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What are Movie Themes?

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Video: What are Movie Themes?

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.

What are Movie Themes?

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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  1. 11m 20s
    1. Welcome
      2m 22s
    2. What is Premiere Elements?
      2m 30s
    3. Why use Premiere Elements?
      2m 0s
    4. How to use the exercise files
      2m 40s
    5. About the video in this course
      1m 48s
  2. 33m 52s
    1. The basic Premiere Elements workflow
      5m 5s
    2. Importing video footage
      4m 13s
    3. Working with clips
      4m 19s
    4. Editing a movie
      2m 12s
    5. Adding transitions and effects
      5m 22s
    6. Adding a soundtrack
      3m 11s
    7. Applying a Movie Theme
      3m 54s
    8. Adding a title
      3m 24s
    9. Sharing the final movie
      2m 12s
  3. 37m 37s
    1. Tips for installing Premiere Elements
      1m 44s
    2. About the Welcome screen
      1m 32s
    3. Tips for creating new projects
      2m 41s
    4. Getting familiar with the interface
      5m 8s
    5. Getting video from camera to computer
      4m 27s
    6. Capturing stop motion footage
      2m 10s
    7. Importing media
      4m 36s
    8. Opening vs. importing
      2m 0s
    9. Using the Organizer
      3m 18s
    10. Working with the Project view
      3m 40s
    11. Finding missing footage
      2m 55s
    12. Fixing mistakes
      1m 44s
    13. Using the Help options
      1m 42s
  4. 53m 52s
    1. Introduction to editing video
      2m 22s
    2. When should we cut?
      2m 13s
    3. About the Sceneline and the Timeline
      1m 41s
    4. Navigating in time
      7m 34s
    5. Trimming video in the Sceneline
      4m 8s
    6. Trimming video in the Timeline
      1m 4s
    7. Splitting a clip
      3m 41s
    8. Rearranging the order of clips
      3m 14s
    9. Previewing a video
      1m 50s
    10. Making slow motion and fast motion clips
      4m 15s
    11. Playing a clip backward
      1m 7s
    12. Freezing a frame of video
      3m 6s
    13. Creating a temporary pause
      3m 1s
    14. Moving and transforming clips
      8m 10s
    15. Using markers to work faster
      6m 26s
  5. 18m 7s
    1. What are transitions?
      2m 32s
    2. Basic transitions
      6m 16s
    3. Customizing transitions
      4m 41s
    4. “One-sided” transitions
      2m 43s
    5. Important rules about transitions
      1m 55s
  6. 38m 35s
    1. What are effects?
      4m 4s
    2. Adjusting brightness and color
      7m 5s
    3. Chad's favorite effects
      8m 22s
    4. Giving clips an “old film” look
      2m 46s
    5. Stabilizing footage
      4m 29s
    6. Customizing effects settings
      5m 27s
    7. Making lightning shoot from your hand
      6m 22s
  7. 32m 28s
    1. The importance of audio
      2m 9s
    2. Working with audio
      4m 1s
    3. Mixing audio tracks
      5m 10s
    4. Automatically detecting musical beats
      4m 54s
    5. Unlinking audio and video
      5m 18s
    6. Using a consistent audio source
      3m 41s
    7. Recording narration
      1m 37s
    8. Applying audio effects
      5m 38s
  8. 19m 0s
    1. Understanding animation concepts
      2m 24s
    2. Creating keyframes for fixed effects
      8m 3s
    3. Animating effects
      4m 38s
    4. Fine-tuning animations
      3m 55s
  9. 28m 53s
    1. Using the titling tools
      10m 47s
    2. Animating credits
      6m 3s
    3. Creating titles using templates
      2m 56s
    4. Using the included free content
      3m 55s
    5. Making a slide show
      5m 12s
  10. 12m 5s
    1. What are Movie Themes?
      4m 33s
    2. Applying Movie Themes
      5m 25s
    3. Customizing Movie Themes
      2m 7s
  11. 20m 42s
    1. Adding DVD chapter markers
      5m 26s
    2. Creating DVD menus
      5m 11s
    3. Exporting to DVD and Blu-ray
      3m 14s
    4. Exporting to YouTube
      2m 7s
    5. Exporting to iPhones, iPods, Zunes, cell phones, and other devices
      2m 14s
    6. Exporting to a file on your computer
      2m 30s
  12. 11m 40s
    1. Tips for shooting good video
      2m 52s
    2. Getting a second hard drive
      1m 32s
    3. What camera should you buy?
      1m 46s
    4. Different types of camera storage
      3m 22s
    5. Optical vs. digital zoom
      2m 8s
  13. 49m 56s
    1. About the final project
      1m 54s
    2. Importing and setting up the project
      2m 16s
    3. Arranging the clips
      3m 1s
    4. Adding audio and markers
      3m 59s
    5. Intermediate video editing
      13m 5s
    6. Creating transitions and overlays
      7m 24s
    7. Changing colors with effects
      5m 50s
    8. Applying a Movie Theme
      6m 27s
    9. Personalizing the titles
      2m 45s
    10. Exporting and posting to YouTube
      3m 15s
  14. 1m 48s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 48s

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