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Premiere Elements 9 Essential Training

Understanding transitions


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Premiere Elements 9 Essential Training

with Jeff Sengstack

Video: Understanding transitions

This movie is about transitions. You put transitions between clips in the Sceneline or the Timeline. Transitions take your viewers from one scene to the next. There are several reasons to use transitions. Generally, you use transitions to alert your viewers that the video is going from one time or place to another. You can use them to set a mood. A slow cross dissolve can enhance a feeling of tranquility. Or you might have two scenes that are so similar it would be hard for viewers to know that you are shifting from one place, time or person to another. A transition can clear up that confusion.
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  1. 7m 31s
    1. Welcome
      1m 10s
    2. Understanding the workflow
      1m 19s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 44s
    4. Relinking missing media
      3m 18s
  2. 16m 52s
    1. What is Premiere Elements 9?
      6m 16s
    2. Touring the interface
      6m 28s
    3. Clarifying differences between the Mac and Windows versions
      4m 8s
  3. 44m 16s
    1. Creating a new project
      7m 18s
    2. Getting media
      2m 0s
    3. Capturing video from a cassette or a webcam
      7m 14s
    4. Downloading assets from external devices and storage media
      8m 53s
    5. Importing media from a hard drive
      3m 32s
    6. Managing media in the Project workspace
      7m 3s
    7. Using the Organizer
      8m 16s
  4. 30m 57s
    1. Using the Sceneline and the Timeline
      3m 45s
    2. Adding, rearranging, and deleting clips in the Sceneline
      6m 20s
    3. Adding and deleting clips in the Timeline
      9m 51s
    4. Adding and rearranging clips in the Timeline using modifier keys
      11m 1s
  5. 32m 8s
    1. Adjusting clip length in the Sceneline
      7m 56s
    2. Adjusting clip length in the Timeline
      8m 44s
    3. Adjusting clip length in the Preview window
      6m 4s
    4. Creating freeze frames and changing clip speed, duration, and direction
      9m 24s
  6. 25m 4s
    1. Understanding transitions
      4m 49s
    2. Applying transitions
      9m 37s
    3. Adjusting transitions
      10m 38s
  7. 41m 53s
    1. Understanding video effects
      9m 25s
    2. Applying and modifying video effects
      8m 46s
    3. Repositioning, scaling, and rotating clips with the Motion effect
      6m 50s
    4. Working with the Motion Tracker
      10m 1s
    5. Using the Effects Mask tool
      6m 51s
  8. 52m 31s
    1. Understanding animation
      7m 48s
    2. Animating video effects
      13m 52s
    3. Using the Motion effect with keyframes
      11m 43s
    4. Working with effects presets
      9m 55s
    5. Controlling changes between keyframes
      9m 13s
  9. 32m 44s
    1. Recording narrations
      3m 12s
    2. Making music soundtracks with SmartSound (Windows only)
      5m 38s
    3. Advanced audio editing with J-cuts and L-cuts
      6m 31s
    4. Applying audio effects
      11m 41s
    5. Mixing audio tracks manually and with the SmartMixer
      5m 42s
  10. 25m 38s
    1. Creating text and geometric shapes
      7m 1s
    2. Editing and formatting text and shapes
      5m 10s
    3. Using styles and templates with text and shapes
      6m 40s
    4. Animating titles
      6m 47s
  11. 25m 46s
    1. Understanding compositing
      5m 23s
    2. Creating picture-in-picture overlays
      8m 46s
    3. Making portions of clips transparent using Green Screen, Videomerge, and other techniques
      11m 37s
  12. 16m 54s
    1. Understanding Auto-Analyzer and Smart Tags
      4m 11s
    2. Using InstantMovie and themes
      6m 4s
    3. Trying out Smart Fix and Smart Trim
      6m 39s
  13. 13m 43s
    1. Understanding DVD authoring
      2m 12s
    2. Adding DVD markers to the Timeline
      4m 47s
    3. Creating DVD menus using templates
      6m 44s
  14. 20m 7s
    1. Understanding project exporting
      3m 15s
    2. Exporting to standard file types
      5m 54s
    3. Creating files for online and mobile phone use
      3m 39s
    4. Creating DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and web DVDs
      7m 19s
  15. 33s
    1. Goodbye
      33s

