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Showing off vacation highlights or making a music video with a professional touch is just a few keystrokes away with Premiere Elements 7. In Premiere Elements 7 Essential Training, Jeff Sengstack, Adobe Certified Expert in Premiere Pro, breaks down the editing workflow into bite–sized pieces, about everything from setting up a project to exporting the final video to any format. In between, Jeff covers the basics of editing as well as advanced features like picture–in–picture overlays and dazzling visual effects. Exercise files accompany the course.
Over time you will probably find yourself using the same effect animations over and over. For example, you might want to have something called a Fast Blur In. You might want to have your clip start blurry and then become clear, and then perhaps at the end of the clip it goes back to being blurry again. It's kind of a nice way to get in and out of a clip. But you can apply the Blur effect and put keyframes on and have it animate and do that over and over again, or you can apply what's called a Preset. Premiere Elements 7 comes with a ton of presets that have all kinds of animations. So if you want to follow along with this tutorial, open up 08-presets, and when you do it, you will see several clips here on the Timeline, plus also another clip up here on track number 2 and I'll explain why that's up there a little bit later.
Let's look at the first clip. I want to apply Tint to this first clip. To do that I would go over to Edit, click on Effects, and track down Tint, wherever it is. I'll type in tin and see if it shows up. Let's see, I'll put a t at the end. There is it. Apply Tint to the effect by dragging it over here to the Monitor, down to the clip. Now, when I apply Tint, not much happening. It gets kind of gray looking. Let's look at the effect itself. What happens is you have got to map black to a color and map white to a color, and I'm not really good at that but I'll try.
I'll click on this guy and I'll pick blue and maybe that will be nice. I'm not sure. If I pick this guy, I'll pick this, it will be red. And maybe that will work out, maybe not. I'm not sure. Let's see. Oh, it's kind of nice but it's not exactly what I had in mind and I couldn't previsualize that. So I'm going to use a Preset. I get rid of that by clicking the old Garbage Can. Now, I'm going to go over to Effects. First I'll get rid of this alphabetized thing, and click this down arrow and show you that there are more things besides just Video Effects. There are Audio Effects, which we talk about in another tutorial, and then there are Presets. We will click on Presets, and look at all the Presets that come with Premiere Elements. These things do the heavy lifting in many cases.
There is whole set of Tint Presets right there. You can see in advance how your Tint is going to work. So let me see. I kind of like this red one so I'll just drag that over. Ooh, that look pretty good. If I look at the effect, you will see that it did the mapping of colors for me and picked the colors that would work here to get that effect that I could see in the Preset. If I'm not really sure that's right, I'll delete that and try again. Back to Effects. Maybe I want this Hyper Tint, green and red, so I'll drag that over and see how that looks. Again, if I go back to Edit Effects, I can see what they did, green and red.
So here it picked it for me and I could look at it in advance and see how it's going to work, and that's basically the way presets work. They kind of take care of that little bit of extra trouble for you. Let's go to this other effect here. This particular clip we are going to apply something called a Fast Blur In; I mentioned that at the beginning. We will see how that works here. We will go to Effects, Presets, and Blurs are up here towards the top. If I just drag this guy down there, Fast Blur In, down here, right into the Monitor. You see that it applies the effect in this little preview up here. I'll go over and we will play it. There is that Fast Blur In.
Let's take a look at the effect itself. You can see that Fast Blur has been applied with keyframes. The Tint did not have keyframes, this one does. The keyframes are right at the beginning, the first keyframe, high blurriness, 127. If I click to the second keyframe, no blurriness. It applied the effect and applied two keyframes. That's pretty cool. It did that little bit of work for you. Let's add a Blur Out. Now, normally if you want to do a Blur Out, you could take this particular Fast Blur, put the keyframes over here to have it blur out. Well, that's a lot of work. Let's go over to the Presets, take the Fast Blur out, drag it over, and now if I get to the end of the clip let's see what happens. And it blurs out.
