Join Steve Grisetti for an in-depth discussion in this video Launching tools from the Action Bar, part of Learning Premiere Elements 14.
- One of the first things you'll notice about Premiere Elements 14 is just how clean the work area is. We've got a monitor with playback controls and we've got a timeline, and pretty much everything else is hidden in pop-up panels that are launched by clicking on tabs and buttons around the outside of the interface. A large number of these program tools are launched from buttons on the action bar, that's the bar that runs along the bottom of the programs interface. Let's take a quick tour of the action bar here. On the action bar is a button for opening Tools.
Tools include both video and audio tools. Favorite Moments, Freeze Frame, Motion Tracking, Movie Menu, we're going to take a look at these in depth a little later in the course. Also some audio tools, well worth getting to know. Transitions, the program has 107 video transitions and two audio transitions. By the way, you may notice that here in the Expert View area we have 15 categories of transitions. Take a look over here in Quick View though, if you select Transitions, you have a limited number.
Better stretch out the panel here. This is the entirety of the Transition library here in Quick View. So Expert View gives you access to many, many more Transitions, like I said a total of 107 video transitions in there. Under Titles and Text many, many text templates you see in a variety of categories, including some of the new motion titles. In the Effects panel, we have a large number of effects and a large number of categories. By the way, there are 15 main categories here for Video Effects.
You may notice I have a couple of extras in here, mine are, for instance, HitFilm. This is because I have other programs installed on my computer that include access to other effects. If you do have that on your computer when Premiere Elements loads it locates these other effects and plugs them into the program, a cool bonus feature. But you do have I think 15 categories here of default video and audio effects, you have about 19 audio effects Now the number of audio effects and video effects you have, if you're on the Mac version of the program, is a little bit different.
The Mac version does not include the complete set that the PC version does, but it has all of the essentials. Under Music, we have access not only to a great library of music scores, and the score program really does a wonderful job of creating custom music for you, but not only do we have a nice selection of scores in 50 different music categories, but also it comes with a library of sound effects in these different categories, we've got over 360 sound effects bundled here with Premiere Elements 14.
In the Graphics category we have, I'm going to extend the top here, a number of pieces of Clip Art. In fact a total of 277 in a variety of categories, you'll see some of these are High Def. Some of these are animated, in other words you take that butterfly and you add it to your movie and the butterfly seems to fly across the screen, that's pretty cool. One of my favorite graphics here, or sets of graphics, are these thought and speech bubbles. These can be added and customized to your movie. I'm just going to do one, I'm going to grab this audio bubble or this speech bubble.
We're going to drag it on over here to the Video 2 track, above my video. Now, one thing I want you to notice is that, you'll see this throughout the program, whenever you see any template or effect or piece of clip art that has a little blue banner over the upper corner, that means it needs to be downloaded from Adobe. You saw the process there just happen it takes about four or five seconds, maybe a little more if it's a larger template. But basically it happens automatically the very first time you use the template or the piece of clip art, and then it's permanently on your computer from then on out.
So that said, we can edit this just as if it were a title. I'm going to scroll up a little so we can locate, there it is the clip art, on the timeline itself. I'm going to trim it so it's no longer than the scene. And then I'm going to select it and go to the adjustment panel for it by clicking on the adjustment button. We can type in our custom text, we can customize this and the color of the letters and the placement on the screen. And then we can close it, and we can select it on the monitor here and then we should be able to position it and even, by grabbing these corner handles, change the size of it, so this clip art appears right over our movie.
And it looks like one of the characters is speaking. So we've got a lot of great tools in the program, they're hidden away but easily accessible. This keeps the interface and the program's workspace nice and clean, and yet at the same time puts virtually ever tool within easy access and only a click or two away. In our next couple of movies we're going to take a closer look at some of the most powerful tools that are available in the Premiere Elements tool set from this Action Bar.
Join Steve Grisetti as he reviews the basics of editing in Premiere Elements, from adding, splitting, and trimming clips to advanced techniques for color correction, audio, transitions, and text. Plus, learn how to select the best segments from a long clip with the Favorite Moments tool, and use Guided Edit to help speed up your workflow. When the editing is complete, Steve will show how to use the Export and Share workspace to publish your project on DVD or Blu-ray disc or post it online.
- Importing and organizing media
- Adding, slicing, and trimming clips
- Using Guided Edit
- Recording narration
- Creating motion paths
- Changing video speed with Time Remapping
- Adjusting color, lighting, and audio
- Stabilizing shaky video
- Adding transitions, titles, and text
- Creating DVDs and Blu-ray discs
- Uploading videos to Facebook and YouTube