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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.
Ladies and gentlemen, it is my absolute pleasure to introduce you to the ever popular concept of creating slideshows in Premiere Elements. If you would like to follow along with me throughout this tutorial movie, which I highly recommend, you can use this Slideshows project in the Chapter 9 folder. Now, I'm here in my Project View, I have imported several images, and a piece of audio. The first step to creating a slideshow is selecting the images that you would like to add to this slideshow. I am going to scroll up to the top here. I am going to select the first image, and you could hold down the Ctrl key and select additional images that you would like to use, or you could use the Ctrl key to deselect images that you do not want to use.
If you would like to select a row of images, such as we have here, you could select the first one, then scroll down to the last one, Shift-click the last one, and the first and last one, and everything in between it will be selected as well. Now, you don't want any video in between this, that's going to mess things up. So if you need to, you can click on the Show Still Images button, and it will show you only the images in the Project View and nothing else, but I'm going to unselect that. I want to make sure that we have those images selected, so again, select the first one, Shift click the last one, and now what we do is just drag one of these, and they will all come along for the ride.
Drag it to the Drag next clip here box in the Sceneline. Now, once you let go off the mouse, it won't just add it, a little pop up is going to pop up, giving you two little options here. The first is, Add as individual stills. What this is going to do, if I click it, its just going to add each Still image as basically a separate movie here, in other words, it's just going to add them one after another. Now, you could create a slideshow manually like this, but I think there is a better way just to make Premiere Elements do it, so we don't have to. Let me hit Ctrl+Z to undo that.
I am going to do those same steps again, where I drag these images over to the Dragnextcliphere box, in the Sceneline. This time I'm going to select Add as grouped slideshow. Now, there are a few options here. For the Ordering, we can have it select a Sort Order, in other words the order that they are sorted in, in the Project View, or if we selected them in a certain way, so maybe we selected one, then we Ctrl clicked another one, Ctrl clicked another one, we can use the order in which we selected them as the order in which they will appear in our video presentation. For now I'm going to leave this set to Sort Order.
We also have the chance here to change the Image Duration. I am actually going to take this to 100 frames; 150 frames is a little long for me, we want this to be a little bit more upbeat. Then also the Transition Duration, you don't have to have a Transition, you could have it just go from scene to scene to scene, and if you want that, just uncheck Apply default Transition. However for this example, I'm going to leave this checked. The Default Transition is Cross Dissolve, which we looked at in Chapter 5, and Cross Dissolve, again, basically just fades out one image and fades the next one in, in kind of a soft way.
The little tip here indicates, if you would like to change the Default Transition, you could right click a Transition in the Effects window and change it to the Default Transition. I am also going to take down the Transition Duration; 30 frames is the equivalent of one full second, I know that one second is really fast, but when you are watching two images fade out and fade back in again, it's a little long and slow and pretty. I want this to be a little bit more of a rock and roll slideshow, so I'm going to change my Image Duration to 100 frames and change the Transition Duration to 20 frames. Typically, the more slow and flowing you have things, the more soft and elegant and pretty they are, and the quicker you have them, the more excited and happy fun they are, so that's kind of what I'm going for here.
So I'm going to click OK, and you could see that once we click OK here, we have now what's called a Group Slideshow; this entire slideshow is contained in this one little segment of the Sceneline. So let's play this back and see what we have. Hit the Spacebar, there we go. So we have the image playing, and then cross dissolving, cross dissolving, and cross dissolving. Now, what's cool about this is that this is now a Group Slideshow, so we see this little right handed arrow here, we could expand this, and we get access to all the individual slides, transitions, whatever.
So we can add effects to individual movies. We can move them around to add some animation. We could replace the transition for some of the clips or all the clips. When we're done, we just come back to the right hand side and click this to close it back down again. Now, for the final touch, I'm just going to drag this audio track into my Sceneline here, and now we're ready to play and watch our final slideshow. (Music plays.) So that's really all there is to it.
All you have to do is select the images you want to use in the Project panel. Drag and drop them in the Sceneline, and select Add as group slide show. Add some audio if you would like, customize your transitions, customize your animations and movement if you want to, and make your slideshow your own. Now what I'm also going to do is save this out as a project called Slideshow completed in the Chapter 9 folder, so if you would like to look at a finished project as well as the starting point, you can as well.
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