The reason it does that is because it applies the second instance of Fast Blur. You can see it there, and if you open up Edit > Effects, there is the second instance of Fast Blur, with two keyframes right at the end. The first keyframe, I can navigate to it by clicking here. It is not blurry, 0. The next keyframe right there is highly blurred. So that's Fast Blur In, Fast Blur Out using Presets. Let's try another effect. We will try Twirl. You can do Twirl In, Twirl Out, just like you can do Blur In, Blur Out. Let's go and do a Twirl here, let's see what that looks like. It's pretty cool and you haven't seen it before.
Twirl In, Twirl Out. See how that looks. Twirl In, I'll zip ahead here, and now Twirl Out. Works the same way. If you take a look at the effect itself, the Edit > Effects, you see there are two instances of Twirl, two keyframes at the beginning, for the angle and another set for the radius, and another sets of keyframes at the end for twirling it out. Let's move onto another clip, I'll show you some other kind of Preset. This is the Picture In Picture. You see in the little pictures on your TV set where you can see two shows at the same time. Well, I can do that here with Presets.
I go to Effects again, Presets, and now if you scroll down here, you are going to see a ton of PIPs. These are all Pictures In Pictures. You use this typically when you layer multiple clips on multiple tracks, but I want to show you how it works now. You see PIP 40%, upper left, Slide In Left. That means if I apply this, then this guy is going to slide in from the left, like so. Or you can have it Slide Out too, slide out Bottom.
There he goes. So you can make him slide in and slide out. Once you have done this, let's say you go over here and you select this and you go take a look at the effects and you can say hmm, maybe I want to adjust those keyframes. Here is the Slide In, there is the Slide Out. I want that Slide In to be faster. I can take that keyframe and slide it over like that and now that effect will happen faster. So you can customize the effects after Premiere Elements has done this work for you. You can say, well, I want to fine- tune it and customize it that way. Once you have customized an effect like this; here you have got a Slide In and a Slide Out, and I want that Slide Out to be faster, now that you have customized it, you can save a Preset. The way you do that is by right clicking on the effect name, and say Save Preset. Then you can call it what you want. Call it the Slide In, Slide Out Preset, something like that, and that will be added to the My Presets list. So you can customize your own Presets if you care to.
So now I want to move on to another set of Presets. So I have got a logo here appearing above the video below it. The logo is on track 2 and here is some video below it. Now, the logo is already a little large, so I'm going to change that just manually by going to Motion and scaling it down a little bit. I'm going to click on Motion, so I select it, and I can move it over, let's say right there. Now, I want to give that a Drop Shadow. Just having it sitting there above that video looks a little odd, even though we know we don't do too many Drop Shadows underwater, but I just want to use this as an example. So now we have got that guy, we will go over to Effects; there is something called Drop Shadow. Let's just look under drop or shadow, how about that? Shadow. Drop Shadow Lower Left, Lower Right, Lower Left with Motion, Lower Right with Motion.
Right now I just want to give it a Drop Shadow Lower Right. If I just drag that over there, boom, it adds a little Drop Shadow right away, like that. If I click on it, go back to Edit > Effects, I can edit the Drop Shadow characteristics. Here is the Drop Shadow, make it darker. Make it a little bit farther away. But once its added to it and kind of given me some things to work with, I can make those adjustments later, which is kind of nice because it takes cares of a lot of the work for me. That's how the Drop Shadow Preset works. Let's move on to the last one here. I have got a group shot. If you have seen the Motion video that I did, how to do the sort of Ken Burns Effect, then you have seen these guys before. I want to be able to apply a Motion Preset to these folks.
So If I go back to Effects again, just type in the word pan, it opens up the Horizontal Image Pans Presets, and here we have got a left to right. If I apply that, it will apply a pan that goes left to right over the entire duration of this 5 second clip. But now that's its added it, I can click on it and edit the effect. Opening up Motion, there is the Pan, it starts here in the left, kind of zoomed in, goes over there, and goes to the right. Now, I can take that right keyframe and drag it over and have the Pan go faster. So it's done some of the work and now I'm customizing it.
I can have it maybe start already zoomed a little bit and change the adjustments, change the location a little bit. So once you have applied a Preset then you can customize it. I think you will that as you do things over and over again, you will save them as presets, or if you use some things that are standardized as Presets already, you can just go to Presets and apply them rather than do the extra keyframing work.
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