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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.
Alright folks, now it's time for the good stuff. We are going to talk about getting video from your camera on to your computer. In the video editing world this is referred to as capturing. So what we want to do is, go over here to the Get Media button, and we want to get media or in other words video, from our DV Camcorder. So I'm going to click this button, which will open the Capture window. Now what's cool about this is that I actually have my camera hooked up right now via a Firewire cable to my computer. When you launch this Capture window, you're actually controlling your video camera from this window.
I don't know why I find that so cool, but for some reason to be able to control my video camera from my computer, it's like, I don't know. It's sort of like the Twilight Zone here or something. I love it. Now you want to make sure that your camera is in VCR or VTR or Playback mode, and not the Camera mode. So that being said, I'm going to hit the Play button, and launch my camera, so we can see the footage on my camera. (Video plays: And I raised a South African sal...) Just pause that there. So I'm basically playing back the video on my camera from Premiere Elements.
I could use this little Shuttle button here, if I want to step back, if I move it to the left then we go back in time a little bit. The faster or the more I move it to the left, the faster it's going to go backwards. There we go, I could also go forwards. Make it go faster. It's basically like a Fast Forward, the same way. Again the more to the right I hold it, the faster it's going to go forward. You could also name particular clips right here in the Clip Name area. Just click in there, maybe select something different. I want to call this turtle.avi.
OK so now what I want to do is show you very quickly before we capture this, this little flyout here. This is a little bit confusing. This is one of my beefs with Premiere Elements. There's this drop down here, this big old icon. So you think OK, this is where I get all my settings at. But there's actually way more settings at the little teeny-tiny flyout menu right above that. So here you have access to Capture Settings and Device Control as well, just like the big icon. That gives access to a lot more stuff as well. The only thing that's important is the capture of video and audio. Let's say you just want to get the audio, just the sound track of what you have recorded or let's say just you want to get the video without the soundtrack.
Maybe you know you're going to make a music video. So doesn't really matter what the audio was like at the time. You know you're just going to record over it. So you just capture the video and save yourself some disk space. Now I'm going to leave Scene Detect by Timecode selected here. What Scene Detect is, it's just a remarkable feature and it will allow Premiere Elements to go in and basically every time when you're shooting your video and you either pause the camera or stop the camera, it creates a new scene. So when you go through, and record your video through this Capture window here, Premiere Elements can actually detect every time you pause, it will make a separate video clip for every time that you pause the camera.
Now watch this. What I could do click on this Next button and I could say Go to the Next Scene. What Premiere Elements will do is it will look on my camera for the next time I paused the video or stopped it, and it will take me to that point in the Capture window. How cool is that? When you're finally record the video on to your computer, click the Get Video button to record that video. For more advanced settings you can come to the icon here, or to the flyout. Either one, doesn't matter, and select Capture Settings. So here in this window you can adjust the Capture Settings, but be aware these are your entire project settings.
So you could adjust General Settings for your project, Video Rendering Settings, Default Timeline, how many tracks there are, etcetera. I'm going to hit Cancel on this. You could also go to Device Control, and this will give you some more options for controlling your device. You could also click on Options, if you are having issues with your camera. You can change the Video Standard from NTSC to PAL and you can also specify your exact brand, and model and everything of your camera as well. With me and my particular camera, the exact model wasn't in here so I just said Generic.
It actually worked better for me than guessing the same brand of my camera. In other words it's a Canon camera but just having it say Generic works better than actually choosing Canon and not having the exact model. So you might get luck with just having Generic if you don't find your exact device brand and type on there. So anyway I'm just going to go ahead and hit Cancel. Because I have already recorded this footage I'm not going to capture it now. But be aware that, that's all you have to do to capture footage and to make it video on your computer.
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