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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.
In this movie, we're going to look at creating a new project and just some of the options. It's going to be a little technical and it may seem a little over your head right now. You don't have to worry about every nook and cranny. I just want to get you more familiar with the world of digital video and this is a great vehicle to do it. Now there are two ways to access new project options. One of them is with the Setup button here. I'm just going to go ahead and cancel out of that and also we can click on New Project and here we can name our project and select where to save it by clicking Browse. We could also see our current project settings at a glance.
NTSC-DV-Widescreen 48kHz. What the heck does that mean? Well that's what we're going to talk about here. So go ahead and click on the Change Settings button and again this dialog is the same that we just looked at by clicking the Setup button. From here we select a preset from which to use and this will be the basis of our new video project. Now if you're not familiar with video or audio, a lot of this stuff can be very confusing. You got the DV NTSC 29.97 fps, 720h 480v, blah blah blah. There is a lot of pretty advanced stuff going on here.
Now the big key that you want to remember here as you are creating the preset that your project will follow is that you want to create a project that matches your source footage. So if you're using projects basically from one video camera, then you want to match the settings that you had with that video camera. So with my video camera there is a Standard Setting and a Widescreen Setting. I kind of like the super cool Widescreen Setting. It makes me feel like I'm more of a pro than I'm I guess. So I like selecting Widescreen, so I come over here into the DV category and select the Widescreen.
The 48kHz refers the quality of the audio and on that note, this isn't really that important but 44.1kHz is the standard for CD quality audio. So having audio that's 48kHz is actually very high quality. There is all sorts of categories here to for a Hard Disk, Flash Memory Camcorders or if you're using an HDV Camcorder. If you're using PAL then the same presets are here but just for PAL. Just make sure you're picking a preset in the category of the format or the standard that you're using.
In other words, just because you have Widescreen 48kHz, this could be very different in PAL than it will be in NTSC. So make sure you're in the right standard category there. Now, there are a lot more technical issues but Premiere Elements basically makes it so that you don't really need to worry about all that stuff. You just pick a preset and go. Once you have created a preset that you like click Save as Default and then you can go back to your project settings what you want to call it, where you want it to be saved and then click OK to open it. Next, we're going to take a look at the user interface of Premiere Elements and get a little bit more familiar with our work area there.
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