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Using InstantMovie and themes


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Premiere Elements 9 Essential Training

with Jeff Sengstack

Video: Using InstantMovie and themes

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.
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  1. 7m 31s
    1. Welcome
      1m 10s
    2. Understanding the workflow
      1m 19s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 44s
    4. Relinking missing media
      3m 18s
  2. 16m 52s
    1. What is Premiere Elements 9?
      6m 16s
    2. Touring the interface
      6m 28s
    3. Clarifying differences between the Mac and Windows versions
      4m 8s
  3. 44m 16s
    1. Creating a new project
      7m 18s
    2. Getting media
      2m 0s
    3. Capturing video from a cassette or a webcam
      7m 14s
    4. Downloading assets from external devices and storage media
      8m 53s
    5. Importing media from a hard drive
      3m 32s
    6. Managing media in the Project workspace
      7m 3s
    7. Using the Organizer
      8m 16s
  4. 30m 57s
    1. Using the Sceneline and the Timeline
      3m 45s
    2. Adding, rearranging, and deleting clips in the Sceneline
      6m 20s
    3. Adding and deleting clips in the Timeline
      9m 51s
    4. Adding and rearranging clips in the Timeline using modifier keys
      11m 1s
  5. 32m 8s
    1. Adjusting clip length in the Sceneline
      7m 56s
    2. Adjusting clip length in the Timeline
      8m 44s
    3. Adjusting clip length in the Preview window
      6m 4s
    4. Creating freeze frames and changing clip speed, duration, and direction
      9m 24s
  6. 25m 4s
    1. Understanding transitions
      4m 49s
    2. Applying transitions
      9m 37s
    3. Adjusting transitions
      10m 38s
  7. 41m 53s
    1. Understanding video effects
      9m 25s
    2. Applying and modifying video effects
      8m 46s
    3. Repositioning, scaling, and rotating clips with the Motion effect
      6m 50s
    4. Working with the Motion Tracker
      10m 1s
    5. Using the Effects Mask tool
      6m 51s
  8. 52m 31s
    1. Understanding animation
      7m 48s
    2. Animating video effects
      13m 52s
    3. Using the Motion effect with keyframes
      11m 43s
    4. Working with effects presets
      9m 55s
    5. Controlling changes between keyframes
      9m 13s
  9. 32m 44s
    1. Recording narrations
      3m 12s
    2. Making music soundtracks with SmartSound (Windows only)
      5m 38s
    3. Advanced audio editing with J-cuts and L-cuts
      6m 31s
    4. Applying audio effects
      11m 41s
    5. Mixing audio tracks manually and with the SmartMixer
      5m 42s
  10. 25m 38s
    1. Creating text and geometric shapes
      7m 1s
    2. Editing and formatting text and shapes
      5m 10s
    3. Using styles and templates with text and shapes
      6m 40s
    4. Animating titles
      6m 47s
  11. 25m 46s
    1. Understanding compositing
      5m 23s
    2. Creating picture-in-picture overlays
      8m 46s
    3. Making portions of clips transparent using Green Screen, Videomerge, and other techniques
      11m 37s
  12. 16m 54s
    1. Understanding Auto-Analyzer and Smart Tags
      4m 11s
    2. Using InstantMovie and themes
      6m 4s
    3. Trying out Smart Fix and Smart Trim
      6m 39s
  13. 13m 43s
    1. Understanding DVD authoring
      2m 12s
    2. Adding DVD markers to the Timeline
      4m 47s
    3. Creating DVD menus using templates
      6m 44s
  14. 20m 7s
    1. Understanding project exporting
      3m 15s
    2. Exporting to standard file types
      5m 54s
    3. Creating files for online and mobile phone use
      3m 39s
    4. Creating DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and web DVDs
      7m 19s
  15. 33s
    1. Goodbye
      33s

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Premiere Elements 9 Essential Training
6h 26m Beginner Nov 04, 2010

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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.

Topics include:
  • Touring the interface
  • Creating a new project
  • Capturing video
  • Downloading assets and importing media
  • Arranging, rearranging, and deleting clips
  • Adjusting clip lengths
  • Applying video transitions
  • Working with video effects
  • Animating effects
  • Recording, editing, and mixing audio
  • Titling
  • Automating edits
  • DVD authoring
  • Saving and sharing movies
Subjects:
Video Video Editing
Software:
Premiere Elements Elements
Author:
Jeff Sengstack

Using InstantMovie and themes

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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