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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.
In this movie, I'm going to show you how to use the exercise files that accompany this training series. If you're a premium member of the Online Training Library or if you purchased this training on a disk, then you'll have access to these exercise files. Now what you'll want to do is open up My Computer and go to your C Drive, this should probably be your main hard drive and open that up. What you want to do, regardless of what you have done with other lynda.com training series, is that you want to drag the exercise files here into the root directory of the C Drive.
The reason why that is is a little bit complicated to explain at this point in the training. I'll explain a little bit later in Chapter 3 in the movie on Finding Missing Footage why this is. Because Premiere maintains links to all the external files and if you put them somewhere else, then they're not going to be linked up correctly. Now for the purposes of this training series, I'm going to be using mine on my desktop. However if for convenience's sake, you would like to use the exercise files on your desktop as well, you'll get some notifications that there are some missing footage. You'll just have to relink the footage. I'll show you how to do in Chapter 3, in the movie on Finding Missing Footage. So it's pretty much your preference.
So basically to sum up, I recommend taking the exercise files, dragging them here to the root directory of the C Drive, but I'm going to be using them on my desktop. Now here is how the exercise files are laid out. As you can see, there is a folder for every chapter and the projects used in that chapter are in its accompanying folder. So when I'm in Chapter 3 for example, here are all the projects I'm going to be using with Chapter 3. Now I will almost always tell you which project to open up to follow along with me.
If for example, I were to just say something like open up the Opening vs. Importing project, then you could know that if you are watching Chapter 3, to come to the Chapter 3 folder to get that file. Because of the way Premiere Elements deals with media, meaning video and audio and pictures and stuff, I have a separate Media folder here with all of the audio, images and videos that I'll be using in this training series. But again, you really don't need to worry about that because the projects take care of everything. So just open up the project and everything will magically fall into place.
Now if you're a monthly subscriber or an annual subscriber to the lynda.com Online Training Library, you'll not have access to the exercise files that accompany this training. However, feel free to just watch the training or to follow along with the assets that you have created. And that's how to use the exercise files.
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