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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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