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Starting a new project

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Before you lay down your first edit, you need to create a new project file. The reason? Premiere Elements needs to know certain things about your project before you can start adding video to it. Most important thing is what kind of video did you shoot? Is it NTSC, which is the standard in North America and Japan, or is it PAL, which is the standard in most everywhere else in the world? Did you shoot standard-definition video or wide screen? Did you shoot on to videotape, DVD or a hard drive? Once you have made note of those things, then you can name your project and select the file folder. So, let's go through all that now.

Starting a new project

Before you lay down your first edit, you need to create a new project file. The reason? Premiere Elements needs to know certain things about your project before you can start adding video to it. Most important thing is what kind of video did you shoot? Is it NTSC, which is the standard in North America and Japan, or is it PAL, which is the standard in most everywhere else in the world? Did you shoot standard-definition video or wide screen? Did you shoot on to videotape, DVD or a hard drive? Once you have made note of those things, then you can name your project and select the file folder. So, let's go through all that now.

When you open Premiere Elements, you see this splash screen with this advertisement for Photoshop.com. You have three basic choices, to create an Instant Movie, which I recommend against and I'll explain that in another tutorial. Then you can open an existing project, which we will do in upcoming tutorials, or you start a new project, which is what we are talking about here. So click that button in this case. That opens this dialog box. The New Project dialog box. Basically it says what's the name of your project, where you are going to save it and finally what are the settings? Now the settings here are the last settings that were used, which in this case is the high- definition setting, NTSC, which is the standard in North America and Japan. AVCHD is Advanced Video Codec High Definition.

And this is probably not going to be something the standard consumer level videographer uses. So, let's change the settings to whatever it is that you use. It should be the tape that you are going to put into your project or the file format that you can put into project. The most likely choice would be DV, and under DV, you choose between standard-definition and wide screen and most likely choice will be NTSC, but if you are some place else besides North America and Japan, you would likely use PAL. You will see that it has the exact same settings, high-definition DV and two other settings that NTSC has.

For most people, it will be DV standard, so I'll click that and the 48 kHz is 48 kilohertz and that's the number of samples for the audio side of things and almost all camcorders record in 48 kHz. On the off chance that yours doesn't, you can create a new preset and change the kilohertz setting or other settings as well. But most likely, you'll use this preset. Once you have selected the one you want to use, you click OK, give your project a name, give it a location and click OK. That opens up Premiere Elements. Now once you are inside Premiere Elements, let's say, you are working on a project and I'm going to open up a project here.

You can save this project under a different name and it will retain the project settings, which is important. You don't need to always open a new project every time you create a new project. You can work within an existing project and simply save it as something else and it will retain the project settings, the NTSC standard definition, for example. So that's typically how you start a new project, work within that project and if you want to save it under different name, you can save it under different name and retain those project settings. And now you are ready to import or transfer your video assets or other assets to the hard drive, to begin working on your project inside Premiere Elements.

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Premiere Elements 7 Essential Training

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  1. 3m 47s
    1. Overview
      1m 21s
    2. Understanding the workflow
      55s
    3. Using the exercise files
      23s
    4. Relinking missing media
      1m 8s
  2. 10m 47s
    1. Understanding Premiere Elements 7 features
      5m 49s
    2. Touring the workspace
      3m 14s
    3. Using the Help function
      1m 44s
  3. 14m 2s
    1. Starting a new project
      2m 52s
    2. Getting video from a camcorder
      5m 22s
    3. Getting media from other sources
      2m 36s
    4. Managing clips with the Organizer and in Project view
      3m 12s
  4. 10m 6s
    1. Adding, rearranging, and deleting clips in the Sceneline
      3m 31s
    2. Adding, rearranging, deleting, and replacing clips in the Timeline
      6m 35s
  5. 19m 29s
    1. Using the Monitor panel to trim video in the Sceneline
      3m 51s
    2. Trimming video in the Timeline
      4m 3s
    3. Trimming clips in the Preview window
      3m 58s
    4. Changing clip speed, duration, and direction
      7m 37s
  6. 16m 18s
    1. Understanding transitions
      4m 31s
    2. Applying transitions
      4m 47s
    3. Adjusting transitions
      7m 0s
  7. 17m 53s
    1. Understanding video effects
      9m 47s
    2. Applying and modifying video effects
      8m 6s
  8. 30m 16s
    1. Understanding animation
      4m 34s
    2. Animating video effects
      9m 29s
    3. Using the Motion effect with keyframes
      4m 5s
    4. Working with effect presets
      8m 22s
    5. Controlling changes between keyframes
      3m 46s
  9. 18m 17s
    1. Recording narrations
      2m 53s
    2. Making soundtracks with SmartSound
      4m 16s
    3. Applying audio effects
      6m 2s
    4. Mixing audio tracks
      5m 6s
  10. 17m 56s
    1. Creating titles from scratch
      7m 25s
    2. Having fun with titles
      10m 31s
  11. 13m 10s
    1. Understanding compositing
      3m 6s
    2. Creating picture-in-picture overlays
      4m 52s
    3. Creating transparency with Videomerge
      5m 12s
  12. 6m 45s
    1. Using Instant Movie, themes, and Smart Tags
      6m 45s
  13. 12m 22s
    1. Understanding DVD authoring
      1m 34s
    2. Adding DVD scene markers
      3m 37s
    3. Creating DVD menus using templates
      7m 11s
  14. 8m 52s
    1. Sharing from the Tasks panel
      7m 4s
    2. Archiving projects
      1m 48s
  15. 6m 46s
    1. Shooting video to make a great story
      6m 46s
  16. 19s
    1. Goodbye
      19s

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