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Premiere Elements 9 Essential Training
6h 26m Beginner Nov 04, 2010

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In Premiere Elements 9 Essential Training, author Jeff Sengstack breaks down the editing workflow into bite–sized pieces, covering topics from setting up a project to exporting the final video to any format. The course also covers the basics of editing and advanced features like picture-in-picture overlays and audio and visual effects. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Touring the interface
  • Creating a new project
  • Capturing video
  • Downloading assets and importing media
  • Arranging, rearranging, and deleting clips
  • Adjusting clip lengths
  • Applying video transitions
  • Working with video effects
  • Animating effects
  • Recording, editing, and mixing audio
  • Titling
  • Automating edits
  • DVD authoring
  • Saving and sharing movies
Subjects:
Video Video Editing
Software:
Premiere Elements Elements
Author:
Jeff Sengstack

Understanding transitions

This movie is about transitions. You put transitions between clips in the Sceneline or the Timeline. Transitions take your viewers from one scene to the next. There are several reasons to use transitions. Generally, you use transitions to alert your viewers that the video is going from one time or place to another. You can use them to set a mood. A slow cross dissolve can enhance a feeling of tranquility. Or you might have two scenes that are so similar it would be hard for viewers to know that you are shifting from one place, time or person to another. A transition can clear up that confusion.

Some transitions can match action or objects in the screen. A car might move from left to right and you can use a wipe transition that also moves from left to right to go to the next scene. Finally, you come up against scene changes sometimes that are too abrupt that would be jarring to viewers. There is a catchphrase used by editors, "if you can't solve it, dissolve it," meaning when you go from one shot to the next and that might cause a disconnect in viewers, use a transition to gradually shift from one scene or location to the next. Adding transitions here inside Premiere Elements is easy and Premiere Elements ships with a lot of fun, wild, wacky transitions, so it's tempting to go overboard and use transitions too frequently.

As a result, the transitions end up becoming the show and take away from the story you are telling. So my admonition to you is to use transitions with restraint. In this movie, I show you a few instances where transitions are helpful, but to always remind you that the restraint thing should come into play. So let's start by looking at this very first clip here. I have added a transition here. Since this is a nice little underwater scene, we will make it kind of a tranquil transition. A little dissolve. That's called the cross dissolve. That's kind of a standard transition to take you from one tranquil setting to another.

Let me talk about taking a transition from one location to another. Here we are outside a grocery store and then inside the grocery store. Let me show you the transition I can do there, that kind of emphasize that we going from one place to another. Since we are going through a door, it might as well have the door swinging while we are at it. Here is another transition. We are going from one similar scene to another similar scene. So I will make sure that the viewers know we've actually changed scenes. (Music playing) And this time, the audio is kind of abrupt so there are also audio transitions.

Let me show you that. Go to Edit > Transitions > Audio Transitions. There are only two. Do the Constant Power transition between those two. At least now the audio will be quite not so abrupt when we go from one scene to the next. (Music playing) You get that. It's kind of nice. Here we are. We have two very similar scenes again. We will make it really obvious this time, here we go. Your viewers will definitely know that we have just changed scene choosing that Zoom transition.

So moving on here to this next one. This is where we are going in one direction and having a transition follow that same direction. Wipe to go along with the direction and notice that this transition has a little bar in it. A green bar that you can add on some transitions like this and you can make the bar as wide as you want and use whatever color you want. This transition I use is a little thing called the centre point. Let's watch this at work here. The octopus goes down in that little hole and we have the transition that will follow him down there.

So see, it's the default view for that transition. The default view is that it kind of comes out. What's cool about transition is that you can change the direction if you choose to. So I just edit this transition. I will go down here. I am going to say instead of going in a normal direction, we are going reverse, and I am going to take this little centre point but right on that guy. Other little cool thing in your transitions is that you can have them end exactly where you want them to end and I want this thing to end just as that octopus goes in that little hole. I am going to be end at the cut instead of the centre of the cut.

I am also going to make it longer and make it a more dramatic. These are the things you can do in transitions so let's watch it now and see what happens. All these little things you can do transition to sort of fine-tune them for your purposes. One last transition. If you want to be kind of dramatic, you can use color in the transition. So, you can see that Premiere Elements has all kinds of cool transitions that can be useful and that could be distracting.

I suggest using transitions to enhance your project that help tell you a story.

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