Premiere Elements 4 Essential Training
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When should we cut?


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Video: When should we cut?

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.
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  1. 11m 15s
    1. Welcome
      2m 23s
    2. What is Premiere Elements?
      2m 28s
    3. Why use Premiere Elements?
      1m 58s
    4. How to use the exercise files
      2m 40s
    5. About the video in this course
      1m 46s
  2. 33m 50s
    1. The basic Premiere Elements workflow
      5m 5s
    2. Importing video footage
      4m 13s
    3. Working with clips
      4m 19s
    4. Editing a movie
      2m 12s
    5. Adding transitions and effects
      5m 21s
    6. Adding a soundtrack
      3m 11s
    7. Applying a Movie Theme
      3m 54s
    8. Adding a title
      3m 23s
    9. Sharing the final movie
      2m 12s
  3. 37m 30s
    1. Tips for installing Premiere Elements
      1m 43s
    2. About the Welcome screen
      1m 32s
    3. Tips for creating new projects
      2m 40s
    4. Getting familiar with the interface
      5m 8s
    5. Getting video from camera to computer
      4m 26s
    6. Capturing stop motion footage
      2m 10s
    7. Importing media
      4m 36s
    8. Opening vs. importing
      1m 59s
    9. Using the Organizer
      3m 18s
    10. Working with the Project view
      3m 39s
    11. Finding missing footage
      2m 55s
    12. Fixing mistakes
      1m 43s
    13. Using the Help options
      1m 41s
  4. 53m 48s
    1. Introduction to editing video
      2m 21s
    2. When should we cut?
      2m 13s
    3. About the Sceneline and the Timeline
      1m 41s
    4. Navigating in time
      7m 33s
    5. Trimming video in the Sceneline
      4m 8s
    6. Trimming video in the Timeline
      1m 4s
    7. Splitting a clip
      3m 40s
    8. Rearranging the order of clips
      3m 13s
    9. Previewing a video
      1m 50s
    10. Making slow motion and fast motion clips
      4m 15s
    11. Playing a clip backward
      1m 7s
    12. Freezing a frame of video
      3m 6s
    13. Creating a temporary pause
      3m 1s
    14. Moving and transforming clips
      8m 10s
    15. Using markers to work faster
      6m 26s
  5. 18m 6s
    1. What are transitions?
      2m 31s
    2. Basic transitions
      6m 16s
    3. Customizing transitions
      4m 41s
    4. “One-sided” transitions
      2m 43s
    5. Important rules about transitions
      1m 55s
  6. 38m 31s
    1. What are effects?
      4m 4s
    2. Adjusting brightness and color
      7m 4s
    3. Chad's favorite effects
      8m 22s
    4. Giving clips an “old film” look
      2m 45s
    5. Stabilizing footage
      4m 28s
    6. Customizing effects settings
      5m 27s
    7. Making lightning shoot from your hand
      6m 21s
  7. 32m 26s
    1. The importance of audio
      2m 9s
    2. Working with audio
      4m 1s
    3. Mixing audio tracks
      5m 9s
    4. Automatically detecting musical beats
      4m 54s
    5. Unlinking audio and video
      5m 17s
    6. Using a consistent audio source
      3m 41s
    7. Recording narration
      1m 37s
    8. Applying audio effects
      5m 38s
  8. 18m 57s
    1. Understanding animation concepts
      2m 23s
    2. Creating keyframes for fixed effects
      8m 2s
    3. Animating effects
      4m 38s
    4. Fine-tuning animations
      3m 54s
  9. 28m 51s
    1. Using the titling tools
      10m 46s
    2. Animating credits
      6m 3s
    3. Creating titles using templates
      2m 56s
    4. Using the included free content
      3m 55s
    5. Making a slide show
      5m 11s
  10. 12m 5s
    1. What are Movie Themes?
      4m 33s
    2. Applying Movie Themes
      5m 25s
    3. Customizing Movie Themes
      2m 7s
  11. 20m 37s
    1. Adding DVD chapter markers
      5m 25s
    2. Creating DVD menus
      5m 10s
    3. Exporting to DVD and Blu-ray
      3m 13s
    4. Exporting to YouTube
      2m 7s
    5. Exporting to iPhones, iPods, Zunes, cell phones, and other devices
      2m 13s
    6. Exporting to a file on your computer
      2m 29s
  12. 11m 39s
    1. Tips for shooting good video
      2m 52s
    2. Getting a second hard drive
      1m 31s
    3. What camera should you buy?
      1m 46s
    4. Different types of camera storage
      3m 22s
    5. Optical vs. digital zoom
      2m 8s
  13. 49m 52s
    1. About the final project
      1m 53s
    2. Importing and setting up the project
      2m 15s
    3. Arranging the clips
      3m 1s
    4. Adding audio and markers
      3m 59s
    5. Intermediate video editing
      13m 4s
    6. Creating transitions and overlays
      7m 24s
    7. Changing colors with effects
      5m 50s
    8. Applying a Movie Theme
      6m 27s
    9. Personalizing the titles
      2m 44s
    10. Exporting and posting to YouTube
      3m 15s
  14. 1m 48s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 48s

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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.

Topics include:
  • Purchasing a video camera and shooting video Capturing and importing video and audio Editing video in the simplified (Sceneline) and traditional (Timeline) interfaces Making titles and slideshows Mixing audio tracks, recording narration, and applying audio effects Creating animation and applying special effects Sharing videos on YouTube, DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and iPods
Subject:
Video
Software:
Premiere Elements Elements
Author:
Chad Perkins

When should we cut?

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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