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Premiere Elements 10 Essential Training breaks down the editing workflow into bite-sized pieces, covering everything from setting up a project to exporting the final video to any format. Author David Basulto introduces the basics of editing in Adobe Premiere Elements as well as the advanced features like picture-in-picture overlays and audio and visual effects.
So we've all heard of green screen out there. You hear it on the big movies, green screen this, green screen that. Well, when people shoot in front of green screens or blue screens, you are using this because you want to cut this green screen out-- it's easy to cut out because it's a solid color--and you wanted to just show the person. So, Premiere Elements has a very simple fix for this called Video Merge and as long as you have something that's pretty well lit, which this really isn't, but it is still going to work. We've got some shadows over here.
It should be really lit evenly, but we're going to make it work. So, I'm going to click on my file and really quickly, I have this file of her and then below it is a background of a piano that I thought would be kind of cool. So, I'm going to click on it, I'm going to right-click, and I'm going to choose Apply Videomerge, and click the button and Video Merge just goes in automatically, takes out all the green, and it's looking pretty good. If you need something quick, down, and dirty, this is pretty good.
I'm going to press the Enter button just to render this really quick. And now we'll press play, and it's not too bad. I mean if you look really carefully, if you know what you're looking for, I can see some kind of ghosting up here, because the green completely come out. You select the clip and choose Edit and you look at the video right here, you'll see right here the green didn't come out. So, it's got its limitations, but if you're looking for something that's just ready to go out of the box and will provide a pretty decent job, Video Merge is going to do it for you.
If you've got something more difficult then you really should consider moving up to something like a Premiere Pro, that's got a lot more advanced keying instruments in it. Now, there is another fix that we could do. We can go into Video Effects, and then we're going to look under Keying, and Elements ships with something called a garbage matte, and garbage mattes are just helping us get rid of things that we don't want in our video. So, I'm going to choose this Four- Point Garbage Matte just to start out with.
I'm going to drag it up there, and now we're going to click on Edit Effects, and here's my garbage matte. So, if I select it here in the Edit menu, what I can do is I've got those four handles again like the tracker and like the anchor point, they are the same symbol, but these are going to allow me to tighten up that videomerge. So, I'm going to grab this and I don't want to go too far, because that happens. She becomes the invisible woman. So, I'm just going to go as close as I can to her head.
I'm going to make sure this still lets her be shown. And you've to be careful because if she waves her hands out or whatever, it's going to disappear. Then we'll grab this corner one. We'll clean that up a little bit. And last but not least, we'll bring this one in. And then I'm going to render that again. So, now since that ghosting, that artifact that I had, is outside of this mask, we don't see it anymore. It's gone and I'll turn off the mask just for a second, and here it is again.
You can see it's kind of fuzzy. You see it up here. If I put it on, it's gone. There's also, if I go back into the effects, an Eight-Point Garbage Matte, so we can detail it even more, if we want to bring it in here. It's just a lot more precise as well. So, it's something quick and dirty like this and then taking some time to use the garbage mattes to clean them out. So, doing green screen in Premiere Elements is not hard at all and lots of fun to do.
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