Join Steve Grisetti for an in-depth discussion in this video Launching tools from the Action bar, part of Learning Premiere Elements 13.
One of the first things you'll notice about Premiere Elements 13 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. Large number of the programs tools are launched from buttons on the action bar that runs along the bottom of the program's interface. Let's take a quick tour of this action bar. And then, in subsequent videos, we'll take a closer look at some of the tools that are available on it. Now, most of the most powerful tools are under the Tools button, and that's right here.
Under here, we'll find things like adjustments, the audio mixer, freeze frame controls, movie menus, time remapping and brand new in version 13, the favorite moments tool. Very excited about that. Under Transitions. And again, if you're in Quick View, you're going to see a limited number of these. But here in the Expert View, you will find a huge number of transitions under a variety of categories. Notice, by the way, I can re-size any of these panels by just dragging on the top. Make them as small or as large as I'd like.
And then, to access the listed categories, I click on the bar at the top. Or I can browse through the categories by pressing on the left and right arrows along the top. Text and titles come in a variety of categories also from General to Birthdays, Kid's Corner, all the way up to Travel and Wedding. Some very cool title templates in there. Under your Video Effects, a huge library. Again, you get a limited library there in the Quick View but here in Expert View, a huge library of effects, including Hollywood looks.
Presets, which there are over 300 of. Audio Effects and some very, very cool effects that we'll take a closer look at later on. Here in the Audio section, we have access to both a huge library of sound effects, as well as musical scores. Now, musical scores are very cool. They will create a custom soundtrack based on your specs at the exact length you ask it to create a soundtrack for your movie. It's very, very cool. And as you can see, a wide variety of moods or categories for you to create musical scores from.
Finally, on the end here, we have Graphics. And these graphics are clipart that can be used on your video, and they come in a variety of categories. Quite a few of these are animated. That means that you have smoke, you have steam, you have rain, you have little faces that get angry or smile. You've got stars that go around, like if somebody got bonked on the head, and the stars are going around his head. Some very cool animated objects and fun clipart in there. One of my favorite categories is Thought and Speech Bubbles.
And in here, we can actually add like a speech bubble or a thought bubble to our movie and connect it up to somebody. So, for instance, we've got this character here on the back of the truck. We'll just grab a thought bubble. We'll place it on the video track above him. There it is. And we can resize that. And if I double-click on it here on my timeline, I can actually get in there and edit it. And say and when I go back out to my movie, it looks like the character is thinking, hey, is it lunchtime yet? Great fun. Some really, really cool things available here on the action bar.
So, there are a lot of great tools in the program. They're all hidden away, but very easily accessible. This keeps the interface and the program's workspace nice and clean. And yet, at the same time, it puts virtually every tool within easy access in, usually, just a click or two away. In our next couple of movies, we'll take a closer look at some of the most powerful tools that are available in the Premiere Elements toolkit.
- Adding media
- Managing files with the Organizer
- Using Quick view vs. Expert view
- Adding, splitting, and trimming clips on the timeline
- Creating a motion path with the Pan & Zoom tool
- Speeding up or slowing down video segments with Time Remapping
- Adjusting color, lighting, and audio
- Using Chroma Key and Videomerge
- Building custom music tracks with Scores
- Creating fade-ins and fade-outs
- Adding text animation
- Keyframing video effects
- Burning a DVD, AVCHD, or Blu-ray disc
- Uploading your video to Facebook, Vimeo, and YouTube