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In Premiere Elements 9 Essential Training, author Jeff Sengstack breaks down the editing workflow into bite–sized pieces, covering topics from setting up a project to exporting the final video to any format. The course also covers the basics of editing and advanced features like picture-in-picture overlays and audio and visual effects. Exercise files accompany the course.
One of the share options in Premiere Elements is called Computer. You use that feature to create files that can run on computers. Before we do that I want to decide what work area do I want to save, I don't necessarily want to save the entire project, because there are three different videos, one, two, three. So I am going to save, let's say, the grocery. To do that I need to adjust the location of the WorkArea Bar down here, this gray area. There is a little handle here in the middle that you can use to move it around as a unit, so I move it around just down to the end there, I'll drag this right guy all the way to the end, and you see this little black line snapping to each little clip, so you can snap it right there to the end.
So the WorkArea Bar will cover our first video. So now we are set and ready to go, I am going to go over to Share, and I'm going to back up one second here to show you how the Share workspace looks. And we'll click on Computer to take a look at all the various formats that are available for exporting files that can play on a computer. Top of the list is Adobe Flash Video which you typically use when you're going to play back your video on a website. MPEG is a compressed format, most frequently it's used on DVDs but it's becoming really common place on computer applications as well. AVI is a Windows format, Audio Video Interleaved.
It's not available on the Mac. But it is uncompressed video, so sometimes people actually will edit an entire project and then can actually trim it down later and retain the original quality if they use AVI. Windows Media is also not available on the Mac side. it is a compressed Windows format, WMV files. QuickTime makes MOV files that typically play on QuickTime player on a Mac but you can run QuickTime players on Windows now too, so that's pretty much a universal option there. I talked about Image already. That's for exporting a JPEG file and then finally you can choose Audio and choose from a number of audio file formats.
AIFF is typically used on Mac, MP3 is becoming the universal audio output format, and then Windows Waveform is uncompressed Audio. Let me go back and then talk about the process once you select something, I'll select MPEG as it's kind of universal. Once you select the format then you want to select the Preset, there are all kinds of Present, each format has its own set of Presets. So I knock down this list and typically you're going to select the Preset that matches your original format but you don't have to. That's the beauty of working inside Premiere Elements, you retain all the quality of your original files when you make your project but then you can export it to any darn thing you choose.
But I am going to go with NTSC DVD Widescreen because that's basically what this original thing was. If I were to put it on a DVD, that would be how I would want it to look, but you can pick other formats as well. So I'll just select that format. Then you give it a title, so we'll call it Grocery, something like that. Remember, we're just making a file here. And you give it a Location, say where you want to save, it so you need to browse toward the location you want. So make sure if you want to save only the WorkArea Bar you click that. Some of the formats will have a little message down here saying how large the file will be, this one doesn't in this particular case but if you click this you'll notice that the file size will drop dramatically relative to the entire project.
But you either click that on or off, in this case we want to save only the WorkArea Bar. Now the Advanced button really is one of those things that you'll probably - not have to use but I do want to show you that it's there and show you that each format has some options that you can click, that are sort of deeper inside going beyond the Presets. MPEG has more options than most, if you picked AVI there will be hardly any options because it's uncompressed, but when you talk about compression you need to say what quality of the compression would I like to have and you can choose the quality here. Right now, 5 is the most and 3 is the default, and you can scroll down a little bit farther and say, okay do I want to do 1 Pass, that's Variable Bitrate.
Variable Bitrate is better. If I do 1 Pass then it would be one quality, but if I choose 2 Passes it will be a better quality. Then the Bitrate is also important. Right now the Minimum Bitrate is down to 1.5, I may want to raise that and say never get below something like 3 or 4, so we retain sort of a bottom-level of quality. The Target Bitrate is basically the average bitrate and then the Top Bitrate is 8. Well you can raise these guys, but if you do this just keep in mind, one, your file will be larger, and two, it will take a little bit longer to compress.
Just be aware that there are some extra features tucked away here where you can choose things like different kinds of audio quality with Dolby Digital at the top of the line and different kinds of video quality. And then once you do that, once you make those changes it's going to say, okay you are creating a new preset, right? So we are going to make a new preset, we'll call this Jeff's MPEG something like that, and then that will show up as a Preset in this drop down list, it'll be now Jeff's MPEG in addition to all the rest of the Presets. We'll select that one, which is actually a pretty good thing. When I created this course I made all the MP4 files for this course using a Preset just like this that I got the details for the preset from an engineer here at lynda.com and used that throughout the creation of the MP4s here.
So presets can come in handy. Then once you have got everything settled down and you are going to share the WorkArea Bar and you got to name, name back in again when you go make a Preset it loses the name, then you click Save. And what will happen now is that it makes a new file. It doesn't change your original files. It makes a new file from your original files through the timeline. So nothing is being changed on your hard drive. Nothing is being changed with your original files. We're making a whole new file, a rendered version as it's called, a Transcoded version of your project.
It will be a new file of that grocery store thing. It will be an MPEG file and then you can play that on your Windows or Mac. Once it's done you click Done and then you can go take a look at it. We'll try to track it down. There is Grocery.mpg. Double-click on it. (Video playing) And there is our little video. It's just a Transcoded version of our entire Timeline. So that's basically how you use this particular option to export or share a project using files that are formatted for playback on a computer.
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