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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.
Premiere Elements and its partner program, the Organizer, have a feature called Auto-Analyzer. Auto-Analyzer examines clips & assigns smart tags to those clips. Auto-Analyzer looks for things like whether clips are auto focus, shaky, low contrast or high contrast, too dark, too light, things like that. Auto-Analyzer also looks for different scenes within a clip. Once it's applied smart tags to clips, you can use those smart tagged clips with Premiere Elements Instant Movie to automatically make a video.
Let me show you how to do that. First of all, here we are in Premiere Elements, but I want to go to the Organizer to set some preferences. So I click on the Organizer button to open up the Organizer. Here we go. I am going to go to the Preferences menu, that's under Edit > Preferences on Windows and Organizer > Preferences on the Mac. Over here and click on Media-Analysis. Now, I've got this setup the way I like to have it set up to do auto-analysis. I don't usually analyze for Motion because it ends up finding all kinds of things in motion and I'd rather select the objects that I want to track.
So I am not going to have it do Object Motion, but it looks for shaky video whether the video itself is moving, weather there is a Face in the video, Brightness and Contrast, Blur, Audio, whether there is audio present in the movie. This Face thing is a little confusing. It doesn't recognize individuals. It just recognizes that there is a face there in the picture. Up here in the photo section, you can actually recognize individuals, but we are not going to be working with photos here. That's really for the Photoshop Elements side of this program. So yup, we are happy with this, we click OK. I am going to leave the Organizer and go back to Premiere Elements because I'd rather work inside Premiere Elements, because we're going to make an InstantMovie in another movie in this chapter.
So let me load up a bunch of clips. Now you know the process to do that. You can just double-click here. You don't have to go to Get Media, drag down here and go to Files and Folders. You can always just go to Media or Project and just double-click in an empty space and that will open up your Add Media dialog box. I am going to go to get the grocery shots, and we'll get, let's say, all 15 of them, because we're going to make a big hefty video out of here using and InstantMovie later. Select all 15 by clicking on the first, Shift+clicking on the last and click Open. That puts all 15 here in the Media view.
What I want to do is I want to auto-analyze all 15 clips. I am here to tell you that it'll take a little while. We are going to kind of fast-forward our editing process to go through that. I'm going to select the first one, Shift+click the last one and I am going to right click now anywhere, and it says Run Auto-Analyzer, and here we go. So now it's done. It analyzed all 15. That took a few minutes, so I am going to click OK. Now all the clips now have little purple tags associated with them. Now in the Organizer, you could hover over the purple tag and it would tell you what the smart tags were, but that doesn't work that way here inside the Media view of Premiere Elements.
If you right click on the tag, it'll say Remove Tag and that will tell you the tags that are on that clip, Low Volume, In Focus, One Face, Closeup, High Quality. Well, it's nice, to know it's High Quality, thank you for that. If you right click in anyone of these guys, you get that same routine where it lists the things that were there. A Medium Pan Right, how about that Long Shot? So those are the kinds of things that it looks for. Now what can you do with those things? Well, here inside Premiere Elements, you can create a subset of those clips based upon certain characteristics and from that subset, you can create InstantMovies.
So, let me show you how to make the subset now and we'll talk about the InstantMovie in a separate movie in this course. So I go to Select Tag. I am going to filter by selecting a tag. I want to go down to the smart tags. So I am going to pick all clips that have audio in it, for example which probably all 15, but there you go. Then I want to select all clips that are, lets say InFocus. That might limit it, but let's see. Oh gosh! All 15 still. That's good. So I shot all my shots in focus. That's good. Now I want to have all the clips that have faces in it. Now that will probably be fewer than 15, and now we're down to 3, 6, 9 clips.
So this is how you can create a subset from all the smart tags you created automatically using the Auto-Analyzer, and then later you can use this subset to create an InstantMovie.
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