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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 we're going to look at setting up the final project. If you'd like to just follow along here, you can actually just open up the Importing and Setup project found in the Chapter 13 folder. For those of you that are little bit more orthodox and actually want to totally start from scratch here, just go to File, New Project or you could select New Project from the Welcome Screen. From here, I'm going to click on Change Settings and we want to setup an NTSC-DV-Widescreen 48 kilohertz project. The reason why you should set it up this way, even if you use PAL, you should still set it up as an NTSC project because this is what matches our source footage, and this is how you get the best results in Premiere Elements. Again, you want to create a new project that matches your source footage.
Even if you're making something for a tiny little spot on a website, you want to make sure that if your footage is originally DV Widescreen, you setup a DV Widescreen project and then output a smaller version of that project. So I'll go ahead and hit Cancel here and then Cancel again, and I already have my Importing and Setup project here so I am just going to click that to open that. Next, I'm going to go into the Project View in the Tasks panel in the Edit workspace, click on Project and in this blank area here double-click. In the Media folder, found in the Exercise Files folder, we want to open up the Videos folder, open up the Final Project folder, click and drag to bring in all these clips, click Open.
Next, I'm going to go back to the Project View and I am going to double-click in the blank area again. This time I'm going to go up a folder, click the Up a folder button here, Up One Level button, click Up One Level yet again. This time we go into the Audio folder and click on the file, wedgekase clip.mp3. Wedgekase is the name of a band that I was in before and this is basically one of our song, and we're going to use this instead. So I'm going to click Open there. Going back to our Project panel here, we now have all the video clips and the audio clip that we're going to be using in our project.
In the next movie we're going to add all the video clips to our project and rearrange them to get them in the right order.
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