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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 chapter, we're going to be looking at transitions. Transitions are basically effects that you put between clips. Let me demonstrate here. We have two clips, one of some ducks on land here and then one of some ducks in the water. That's all fine and good, but let's back up a little bit so we can see some of the ducks on the land clip. And if I hit the Spacebar to play this, these ducks walk and then all of a sudden it's the ducks in the water. It's a little bit jarring as we get used to seeing the ducks on land and and then all of a sudden, whoa! They're in the water. So sometimes we add transitions to soften the blow as we jump from shot to shot.
Transitions can be anything from fun, silly effects or just things that look kind of cool or they can be soft and really not too noticeable, which is probably what you want to do most often. For the bulk of this chapter we're going to be spending our time in the Transitions area of the Tasks panel. So go to the Tasks panel, click on the Transitions button. You'll see all these categories of transitions, and basically these are little thumbnail previews of what those transitions will look like. So that's Sphere. We'll roll up the first clip in the ball, that's the A, and then reveal the second clip, which is B. In this case it would be the ducks on land that would be rolling up into the sphere and rolling away and it would be the ducks on water that would be there behind it.
Now typically what you'd want to do is have a transition that went along with the theme of your footage. In this instance here I don't want anything too crazy, I want just something kind of subtle. For that, we probably go up to the Dissolve area and pick up the ever-popular Cross Dissolve. Basically, it's just a cross fade. Fades out one clip and fades in the next one. And then when you add a transition, it couldn't be any easier in the Sceneline. Just grab a transition and drag-and-drop it into the area, these little arrows in between clips.
And now as we play the transition here between these two clips, they nicely fade in between one another. Let me play that one more time here. There are the ducks on the land and then they fade nicely to the ducks on the water. So it just basically softens that harsh transition between the two clips. Now, we're going to have a movie coming up later in this chapter where I'm going to talk to you about how to use transitions tactfully. Transitions are often overused or used in inappropriate ways. So we want to just lay down some ground rules, but that's coming up later. Now let's jump into how to use transitions.
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