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In Premiere Elements 9 Essential Training, author Jeff Sengstack breaks down the editing workflow into bite–sized pieces, covering topics from setting up a project to exporting the final video to any format. The course also covers the basics of editing and advanced features like picture-in-picture overlays and audio and visual effects. Exercise files accompany the course.
The Premiere Elements 9 workspace is organized to make it easier for you to create excellent videos. It's divided into three parts. The Monitor panel, the My Project panel, and the Tasks panel. I will give you a tour of each panel. Let me show you the panels'names, and where you can see the names is by going Window > Show Docking Headers and there are the names. Monitor, Tasks, and My Project. Now I don't normally work with these three things opened, because they consume real estate, and I just as soon as have more image area when I'm working with it.
But the reason they're visible is that you can access these little panel fly-out menus. When I click them you can see that this panel has two items in the fly-out menu: Safe Margins and the Playback Settings. If I right-click inside the panel, opening up in the context menu it's called, there are those two things in the context menu. I don't really need to access this menu. The only menu that is an exception to the rule is tucked away here in the Edit workspace with Effects or Transitions selected, and there this little guy is appearing here and it has things here that are not accessible anywhere else.
It's the one exception. When you want to find these particular things, you need to have the header open. So we'll keep open for now, just so you can see them. Let's start with the Monitor panel. Monitor panel is where you see project in progress. Also you can edit clips here. You can trim off the beginning or the end of clips here, plus there are a couple of other options that you can see down here. There's typical VCR controls. Here is the Play control. When you click the play, it becomes a pause button. Then I click on pause to stop it. You can go for one frame at a time and go backwards the same way.
The fast-forward button has kind of three speeds to it. You click one, two, three, and it flies along,. Backwards as well. Once goes kind of slow backwards, faster backwards, really fast backwards. It's like your tape machine is really going, but of course this is digital. We are not working with the tape here. There is a thing called a shuttle control, also called the jog control. Drag it forward or backwards. It's a variable speed control. That's how that works, and a few other things here, which we talk about in other movies.
We move down here to the My Project panel. It's divided up into two different workspaces, the Sceneline and the Timeline. The Sceneline sort of looks like a storyboard, and this is where usually beginning editors like to work, so each scene is one clip and it is dragged down here one at a time. Eventually then hopefully you will graduate to the Timeline, and if you viewing this tutorial I think you will graduate to the timeline. It's a little more complicated looking, but you have much more flexibility down here. Sceneline, Timeline. Finally up here in the Tasks panel, this is the most complicated panel.
It has a panel and then it has workspaces. Organize, Edit, Disc Menus, and Share. Go back to Organize for now,. And then inside these workspaces are views. So in the Organize workspace, you've got four views. Start with the Media view, which is the one that's currently open. This is a mini Organizer. The Organizer is a software product that comes with Premiere Elements. It's a separate product, and this is sort of the mini version of that. I am not a real big fan of this view or the Organizer, but we will refer to it a few times, and it just shows clips that you most recently added to your project.
But not necessarily all the clips in your project; just the ones that you've just recently added. The Get Media view is where you actually get your media. You get it from a camcorder, you get it from, let's say, a DVD drive on your camcorder or from a DVD disk. You get it directly from your camera via a USB connection or get it from a webcam, or you get photos from a digital still camera or off your hard drive. Go over here to the Instant Movie view. This is where you can select clips and then turn them into a movie almost instantly. They provide a number of themes that you can apply to make your clips look like a certain type of movie, like a birthday party or Hollywood movie.
I am not a big fan of Instant Movies. If you are going to be taking this course, you are probably going to skip the Instant Movies as you move forward, but you might to want to play with it just for some fun down the road. Let me cancel out of that and move finally to the Project view, and this is the view that I work in when I work inside of project. This shows all the clips in your project and you can see the name of the clip, the thumbnail, whether you've used it or not, how long it is, whether it is a movie or it's audio or a still image. Let's say this is the place that I like to work when I'm working inside of my project. Moving on to the Edit workspace. This workspace is divided up into five views.
These are video effects that you apply onto clips or audio effects that you apply on to the audio portion of the clip. Transitions that go between clips. So for example, I'll click on this one and see how the transition will look. Ppick another one here. They have titles, which aren't really titles per se. They are templates in which you can put text. So you can select the template here and then have let's say credits rolling through your video at the beginning or at the end. Put a title or an image inside this frame, have this be a lower 3rd, or somebody's name for example. So these provide templates in which you put text.
Then here are themes and these are the themes that you would apply to an instant movie for example, and in Clip Art, tons of clip art that you can lay on top of video, or actually have follow motion in a video. For example, you can have this, say, little bird flying over the head of somebody. It wouldn't be flapping its wings. It will be a still image, but it can be moving along above somebody's head or following something through the movie. So there are tons of clip art that you can play with. Move on to Disc Menus. This is DVD disc menus and as you can see, they look very much like the theme you saw a second ago. All discs have a main menu and then a scene selection menu.
So there are all sorts of templates that you can use to create DVD menus that come free with Premiere Elements. Finally, the Share workspace. The Share is how you take your project and then share it with people. Inside Premiere Elements you can view your project, but other people can't see your project unless they have Premiere Elements too. So you need to somehow take your projects and convert it into something, a file type that they can see. So you can create what's called a Web DVD, which is new to Premiere Elements 9, which allows you to see your project on the Internet that looks like a DVD.
It's a very cool feature. We discussed that in another movie. You can burn a DVD or a Blu-ray Disc. You can port it online to let's say YouTube, and there are several other ways that you can share your video. So, that wraps up our tour. There is a rhyme and a reason to the Premiere Elements layout and I think the workspace is a well-organized tool that allows you to make better videos.
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