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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.
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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