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Premiere Elements 7 Essential Training

Understanding compositing


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Premiere Elements 7 Essential Training

with Jeff Sengstack

Video: Understanding compositing

This tutorial is about layering or compositing. You can layer clips in Premiere Elements on the Timeline, one track above the other. So, the highest clip, the clip on the highest track trumps whatever is below it in the Timeline. You want to somehow sandwich those clips together so that they all work together. So, parts of them are transparent or a clip is partially transparent. That is called layering and if you have worked with layering in Photoshop, you get the concept but if this is new to you, let me explain it to using these acetates. For instance, let's say this is track 4 and on track 4, we have put a title. The title area is opaque but everything else around the title is transparent.
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  1. 3m 47s
    1. Overview
      1m 21s
    2. Understanding the workflow
      55s
    3. Using the exercise files
      23s
    4. Relinking missing media
      1m 8s
  2. 10m 47s
    1. Understanding Premiere Elements 7 features
      5m 49s
    2. Touring the workspace
      3m 14s
    3. Using the Help function
      1m 44s
  3. 14m 2s
    1. Starting a new project
      2m 52s
    2. Getting video from a camcorder
      5m 22s
    3. Getting media from other sources
      2m 36s
    4. Managing clips with the Organizer and in Project view
      3m 12s
  4. 10m 6s
    1. Adding, rearranging, and deleting clips in the Sceneline
      3m 31s
    2. Adding, rearranging, deleting, and replacing clips in the Timeline
      6m 35s
  5. 19m 29s
    1. Using the Monitor panel to trim video in the Sceneline
      3m 51s
    2. Trimming video in the Timeline
      4m 3s
    3. Trimming clips in the Preview window
      3m 58s
    4. Changing clip speed, duration, and direction
      7m 37s
  6. 16m 18s
    1. Understanding transitions
      4m 31s
    2. Applying transitions
      4m 47s
    3. Adjusting transitions
      7m 0s
  7. 17m 53s
    1. Understanding video effects
      9m 47s
    2. Applying and modifying video effects
      8m 6s
  8. 30m 16s
    1. Understanding animation
      4m 34s
    2. Animating video effects
      9m 29s
    3. Using the Motion effect with keyframes
      4m 5s
    4. Working with effect presets
      8m 22s
    5. Controlling changes between keyframes
      3m 46s
  9. 18m 17s
    1. Recording narrations
      2m 53s
    2. Making soundtracks with SmartSound
      4m 16s
    3. Applying audio effects
      6m 2s
    4. Mixing audio tracks
      5m 6s
  10. 17m 56s
    1. Creating titles from scratch
      7m 25s
    2. Having fun with titles
      10m 31s
  11. 13m 10s
    1. Understanding compositing
      3m 6s
    2. Creating picture-in-picture overlays
      4m 52s
    3. Creating transparency with Videomerge
      5m 12s
  12. 6m 45s
    1. Using Instant Movie, themes, and Smart Tags
      6m 45s
  13. 12m 22s
    1. Understanding DVD authoring
      1m 34s
    2. Adding DVD scene markers
      3m 37s
    3. Creating DVD menus using templates
      7m 11s
  14. 8m 52s
    1. Sharing from the Tasks panel
      7m 4s
    2. Archiving projects
      1m 48s
  15. 6m 46s
    1. Shooting video to make a great story
      6m 46s
  16. 19s
    1. Goodbye
      19s

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Premiere Elements 7 Essential Training
3h 27m Beginner Feb 19, 2009

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Showing off vacation highlights or making a music video with a professional touch is just a few keystrokes away with Premiere Elements 7. In Premiere Elements 7 Essential Training, Jeff Sengstack, Adobe Certified Expert in Premiere Pro, breaks down the editing workflow into bite–sized pieces, about everything from setting up a project to exporting the final video to any format. In between, Jeff covers the basics of editing as well as advanced features like picture–in–picture overlays and dazzling visual effects. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Touring the interface and understanding the workflow
  • Importing and organizing video, images, and audio
  • Using transitions
  • Applying and animating video effects
  • Creating titles and graphics
  • Editing audio for a better end product
  • Animating video clips
  • Authoring a project to DVD
  • Exporting projects to YouTube and mobile devices
Subject:
Video
Software:
Premiere Elements Elements
Author:
Jeff Sengstack

Understanding compositing

This tutorial is about layering or compositing. You can layer clips in Premiere Elements on the Timeline, one track above the other. So, the highest clip, the clip on the highest track trumps whatever is below it in the Timeline. You want to somehow sandwich those clips together so that they all work together. So, parts of them are transparent or a clip is partially transparent. That is called layering and if you have worked with layering in Photoshop, you get the concept but if this is new to you, let me explain it to using these acetates. For instance, let's say this is track 4 and on track 4, we have put a title. The title area is opaque but everything else around the title is transparent.

So, you can see what is below is in the Timeline. In this case, it is a logo. The logo is opaque but this area is transparent. So, you can see track 4 and track 3 together in the Timeline and whatever is below them. And what is below them is this clip of Megan standing in front of a green screen, a wall painted green in the studio. You can make a color transparent, just as one example of the effect in Premiere Elements. And we will do that and you can make that area transparent to show whatever is below her in the Timeline on track 1. This could be a video clip or whatever but for here, it is white. So, this is the concept. This is the way compositing works in Premiere Elements and I'll show you some examples now.

So, this project gives you some basic ideas about how compositing works and if you want to follow along, open up the 11-compositing project. And here I have layered four clips on four tracks and then you can see how they all work together with the bottom track showing through with the fish and then Megan talking in front of the green screen and to this title and this logo. But to see it little more easily, right click on the Timeline and turn off Show Audio Tracks. So now you have just four video tracks but again, you can't see them all. So, take this thing and drag it up a little bit so you can see all the four tracks, there you go.

Now, to get a feel for how this all works, I'm going to drag each clip over a little bit. You can see them one at a time, there you go. So, the bottom clip is this little fish shot. The next clip is Megan in front of the green screen but let me just click on her, go over to Edit > Effects. Now, there is the Green Screen Key. If I turn off the eyeball, that turns off the effect and now you can see what it really looked like. Her standing in front of a green screen. And what I did was I used Motion here, turn that off for a second, to slide her over.

But since I made the green screen transparent, you can't tell there is a line there, if I turn that back on. So, I'm going to move her a little bit and trying to put the logo over her shoulder. Next shot is the logo, so I'm going to show you how that looked. Logo is pretty big and covered her up but I used motion to move it up in the corner and whenever I move it to, the place that I moved it from becomes transparent. So, there is the logo. I put a little Drop Shadow on it. See the Drop Shadow. So, the Drop Shadow is not necessarily transparent. It has a little bit of opacity to it. So, those three things are now sandwiched together.

Finally, there is the title and the title itself is opaque but anything else associated with the title is transparent. So, we have four layers, this being transparent where the title isn't, the logo being moved up here, all the area around it is transparent. Megan had the green screen removed and then the bottom line, the bottom clip is entirely opaque. And that is basically how compositing works.

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