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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.
In this tutorial, I'm going to go over three Automation features in Premiere Elements, and you are going to look at them and decide whether they are of value to you. My take is that I'm not completely sold on them, but you may think they are kind of fun and might want to apply them to some of your projects. To follow along, open up the number 12- automation project. We are going to do three things here. We are going to do something called Smart Tagging and we are going to make an instant movie, and then we are going to apply a theme to an existing video. So I'll start by Smart Tagging. If you just click on Smart Tagging, it's going to say Please select some clips. The only place you can select clips for Smart Tagging is inside the Organizer, which is a place that I have told you to kind of skip over, but this is what we are going to use to do Smart Tagging.
So you just double click inside here to go get some shots. So we will start off by getting shots, let's say, of this person and my daughter riding her horse, and we will say Open. Then we are going to ask Premiere Elements to tag these, to analyze these, to tell us some characteristics about them. So I'll select this one and Ctrl+Click to select the second one and click Smart Tagging. That opens up the Smart Tagging dialog box and says Start. So we will just Start and let it analyze it. It looks at both clips and looks for things like, whether there is motion, whether it's in focus, whether there are people in the picture or not, and it tells us something about it.
Well, the first one it says Audio. Yes, there is audio with it. It says it's In Focus, says there is Motion, says it's Shaky, and Medium Quality. Now, how it knows it's Medium Quality, I don't know. It says this one is Audio, In Focus, and High Quality. Neither says there are people. In fact, there are people in the pictures, so that didn't really do the job. My take is that if you look at the thumbnails, you already know exactly what's there and you don't need Smart Tagging, but that's how it works. What I want to do now is to have it Smart Tag some other stuff. So if I double click here again, and I go take a look at the underwater video, because we're going to use this for our instant movie anyway. So I'm going to select all those clips by clicking on the first and Shift+Clicking on the last, and clicking Open.
What happens is that knocks those horse images right out of the Organizer, so we can't even work with those guys anymore. So if you open up some new things inside the Organizer and want to use them in your video after you have analyzed them with Smart Tagging, you have lost that Smart Tagging option down here. Anyway, let's just pick a couple of things here and we will Smart Tag these and see how that works. It's going to look at each one and try to figure out whether they are in focus, whether there is motion, whether there is audio, whether there is people involved. We jumped ahead here and let it complete its work, and you see that they are in focus, there is motion, there is low contrast, its shaky, its medium quality or high quality. But again, I can look at those thumbnails and I can figure this stuff out myself, but that's basically how Smart Tagging works.
Now we are going to make an instant movie. To make an instant movie, you need to select a bunch of clips. We will just click this thing first and see what it says. It says select your assets to be included in this movie. So I'm going to click this audio, because I want that audio in my movie, and I'm going to go down to the end here and Shift+Click on the last one. That will select all the clips in between, all little blue boxes around them. Now I'm going to go Next. I need to pick the theme that's going to go with this particular video. We have got all kinds of themes here, Road Trip, and I'm going to pick something like Fun. Fun sounds like fun. So I'm going to click Next after I select that.
Then there are some options. Do you want it to Auto Edit? Yes, of course. Don't want it to Smart Tag. It's going to analyze every clip and look for places where it can split the clip, but we don't need to do that. We will skip that. It will make it much faster anyways. We will do the Entire Movie. It will use the Music that we provided, which is nice. It says here, it will match the music for 3 minutes and 35 seconds, but in fact, the music is 1 minute and 30 seconds, so it will end up being 1 minute 30 second by the time we are done. Now I'll click Apply. It's analyzing those clips, and it just made a video. The video that it made is one video clip. Its done, you can't go back and edit it. Here is the video clip.
Let me show you what it ended up making. It starts out silent, but then the music kicks in. (Music playing.) Now, it has the same sort of feel throughout; bounces around, puts in frames, has little wild transitions like that one right there. It just flashes by really quickly, and then just ends like so. (Music playing.) So it's kind of a random thing with all kinds of wild frames. It can be fun, but it doesn't really follow any logical order or it doesn't edit exactly where you want it to edit and uses effects that you might not want to work with.
But at any rate, that's what instant movie is like. I am going to take that off the Timeline because I don't want to confuse Premiere Elements when I apply a theme to this over video. So I'll click that, click Delete. It's an entire clip you will notice. It's not a series of clips; it's one video. That's gone now. I want to apply a theme to this collection of clips, which I would probably under normal circumstances not apply a theme to, but we are going to try it anyway and just see how it works. To apply a theme, we need to go to Edit and there is Themes. That's the exact same set of themes that you use for the instant movie, but it works a little bit differently because you are working with an existing edited video.
So I'll go down here and pick something else, like Grid. I'm not sure what Grid means exactly, other than sort of a style in terms of the visual style, but we will select Grid. I go Next. It kind of has the same sort of approach. Editing the Entire Movie, uh-huh. Go into Smart Tag? No. The music? Well, this time I don't have any music associated with the horse video; it's just naturals sound. So they are going to provide music this time. The Theme Content includes all the various theme things that go along with this. So I'll click Apply. Now it says wait a minute. Your clips are only 3 minutes and 22 seconds and an instant movie made with a theme has to be basically 4 minutes long. So what it's going to do is it's going to repeat some clips, it's going to cut them and move them around.
Do you want to add more clips? In this case no, we will just let it do its job by kind of cutting things and moving around. Then all the effects I have in here are going to be removed. I can replace them, which is what a theme does. So I say okay, sure. That's fine, go ahead and do that. Now it's going to make a video out of that. It will replace it on the Timeline. It takes away the edited one, and boom, puts a new one on the Timeline as if this was a new edited thing. I will show you how that works and it kind of is a different approach to things in terms of the audio. Here we go. (Music playing.) That doesn't really apply to this little visit to the stable to go horse riding, but you can see what happens. You apply a theme and it takes some of the general graphics that somehow work together, and some music and applies it to a video in terms of some of the transitions and some of the templates that it applies on top of your video.
So those are the three main automation features: Smart Tagging, Instant Movies, and Themes.
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