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Creating a Mini Documentary with Premiere Elements
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Incorporating still images


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Creating a Mini Documentary with Premiere Elements

with Jason Osder

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A common technique in documentary is working with still photos and adding a little bit of animated motion to make them dynamic and interesting. I want to show you how to do this technique, but I am starting in a blank project, so we can really just focus on this with no distractions. Now, I have to add my photo from the Exercise Files. There it is, Vase.jpg. And the situation here--and it happens from time to time-- is we have a photo that's taller than it is wide, and that doesn't work very well in the widescreen format.

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Creating a Mini Documentary with Premiere Elements
1h 31m Appropriate for all Mar 15, 2012

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This course shows beginning filmmakers how to make a short documentary from footage they have already shot, and walks them from the editing process in Adobe Premiere Elements through uploading a finished movie to platforms like Vimeo or YouTube. Author and producer Jason Osder explains how the footage was shot along the way, illuminating why particular angles were chosen and how the subject matter influences the editing process. The course also covers trimming, editing to music, and adding a title and graphics, and the final chapters result in a polished, color-corrected movie with properly mixed dialog and music.

Topics include:
  • Importing and evaluating footage
  • Planning the edit
  • Marking and adding clips to the timeline
  • Creating cover shots with video tracks
  • Trimming clips
  • Adding and refining transitions
  • Adding a title and a lower third
  • Incorporating still images
  • Setting audio levels
  • Creating a DVD
  • Posting to YouTube
Subjects:
Video Video Editing Projects
Software:
Premiere Elements Elements
Author:
Jason Osder

Incorporating still images

A common technique in documentary is working with still photos and adding a little bit of animated motion to make them dynamic and interesting. I want to show you how to do this technique, but I am starting in a blank project, so we can really just focus on this with no distractions. Now, I have to add my photo from the Exercise Files. There it is, Vase.jpg. And the situation here--and it happens from time to time-- is we have a photo that's taller than it is wide, and that doesn't work very well in the widescreen format.

The solution is going to be to animate, so that we start with the framing at the bottom and we tilt up to the top. Let's add it to our timeline. And I want to select it and go to our Pan and Zoom tool. As you can see, this is like a mini application, made especially to make these types of animations. I am going to start by clearing the premade frames, because they don't really do what I want and I want to start from scratch. Now, I am going to add New Frame at the beginning.

Of course, I want this to start at the bottom. And I want it to go all the way across the width of the image-- something like that--and I don't want it to hold for one second. My goal is to make this tilt up, go end-to-end on this photo, and then essentially it will be a piece of video that I can cut with into any sequence I want. So no hold. And now I need a frame at the end.

Again, New Frame. This time we want it up top. The sizes match, and we still don't need a hold. To preview what we've done, we can just Play Output. Since that's pretty much exactly my intention, we say Done. And if we want to get a full quality look, of course, we have to render.

So, just tap Return. We've taken this still image and made a dynamic piece of video from it that will work much better in a timeline that we put it in. Using still photos is going to depend a lot on your project. In some projects it would be an absolute necessity. Sometimes you'll have so much good video that it doesn't really add anything to use photos. But if you use them, it's a lot of fun and creates interest if you can also animate them.

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