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Understanding the basics of editing

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Video: Understanding the basics of editing

If you're new to the experience of video editing, it's important to understand a few basic principles before we get started. Every frame of your video, just like any digital photo, is made up of thousands or even millions of little squares or rectangles of color called pixels. These pixels are so small you normally don't see them. They blend together into the shapes in the images you see in your photo or video. How densely these pixels are packed together is called resolution. And every video, just like every photo, must maintain a certain resolution in order for you to see pictures rather than pixels.

Understanding the basics of editing

If you're new to the experience of video editing, it's important to understand a few basic principles before we get started. Every frame of your video, just like any digital photo, is made up of thousands or even millions of little squares or rectangles of color called pixels. These pixels are so small you normally don't see them. They blend together into the shapes in the images you see in your photo or video. How densely these pixels are packed together is called resolution. And every video, just like every photo, must maintain a certain resolution in order for you to see pictures rather than pixels.

The video that your camcorder produces and most of what you will be working with comes in one of two resolutions. Standard-resolution video has about 350,000 little pixels of video. High-definition video has over 2 million pixels. Matching this resolution to your video project's specs are the keys to getting good clean video results. No matter where your video is coming from or what you plan to do with it, you'll use some of the same basic moves in virtually every Premiere Elements project.

First, you add your media files to your project. These media files, also known as project assets, can be in the form of video, still photos, graphics, or audio files like music. That you can be media files that are already on your computer or you can download or capture the video directly from your camcorder, your iPad, smartphone, or other video-recording device. Once your media is gathered and arranged on your project's timeline, you can trim it or cut it and remove what you don't want. You can also clean up the video's color or sweeten the audio's sound.

Then you can add effects or use several layers of video to create a video composition. You can also add titles and animations, and you can use a SmartSound express tracks, which comes bundled with the program, to create a custom soundtrack. If you're going to create a DVD or Blu-ray disc, Premiere Elements includes tools for creating movie menus for your disc, as well as tools for building links from your menus to the scenes in your movie. Once you've finished editing your video, Premiere Elements includes dozens of options for outputting your finished movie.

You can burn it as a DVD or Blu-ray disc or even upload it to a web site as a web DVD. You can upload your movie directly from Premiere Elements to YouTube, Vimeo, or Facebook. Or if you'd like, you can save your move in an optimized format and port it to your iPad, iPod, smartphone, or other portable video player. But those are the basic moves. You bring your media into your project, you apply edits and effects to it, and then you output a new video based on those changes.

Now let's take a look at the interface for Adobe Premiere Elements 11.

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Up and Running with Premiere Elements 11

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  1. 8m 30s
    1. Welcome
      57s
    2. Understanding the basics of editing
      2m 45s
    3. Getting to know the interface
      3m 47s
    4. Using the exercise files
      1m 1s
  2. 22m 46s
    1. Capturing video from a tape-based camcorder
      4m 8s
    2. Downloading video from a hard drive or a storage-based camcorder
      4m 26s
    3. Importing media already on your computer
      2m 22s
    4. Managing media files with the Organizer
      6m 7s
    5. Organizing media in the Project Assets panel
      5m 43s
  3. 19m 45s
    1. Editing with Quick view vs. editing with Expert view
      5m 42s
    2. Adding, slicing, and trimming clips, and performing ripple edits
      7m 53s
    3. Pretrimming media in the clip monitor
      6m 10s
  4. 23m 2s
    1. Looking at the Action Bar toolkit
      4m 26s
    2. Recording narration
      3m 19s
    3. Creating a motion path with the Pan & Zoom tool
      9m 10s
    4. Speeding up or slowing down video segments with Time Remapping
      6m 7s
  5. 19m 3s
    1. Adjusting color, lighting, and audio
      5m 45s
    2. Adding and customizing a video effect
      7m 25s
    3. Using the Chroma Key and Videomerge effects
      5m 53s
  6. 14m 19s
    1. Adding and customizing an audio effect
      6m 14s
    2. Creating custom music tracks with Quicktracks
      8m 5s
  7. 12m 55s
    1. Creating fade-ins and fade-outs
      5m 36s
    2. Adding and customizing a transition
      7m 19s
  8. 9m 22s
    1. Adding and customizing a title
      4m 58s
    2. Adding a text animation
      4m 24s
  9. 18m 34s
    1. Creating a custom motion path using keyframes
      4m 35s
    2. Keyframing video effects
      6m 43s
    3. Mixing several tracks of audio using keyframes
      7m 16s
  10. 14m 10s
    1. Adding menu markers
      5m 21s
    2. Applying a menu template
      5m 33s
    3. Adding a "special features" video to your DVD or Blu-ray
      3m 16s
  11. 10m 34s
    1. Burning a DVD or a Blu-ray disc
      3m 46s
    2. Uploading video to Facebook or YouTube
      4m 6s
    3. Outputting a movie for viewing on a portable device
      2m 42s
  12. 1m 13s
    1. Next steps
      1m 13s

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