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Whether you're new to the program altogether or a pro who needs a refresher on the latest features, author Steve Grisetti gets you up and running quickly with Premiere Elements 11, the affordable and intuitive video-editing program from Adobe.
The course walks through the entire editing workflow, from importing and organizing your raw assets, to timeline editing in Quick view and Expert view, to sharing your work on DVD, Blu-ray, or on the web. Along the way, you'll discover how to enhance your basic videos with voiceover, slow motion, transitions, titles, and a solid soundtrack. In less than three hours, this course will show you what you need to know to create polished gems from almost any kind of raw footage, from tape-based DV, to AVCHD, to smartphone and iPad video footage.
When you are working in Quick view any media you add to your project using the Add Media tools will go directly to your project's timeline. When you're in Expert view, however, any media you add will go to your Project Assets panel, and you can launch that panel by clicking on the Project Assets button here in the upper- left corner of the interface. By default, your project assets show up in grid view as little thumbnails. By the way, the Project Assets panel is one of the few panels in the program that you can enlarge as large as you want; just hover over the lower-right corner, click and drag, and you can make that much bigger.
Some people prefer to work in Thumbnail view. It's sometimes more efficient if you've got a large number of files to look at them in List view. And you can do that by clicking in the upper-right corner here on the Panel Options button and selecting View > List View. Still, we've got a lot of files to look at here. A lot of times when I am working on a movie, I may have 50 to 100 files to scroll through. That's a lot to look through every time I want to locate a clip. Fortunately, the program includes some management tools for gathering your media into smaller packets, so you can work on, and focus on, just one set of media clips at a time.
To create a folder to put some of your media in, you can go to the upper-right corner again, select from the Panel Options > New Folder. We can call this folder, for instance, Harvest. And I can gather all the media files here that have to do with harvesting the vegetables and select them either by holding down the Shift key and selecting the first and last or by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking on one file at a time. Then, to move them into this folder, I can either drag them down to it or I can right-click and select Cut, open up the folder, and paste them in it.
I did this with a right-click selection. And now I've got a lot less media to deal with. I can create another folder. By the way, I don't have to go to Panel Options. I can just go to an empty area of the Project Assets panel, right-click and select New Folder. We can call this one Farmers Market. Then we can drag all of the files. I'm holding down the Ctrl key on my PC or the Command key on my Mac--all the files that have to do with the Farmers Market.
Then just dragging them down into the folder. Now I've got a lot less distraction here in my project Media panel, or my Project Assets panel. I'm going to create one more folder here. We will call this one Audio. Again, we're not changing the location of any files on our computer's hard drive. These folders are simply for organizing in the Project Assets panel. Let's select all my audio files, holding down the Ctrl key or the Command key on a Mac, cutting them, opening up the folder, and then pasting them inside.
I can create subfolders within my folders. Right-click again, select New Folder. I'll call this one Music. So you can create categories, subcategories, and really keep the media into small packets so that you can focus on just what you need to create a particular sequence. The Project Assets panel also contains some very cool tools that aren't available anyplace else in the program. I'm going to resize the Project Assets panel here by dragging on the corner, just to get it out of the way.
If you go to Panel Options, you'll find there are also new items. These new items are specific media clips that the program creates for specific needs. For instance, if you're creating a video that you're going to show on a broadcast television station, a TV station may require you to have bars and tone at the beginning of your video. This is so that they can set the audio level and the color level for your video. And you can do that right here from New Items. There's your bars and tone. When I play it, you'll hear it sets the tone at a certain audio level.
I'm going to click on the spacebar to play it. (beeping sound) You can see it also has a color pattern for them to use to make sure that they're using the same color space as the rest of your video. The Project Assets panel also includes, under New Item, an option to create a Universal Counting Leader. You've seen these in old movies, right? It counts down from eight to two, and you can customize the look of your countdown if you'd like, by changing colors. And it has a blip on two seconds, and they use this of course to queue up your video, and it looks like this.
Now, in addition, on the Project Assets panel, under our Panel Options, we have the ability to create a black video or a color matte. These are just brief video clips that you can use if you have a blank space in your video. For instance, you may want to fill it with black. Not a good idea to have a blank space on your timeline in Premiere Elements. Sometimes it can lead to some buggy behavior with the program. Instead put a black video clip in there. You can also create a color matte, which is just a color video clip to your specifications.
Using the Hue sliders or selecting from a color picker, you can create a clip in any color you want, and you can use that for instance as a background if you're going to create titles over a colored background. There are number of great tools worth getting to know in the Project Assets panel. Not only does the panel include tools for ordering and managing the media files you've gathered for your project, but it also includes valuable tools for generating media clips.
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