Understanding Premiere Elements 7 features
Understanding Premiere Elements 7 features
What I would like you to do now is sit back and relax while I demo some of the features of Premiere Elements 7. I want to give you a taste for some of the things that it has to offer plus an overview of how things work. I'll go into this in much more detail later and you get plenty of opportunities for hands-on work then but for now, enjoy this brief sojourn. The basic way that editing works in Premiere Elements is that you first get your media assets and you typically get them from your DV camcorder but you can also get them let's say from a webcam or a mobile phone or frequently files that are already on your PC. Once they are loaded in the Premiere Elements, you go to the Edit Mode under Project and you will see that you can store your assets in file folders, for example.
Then to add assets to your project, you just typically drag them down and we will show you how to do all this stuff in the tutorials but I'm just giving just the basic feeling. Or you just drag them down to the Timeline or to something called the Sceneline, which is more intuitive. That's how you simply add files to your project. Once you add them, you can view them. Just laying clips down in your Timeline is not all you want to do. You probably want to trim things down, shorten things up, tighten up your story a bit and all you need to do to do that is simply drag the ends of the clips around a little bit or some other means which I'll explain to you in the videos. Close the gaps just by doing a little mouse click and doing this you create a tighter video. You can add audio to this thing.
Just simply drag it down to the Timeline, now you have basically a music video. (Music playing.) So, one of the cool things which you can do about Premiere Elements is that you can move clips around in the Timeline. So, let's say you don't want this clip to go there, you want it to go some place else. So, let it go there. It is very easy to move clips around. Takes a few keyboard shortcuts which I'll explain later. After you have laid down your clips, you might want to add some transitions, little things that allow you to go from one scene to the next smoothly. Well, Premiere Elements has tons of transitions. Some of them are kind of standard like a Cross Dissolve. We take a look at that.
(Music playing.) If you say, "I don't want a Cross Dissolve. I want something else," it's a simple matter just to replace it. And we will go over Transitions in a later tutorial but here is a basic view. (Music playing.) Some transitions are really wild. In particular, when you are doing something underwater like this, you might want to use this transition that turns things blue. So, let's try that one. Before I do that, I want to make it a little bit longer and I'll show you how to do this customization of transitions in the Transition section of our tutorials.
(Music playing.) There is an Echo and that's one of the about 100+ transitions that are available in Premiere Elements. In addition to adding transitions between clips, you can put effects on clips. So, for example, now you can change the way clips look in terms of their color or let's say a blur. So, here for instance is a Blur effect. Let's add it to this clip and show you how that looks. It is all blurry, pretty obvious. So, let's say we wanted something a little cooler than that. Just check one of these many effects and drag it down to this one and that creates these edges. And I can edit effects.
I can turn off the blur and just edit the edges and change the way it looks and for instance, let's say I want to have an effect start and then change over time as opposed to being static. If you have worked with Photoshop, you know that you can apply effects to an image and that effect doesn't change, but you can take something like a Photoshop effect and apply to a video clip and make that effect change over time. That is what's so great about Premiere Elements is it lets you change effects over time. Let's try this one out. Let's starts with no effect applied.
We will take it a couple of seconds in, change it to a dramatic change, couple of seconds later, undo that. Now, let's watch that change over time. We're animating an effect and you can do this to any video effect in Premiere Elements. After you have done all this work with transitions and effects and trimming your clips and rearranging things, you can add titles. We have got a couple of titles that are already made for this particular demo. Here's one. Let's add it to the Timeline and you are going up and you can see that it is above the clip below it in the Timeline. So, you can see the title and what's below it.
When you edit the text, you can change the way it looks by selecting from any one of these many styles that come along with Premiere Elements. That looks like it might be something perfect to put over an underwater video. In addition to these styles like this, there are templates that are called Opening Title Templates, Closing Credits or Lower Thirds. I created one Lower Third here. We typically use the Lower Thirds when you're using a super to put below someone's face to say this is so and so, the President of such and such society, and there are many different types of templates that you can then edit later and adjust to your own liking.
Once you have finished a project, you want to share it with people and one way to share it as a DVD. So, Premiere Elements gives you disk menus, DVD menu templates. Typically, there are two menus per set, the main menu and the scene menu. So, the main menu might have buttons that link to your video or maybe to some background information about your video and then to a scene selection menu. And then you have got the scene selection menu, which lets you go to certain chapters within your video. If you don't want to do DVD, you can skip that process and go right to the Share menu which allows you then to export or share your video on a DVD as an autoplay, where you just stick inside your player at home and it just starts playing, or you can share it online on something like YouTube. Create a file that will appear on a personal computer or a really compressed file that will appear on a mobile phone or you can set it right back to tape which you can then play off your camcorder.
So now you can see that Premiere Elements gives you all the tools it takes to make some really wonderful looking videos and we will explain how to do all that and more in our lynda.com tutorials.
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