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Premiere Elements 10 Essential Training

Videomerge and Green Screen


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Premiere Elements 10 Essential Training

with David Basulto

Video: Videomerge and Green Screen

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.
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  1. 3m 1s
    1. Welcome
      52s
    2. How to use the exercise files
      2m 9s
  2. 11m 10s
    1. Understanding the interface
      6m 45s
    2. An overview of the editing workflow
      4m 25s
  3. 14m 29s
    1. Creating a new project
      2m 14s
    2. Importing media
      2m 9s
    3. Capturing media
      4m 24s
    4. Managing media
      2m 44s
    5. Missing media and correctly saving projects
      2m 58s
  4. 15m 35s
    1. Sceneline or Timeline?
      2m 25s
    2. Adding, arranging, and deleting clips in the Sceneline
      2m 2s
    3. Adding, arranging, and deleting clips in the Timeline
      3m 16s
    4. Modifying clips with the context menu
      4m 57s
    5. Rendering: What is the red bar?
      2m 55s
  5. 23m 18s
    1. Adjusting clip length in the Preview window
      2m 4s
    2. Adjusting clip length in the Sceneline
      2m 43s
    3. Adjusting clip length in the Timeline
      4m 40s
    4. Playing with time: Freeze, change speed, and duration
      6m 31s
    5. Splitting and moving clips
      2m 10s
    6. Applying transitions: Getting from scene to scene
      5m 10s
  6. 30m 17s
    1. Applying effects to clips
      3m 29s
    2. The new Pan and Zoom tool
      1m 42s
    3. Adjusting the position, scale, and rotation of clips, and creating picture-in-picture effects
      3m 35s
    4. Using the Tracker
      5m 26s
    5. Using the Effects Mask tool
      3m 1s
    6. Videomerge and Green Screen
      3m 38s
    7. Creating and using effect presets
      4m 12s
    8. Making color adjustments using effects
      5m 14s
  7. 16m 38s
    1. Understanding animation
      5m 57s
    2. Animating video effects
      3m 30s
    3. Using keyframes with motion effects
      3m 4s
    4. Working with keyframes directly in the Timeline
      4m 7s
  8. 18m 44s
    1. Recording voiceovers and narration
      3m 25s
    2. Using SmartSound for great music soundtracks
      5m 39s
    3. Applying audio effects
      2m 48s
    4. Mixing audio with SmartMixer
      6m 52s
  9. 17m 50s
    1. Creating and animating text
      9m 24s
    2. Creating lower thirds
      5m 31s
    3. Using style presets and templates
      2m 55s
  10. 9m 40s
    1. The Auto-Analyzer
      2m 36s
    2. InstantMovie and themes
      4m 5s
    3. Smart Trim
      2m 59s
  11. 10m 7s
    1. Creating your first DVD
      4m 17s
    2. Creating Blu-ray Discs, DVDs, and web DVDs
      5m 50s
  12. 8m 58s
    1. Sharing your project to YouTube
      2m 36s
    2. Sharing your project to a video file
      4m 42s
    3. Sharing your project to a mobile device
      1m 40s
  13. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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Premiere Elements 10 Essential Training
3h 0m Beginner Jan 31, 2012

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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.

Topics include:
  • Importing and capturing media
  • Relinking missing media
  • Arranging and deleting clips in the Sceneline and Timeline
  • Adjusting clip length
  • Splitting and moving clips
  • Applying transitions
  • Adjusting the position, scale, and rotation of clips
  • Making color adjustments
  • Animating and working with keyframes
  • Recording voiceovers and narration
  • Creating lower thirds
  • Sharing projects: DVDs, Blu-ray, and the Web
Subjects:
Video Video Editing
Software:
Premiere Elements Elements
Author:
David Basulto

Videomerge and Green Screen

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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