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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.
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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