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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.
Now before we leave this chapter on transitions, I just want to give you a few closing tips about using transitions. Number one, use them with a purpose. Remember that above all, with your videos you're trying to tell a story and even your transitions should support your story. For example, let's take the Curtain transition. If you're filming your kid's high school play and you're making a video of it, then, by all means use the Curtain transition, it makes sense. However, if you're making a video of your kid's football game, for example, then don't use the Curtain transition.
It just doesn't make sense there. So even though a lot of these transitions are just phenomenal, there is just some really great snazzy effects here, they're very cool animations, it's always when peoples' tendency when they start in Premiere or video editing programs, they just want to go crazy with the transitions. But use them sparingly. That's rule two with transitions. Number one, use them with a purpose, use transitions that supports your story and what's going on with your footage and rule two is use them sparingly. These are jarring. They definitely take the viewer out of the scene and make them think about the transitions rather than your video presentation.
You probably won't want to do that and when you do, you want to make sure that it actually supports the story. Again, people want to use them all the time because they look really cool. But because they look really cool, they are very distracting. Often times you'll watch something like Star Wars, where they have these wipes, these big transitions that go from one side of the screen to the other and it's a very startling transition, like, "Oh my gosh, wait. OK, what's happening now?" And George Lucas did that intentionally to basically say, we're in a totally different part of the galaxy now. In that place, it's tactful, it's useful, it make sense. So, again use them with purpose and make sure that you use them sparingly.
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