Premiere Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training
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Understanding Auto Analyzer and Smart Tags


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Video: Understanding Auto Analyzer and Smart Tags

Premiere Elements has a feature called Auto-Analyzer. Auto-Analyzer examines clips and Smart Tags those clips. It looks for things like whether they are out of focus, shaky, low contrast, high contrast, too dark, too light, things like that. And once it's smart tagged them you can use those smart tagged clips inside something like Premiere Elements Instant Movie to automatically help you make videos. Let me show you how to do that. You can do Auto-Analyzer inside Premiere Elements in the Media View but the butter place to do it is here in the Organizer. And before you get started you need to tell the Auto-Analyzer what you want it to look for.
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  1. 8m 39s
    1. Welcome
      1m 8s
    2. Understanding the workflow
      52s
    3. Using the exercise files
      44s
    4. Relinking missing media
      2m 13s
    5. Using the Organizer
      3m 42s
  2. 8m 37s
    1. Understanding Premiere Elements 8 features
      4m 23s
    2. Touring the workspace
      4m 14s
  3. 17m 4s
    1. Starting a new project
      3m 52s
    2. Getting video from a DV source
      5m 0s
    3. Getting media from other sources
      3m 54s
    4. Managing media in the Project workspace
      4m 18s
  4. 19m 25s
    1. Learning about the Sceneline and the Timeline
      2m 22s
    2. Adding rearranging and deleting clips in the Sceneline
      4m 6s
    3. Adding and deleting clips in the Timeline
      5m 59s
    4. Arranging clips on the Timeline using modifier keys
      6m 58s
  5. 27m 27s
    1. Using the Monitor panel to trim video in the Sceneline
      6m 0s
    2. Trimming video in the Timeline
      6m 24s
    3. Trimming clips in the Preview window
      6m 46s
    4. Splitting clips and changing clip speed duration and direction
      8m 17s
  6. 22m 1s
    1. Understanding transitions
      5m 41s
    2. Applying transitions
      7m 2s
    3. Adjusting transitions
      9m 18s
  7. 37m 26s
    1. Understanding video effects
      8m 41s
    2. Using the Motion and Image Control fixed effects
      4m 46s
    3. Applying and modifying video effects
      7m 49s
    4. Using the Effects Mask tool
      7m 8s
    5. Working with motion tracking
      9m 2s
  8. 53m 57s
    1. Understanding animation
      7m 9s
    2. Animating video effects
      18m 32s
    3. Using the Motion effect with keyframes
      11m 46s
    4. Working with effects presets
      11m 37s
    5. Controlling changes between keyframes
      4m 53s
  9. 25m 32s
    1. Recording narration
      1m 51s
    2. Making music soundtracks with SmartSound
      4m 54s
    3. Applying audio effects
      10m 28s
    4. Mixing audio tracks manually and with Smart Mix
      8m 19s
  10. 18m 25s
    1. Creating text and geometric shapes
      5m 19s
    2. Applying styles to text and shapes
      8m 33s
    3. Having fun with titles
      4m 33s
  11. 23m 5s
    1. Understanding compositing
      4m 58s
    2. Creating picture-in-picture overlays
      7m 11s
    3. Making portions of clips transparent
      10m 56s
  12. 17m 49s
    1. Understanding Auto Analyzer and Smart Tags
      4m 59s
    2. Using InstantMovie and themes
      6m 17s
    3. Fixing with the Automatic Quality Enhancement feature
      6m 33s
  13. 9m 32s
    1. Understanding DVD authoring
      1m 10s
    2. Adding DVD scene markers
      4m 7s
    3. Creating DVD menus using templates
      4m 15s
  14. 4m 57s
    1. Sharing your videos from the Task panel
      4m 57s
  15. 12m 12s
    1. Shooting great video
      1m 59s
    2. Creating a story
      10m 13s
  16. 20s
    1. Goodbye
      20s

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In Premiere Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training, instructor and videographer Jeff Sengstack shows how this application can be the only one needed to view and edit video files and share them with family and friends. Jeff shows how to start a new project, set up the workspace, and arrange clips on the Timeline for an initial video take. He teaches how to apply specialized video effects, like Motion Tracker and the Effects Mask tool, to build more than just an average family video. He also covers how to add narration, music, transitions, and titles to a final movie. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Getting video from a DV camera, USB camera, or hard drive
  • Adjusting timing for smooth transitions between clips
  • Adding text and shapes to clips with titling tools
  • Mixing audio tracks by hand for a custom sound
  • Building DVD menus with scene markers
  • Creating a good story for the final output
Subject:
Video
Software:
Premiere Elements Elements
Author:
Jeff Sengstack

Understanding Auto Analyzer and Smart Tags

Premiere Elements has a feature called Auto-Analyzer. Auto-Analyzer examines clips and Smart Tags those clips. It looks for things like whether they are out of focus, shaky, low contrast, high contrast, too dark, too light, things like that. And once it's smart tagged them you can use those smart tagged clips inside something like Premiere Elements Instant Movie to automatically help you make videos. Let me show you how to do that. You can do Auto-Analyzer inside Premiere Elements in the Media View but the butter place to do it is here in the Organizer. And before you get started you need to tell the Auto-Analyzer what you want it to look for.

