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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.
Premiere Elements has a feature called InstantMovie. It allows you to take a collection of clips or a video that you've created here inside Premiere Elements and automatically turn it into a video with special effects, like Dissolves, and Transitions, and Graphics, and Music. InstantMovie is what some folks of Adobe call a suggestive feature, meaning don't expect it to the work flawlessly or exactly meet your expectations. It can be a little disconcerting to give your family vacation video a high-octane Hollywood treatment, but it's something that's worth trying out.
So we are going to do that here in both circumstances, with an edited video and with a collection of clips. We're going to start with our little visit to the local grocery store with my buddy Richard. There we go. I want to give this a theme. So I am going to go up to Edit > Themes. There it is, and here are all the various themes that come with Premiere Elements. I'm going to go look for the grocery store visiting theme. You think it's going to be here? Eh, probably not. So we are going to Comic Book instead, let's preview that. Oh, yeah! That's definitely a grocery store theme.
So let's apply that to our clip. I will click on Next. We have got a whole bunch of options now when we go to the theme. We can give it a title and various things like that. I'll give it at least a title. Let me do that. Call it Our Grocery Store Visit and we will save the rest of these guys for some other day when you want to type that in yourself. We will use the theme music, we will apply it to the entire movie, because I like to use their theme music instead of ours, because it will match the edits.
Then we will specify duration. Rather than have it be 5 minutes long, we will trim it down to the length of our story. So I am going to go down to 1 minute and we will make it a little bit shorter than the whole story. 1 min 4 sec to make sure that's working then click Apply. Now it's going to say, we're going to change your effects if you've got any here. Well, we've only got cross dissolves. So that fine. I don't mind doing that. Say Yes. Now it's doing it and now it's taking all this video and it's going to create a single video clip. It's asking do you want to render it? Meaning do you want to convert this into a little file that will play smoothly on your computer, but we are not going to take the time to do that.
So we will say No for now. And there is this one clip thing that it has created. Let me scroll up so you can see the whole thing there with the video and the audio. And now we'll play it to see what it looks like. (Video Playing) Oh, yeah! Our trip to the grocery store. As you can see it has all kinds of cool effects that they have thrown in here, they make this one clip video out of the whole thing with all kinds of little dazzling effects.
It's little pretty wild, but I am not so sure that's exactly what I had in mind when I created my grocery store clips. But nevertheless, that's how that works. Now what I want to do is apply an InstantMovie to a bunch of clips. I am going to go back to the Organize view and go to the Media. Now I want to load up the clips that we worked on in the previous movie. So now I want to make a movie out of a bunch of clips and I need to import those and I am going to use the clips that we used in the previous movie, the Understanding Auto Analyzer and Smart Tags, and we will bring them in.
Now in the interim the Smart Tags were no longer attached to this. So we are going to do another auto analysis and then use those smart tags to create a subset of these clips from which we are going to make an InstantMovie. So here is how you do that. You select the first clip and you go down to the last one and Shift+Click on that one. That's selects all 15 of them. Right-click anywhere and say Run Auto-Analyzer. The auto analysis is done. Now all those clips have little purple tags indicating that they have Smart Tags applied to them.
If you right-click on them, you can select Remove Tag to see what tags are there. What I want to do now is create a subset of these clips. So I am going to go Select Tag > Smart Tags. Look for tags that have, let's say audio in them. Drag down a bit, yes, probably all of them. Let me go down, look for tags that have Faces in them. Here we go. Now let's see what we've got. We are now down to nine clips. So I am going to make an InstantMovie from those nine clips.
So I click on InstantMovie, there is our selection. We have got these guys visible here, but I need to actually select them. So I am going to click on the first one, Shift+Click on the last one and I will go Next. That opens up those themes we saw earlier. Instead of Comic Book let's pick something else. So let's go with Fun. Sure, Fun. That works for me. So I'll go Next. Now we are going to make an InstantMovie from the nine clips that we selected, and we've already run the Auto-Analyzer. So we can turn that off now. We are going to do Auto Edit. That's just fine.
We will use the theme music and we are going to match the music duration which is, I think, going to 3.15. We'll see how that works, and off we go, Apply. It says our clips total only a min 12. Do you want to select more clips? No, I don't. We'll just let it do it automatically. So I'll say No. Do you want to render it? No, we don't want to render it. And it put it here after our previous one. So let me just scroll over there a little bit to take a look at it and I will hit back slash key so you can see all of it. Now let's see what it did with our groceries trip using the Fun theme.
(Video playing) Let me drag through it, so you get a better sense of what it's like. Little bubbles and stuff going through the scene. Holy mackerel, I had no idea that shopping could be so much fun, but I think you can see that you can use themes or the InstantMovie approach to have a little bit of fun with your video editing.
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