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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.
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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