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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 there's no doubt, there are just loads of cool things that you can do with Premiere Elements from titles to graphics and all sorts of cool things but the most important thing you'll do in Premiere Elements is editing the video that you bring in. In this chapter we're going to look at all the various ways that you can edit video inside of Premiere Elements and a few other things that go along with that as well. What I want to do in this movie is basically just give you an introduction into the world of video editing. In the rest of the movies of this chapter, we're going to have hands-on exercises but in this movie I just want to give you a little hands-off demo of what we're talking about when we're editing video.
Now a thing to remember with this folks is that we're storytellers. We're trying to tell a video with our movies. No matter what you're doing, if you're trying to sell a product or whether you're trying to make a video of your kid's birthday party or whatever it is, you're still trying to tell a story and so we want to just get the best, most interesting pieces from these video clips and get rid of everything else. So I have this clip as an example of this Komodo Dragon. They're so cool. They have this venomous saliva. Just a really cool creature, but they move kind of slow. If I play this video back, it kind of sits there for a couple of seconds and then slowly it turns its head and that was kind of cool, then it just sits there, eight seconds, nine seconds, ten seconds.
And so as you're watching this you're probably getting bored. Well, imagine how your audience would react to this. It goes on and on, second after second after second of this, of this Komodo dragon just sitting there. So what we want to do is get this clip to be just the good stuff, just the head turn. So I'm going to go and I'm going to play with this and basically I'll show you what I'm doing here, a little of bit later on in this chapter again when we're going to do a lot of hands-on. I just want to give you an idea of what this is all about here. So if we click here, go back to the beginning of the clip, play this again, almost right away he turns his head.
He sits there for a couple of seconds and the clip is over. So basically we got rid of 20 seconds or so of just garbage of him just sitting there. Now the clip of the Komodo dragon is very interesting, very stimulating. Now remember that trimming video like this, getting rid of the bad stuff, doesn't actually affect the original video. So feel free, cut as much as you want. Experiment, explore, play around, do whatever. You're not going to hurt anything. So that being said, let's roll up our sleeves and get to work, editing video.
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