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Whether you're new to the program altogether or a pro who needs a refresher on the latest features, author Steve Grisetti gets you up and running quickly with Premiere Elements 11, the affordable and intuitive video-editing program from Adobe.
The course walks through the entire editing workflow, from importing and organizing your raw assets, to timeline editing in Quick view and Expert view, to sharing your work on DVD, Blu-ray, or on the web. Along the way, you'll discover how to enhance your basic videos with voiceover, slow motion, transitions, titles, and a solid soundtrack. In less than three hours, this course will show you what you need to know to create polished gems from almost any kind of raw footage, from tape-based DV, to AVCHD, to smartphone and iPad video footage.
Now, sometimes as you're working you may want to work on your video on a professional level, spending hours, days or even weeks creating a movie masterpiece. Other times you just want to pull some video together and some titles and effects and get it up on YouTube or Facebook. For your more elaborate projects, Premiere Elements offers this more traditional Expert view; but for those quick-and- dirty assemblies the program offers a much more traditional Quick view. Now, there are advantages to each view. There are options available in some views that are not available in the other. So let's just explore these two views here and take a look at some of the advantages and limitations of each.
In Quick view, when you gather your media, whether you're taking it directly from your camcorder or other recording device, or whether you're gathering it from files that are already on your computer, when you add media to your project, it immediately goes directly to your timeline. While in Expert view, any media you add goes initially to a Project Assets area, an area where you can gather your media, you can organize and manage your media, or you can even pretrim it prior to sending it down to the timeline. Now both Quick view and Expert view have a timeline.
In other words, both of them represent not just the video or media clip, but it represents how long the media clip is. So you can trim and you can cut in either mode and it will behave exactly the same way, but Quick view has some advantages and it has some limitations. I have my clip down there on the timeline and you notice that it extends way beyond the timeline. I'm going to use the shortcut key, the backslash, which is right above the Enter or Return key here, just to size that down, so you can see how the clip looks. You notice that here in Quick view we have a very limited timeline.
We have our video clip, and that will include the audio of course and the video, and we have two additional audio tracks. One track, where it says, "Recorded narration appears here," that is your narration track. It can also be used as just an all-purpose audio track. But be aware of one thing: narration gets priority, so if you record narration it's going to record over whatever you've got on that track. Additionally, you have another all- purpose audio track where it says, "Drag audio here." Generally, that's for your music, but you can use it for any audio you'd like.
And then up above the video, we have a title track for adding text or titles to your videos. That cannot be used for video. That's only for titles and text. So it's the only overlay you can put in there, so you're basically limited to one video track, and a lot of times that's more than enough. You can quickly assemble a video or even assemble a longer video project working merely on one track a video. However, in Expert view, we have some advantages, namely that our timeline has not just one video and audio track-- I'm going to expand the timeline here just by hovering over the scene between the timeline and the monitor and when I do, I get this double-headed arrow.
When I drag up, you can see that we can make the monitor smaller and see more of the video tracks. We have, by default, three video tracks and three audio tracks in addition to our narration and soundtrack. By right-clicking and selecting the option, you can add tracks, up to 99 tracks of video and 99 tracks of audio officially, although you can probably go even more if you wanted. I've seen experiments where people have. I'll be needing an awful lot of RAM to make that happen. Even still, those extra audio and video tracks can definitely come in handy.
You can use them for mixing many tracks of audio or you can use them for making compositions with your video, things like pictures-in-pictures. You can do what we call the Brady Bunch effect where you make a grid like a tic-tac-toe grid of faces; you need many tracks of video to do that. Also, in order to do compositing for things like chroma key or video merge you probably will need more than one track of video to do it successfully, or to do it efficiently. To the left of each track header we have these little disclosure triangles and when we click them we can get some additional information about our video, and we can edit our video and our audio and adjust the volume levels and opacity levels here on the timeline in Expert view.
That's not available in Quick view. Quick view is basically for assembling your video and cutting and trimming it as necessary. One other thing to notice that's not entirely obvious is that in Quick view when we select our Transitions panel, notice that we have 16 transitions available. That's not the entire set available in Premiere Elements. If we go over to Expert view, you'll see that we actually have, if I click here on the Category, 16 categories of transitions available--a much, much bigger library of transitions.
In Quick view, also, when we go to Effects, we have about 20 effects available. In Expert view we have over 20 categories of effects. Likewise the graphics. By the way, whenever you see a pop-up panel in Premiere Elements, you can enlarge it by just hovering over the top seam here and you see it get a double-headed arrow, and you can drag up and extend the size of the panel. We have a small selection of clip art. Go over to Expert view and we have over 350 pieces of clip art in a wide variety of categories.
Now the nice thing about Quick view and Expert view is they aren't actually two separate workspaces, but they're actually two separate views of the same workspace. So you can click back and forth between them as you work, working in Quick view and working in Expert view and taking advantage of the benefits of each workspace as you work. In Quick view, you can quickly gather your assets and output your movie, while in Expert view you have the option of getting deeper into your project and use professional-style tools to improve, sweeten, and add special effects to your production.
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