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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.
We're going to be using the Exporting File project for this one, and basically what we're going to be talking about is exporting your project to a movie file on your computer. To do that, go to Share Workspace in the Tasks panel, same space we have been working all chapter long here and click on Personal Computer. This will allow you to create a video file that's mostly for use on your computer, although you can use those in different places as well. For example, the top option here, Adobe Flash Video, very common for posting on webpages. This is actually the same the same format that is used for YouTube, but this way you don't have any restrictions on file size and length and that kind of thing.
MPEGs are very commonly used for just viewing. It is the video standard for DVD as well, and then also DV-AVI, this is a high quality video file. So that way if you want to bring this file back into Premiere Elements and edit it some more later, you're not really damaging it, whereas some of these other formats such as Windows Media and QuickTime might compress the file quite a bit, and so, if you were to bring it back here and edit it and export to something else, you'll be compressing it yet again, and it would really look terrible. Again, I just mentioned these Windows Media and QuickTime settings are generally used for lower quality files, although I do have to say that I really do like the QuickTime format.
I actually just bought a Mac for the first time a few months ago. I totally love it, but I have been doing video for much longer than I've had a Mac, and even on Windows, years ago, I have always preferred the QuickTime format. The QuickTime Player is just so much better than the Windows Media Player in my opinion. So I really dig the QuickTime format. Again, just as we've seen with the other share capabilities of Premiere Elements, as soon as you select the file here, file format, then we get these new presets that update for that particular media type.
So for Windows Media, for example, we have some modem speeds. So basically these top four setting here or if you know you're going to be using your file on the Web, you can use one of these, and these last four are for High-Definition Video. If I were to scroll up top and use Flash Video, I would not see the same presets. Flash Video is primarily a Web-based format. So here we only have Web-based settings. Again, as we've seen before, don't forget to a put file name that's descriptive of the content and click Browse to determine where the file should be saved and once you're done with that, click on the Save button to export the video file.
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