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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.
Let's talk about the user interface, basically, our workspace here in Premiere Elements. I realize that this isn't the most exiting thing in the world to talk about, but at the same time knowing your workspace is going to make you feel you a lot more familiar and comfortable with Premiere Elements. First let's talk about these panels. We have three main panels in Premiere Elements. We have the Tasks panel, which is this one on the right hand side. We have the Monitor panel where we view our footage and we have the My Project panel, which consist of the Sceneline and if you click this button, the Timeline.
Now you could resize any of these panels, as often as, you like and as much you want. Just put your cursor on a divider line in between two panels and just click and drag to resize. So you might be doing a lot of work in the Tasks panel, you really don't really care what's going on in the Monitor panel, so you can resize it thusly, or the opposite might be true, where you might be really looking closely to your project. You want that to be full focus. And you don't really don't care what's going on here in the Tasks panel. You could also do the same thing with the My Project panel. As you click and drag out you can see much more of what's going on here in the Sceneline.
This also becomes very important. Later on we talk about the Timeline. There's just a lot more going on i n the Timeline, there's a lot to scroll through here so being able to resize the interface to see all of those video tracks is very helpful. Let's go back over the Sceneline, take this back to something little bit more standard there. Now this is a small thing. But the top of all of the panels here, the main panels, Monitor, My Project and Tasks. There are these, what they are called headers here or Docking Headers to be more specific. They show by default, but you could actually go to the Window menu here at the top of the screen and select Hide Docking Headers.
That will move them and that will give you a little bit more screen real estate. But for the purposes of this training, just so we were clear and you don't get lost, I'm going to leave them on. So I'm going to back to Window, Show Docking Headers. Also be aware that in many panels there are these two little two arrows facing the right here. And basically, these two arrows what's called a flyout menu. That's basically, a contextual menu that gives you options for that particular panel. In other words, if we want more options for the Monitor panel we can click the flyout menu here and we have Safe Margins and Playback Settings.
Same thing with the Tasks panel and same thing with the My Project panel down here on the right. Also one thing to be aware of. Here in the Tasks panel there is a lot going on here, it's a little noisy. But there is a hierarchy to keep in mind. Basically, we have the Tasks panel and within the Tasks panel there are three workspaces Edit, Create Menus, and Share. Let me go back to Edit here. Within the Edit workspace there are five categories, Media, Themes, Effects, Transitions, and Titles. Right now, Media is selected and within Media there are three different ways to play with Media.
Project, Organizer and Get Media. So if you see there's a lot going on, it's very pretty and colorful, there are lot of icons. There is a nice logical structure here. The Tasks panel, then the Workspaces, and then the categories of the workspaces, and then finally the subareas of those categories. If I click over here on Effects, one of the things we will also see a lot of are these drop downs. And typically these work also in hierarchal way, where on the left side we have the categories, the name of categories. Let's say Video Effects and then the next one we have categories of that.
So categories of Video Effects, so if you want to see just the Keying Effects in the Video Effects category, we can select that to kind of narrow our search a little bit. Be aware that little icon right here. These little icons are kind of like flyout menus as well. They basically just give you different options for what you're currently playing with. So we will find this series of dropdown menus in Themes. Here with Entertainments and Show All, Transitions and Titles. Now, if you ever do mess things up quite a bit. Let's say we're all over here and I'm just going to tweak my interface just ridiculously and let's say that I have Docking Headers hid and you open up a project or you're on somebody else's computer and you look at this and you think what in the world happened to my poor baby Premiere Elements? Well, what you could do is just go back up to Window menu and select Restore Workspace.
That's going to take everything and put everything back the way it was. Now notice that my Docking Headers did not come back. That's not considered a part of the Workspace. So what you need to do is go back manually and say Window, Show Docking Headers, although everything else went back to the way it was by default. Now, one final cool little trick here. If we go to the Edit menu at the top of the interface go to Preferences and then select User Interface, it's kind of a cool little way to pimp the interface here, or what we can do is take this little slider to the left to make the interface darker.
It's kind of sleek and sexy. Or if you prefer it lighter, you can drag it to the right and lighten up the interface quite a bit as well. For this training, I'm going to leave it at its bland default by clicking Default Brightness and leave it as it is. I am just going to hit OK or Cancel there. And that's basically a general tour of the interface and now that know your way around, it's time to talk about getting video form your camera into Premiere Elements.
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