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What is Premiere Elements 9?

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Video: What is Premiere Elements 9?

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.

What is Premiere Elements 9?

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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Premiere Elements 9 Essential Training

58 video lessons · 8205 viewers

Jeff Sengstack
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  1. 7m 31s
    1. Welcome
      1m 10s
    2. Understanding the workflow
      1m 19s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 44s
    4. Relinking missing media
      3m 18s
  2. 16m 52s
    1. What is Premiere Elements 9?
      6m 16s
    2. Touring the interface
      6m 28s
    3. Clarifying differences between the Mac and Windows versions
      4m 8s
  3. 44m 16s
    1. Creating a new project
      7m 18s
    2. Getting media
      2m 0s
    3. Capturing video from a cassette or a webcam
      7m 14s
    4. Downloading assets from external devices and storage media
      8m 53s
    5. Importing media from a hard drive
      3m 32s
    6. Managing media in the Project workspace
      7m 3s
    7. Using the Organizer
      8m 16s
  4. 30m 57s
    1. Using the Sceneline and the Timeline
      3m 45s
    2. Adding, rearranging, and deleting clips in the Sceneline
      6m 20s
    3. Adding and deleting clips in the Timeline
      9m 51s
    4. Adding and rearranging clips in the Timeline using modifier keys
      11m 1s
  5. 32m 8s
    1. Adjusting clip length in the Sceneline
      7m 56s
    2. Adjusting clip length in the Timeline
      8m 44s
    3. Adjusting clip length in the Preview window
      6m 4s
    4. Creating freeze frames and changing clip speed, duration, and direction
      9m 24s
  6. 25m 4s
    1. Understanding transitions
      4m 49s
    2. Applying transitions
      9m 37s
    3. Adjusting transitions
      10m 38s
  7. 41m 53s
    1. Understanding video effects
      9m 25s
    2. Applying and modifying video effects
      8m 46s
    3. Repositioning, scaling, and rotating clips with the Motion effect
      6m 50s
    4. Working with the Motion Tracker
      10m 1s
    5. Using the Effects Mask tool
      6m 51s
  8. 52m 31s
    1. Understanding animation
      7m 48s
    2. Animating video effects
      13m 52s
    3. Using the Motion effect with keyframes
      11m 43s
    4. Working with effects presets
      9m 55s
    5. Controlling changes between keyframes
      9m 13s
  9. 32m 44s
    1. Recording narrations
      3m 12s
    2. Making music soundtracks with SmartSound (Windows only)
      5m 38s
    3. Advanced audio editing with J-cuts and L-cuts
      6m 31s
    4. Applying audio effects
      11m 41s
    5. Mixing audio tracks manually and with the SmartMixer
      5m 42s
  10. 25m 38s
    1. Creating text and geometric shapes
      7m 1s
    2. Editing and formatting text and shapes
      5m 10s
    3. Using styles and templates with text and shapes
      6m 40s
    4. Animating titles
      6m 47s
  11. 25m 46s
    1. Understanding compositing
      5m 23s
    2. Creating picture-in-picture overlays
      8m 46s
    3. Making portions of clips transparent using Green Screen, Videomerge, and other techniques
      11m 37s
  12. 16m 54s
    1. Understanding Auto-Analyzer and Smart Tags
      4m 11s
    2. Using InstantMovie and themes
      6m 4s
    3. Trying out Smart Fix and Smart Trim
      6m 39s
  13. 13m 43s
    1. Understanding DVD authoring
      2m 12s
    2. Adding DVD markers to the Timeline
      4m 47s
    3. Creating DVD menus using templates
      6m 44s
  14. 20m 7s
    1. Understanding project exporting
      3m 15s
    2. Exporting to standard file types
      5m 54s
    3. Creating files for online and mobile phone use
      3m 39s
    4. Creating DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and web DVDs
      7m 19s
  15. 33s
    1. Goodbye
      33s

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