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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.
I think before you want to dive into the movies in our course, I want to get a sense of what Premiere Elements can do. So I want to run through a few features for you and give you a little sense of it's all about. First of all, Premiere Elements is a non-linear video editor. What that means is you don't have to edit things in order. Like the old days film or video you had to lay down one clip after another, . You don't have to do that in Premier Elements. You can take a clip here, and then put another clip at some of the distance down the road in the time, you can rearrange them, you can trim them away, and in fact you can do all kinds of things out of order.
That makes it a nonlinear video editor, which is a really powerful future. The other thing it does is that it's reference based. That means that you don't damage the original video files, audio files, images or graphics. You just refer to them. Premier Elements makes links to your files. Let's say you trim away a couple of seconds from one of your files. That doesn't actually change the file. It just changes the reference point to that file, so it's a very important thing. None of your original video files, audio files, or any other files are damaged or changed or moved or deleted by Premiere Elements.
So with that in mind, let me show you few more features inside Premiere Elements. For starters there are a number of ways for you to get media inside Premiere Elements. That is, move media from external device like a camcorder or an SD card to your hard drive, and then link to those files inside Premiere Elements. These are all the various ways that you can do it, including down here, Files and Folders. Once you got these links established to your files on your hard drive, you can view those links here in the Project view. You can organize the links inside a folder.
So for example, I have audio clips here, some audio clips that I recorded at home. Plus that were recorded inside a production studio. Just simply audio, no video. And we have some figure-skating clips that I shot using HD camcorder that I then trans-coded or changed into MP4 clips. You can see the thumbnails for those guys. When you have a video, it's a thumbnail and says movie after. Those will have still images, photos that I've scanned, and it can also can work with inside Premiere Elements, and finally we have some clips that we received from the service that provides clips like this. This is called Art Beats and they provided us with these coral reef clips, and they have no audio associated with them, so these are called video clips as opposed movie clips.
You can tell the difference. All stored away nice and neatly in these folders that I made for this demonstration. You can preview your clips simply by opening up one and double-clicking on it. It opens up this little preview window. (Music playing) Like so. Or you can simply click on a clip and preview it up here. Once you've kind of got a sense of how you want to piece together your project, it's fairly easy to put down a few clips in a row to start that process off. So we can take a clip here called the grocery clip that I also shot with the HD camcorder and drop it down here in it and that actually starts our project.
There is our first clip. It looks like so, just try it through there. But on the second clip, this is called the Sceneline. If you go to the Timeline, which is the more advanced editing tool, which you will probably all end up using, you can see that the clip are represented by rectangles, and you add more clips like that. If you decide you want to put a couple more down, put down number five here and then maybe number six. If I say I want to put number four in between, just put that number four right there, and that will push all the other guys off to one side.
We can use transitions that go from one scene of the next. They've got all kind of transitions inside Premiere Elements. You go to Edit > Transitions. If you click on one you get a sense of how it looks. So I put a transition here, let's say between the first two clips, and watch it in action here. But maybe a more obvious transition, a little wilder one, just something called Center Peel. I can search for it easily enough and there is Center Peel. Put it right here, instead of the first one, here we go. That's the Center Peel. All kind of transitions.
There are also many kinds of video effects, effects that you put on to a clip. You can preview those effects this way. This is to really a wild when called Metal. Where is my metal one? Getting close, Metallic, here we go. Put that down here. It immediately creates this sort of wild look. Also a new effect called Cartoonr. Put that over here. And I'll move the Current Time Indicator so you can see Cartoonr. And then when you put down effects, usually the effects have multiple parameters, multiple ways of looking at it.
So I can change that particular effect to something like that. Pretty wild. In addition you can add titles, and we go back to the Project view and down here I have got a couple of titles. One is text and a little bit of graphic, so I'll drag this text down here and put on the top of this clip, for example. So actually right above it right there you can see the title. You can put text over the video clips. Who would have thought? We can bring graphics over there, that are actually built in the titling tool that's here inside Premier Elements. I will drag that down to the line over here and take look at that. Rose above there and that rose is a little large.
You can always change the size of the rose, or any other clip. Using another effect. I'll click on that, open up the Effects, and change the size of it. And if I think it's in the wrong place, I can also move it over here if I want to. All that kinds of things you can do inside Premiere Elements. So once you've created your project, then you can share it in one of many ways. Oone way to share it as a DVD. So you go the Disc Menus, and all this little disc menu templates, main menus and then scenes selection menus. One set. Each set that we have here in these templates have both the main menu and scene selection menu. All kinds of templates that you can use to create DVDs.
Then finally, if you don't even make a DVD, or if you do, then your last step is to actually share it in some fashion. That could be to make, to burn your DVD, or you can share your project that looks like a DVD online, or many other ways to share your project. So hope you see that Premiere Elements gives you all the tools it takes to make some really wonderful looking videos.
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