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Starting a New Project To import movie clips from a digital video camera, click on the Capture Video button.
You will be prompted to name your project and choose a location for saving the project. In most cases, the default location for saving the project will be the Adobe Premiere Elements folder located in the My Documents folder. Name your project and click OK. You will now see the video capture screen.
This box displays the status of the capture and the amount of time available for the capture. The time displayed in this window is dependent upon the size of the computer hard drive. Tip: You should allow approximately 1GB of hard drive space for every 4.5 seconds of video.
You can change the name of the video clip here.
This area displays the fast forward, rewind, stop, and play features. When you are ready to capture video from your video camera, you can press the Capture button. The How To window is available to help you with the many Adobe Premiere features.
The More button gives you access to some important settings.
and add titles. Frames This number is relative to the position on the digital video tape. The Timeline window is where you can rearrange clips.Before you begin capturing video. The Media window displays all of the movie clips. it is important to understand the Premiere Elements Interface. Make sure that you have check marks beside the following: Capture Audio and Video Scene Detect Capture to Timeline You can now click on the Capture button. The Time Code Indicator 00. Navigating through the Premiere Elements Interface Once you have imported your video clips. The Monitor window allows you to view individual clips or the entire movie. Current Time Indicator (CTI) can be dragged to locate a certain part of a clip or a timeline. Before editing your movie. sound files and pictures that have been imported. you will need to make a few adjustments to the video capture settings. 03. 41. 2 . and music. Click on the More button. Secs. 08 Hrs. edit clips. you have many different options for enhancing your movie. Mins. transitions.
Page Up/Page Down Keys: Moves the Current Time Indicator (CTI) forward one clip at a time or backward one clip at time. 3 . Drag the Current Time Indicator (CTI) to the desired end of the clip and click on the Out option. The ending point of the clip can be set in the same way. Move the Current Time Indicator (CTI) to the desired beginning point and click the In option. The blank area will be eliminated. End Key: Moves the Current Time Indicator (CTI) to the end of the timeline. This puts the clip in the Monitor window. When you view the timeline. Click in the empty space and click on your backspace key. Editing a Clip in the Monitor Window You can trim unwanted or blank frames at the beginning or end of a clip by doing the following: Double-click on a clip in the timeline window. The clip will now begin at this new starting point. You can get rid of this gap by performing a ripple delete.Keystrokes for Navigating Left/Right Arrows: Moves the Current Time Indicator (CTI) forward one frame at a time or backward one frame at time. you will notice that you have a gap between where the old starting point was and where the new starting point is. You can use the Zoom control to make the timeline bigger so that you can see the gap more clearly. Home Key: Moves the Current Time Indicator (CTI) to the beginning of the timeline.
click on the clip you wish to move. 4 . By holding the ALT key down while moving the clip. Moving a Clip in the Timeline Window To move a clip to another part of the timeline. let up on the mouse button and the clip will be trimmed. you will notice that a blue arrow that curves to the left is visible. It simply sets the start or end of the clip. Note: Trimming does not delete frames. (Start and end points are also called In and Out points.Trimming a Clip in the Timeline Window You can use the Page Up or Page Down keys to move to an edit point for each clip. the gap where the clip used to be is automatically removed. Once you have dragged the bracket to the desired position. When you click in the timeline window on one of the edit points. Positioning the bracket to the right of the edit line and dragging to the right will trim frames from the following clip. hold the mouse button down and drag the clip to the new location.) The trimmed frames are always available if you later need to adjust a clip again. will trim frames from the preceding clip. Note: When you hold down the ALT key. the pointer becomes a red bracket with a black double arrow. You can view how the clips will look in the monitor window Dragging this bracket to the left of the edit line. Make sure that you have the white arrow and not the red bracket icon. Hold down the ALT key.
You will notice that the white pointer turns into a tiny razor blade icon. You will see a menu similar to the one on the right. 5 . Before using this tool. Now click on the cut point and drag to the right to eliminate the unwanted frames. Notice that the white arrow turns into the red bracket with the black double arrow. With the audio and video tracks separated. hover over the place where you want to cut the video clip and click. you can click on the razor blade icon in the timeline window. You can see how the preceding and following clip will look by viewing the monitor window.Removing a Section of a Clip in the Timeline Window You can remove a portion of a clip using the Razor Blade Tool. Using the razor blade tool. you may want to separate your audio and video tracks. To select the Razor Blade Tool. or you can type the letter C. To do this. This will divide the clip into two pieces. click on the video track to select it. Once you have made the cut point with the razor blade tool. you can switch back to the selection tool (the white arrow) by typing a V. right-click on a clip. Click on Unlink Audio and Video.
