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Understanding animation

From: Premiere Elements 10 Essential Training

Video: Understanding animation

Adding animations to your clips may sound like a daunting process, but by learning the basic concepts, you're going to be a master in no time. So what animation is is the process of making things do something, whether it's moving left to right from A to B, rotating, going in and out of opacity or scaling. Now let's say I want to move something from this side of the screen to the left. Let's find something to move. I'm going to go into my Edit menu and look in to the Clip Art. Elements ships with a lot of clipart, and I'm going to choose something like this wonderful little bunny, and drag it on, and here it is.

Understanding animation

Adding animations to your clips may sound like a daunting process, but by learning the basic concepts, you're going to be a master in no time. So what animation is is the process of making things do something, whether it's moving left to right from A to B, rotating, going in and out of opacity or scaling. Now let's say I want to move something from this side of the screen to the left. Let's find something to move. I'm going to go into my Edit menu and look in to the Clip Art. Elements ships with a lot of clipart, and I'm going to choose something like this wonderful little bunny, and drag it on, and here it is.

What if I want to make the bunny go from right to left? Well, let's go into the Edit menu, and we'll choose Effects, and then we'll choose Edit Effects. The process of doing that is creating a keyframe. We're going to have to do this quite often if you want to animate. So the process of that--I'm just going to expand this a little bit. If I want to go from this point in time to this point in time, I have to change values. I've go to have a value set here, in the beginning, and then if I go here and I move him to left side, the value is changed his position within the frame here.

So now if I move back, nothing is going on, because I haven't set any keyframes. Let's go back to 1. So in order to do that, I need to down arrow the Motion tab here. And on the far right you'll see this stopwatch, and that stopwatch means Show Keyframes, so I'm going to click on that. Now I can change its Rotation, Opacity. Let me just bring this down a little bit, because I really don't need to go into the Timeline anymore. I can do all of my animations right here.

I can change his Position, Scale, Rotation, Anchor Point, by selecting the toggle animation button, and it looks like a little stopwatch. So remember, if you can see the stopwatch, that means something can be animated. And we'll click on that. Elements wants to help you out so bad that it creates your first keyframe for you, so you only have to do a second one to get things moving. So what this is telling us here is that at frame0--we're up here at frame0-- Elements has said, okay we're setting a position keyframe here, and these are the numbers that it's at.

It's at this scale, its rotation is 0 right here, its anchor point is this number, and that's all locked into these little keyframes here. Let me go ahead in time. Let's go to about right here. And the rabbit is going to jump, right, because rabbits jump. So if I grab this and bring him in the area right here, this has created a position keyframe, because I moved his position from this area to up here, and Elements creates a keyframe right here, or a diamond I call them. So it said at this point we've moved the rabbit to that.

Now let's go back to 1. Here we're at this position, and if we go to this next keyframe button and click it, it'll take you to the next one. And see, our numbers have changed. Nothing else has changed, because we didn't do any changes to them. And if you see this dotted line here, well that's called a motion path. It went from this keyframe to that keyframe and this is the path it took, straight ahead. Now what if I wanted to change the path? Well, I can go back one and I can either click here to create a new keyframe or I can simply go in the viewer and drag him down. So maybe he has got like a little weird hop.

So, he hops up fast and then lands. So let's go back to 1, and I'm just going to press the spacebar to play. So the bunny rabbit jumped up, and it actually looked pretty smooth. So now he's stuck up there. I'm going to go ahead in time a little bit and I'm going to add another keyframe right here. And this keyframe, because I didn't make any changes, is going to keep the same value as the previous keyframe. Let's take look.

We're at 397:130 and if I go back, we're at 397:130, so let's go ahead. Now why did I do that? Because he jumped up and paused for a second, and now he is going to jump down. So I'm going to go to the end of my animation and I'm just going to drag the rabbit down to the ground. It added my next keyframe. Let's go back to 1, press the spacebar, he jumps up, he pauses, and now he jumps down. So as you can see, you need more then one keyframe to do an animation, and you can have a lot of keyframes to make the animation do different things.

Well, maybe I don't want him to stay up here that long. Let me just select that keyframe. I can go into the next keyframe, click and hold, and I can drag it in. So now he doesn't stay there that long. And let's go to the last keyframe. Maybe this is too long for him to jump. He is jumping really slow. After all, he is a rabbit, he is pretty fast, so I want to drag this and bring it over quite a bit, and let see how that pays out. Let's press the spacebar. He jumps up and then boom, quick jump down.

So keyframe animation is essential to making things move in Elements, to making effects do different things. Maybe you want an effect to happen at the beginning of a clip and then you want to keyframe it out or make it do something different in another point in time. And we're going to get really into this in the next few videos, but keyframe animation in Elements is easy to learn and lots of fun to do.

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Premiere Elements 10 Essential Training

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  1. 3m 1s
    1. Welcome
      52s
    2. How to use the exercise files
      2m 9s
  2. 11m 10s
    1. Understanding the interface
      6m 45s
    2. An overview of the editing workflow
      4m 25s
  3. 14m 29s
    1. Creating a new project
      2m 14s
    2. Importing media
      2m 9s
    3. Capturing media
      4m 24s
    4. Managing media
      2m 44s
    5. Missing media and correctly saving projects
      2m 58s
  4. 15m 35s
    1. Sceneline or Timeline?
      2m 25s
    2. Adding, arranging, and deleting clips in the Sceneline
      2m 2s
    3. Adding, arranging, and deleting clips in the Timeline
      3m 16s
    4. Modifying clips with the context menu
      4m 57s
    5. Rendering: What is the red bar?
      2m 55s
  5. 23m 18s
    1. Adjusting clip length in the Preview window
      2m 4s
    2. Adjusting clip length in the Sceneline
      2m 43s
    3. Adjusting clip length in the Timeline
      4m 40s
    4. Playing with time: Freeze, change speed, and duration
      6m 31s
    5. Splitting and moving clips
      2m 10s
    6. Applying transitions: Getting from scene to scene
      5m 10s
  6. 30m 17s
    1. Applying effects to clips
      3m 29s
    2. The new Pan and Zoom tool
      1m 42s
    3. Adjusting the position, scale, and rotation of clips, and creating picture-in-picture effects
      3m 35s
    4. Using the Tracker
      5m 26s
    5. Using the Effects Mask tool
      3m 1s
    6. Videomerge and Green Screen
      3m 38s
    7. Creating and using effect presets
      4m 12s
    8. Making color adjustments using effects
      5m 14s
  7. 16m 38s
    1. Understanding animation
      5m 57s
    2. Animating video effects
      3m 30s
    3. Using keyframes with motion effects
      3m 4s
    4. Working with keyframes directly in the Timeline
      4m 7s
  8. 18m 44s
    1. Recording voiceovers and narration
      3m 25s
    2. Using SmartSound for great music soundtracks
      5m 39s
    3. Applying audio effects
      2m 48s
    4. Mixing audio with SmartMixer
      6m 52s
  9. 17m 50s
    1. Creating and animating text
      9m 24s
    2. Creating lower thirds
      5m 31s
    3. Using style presets and templates
      2m 55s
  10. 9m 40s
    1. The Auto-Analyzer
      2m 36s
    2. InstantMovie and themes
      4m 5s
    3. Smart Trim
      2m 59s
  11. 10m 7s
    1. Creating your first DVD
      4m 17s
    2. Creating Blu-ray Discs, DVDs, and web DVDs
      5m 50s
  12. 8m 58s
    1. Sharing your project to YouTube
      2m 36s
    2. Sharing your project to a video file
      4m 42s
    3. Sharing your project to a mobile device
      1m 40s
  13. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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