Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating an instant movie, part of Up and Running with Premiere Elements 9.
I think anytime anybody uses the phrase, I just want to. It's an opportunity for people who make software to come up with a nice way of automating the process. And this instant movie function is a perfect example of this, this is just astounding. I'm looking in here at the organizer and I've got some video clips that I've imported previously. And I want the organizer to automatically generate a movie based on a pre-selected theme to generate assets photo automatically to make the edit. Effectively this is an Edit My Movie option.
And the beauty of it is, if you've just got some material and you don't really want to get into all of the detail of step by step constructing and edit. You can just say, take these shots and do your best with them, and Premier Elements will step in and generate the movie for you. Now, effectively, there's two ways of. Going about this. You can either have the Auto-analysis Engine look at your media and make intelligent choices about it and select the shots for you. Or you can manually choose the shots. If you choose the shots by builidng a timeline ineside of Premier Elements then what you're doing is adding a theme.
If you do it in the organizer by creating an instant movie you've got the option of letting the application do the choosing for you. I'll show you how it works. First of all I've got some shots here that I introduced to the organizer a little while ago. And I'm just going to click on the first one. I'm going to do this kind of randomly. I'm going to hold down the Shift key and click on another one over here and select a list of items. And now I'm going to go to the create tab here and I'm going to choose Instant Movie. This brings up the new project interface in Premiere Elements.
And I'm happy enough with the name, My Instant Movie, and I'm happy enough with the project settings so that's all fine. The location's fine. I'm going to click Okay. And here we are in the interface proper. Now you'll notice that we're already on the edit tab of the tasks panel. And Premier Elements is asking me to choose a theme. It says here at the top instant movie. Select a theme for your movie. So people doing action and going around on skateboards. So let's have a look. Here we go, extreme sports.
You can preview if you want and there's a description at the top, extreme sports broadcast with quick cuts, jittery camera effects and shattering glass transitions. If I click Play, you get a preview, it looks pretty good to me. So, I'm going to click Next. And here I get the options for the instant movie. Now in order for Premiere Elements to generate the instant movie, this is just amazing, is when your computer's idol. And maybe you go off to make a cup of tea, go and have lunch, in the background, the organize is analyzing the content of your media and assigning automatic smart tags. These tags include if the shot is in focus or if it's blurry or if it's moving.
Or if it's got people in it. And if you tick this box to Auto-Edit, then based on those tags and the manual tags that you can add if you want to in the organizer, is the tick box to turn on the auto analyzer. Then based on thsoe tags, the entire edit is generated automatically. And that includes trimming out sections of the media that you might not want. Choosing the order, selecting the shots based on the content. Now there is a degree of randomness in here. And there's a way of tweaking things later. But I just think it's amazing. So the opening title, maybe we'll call this Extreme Skateboard. And it's directed by, so I'm just typing in new text here. Because this is automatically going to be integrated into the title. So it's Excellent Jago.
And this is my closing credits. So I' will call, I will have a cast section. And we'll have actor 1 let's see now Brad Pitt. And actor, maybe give him character names, really, how about Johnny Depp. Okay, so now if I scroll down a little bit I've got music options. I'll go with the theme music, that's fine. And notice this tick box here, smart mix, that will automatically adjust the audio levels of the various components in the movie so that they don't interfere with each other too much. This means that, if someone's speaking the music will dip down behind the speech.
When they stop speaking the music will come up in volume. Just, if you set this not to use a smart mix, you can specify what more emphasis on the audio in my clips or more emphasis on the background music. I'll leave it on smart mix. Then we've got speed and intensity, and really just giving a creative guidance here to Premiere Elements. Do I want more effects or less? Do I want it faster cut or slower cut? I can specify a duration based on the music duration if I like or I can specify a duration. I can Click and Drag these numbers.
And by the way, this is a little unusual feature in Adobe interfaces. You'll learn to see if you hover over the number, you get a double-headed arrow, and that means you can Click and Drag. You'll get it in the time co-controls as well. I'll just use the clip duration. Then do I want them to be in order based on the theme, that means that I've got big stream sports theme. It knows when it wants to have fast action cuts and slow action cuts. Or do I want them to appear in the date that they were filmed? I'll just leave it in theme order. And then the content. Am I going to have an Intro? Will I have transitions? Do I want to have titles included? Will I have menus in there if I make a DVD? That's all fine by me. I'll keep that in.
And then render preview. Now, your machine may or may not be able to play back all of the effects that are created as part of generating this movie. And one way to ensure that the playback is smooth is to render a preview. I'm going to leave this off for now, just so we can see how it looks without it. But if you say yes, then Premiere Elements will create a new video file that looks like the results of your original media combined with the special effects. I'm happy with all of this, I'm going to click apply, and we're off using the auto-analyzer.
Now analyzing the media can take some time. Let's have a look and see what we get at the end of this process. And here we go. I've just paused there to save you waiting for the analysis to take place. Now, again the analysis can take place in the background in the organizer. But I didn't give it time to do that. So, here we are with a message saying, Instant movie contains many effects and multi-track compositions. Rendering is represented for smoother play back. Do you want to render? I'm going to say No. And this is something I really love about Premier Elements, is that it explains what it's doing step by step.
So let's see what we've got, If we have a look at our Timeline now,I mean the time line view. I can click through and let's just zoom in a little bit to the beginning of the time line. And as I drag through here, we've got this beautiful animation with the shots in it in the background. We've got our introduction. I'll just zoom out a bit. And that goes through, what else do we have here. There's another title graphic sequence, all embedded inside, all of this is being done automatically.
And if I wanted to put this out onto a DVD or put t on the web, it's ready to go. It's done, there's nothing else to do. If I just resize the Timeline a little bit here. And in fact, while I'm at it. I might as well go full screen with the application. You can see I've got 1 clip item in my Timeline that represents the entire movie. And maybe I want to work on it. Maybe I want to make some adjustments. So, all I need to do is Right-click on the item.
Now, I'm on a fairly low screen resolution here, so I need to scroll down, and choose Break Apart Instant Movie. If I select this option, suddenly, and let me just resize it a little bit more so you can see what's gong on here. My goodness! Look at all these layers, all of these different components. I've got extra audio, I've got layers of video and graphic, I've got my different layers there, I've got extra audio music down at the bottom here. All of this has been constructed for me totally automatically by generating the instant movie. And in fact if I want to, I can use this as a way of learning how to make sequences inside of Premiere Elements.
Get it to do the work, and take a look at what it creates. So again, to generate an instant movie, if I go back to the organizer, select some clips, click the button under the Create tab. And follow the instructions, and you're ready to output your finished film, without really doing any editing. How cool is that?
- Overview of the Premiere Elements interface
- Working with media files and capturing from tapes
- Creating a new project and understanding the options
- Arranging clips to make a movie
- Adding transitions and special effects
- Making titles and using graphics
- Using music and working with audio
- Sharing your movie