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In Premiere Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training, instructor and videographer Jeff Sengstack shows how this application can be the only one needed to view and edit video files and share them with family and friends. Jeff shows how to start a new project, set up the workspace, and arrange clips on the Timeline for an initial video take. He teaches how to apply specialized video effects, like Motion Tracker and the Effects Mask tool, to build more than just an average family video. He also covers how to add narration, music, transitions, and titles to a final movie. Exercise files accompany the course.
Premiere Elements has a feature called Instant Movie. It allows you take a collection of clips and automatically turn it into a video with special effects like dissolves and transitions and graphics and music. It can be a little wild to have some of the Hollywood feel and it may not exactly fit what you would expect. But it's something that's worth trying out. You can take the themes that are used in Instant Movies and also apply them directly to an edited movie that you have created in the Timeline. So, I'll show you both methodologies in this tutorial. Let's start off with just using a theme on this video down here. This is my little golfing video that we have been working with.
It's now been setup as kind of our own little music video. I can drag it a little bit and you can see all the various shots we have here with music playing in the background. I am going to apply one of the themes to this edited video and to do that I go to Edit, and there is Themes, click on the Themes, and these are the various Themes that come with Premiere Elements. You can see there are about ten of them or so. If you want to go online, you can buy more through the Plus Members thing, but we'll just stick with what's showing up here, what came with Premiere Elements, and we'll look for something that might fit golfing. Well, lo and behold there is really nothing that fits golfing here, so what are we going to do? Well, we'll just pick Grid for the time being and let's preview that and see kind of how that looks and sounds.
(Music Playing). The audio may not be exactly what we are looking for, but I like the little frame and stuff like that. So, we'll just apply that theme just for Grids here as we do this little tutorial. So, let's go Next. Now it says, what are you going to do? Well, we are going to have an Opening Title. We'll call it something besides My Movie. We'll call it 'A day at the links,' something like that, and we'll accept the rest of these defaults here for the Closing Title and we'll accept the rest of the defaults down here below too, where we are going to have, oops, except for this.
Let's have our own golf music. As you can see, it's already been selected. And we want to use SmartMix? Yeah, because it should hopefully reduce the volume level of the music to compensate for natural sounds in the clips but you never know how it's going to turn out. There is a certain bit of randomness here. Let's click on Apply and see what happens. It's going to say whoa, wait a minute. Your video is only a minute or two, but the audio that you chose to use for this theme is a minute 29. So we are going to duplicate clips or you can add clips instead. But we have no more clips to add here and besides it's already in kind of an order that I like.
So, I'm going to say no, I don't need to add any more clips. Just duplicate a couple if you want to. Let's see what happens there and now it says you have applied some effects,and we are going to replace your effects. I'll say no, don't replace the effects. I like this one that have got. So say no. And then it applies Grid, this Grid theme. And when it does that it creates an entire video and it says here, by the way, this thing is full of effects and compositions and rendering is recommended for some of their playback. Do you want to render? Well, sure let's render this thing. It's takes a while but let's do that anyways. Well, let's just take a look at what they came up with here, shall we? (Music Playing).
(Whack! Golf ball being hit.) (Male Speaker/Golfer: That's going to hook.) (Music Playing). (Golfer: Alright, settle down right there.) (Whack! Golf ball being hit.) (Music Playing). So you can see sort generally what it does, but occasionally it shows full frame, occasionally it shows graphics and it's sort of random but it took the order that we created, but it added a couple of clips because it had to duplicate a few to get the full length. But in the end it has all these little special effects, but you might have noticed at the beginning there, we actually had some stuff going into bottom that you'd probably have to fix later when you'd really want to finally record this guy out to show your friends.
But for the most part it took our ordered video and just added some cool things and depending on your taste, you may just think that's just the greatest thing that ever happened, but let's move on to the next thing which is something called Instant Movies. We go to Organize > InstantMovie and this one takes an entire collection of unordered clips, just a collection, and turns that into a video. So, by selecting an album from the album that we created in the Organizer, so I'll click on that and we'll click on the Golf album. I'll select the first clip and Shift-click on the last one to select all of the clips there.
Once they are selected, it gives me the option to go to Next. I'll go Next. And you will now see something that looks familiar. We have seen the InstantMovie themes before. Well, we need to show up here something under InstantMovie, but they are in fact the same themes we saw before. So, instead of using the Grid as we used before, we can use something else, and let's just try Fun. Let's test that one out. (Music Playing). Well, not exactly golf oriented music, but we are just having some fun here anyways.
So, let's click on that one and go to Next. It has the same options as before, basically it's the same process only that we are applying this to a collection of clips, rather than to an edited video on the Timeline. So, I'll say 'Golfing clips' and we'll just go on down the line. It says Auto-Analyzer. These clips are already analyzed. When it sees that they are analyzed, just skip over that and then we'll use the theme music rather than our golf music this time and we'll accept all the rest of defaults and click Apply.
Now it gives us this message again. Your clips total 2 min:39 sec, but the music that's being used is 3 min:35 sec and so it's the same process as before. So, I'm going to tell it, "We have no more clips to select. Go ahead and duplicate some clips." Now it's creating that video. And it puts that video down here in the Timeline after the one we just made and we get the same message as before. Do you want to render this thing? And we say yeah, let's go ahead and render this thing, because it does make it play more smoothly later. And the rendering is complete and let's just take a look at the entire Timeline there and there is our new video.
Scroll down a little bit and you can see there is a green bar indicating that it has been rendered properly. So, now we'll just go and hit play and see what it sounds like. (Music playing. Indecipherable dialogue.) That's probably a lot more fun than you expected for a golfing video, but I think you can see that you can use the theme or the Instant Movie approach to have a little fun with your video editing.
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