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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.
In this movie, we're going to be continuing on from what we left off in our last movie. If you would like to start here though you can use this 03 Editing Project, found in the Chapter 2 folder of your exercise files. In this movie, we're going to look at Editing Footage. That's really the core of what we're doing here in Premiere Elements. There's a lot of cool bells and whistles we can add. But one of the most important things that we do is really get rid of the junk in our footage so that every video clip, every clip that we're showing is as good as that can possibly be. So what I'm going to do is, I am going to click on this second clip to center that here in the Monitor panel, so we could work on that, and you'll notice that as this clip plays, these kids are just as cute as can be, jumping off in slow motion, off of this little fence thingy here.
And then it just goes black for some reason. It just turns back. Well we definitely don't want that as part of our presentation. Who wants to see that? There's a lot of different reasons for editing video. Glitches like this are one reason, but sometimes clips are just a little bit too long, you just want to break up the monotony. I'll talk a little bit more about Editing in Chapter 4 and about when you would want to edit and that type of thing. But it doesn't take a professional view of editor to know that we don't want several seconds of pure black on screen. That's not cool. So what we can do here to edit out the junk we don't want, is we go to this little bracket at the end of this clip and we click on it and we drag it to the left.
I'm just going to let go that for a second. As you look on the left side of the screen, when I go back to doing that again, that's going to show you where the new end of this clip is. So as I click on this bracket and drag it to left again, it's still black on the left side of the screen, still black on the left side of the screen, and there we go. And so I let go here, this will be the new end point. So that's actually where I want to let go, and we have trimmed all that gunk out of this clip. So now when this clip plays, I hit the Spacebar.
(Audio from movie: Fountain splashing, kid's voices.) There is no black junk, it just goes straight from the kids to the Dolphin Harbor sign. So if you want to get rid of the junk at the end of your movie or at the beginning of your movie, it's just easy as it gets, folks. In the next movie, I'm going to show you how to spice things up by adding Transitions in between clips and Effects to clips themselves.
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