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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.
Kind of like the last movie, this movie is also going to be kind of hands-off, just a demo. One of the things that people ask, even professional editors, there is always a question of when to cut. At this stage in your video editing career, this may not be the most important thing but I wanted to create this movie here just as kind of a reference so you can come back, to answer that question of when exactly should you cut. Part of the best way to think of this is like your eyes. Your eyes have a natural blinking rhythm and blinks are kind of like cuts in video.
Sometimes you blink rather quickly. Sometimes you take a while of the blink, but usually every few seconds you tend to blink. Well, cutting video works a lot like blinking. We are going to take another look at the Komodo dragon footage we looked at in the last movie. Now again this clip is 33 seconds long. If I go into my Project area here and I click this little scrollbar and move to the right, under Media Duration, the Komodo Dragon, as you can see here, 33 seconds, almost 34 seconds long. That's a very long time with very little action.
So what you want to do is basically just isolate the action. Try to find somewhere that looks pretty good, like the action probably starts right here and again we want to go out just a little bit in time after the head turned, and then probably turn the video to that point. So that's pretty much all we have in our clip. There definitely is a rhythm to when you want to cut your video and add edits and this is kind of where the subjective, artistic side of video editing comes in. There aren't any really hard rules about how you would want to edit your video, but again, use the eye blinking as kind of a reference.
You probably wouldn't want to sit and watch something for three minutes without blinking. In the same way you probably wouldn't want to watch a three minute video clip of the same thing without cutting to something else. So again I just wanted to throw this out there as a reference as you go throughout this chapter and learn a little bit more about editing. This is a little bit more about when to edit. That will come in handy later as you start editing video and knowing more tricks to do that. In the next movie, we're going to look at the two different editing work flows, the Timeline and the Sceneline.
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