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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.
We are going to start here with the same movie we left off within the last segment. If you'd like to follow along I'm using the One Sided project. Basically our start point here is the same as the start point in the last movie. We have this Venetian Blinds transition here and I actually don't want it. So what I'm going to do is select it here, just hit the Delete key on your keyboard to get rid of it. For this movie it's going to be easier to see what's going on when we work in the Timeline. So go ahead and hop on down there. I am just going to hop on over to the Transitions area here that we have been hanging out in this chapter. And you might need to scroll down a little bit. I'm looking in the Dissolve category for a Transition called Dip to Black, basically just fades a clip to black.
Now if I drag that in between these two clips, here we get this icon. This is basically the same thing as the Center Alignment we talked about it the last segment. This makes it so that there is a little bit of the transition happening on the end of the first clip and the beginning of the second clip. Because of that it's called a Dual-sided or a Two-sided Transition. Because once I let go here it's happening on one side and on the other side. I am just going to go ahead hit Ctrl+Z to undo that.
If I were to drag this here again and just use this icon or this icon, it would indicate that it's only a one-sided transition. Its only happening one clip. Again this is similar to what we saw in the last segment on customizing. This would be, if we use it at the end of this clip, it would be the same thing as End at Cut or Start at Cut, if we were do let go at the beginning of the next clip. Now the cool thing about one-sided transitions is that you don't always have to use them just for transitions.
I can even use Dip to Black at the beginning of my movie. So if I dragged and dropped it here, I can only have a one-sided transition. I can't transition from nothing into something. So if I let this go it's basically just one-sided transition, but what that does for me, if hit the Home key, and hit the Spacebar to preview is that my project in a very sexy way fades in from black, which is super cool. Likewise I could add another effect. Let's say Dip to White for example, it's the same thing except with white; I can drag that at the end of my project.
So at the end my project there is the really ethereal beautiful fade to white. Isn't that awesome? So basically that's the benefit of one-sided transitions. We could use them not as transitions but as fade-ins or fade-outs, or ways to bring our footage on screen or out of screen. Now before we leave this chapter on transitions, I have one more very important movie to share with you about the rules for using transitions. You don't want to miss that.
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