look like.

Customizing transitions

If you'd like to follow along with me here in this movie, you can open up the Customizing project in the Chapter 4 folder. Actually it's like what we're going to be talking about here, customizing yransitions. I have applied the Venetian Blinds transition to our clips here. Let's just take a look at what that looks like. Boom, a Venetian Blind action there. If you back this up, you could see that we basically have these Venetian Blinds, kind of fading down like that, this horizontal dance. What I'm actually going to do is get my Current Time Indicator to one of these frames, where the transition is actually happening we could see both sources, and I will make it easier when we're customizing to see what the final result is going to look like.

So what we do to customize the transitions, make sure we're in the Transitions area here in the Tasks panel and then come down to the My Project panel and click on the transition to highlight it and then click on Edit Transition. Once you do that the Tasks panel changes to give you options for that particular transition. You may not want to use all these options all the time or some of them you'll maybe never use, but it really is helpful to keep this in mind as you're going through the transitions, just to know in the back of your mind that if you like your transition kind o, but not exactly, you know that you have a little bit of leeway there to customize it and make it your own.

So we can change the duration for example, how long this transition lasts. Maybe we want it to be a split second, maybe we want it to be several seconds. So if we want to be longer we can click here in the Duration number area, the timecode, how long it is, right now it's on for 20 frames, you can click-and-drag this to the right to increase that amount or click and drag it to the left to decrease the amount. I'm just going to leave it at the default 20 here. We can also change the alignment. Right now it's set to End at Cut; that means at the split between them, the cut point, the transition will end.

So basically as I move my Current Time Indicator, the animation of the Venetian Blinds is happening so then when we get to the cut point where the next clip starts, the transition is already over because we have it set to End at Cut. OK, now once I get to the next clip then we are no longer adding the transition. So I got to go back to the transition and click Edit Transition again. So I want to change my alignment may be to Center at Cut. So another transition will still start at the end of the first clip but then as it goes to the second clip it is still transitioning.

So that's what the Alignment refers to. Let me go back to my transition customization here by selecting the transition and then selecting Edit Transition in the Tasks panel. Now let's scroll down a little bit here. Couple of other things I want to cover. This Border Width is a cool one. In order to see that I'm going to move in time so you can see some of the transition here. But if I increase the Border Width, basically what that's going to do is it's going to make it so that my transition has a border around it, it has some black edges.

If we go back to our customization of our transition we can change the size of our border or we could change the color of our border as well. Reverse is also a very important feature of transition customization. Let's say you have an effect where may be there was kind of like a garage door closing, it's kind of wiping from the top to down. Well, you might want that to go from the bottom-up. So Reverse would be what you would choose in that instance. Also if I go back up to the top of my transition editing here, there are these little tiny arrows, and by default top and bottom are selected and that's the direction that these Venetian Blinds animate.

But we can also click these other arrows so that the transition happens from east to west and the bars are vertical. So let's preview that and see what that looks like. See that, one more time, there we go. So as you could see we have really changed this transition from what it initially was, it was horizontal bars that were just flat bars that didn't have any kind of border. Now we've added a black border and we've added a width to that border and we've also made these bars go vertically.

Seriously that's just one of the great things about Premiere Elements, there is just so much to just play around with and explore. There are so many transitions and even with each transition there are so many option parameters and things to fiddle with and change. So they really want to make sure that you get the final video product that you want. Next we're going to talk about another way that you can customize transitions and that's with one-sided transitions, we'll talk about what that is in the next movie.

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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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