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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.
Your goal when using Premiere Elements to edit a video is to turn the original raw footage into a story. A story that has a logical flow to it, rhythm and pacing. A story that will hold the viewer's attention. To create that story you will likely follow a workflow that will go something like this. First you shoot your raw footage, then you transfer the raw unedited video to your computer where it is stored as a collection of files. In Premiere Elements you create links to those files, as well as to audio, photo and graphics files. This linking process is called importing or getting media.
It's important to know that Premiere Elements does not change, copy, move or delete those original files. Now you start editing your video, there are several approaches to video editing. Most frequently you will probably want to first arrange your clips into a rough cut. Then you could rearrange and trim away video you don't want to use from some of those clips. You can place transitions between scenes, put video and audio effects on some clips, plus add graphics and text that can appear on top of those clips. You might also want to include music or narration. Finally, when you're all done, you share your finished product.
You can create a DVD with menus or simply convert your project into a single video file that you could upload to the Internet or play on your computer or mobile phone. I explained all these steps in Premiere Elements 9 Essential Training.
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