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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.
In this movie, I want to tell just a little bit about what Premiere Elements is capable of. First and foremost, it's a video editing program, but if you don't have any videos in your computer, that's OK. There's this Get Media category that we're going to look at where Premiere Elements will help you get media from all over the place. If you have a DVD for example, that's not copyrighted of course, if you have a cell phone, if you have a card reader or if you have a video camera, Premiere Elements can capture or in other words, record the footage from the tape to your computer.
Once the video is here in Premiere Elements, you could chop it up, you can get rid of parts that you don't like. We're going to cover up blemishes and audio and all sort of really cool stuff. You could add Effects to your clips to do anything from colorize them to add lightning such as this here. You could add really interesting transitions between clips. So maybe we could have this clip here rollup into a paper scroll then fly away or whatever, as it goes into the next clip. We could also add text and titles like movie credits that move and really cool text that flashes on the screen in really interesting and engaging ways.
We can also export to DVD and to Blue-ray and not only can we export to DVD and Blue-ray, but we can also create really full featured menus and submenus and scene selection menus and the whole bit. All of that stuff we're going to cover in this training series. You could also create slideshows, which we'll look at as well. Really moving slideshows or pictures move and fade from one to the next with audio tracks and all of that type of thing. You could also not only export to DVD and Blue-ray, but to a file on your computer or to the web, to YouTube, to iPods, to Microsoft Zunes and all sorts of other mobile devices.
So as you could see here, there is a lot more that meets the eye. It is a very powerful program. I'll talk a little bit more about that in the next movie. But I want you to be aware of that if you're a total newbie, if you have no idea what's going on, if you have never worked with video a day in your life, you're in the right spot. Don't worry, we're going to start from scratch, there is going to be a little repetition. So if you miss something the first time, I'll explain it again a few times throughout the training series and then again, we're going to have a final project where we're going to basically crystallize and sum up all that we have learned in one huge mega project.
So let's move onto the next movie where I'm going to talk about why you should use Premiere Elements specifically as opposed to maybe a different program.
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