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Digital video is a medium that is now available to almost everyone. It can be captured on anything from a mobile phone to a high-definition camera, and published anywhere from YouTube to Blu-ray discs. In Premiere Elements 4 Essential Training, Adobe Certified Instructor Chad Perkins explores all the video editing capabilities of Premiere Elements 4. Chad starts with a real-world sample project, then covers techniques for importing and editing video; and adding effects, transitions, and animation. He concludes with a final project incorporating all the steps, including exporting and posting. Exercise files accompany the course.
Folks, I can almost guarantee you that if you're using Premiere Elements to create personal video projects, let's say for wedding, birthday parties that type of thing, this feature that we're going to be covering in this short little chapter on Movie Themes, will quite possibly be your favorite in this entire training series. This is a blast. What Movie Themes are, it's a little hard to describe. Basically what it does is that it creates an entire presentation out of a few simple clips. What it does, as an intro movie, it maybe a tile movie, transitions, effects, overlays, outro movies, all kinds of stuff, to your simple videos.
Say for example My Project here, you don't need to follow along, this project is in your chapter 10 folder. It is the Movie Themes Intro project, if you want to just go through this yourself. But I basically start here with two simple clips. All I do is drag them down to my scene line and then I applied a Movie Theme and that's it. I customized it and tweaked it a little bit and I want to go through and show you where I did that, but first, I want you to see what a difference the Movie Theme makes to the entire project here. Basically again, I have done nothing on my own, I have not added any transitions, any effects, nothing, I just drag and drop these clips that you have already seen in this boring bird clips into a Timeline and then added a Movie Theme and that's it.
Let's watch what we have, it's very cool. OK, very cool stuff, just get at the Home key to get back to the beginning, as you saw that I had my two little bird clips but all the cool stuff that Premiere Elements added was the focus, it made my video presentation look so much cooler and more professional and engaging because of what Premiere Elements added.
I love that. So let's go through and talk about this, first thing Premiere Elements does, adds this really cool motion graphics intro. Basically this is the memory box Movie Theme and so there is all kinds of memories going in this memory box, and I go to the next little clip here, let's keep dragging in the Timeline. It kind of scrub here, and then we go into the title movie. And basically this starts out saying, Movie Theme or something about movie, some generic anyways, and I change it to Chad's Bird movie and then I also took my clip, because basically what this does, is it creates kind of like the still image overly on top of your footage and your first clip plays in this window, but it's full size.
So you're only seeing, maybe like the foot of my bird right. So I scale back the bird movie, so the bird movie fit entirely in this little picture frame right here. Isn't that adorable? Go around a little bit, we start to see some little cute balloon animals falling over our footage which is very cool, and then as I move forward, you start to see this bird footage, just start to blur out and move along. That's because transitions are automatically built into this Movie Theme. It's just a part of Movie Themes, which is very cool and then eventually the footage stops and this is the last clip, so then there are these credits, and as you can see here, this movie has been brought to you by Chad Perkins.
These are movie credits that I customized; I made these my own. So that's another cool thing about Movie Themes, we'll talk about later on in this chapter, is that not only can you apply this stuff, but you could select the apply which pieces you want. So maybe you just want the intro and the outro, or maybe you just want the credits, or maybe you just want this or that or whatever, you can pick what you want from the Movie Theme, and then having applied it, you can usually do a little bit of customization like these credits here as well. And then scrubbing my time indicator little bit further in time, there is another cool little transition that warps it, gets it out of there, and there is another little final intro and the piece is done.
All the audio everything provided by Premiere Elements. So that's what we're going to talk about in this great chapter. We are going to be talking about Movie Themes. In the next movie we're going to talk about applying movie themes and I'm also going to show you how to browse them, just to see little clips of them without actually having to apply them to your project, and in the movie after that, the last movie in this chapter, we're going to be talking about personalizing those Movie Themes, to get just what you want out of those Movie Themes. So without any further ado, let's hop to it and check out Movie Themes.
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