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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 I'm going to give you some tips for shooting good video. So even though this isn't really technically help with Premiere Elements, you're going to have a better experience with Premiere Elements if the footage that you are using here is taken pretty good. So these are tips for you camera people out there. Number one: good lighting. It makes a huge difference in the final result of the shot. When you're taking footage in low lighting, there tends to be tons of noise. Some of that can be fixed with Premiere Elements Effects, but not that much.
You want to make sure that the light is behind you, the camera person, and not behind them, the subject, otherwise they will look like a silhouette. The next tip: shoot steady. Basically, make sure that you either shoot with a steady hand, or you shoot with both hands to support yourself, or you lean on something, or if you need to, use a tripod. The Stabilizer in Premiere Elements as you saw helps out a little bit, but not that much. So the steadier your footage, the better it will be when you tell your story.
That pristine, beautiful, iconic, wedding shot is not going to be so beautiful if it's taken with a super shaky hand. Again, especially as you're zoomed in really close, every little tiny movement gets exaggerated, so if you're planning on shooting something from far away, at a zoo or at a public event, you want to use a tripod. Next tip: Record some ambient noise. We talked about this a little bit in the audio chapter, but it's a good idea just to get plenty of noise so that you could have a consistent audio track throughout your project if need be.
Next: Get plenty of footage. Don't be stingy with this, just get footage of everything, everywhere, get footage from different angles, get as much footage as you could possibly ever want, and then some more. As you're putting this together later on, it's going to make so you have a much more engaging presentation, which you could show people from different angles, or you could show the same thing from different perspectives, and that type of thing. Going along with that, make sure that you bring extra batteries, extra tape, whatever you need, so you could just keep shooting and shooting and shooting your video.
This will make sure that if something really awesome happens, you don't have to say, oh, I would tape it, but I ran out of batteries or I ran out of extra tape. Now your camera might use a hard drive or might use a card or whatever it is, the moral of the story is, you want to make sure that you have enough supplies that you can keep taking footage and taking footage, so you get all that you need. Those are just a few of my tips for shooting good video.
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