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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 are going to be using the Freeze Frame project in the Chapter 4 folder for this movie because after all, we are going to be talking about freeze frames. I should point out before we get started that this is kind of like a two parter. We're going to be talking about how to freeze a frame of video in this movie, but for all intents and purposes, most of the time when you're going want to freeze a frame of video, you're going to want to play some of the video, either before or after and then hold on the frame of video. But it's kind of a two part trick. So we're going to go over how to make freeze frame out of your video in this segment and in the next segment, we are going to look at how to either start with the frozen frame and then move on to video or to start with video and then hold on one of those frames.
Now for this you need to be in the Timeline. So I have this clip here of these ducks swimming around here. Let me just play for you a second of this. I am going to scoot out. There is these ducks, swimming, doing their thing. One of my favorite things in the world, I don't know why, is when ducks do this dive thing. (Laughs.) I absolutely love when ducks go down for the count and then just stick their hindquarters up in the air and just kind of stay there for a while. It's just extremely humorous to me. So basically what we're going to do is create a freeze frame out of 37 seconds and 11 frames.
Let me backup just a little here, 37 seconds and 11 frames. Now what I've done here, and this is integral to this trick, I've created a Clip Marker here. That may not make a much sense to you here and I'm not going to talk about that and that's why I have already done it for you. We are going to talk about markers a little bit later on in this chapter. But I went ahead and just do that for you this time, but all you need to know is I created a clip marker at that frame where there are both ducks with their keisters pointing heavenwards.
So what I'm going to do select this clip in the Timeline, go to the Clip menu at the top and then from the Clip menu, go to Video Options and then select Frame Hold. And from here what we need to do is enable Frame Hold by selecting Hold On, and we have three choices. We could have it hold on the In Point, the first frame, we could have it hold on the Out Point, which is the last frame of the clip, or we can have it hold on Marker 0, which is the clip marker that I have already made and that's we wanted to hold on. So I'm going to select Marker 0 and hit OK.
Very cool! So it's holding on that frame. The thing is though, it's holding on that frame for the entire clip. You see as I scrub the current time indicator here, move it back and forth, it's still just that one frame. So this entire clip now is just that one frame. So in order to really use this effectively again, we're going to need to know the information in the next movie. However, I should point out though if I hit the Home key and then preview this, even though the video is the same, if you listen closely, there is audio. The audio is the same.
(Video audio: Dog barking, children's voices in the background.) So there is still the audio there, it's just a frozen frame for the duration of the video. That may seem worthless, until we add to it in the next movie. So let's go check that out.
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