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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.
Now it's time to put some clips in motion. What we're going to do is apply the motion effect and keyframes to make clips zoom, pan, or slide on to or off the screen. You've probably seen this kind of effect used in PBS documentaries. So much so now that it's called the Ken Burns effect. I'll start with a video clip then we'll work with some photos. I'll start with our little fish videos and I want to just have this clip move onto the screen. Right now it's filling the screen, but we're going to make it smaller and have it move onto the screen. So I click it to make it active. And I go over to Edit and I'm already in the Effects view so I click on Edit Effects.
This is how you get to the Motion effect. Video clip has the Motion effect applied to it by default. Open it up and we've got the usual Position, Scale etcetera, but now we want to see keyframes so I need to open up that little Keyframes Timeline. There it is now I want to click on Motion, which then puts a bounding box around our clip. We can work on it manually or with these numbers here. And notice how things are a little compressed here. It says Positi instead of Position. You can always change the width there by just putting your cursor between these two lines to get that parallel line with the double arrows and just drag that and see more if you want to.
Let's see. I want to grab this guy. I want to make him smaller so I take one corner and that will make him smaller. So nothing has happened with keyframes yet. We're just kind of just moving things around. Now I want to move him off the screen a little bit here. So I can't quite drag him all the way off the screens because I'm kind of getting to the edge there. So I'm going to take my position and drag him a little bit farther to the left like that. Hold the Shift key to make it go faster and now it's gone. So now I want that to be the starting position for this clip so I'm going to move my Current time indicator to the beginning of the clip right there and turn on Keyframes.
And that's starting position is right there and the rest of these keyframes are set to the defaults value right now. So now I want to go in a little ways and I want to fly him in. So I need to change of the position by dragging it to the right. So I'm going to Shift+Drag so I can move in here. Once it's in I can drag him some more. I'm manually dragging him now. Notice if I move around, I can't maybe get a straight line exactly. Hold down the Shift key, that constrains motion to a straight line or various angles of 10 degrees or something like that. But now that will be straight right there and keep on dragging right there.
We move them onto the screen. Kind of center them up a little bit. So now we've moved him on the screen from point A to point B. Let's just see how that works. I'll click Play. And here comes that clip. I can imagine that you can then bring him and let's say zoom him. So I'm going to be bring him in and then I'm going to set the Scale by clicking on this keyframe right at this point. So I'll go back here and navigate to that keyframe. Set the Scale to that current scale right there so that nothing will change from point A to point B in terms of the scale, but at this point I want to scale him up.
So I am going to go a little bit farther in. I'm going to scale it up. So I'm going to take my Scale here. And I see that I didn't quite center them up so I'm going to drag them over and center them up a little bit. I'm thinking eh, that's hard to grab that center exactly, but it's pretty close. There we go. So now what's going to happen is that we're going to keep the scale steady and that we're going to scale up and as we scale up we're going to adjust position a little bit. You can see that extra keyframe that was put in there for position. There is a Scale Width here as well but that was done uniformly. So here we go. Let's see what happen. So we slide him on, gets to the center, stops, and then scales up and fills the screen.
That's how you can have images slide on. you can also have a slide off. So we'll go over here. We'll hold this position by clicking these keyframes again to hold the current position from point A to point B and nothing changes from there to there. And now what we'll shrink them down. We won't slide them off yet. We'll shrink them down a little bit by changing the Scale like that, so it'll change from here to there. We change the scale. Nw we'll go to the end. I'll go Page Down because it's the first frame of the next clip, so we go back one frame to go back to the last frame and now I'm going to slide them off.
So I'll take them and slide them off. I might not be able to get him exactly completely off so I'll just kind of give him a little extra nudge here, by holding down the Shift key and drag him to the right. So these are kind of independent, but just see how you can do this. You can slide somebody on. There he comes, slide them on, it will kind of grow on out. It'll hold for awhile. So I'll speed that up by dragging across here and then it will go and have it shrink down. Up and then go off, there we go. And slide it all the way off, there we go.
So that's how you can get clips to slide on the screen, hold, and then slide off the screen. Another cool thing to do is to zoom in on photos and this is where that sort of Ken Burns documentary look comes along. You might want to let's say either zoom in on the face or pan across this image. And I'm going to show you how to pan across the image. Now what happens here-- let me just kind of a click on this to get this thing rolling. Automatically when you add a high-resolution photo to Premiere Elements it scales to the frame size. And this photo actually if I were seeing it inside let's say a Photo Editor it will be much-much larger than what you're seeing here.
It's a very high-resolution photograph. So once it scales it though, it starts interpolating as they call it the pixels and makes it a little fuzzy if I were to zoom in on it now. So what I need to do is turn off that Scale to frame size thing so when I do zoom in on it it'll look really good, but let me show you what happens if I zoom in on it before turning off that Scale to frame size. So if I zoom in it's not perfectly sharp, but let me just undo that. I'm going to undo the whole scale thing. I'll reset it by clicking on Motion and clicking on Reset it gets back up where it was.
