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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.
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.
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