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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, we're going to look at one of the most exciting components in all of Premiere Elements and that is effects. In this movie, I just want to give you an introduction as to what effects are and what they are capable of doing. Now, as for the question, what are effects and what do they do, that's kind of a tough one to answer as you will see as we go throughout this movie. They are capable of quite a bit. I will say though that they are really fun to play with, kind of like transitions, and you could just sit there and kind of goof off them all day. Transitions though are special effects that are applied between clips and effects are things that are just applied to the clips themselves.
Now, in my first clip here, I have some zebras and I have two effects applied. I have this Ripple effect, which creates this wacky ripple distortion and then I have also got this Color Balance effect, which completely changes the color and also the motional tone of the shot. Now, you notice that unlike transitions, you can have multiple effects. With transitions, when you drag a new transition to one that's already existing here between clips it replaces that one. But effects, you can keep piling on more and more and more effects.
So we could have the Ripple and the Color Adjustment at the same time. Let's look at a more realistic example of using effects to adjust the color of a shot. In my next clip here, I have this swimming goose and it is a great shot that's really beautiful the way that this goose comes down this water, I love this clip, but it is just too dark. It was sunset, I was losing the light for the shot and it just turned out, well just a little lackluster and dark. So what I can do is come in here to my Image Control and Auto Contrast and really brighten this clip up, make it much more vibrant.
I am going to show you how to do this as well as the rest of the tricks I'm going to be looking at here in this movie as we go throughout this chapter. So again, this is not a hands-on, don't try to follow along here, I just want to get you acquainted with some of the ideas and concepts we will be looking at in this chapter. This next clip is one of my favorites in my collection, this is my buddy and the lynda.com editor Paavo who is a master unicyclist and he is leaping off of these stairs, see if I just scrub this clip. He is going and he is bouncing down these stairs and it is a really cool clip. But we could go a little bit more crazy with the camera angles.
The camera is very still during this shot, so what I did is I applied an Earthquake effect. So as we hit the Page Up key and play this again, we will see that there is just all sorts of crazy randomness happening in this shot now because of that Earthquake effect. It is much more of an extreme sports type effect because we have applied the Earthquake effect to this clip. Now, new to Premiere Elements 4 is the Stabilizer. I have this clip here and the footage is just unbelievably shaking these ducks are moving around all over the place and you could apply the Stabilizer effect, and as you playback the footage now, these ducks are going to try to stay in about the same spot.
It is not perfect, but it is much closer. You can tell as I'm scrubbing this here, all these black lines where the border of the frame is moving around and that's because it's trying to keep the duck's centered, it is going to keep the ducks in the same spot and basically this black area was where I was off in my footage as I was shaking the camera while holding it. Finally, here is this clip of me in front of a green screen and I will explain this a little bit more at the end of this chapter. But basically, when you're filming Hollywood movies and that type of thing, often you're filmed in front of a green screen and the green screen is removed in editing.
So let's say for example Superman Returns where Superman is flying, he is really just filmed in front of a green screen and then they remove the green screen and place it with the city to make it look like he is really flying. Premiere Elements even has that capability as well, so we're going to add a Lens Flare to my hand. Add some lightning to the palm of hand and remove the green screen as well. So that, it looks like I have lightening generating from my hand there, great effect. So all this and more coming up in this chapter on effects.
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