So you go Edit > Preferences > Auto-Analyzer Options. And here are the filters that the Auto -Analyzer will look for, whether there is audio present, too bright, too much contrast, or not enough contrast, whether there is some motion in the picture, whether it's shaky, blurry, whether there is a face, whether an object is in motion, and if so then it will track that object. Well, this is the one I would uncheck, because you don't want to track motion every single clip. You want it to select the clip that you want to track motion.

And so I turn that off. Besides it takes a long time to analyze object motion. This Recognize People Automatically option really only works inside photographs, so I would just uncheck that or check that. That doesn't make any difference because it really won't work here. And finally, we've always had this unchecked throughout the entire tutorial, Analyze All Media in Catalog Automatically. If that were on, then Premiere Elements would be analyzing every single clip in the background. That really slows down the resources and I would suggest always having that unchecked. So now I'm going to click OK.

Once we set that, now we need to go get some clips to have them analyzed. We go File > Get Photos and Videos > From Files and Folders. Now I'm going to grab them from this particular golfing folder. Let's go here, take the first one, Shift -click on the last one and then unclick that particular one. So we have 17 clips selected here. Click Get Media. It will load all 17 inside the Organizer. Once all the clips are loaded up here in the Organizer, you can select all of them or some subset of them.

So I'm going to select all of them from here to there by clicking on the first one and Shift-clicking on the last one. Now I'm going to right-click on any one of them and say Run Auto-Analyzer. That will analyze each clip one at a time. Once the analysis is complete you get this little OK box here and you click that. You might notice that, wait it went from 17 to 12. Now what's going on there? What happens is the Organizer is hiding five of the clips that the Analyzer thought should be split somewhere. And so the clips that were split were tucked away and they have this little gray border around them with this little arrow here.

If you click out you see all the parts that the Analyzer thought should be considered to be separate clips. If I were to drag this thing to Premiere Elements it would considered to be five separate clips but it would line them up in the Timeline, and if you click the Play button you wouldn't be able to tell that they were split. Anyway though, there they are. There are 17 clips, they have all been analyzed, and all these little purple tags associated with them. If you hover over the tag, it gives you an indication of what the Smart Tags are. This says High Quality, Low Volume, meaning the audio's volume is low. It has a little bit of a blurry look to it. That's low contrast.

And so later you can search on those terms by clicking on this little drop-down arrow here. Here are the Smart Tag terms. You can say where are the High Quality clips? There they are. Where are the Low Quality clips? There they are. I'm not sure how they know it's low quality but there you go. And there is the Medium Quality clips, at least according to the Analyzer. How about clips that have faces in them? Well, let me see. That's not a face and that's not a face. So you can see that the Auto- Analyzer is not perfect in its analysis, but nevertheless this is a way to track down clips particularly if you have lots and lots of clips, this is a good way to track down the ones that you might want to use or not use if they are let's say shaky or something like that.

But now you want to create an album. That's the next little next step in this process, because later you are going to turn these clips into an Instant Movie. It's much easier if they are all in one album to do that. So I'm going to go over here and say let's make a New Album and then we'll call it 'Golf album.' Now we need to add stuff to the Golf album. So we'll grab this one and I'll Shift- click this one and I can just drag it over. That should be sufficient. Or I could just say Plus, there they are.

And once we say Plus there, once we've got all the guys loaded up in this album, we can say Done. Now we have created this album such that if we go to Premiere Elements so we can retrieve that album and then if we want to turn it into an Instant Movie or just use the album as our source of clips if we're going to edit a video. So that's how we use Auto-Analyzer to Smart Tag clips in the Organizer in Premiere Elements.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Premiere Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training .


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Q: Is it possible to get still shots from video clips in Adobe Premiere Elements 8?
A: Yes, this is possible with the Freeze Frame tool, which is explained in Chapter 5, in the "Splitting clips and changing clip speed, duration and direction" movie around the 7:45 mark.
Q: When attempting to start Premiere Elements 8, I get an error message reading "Adobe has detected that the application Elements Organizer has unexpectedly quit." What is causing this, and how can it be fixed?
A: Crashes on start-up are a problem that have come up with a number of users. There is an update to Premiere Elements 8 that addresses that.
There are two approaches, open Premiere Elements by clicking New Project and then go to Help > Updates. If that doesn't work, or if Premiere crashes again, follow the steps outlined on this Adobe support page: http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/530/cpsid_53099.html
 
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