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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, I'm going to give a basic overview of all of Premiere Elements. Just the general workflow. So, if I would compress this entire title, this entire training series into one movie, this would be it. The reason why I'm doing it right at the beginning here, I just want you to get comfortable with the overall flow, so you see where all the pieces fit together. Now, please if you're brand new to Premiere Elements, don't try to memorize what I'm doing here. I just want you to get a little bit more acquainted, a little bit more comfortable with the overall workflow of Premiere Elements. Throughout this chapter we will be getting more into the detail in each of the steps and then throughout this training series, we're going really explore the depths of each of the steps in this process.
And then we're going have a review project at the end. So we're going over and over again these same steps. This is again just kind of warming up here. And the first thing you want in do in Premiere Elements is get media. Now media is a generic term that Premiere Elements uses to refer to any type of content you're going to bring in to Premiere Elements. This obliviously includes video but it also includes still images, photographs and audio clips as well. The Tasks panel is usually where we start, and its organized very well. First we start with Edit and included in Edit is the Media button and this is where you come to fiddle with your medit, that is where you come to bring it in to Premiere Elements. This is where you come to sort and organize it as well.
So in the Get Media area, we could choose the get media from DVD's, cameras, mobile phones, hard drive camcorders or card readers. We could get video straight from your camera or a web cam. We could get files and folders off of your computer, or from internet or from stop motion capture. We?ll be examining all of these as we go through training series. I am going click on Files and Folders. And I'm going to select this video here, Zebra buddies close.mp4 and click Open. Once this video clip has been imported into in my Project here, we see it in the Organizer and in the Project View as well. In the Organizer, we can rate videos, we can sort them and basically organize the stuff that we have brought in here to Premiere Elements.
Now think of the Organizer and the Project View as kind of like storage bag. This really isn't our Project so far, this is not added to our Project, they are just going to stored here. So you can import as much stuff as you want, you can import as many videos and still images and audio files that you want. So just so you could explore and experiment, that really doesn't change the files size of your Project. You see when you import things, you bring in media to Premiere Elements. It doesn't actually store it in the Project. It only maintains a link to those video files.
So if I were to move this Project to another computer and I didn't bring this video file along, then Premiere Elements wouldn't be able find it, it would know what to do with that. We will talk more about that as we go. To add this to our Project, we have to just simply click and drag and drop to where it says, Drag next clip here. This is referred to as the Sceneline. It's a very easy way to work with video. Once you add it your Sceneline, now it's part of your movie presentation. We see it here in Monitor panel, and here we can click and drag the ends to chop off some of the end there, maybe chop off some from the beginning and basically get rid of the parts of the video we don't want.
We could also back to the Tasks panel to add all sorts of stuff. Titles, Movie Themes, Intros, Transitions between clips and even special effects. So if I click on Effects button, I get a whole slew of effects to choose from and if I want to apply one, such as this Old Film look, all I have to do is, click drag and drop on my clip. Now when I scrub this, you'll see that it looks like old film. It's got these hair lines, it's got a lot of noise, it's got these flashes and it looks like these zebras were filmed in the early twenties and it just looks fantastic.
Once we're done editing our project, we can go to Create Menus, if we're going to creating a menu for a DVD or Blu-ray Disc and once we're all done with everything, we come over here to Share button and share our movie with other people. And there is a lot of just instant buttons. If you want send your project back to tape, you click to the Tape button, if you want send it to a mobile phone, iPods, iPhones, Zunes, a whole bunch of devices, you can click here. If you just want it to be a file on your computer, you can click here. You could send it back to YouTube by clicking Online or again you could burn it to DVD and Blu-ray, right here from Premiere Elements.
So, again in a nutshell the basic steps are, you bring in media, you add that media to the Sceneline or the Timeline to the My Project area down here, you edit and adjust the clips as desired and when you're all done, you just come over here to share it with the rest of the world. Now obviously, it's more complex than that but in a nutshell that's the overall workflow of Premiere Elements. Now let's continue the process of getting our feet wet by looking at a real project. That?s coming up, starting in the next movie.
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