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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 transitions. These are ways to get from one scene to the next. Typically, you might have two reasons to use transitions. Let's say you want to set a mood. You've been using these underwater video clips and to just go from one clip to the next abruptly; it doesn't really work for an underwater scene. You want to go gradually. So you apply a nice little dissolve transition between the two scenes. Another reason you might want to use transitions is if one scene to the next is so abrupt that it will be jarring for your viewer. It might be that you are going from one place and time to some other distinctly different place and time and you want to send a message to the viewer, look, we are making this transition to a new place or time. Or you might have two clips that are so similar but you might have different persons in the clip. You want to say, look, viewer. This is going to be a new person. So you put a transition in this to say we are going to some other subject matter here.
There is a mantra in the video editing world called if you can't solve it, dissolve it. What they mean is if you can't really find a way to put two clips together without jarring the viewer, put a dissolve between the two or some other kind of transition. Now Premiere Elements comes with more than 120 different transitions. Some are subtle, some are really wild. It's tempting to use a transition between every set of clips inside your projects. Probably early on you might want to have some fun with it, but eventually, you want to start thinking about where should I put a transition? Which two clips together need a transition? If they need a transition, what transition will work best? So let me show you a few examples.
If you want to follow along in this demo, you can open up the 06-overview project. I have got several clips on the Timeline here. I'm going to put a couple of transitions between some of them to show you some examples of transitions that work well under certain circumstances. So for example, here we have this underwater video and it's, kind of, nice to not just jump from one scene to the next, but to transition from one scene to the next. So I go over to the Transitions area and pick some of the standard transitions that you would use under these circumstances. It is the Cross Dissolve. I'll just drag it down there, add it. If I play that now, it's just going to gradually move from one scene to the next. That's the kind of move that you want to set for an underwater scene like this. But sometimes, there are transitions or scene changes that are really kind of dramatic. Let's say, I go from this nice little quite moment with these two fish and their enemy. I'm going to bang! this octopus.
I want to emphasis that in some way, besides just going from one clip to the next. I want to help the viewers know that this is really kind of cool. So I'm going to add a transition that shows how cool it is. This one called the Center Peel, drag it down there. Now we go between the two of them. It will be somewhat more obvious as we make this change, so watch this. Bang! That little Center Peel opens up showing this octopus in its full glory. Sometimes transitions can be sort of dramatic. Let me go from this school of fish who don't know that right near by is this guy. We can sort of make that more dramatic by putting a transition that highlights that shark. So let me zoom down here to the Zoom Trails transition and apply that one.
Zoom Trails transition has a Custom feature. It allows you to actually say exactly where the transition comes in. There is a little dot here and you can focus on the shark. So I'm going to move this across to where the shark would come in. Move this in so I can find it. Like adjust the location that a little dot to come in on the sharks nose, more or less. Now I'll see how that transition works. Here we go. The unknowing fish and then the shark comes in. See that again. Here is the shark. That's just a way to emphasize the next scene. There are all kinds of transitions that you can mess with and have fun to do those kinds of effects. Transitions can also help you go from one scene to the next, where the scenes are very similar.
So here is a horse and a rider about to jump over that jump. Then here is that same rider going over a different jump. You want to tell people "wait a minute, this is actually a different scene." It's about the same horse, same rider but it's a different scene and I want to tell them it's different. So I'm going to put a Wipe there, it's called. The Wipe can have some extra effects to it to make it more obvious. We will drag the Wipe down there, we will Edit Transition. That gives me the option of having a border. So I'll make a border about that big. I'll drag it in so I can see the border. I can select the color and the color can be selected from the scene itself. Now this little wipe will go, more or less, with the horses. Let's see what happens.
(Video playing) That's the way to say it to your viewer, look at this. We are going from one scene to the next, even though it's the same person and the same horse. These are just some examples of how you can apply transitions to certain circumstances. I suggest you play around with these guys and you will come up with ways to use them on your own.
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