Now I'm going to right-click on this clip and notice it says Scale to Frame Size and it's checked meaning yeah, this is the default thing. I'm going to uncheck it by clicking it and now it's going to go up to it's real size, which is a heck of a lot bigger. If I click on this guy, click on Motion, I can see I can drag it around like so. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to shrink it down just so we can see like a couple of people at once. I'll check the scale down a little bit. I will go over here to the left. So we start right there let's say. I'll zoom out a little bit farther. Now I'm going to drag it across and that's where we'll start our zoom.
So bring it down a little more, there you go. I could zoom out a little bit farther and adjust this more, but there you get a sense for the quality of the image. That's just a little bit less, there we go. Now you are going to set a keyframe there. I'm going to turn on keyframes for that particular spot. Click keyframes and it adjusts everything, the Position, the Scale, everything else. That's the starting point. I want to go a little bit long into the clip, let's say to right about here, and then I want to be able to pan across to the other side of the photograph. So I'll just physically drag it across there and notice that this motion is not actually what is going to end up being applied to this clip using keyframes.
The Premiere Elements will apply the motion properly and not my sort of moving it around into the spasmodic fashion like this. It'll do it very smooth. So now we've create a two keyframes. We are going to one side of the clip to the other and let me show you how that pan works. It starts out that way and then it starts workings with way across. Since it's a very large picture it's working hard to show you that. Let me just-- if I turn off the high- resolution version of the image. Let me adjust the Playback quality down to Automatic. It might be light more smooth. And let's say that works there. Here you go, a little smoother.
And that's how you can pan across a clip. As I zoom in, a clip the same issues as before. This clip is a very large clip, but I'm going to right-click on it and turn off Scale to Frame Size and then I'm going to go to Motion. I'm going to scale out to it's regular size. I'll start there like that and I want to zoom in on it. So I click Keyframes again and that's the beginning point. Now I go on a little ways now. I want to zoom in on this dapper gentleman that happens to be my grandfather, sitting there at his desk.
Let's zoom on it a little bit more. Even though I'm kind of moving around and zooming in and shoving things around, it's the end result that counts. The parameters here are being set as I move it around, but when I'm done then that's the ending parameters, and I'll go back to the beginning of this clip. You think I have the video playback set to Automatic. I do, so I'll play this and see how that looks. That was kind of a fast zoom, wasn't it? So let's go back and spread those little guys out a little bit so that the zoom doesn't happens quite so quickly.
I can marquee select these keyframes. We'll little bit to the farther apart so now the zoom will be a little slower. One more little trick up my sleeve here, this next thing. I have two photos. I have one photo above the other. The photo down below I have already kind of applied an effect to it. I'll slide it over so you can see it. I've put the Sepia on that photo below and I have not changed the parameters. This photo still set to Scale to Frame Size, but the one on top I want it to put on top of it. So I'm going to turn off Scale to Frame Size.
And I want to zoom in on it a little bit, so I'm going to go down so I can see it first. Then the first thing I want to do it I want to crop that photo. So I'm going to actually have these guys appear in the front of this thing. It's a kind of a cool little effect. So I'm going to add what's called the crop, which is not the same thing as motion, but I want you to just understand that you can apply a crop and then move the clip that's been cropped. So c-r-o-p, put that on that clip. I want that top. It now has a crop on it. If I go to Edit Effects, click Motion that out of the way. Here's Crop.
If I click on Crop it's put the bounding box around the crop area and you kind of zoom in on these guys like that. I have to click on Motion to be able to slide it over a little way. Click on Crop again to get the crop handles visible. There we go. Then you click on Motion again so I can slide this go down so I can see the top of it. When you go click on Crop again so I get the crop handles. Slide it down.
Motion again to get the motion part pulled up. I'm going to drag it over here. Click on Crop again to get the crop handles to show. There we go and now we got this guy. I can position this by clicking Motion to put them in front all the folks on the porch. And I can use Motion here to scale it up a little bit. So we've got the sepia tone in the background and then these folks sitting on the porch in the front just kind of serving as a backdrop of them sitting there. Let me scale it up, a little too much, but you get the sense of how this works. So you can have this cropped version of the large version of the clip behind it and use the large version as kind of a frame.
Let's do one more thing and then we'll call it to the end this guy. Here is a graphic and I can put this over background if I wanted to, but I want to show you that you can also animate rotation. So we're going to click this guy. I'll go to Motion. I want to make it small so I'm going to knock it down a little ways. And I'll click on Motion so I can select it and drag it over here. It will be our starting position so I'll click on the keyframes to make that the starting position. Now I'm going to look over here to the right. I've changed the ending position to right about here.
We change to the size to make a little bit larger. It will add keyframes automatically and then I'm going to rotate it. If I click on Rotation I can change this number to let's say 2x. Yhat means it will rotate 360 degrees twice as it move from point A to point B. So let's see what happens here if I go back. I'll move it a little ways and now if we go-- So you can also keyframe rotation, and its position, and size, so that you can see that you can put any kind of clip in motion on the screen.
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