Since the audio and video tracks are unlinked. so it will not be distorted. Drag the audio clip to the left until you are at the end of the edited clip. the audio track is unbroken. select Time Stretch. By typing in a new value for the speed of the clip. 6 . Click on the end of the audio clip. and your selection tool will turn into the red bracket with the black double arrow. Clicking the Maintain Audio Pitch box will keep the audio track associated with the clip at the normal speed. You will see a window similar to the one on the right. Release the mouse button.You will notice that the clip is shorter and there is a gap in the video track. and the gap will disappear. and under the Clip menu. To use this option. Using the Time Stretch Option The Time Stretch option can be used to speed up a section of a video clip or the entire clip. click on the clip you want to edit. you can speed up or slow down the clip.
When you drag the yellow audio level line. you will see the keyframe area where the sound level gradually decreases. click on the audio portion of the clip to a spot a little before the sound level begins to change. In some cases. This will make the transition between a rather low sound level to a higher one much smoother. you may have a clip that has varying sound levels. click on the diamond shape on the left side of the audio track. 7 . you can use the razor blade tool to cut the clip and make a small section. Once you have identified this spot.If you just want to apply the Time Stretch feature to a portion of the clip. Adjusting Audio Levels You can adjust the audio levels for your video clips by clicking on a clip to select and then moving the yellow line in the sound track up to increase the volume or down to decrease the volume. To use Keyframes to adjust the audio level of a portion of a clip. however. and then choose the Time Stretch feature from the Clip menu. Now click a little closer to where the audio level changes and click on the keyframe icon. To adjust the sound level in this type of clip. Click on this small section. The above technique works very well when the sound level for the entire clip is fairly uniform. This inserts a keyframe. you will need to use the Keyframe feature.
you can drag the music file below the first audio track and another one will appear. and you will need to navigate to where your music files are located.Adding Music To add music. You can shorten the length of a transition the same way you can shorten the length of a video clip. You can drag this music file to one of the audio tracks. Click on the music file you wish to include and click on the Open button. A window will appear. The video transitions are organized in folders. drag to the left. Click at the end of the transition. You will now see the music file in your Media window. and when you see the red bracket with the black double arrow. You can add a transition between clips by dragging the transition to the timeline. If you only see one audio track. Adding Transitions You can find a wide variety of transitions to use in the Effects menu. click on the Add Media button located above the Media window. Clicking on the triangle next to a folder will allow you to view the transitions within the folder. 8 .
You can change where the iris opens on the clip by clicking on the circle in the preview window and moving it to another location. In the example to the right below. the Iris Round transition was used. 9 . you can see the actual transition as it will appear in the video. A screen similar to the one on the right will appear. The changes you make will automatically be added to the timeline.Editing a Transition You can edit a transition by double-clicking on it in the timeline. By clicking on the Show Actual Sources box.
You can uncheck the Show Video box is you do not wish to see the video background. When you click OK. The Retro TV folder is chosen in the window below. or you can use the frame settings (the blue numbers) to the right of the Show Video option to change the video frame that is displayed in the background of the title slide. The background of the title slide is set to whatever frame is selected in the timeline. 10 . The title templates within this folder are designed to give a uniform theme to the movie. The checkered pattern in this template indicates that video frames can be added to the background.Working with Titles You can access the Title Designer by clicking on the Titles button. a screen similar to the one on the right will appear. The title templates are arranged in categories.
you will need to save it before you can add it to your timeline. You can choose different styles of fonts by clicking on the text you wish to change and then click on one of the font styles to the right of title template window. you can double-click on the text to edit it. This will bring you back to the Title Template window. 11 . When you have finished creating your Title slide.You can customize the title template by choosing Recreate Title From Template from the More button. Click on the Save Title button. and you can choose another title template. You will see changes in the title slide window. After you have chosen your title template.
A save window will appear. In the task bar. If you are planning to view you movie on your computer. 12 . and you should see the title in the Media window. Close the Title Designer window. You can give your title a name and save it in the Source files folder. The directions for exporting to this file format are as follows: Click in the Timeline window to activate it. hold down the Export button and select MPEG. Click the Save button. you can export it as an MPEG file. Exporting the Finished Movie Exporting as an MPEG file for viewing on your computer You will need to export your movie before you can view it full screen. You can now drag the title to the timeline.
MPEG2. Specify a file name and location. Then click OK.In the list on the left. expand the Multimedia Compatible folder. Exporting as a Windows Media File for emailing or for the Web Click the Timeline window to activate it. Exporting as a DVD Note: The teacher computer does not have a DVD burner. To burn a DVD. In the task bar. From the list on the left. You can do this by following these directions: When you have finished editing your movie. you will need an external DVD burner. 13 . hold down the Export button and select Windows Media. you may want to mark scenes as chapters. Before exporting as a DVD. move the Current Time Indicator (CTI) to the first scene that you want to appear in the scene menu. and select 320 x 240. select a preset that reflects your audience’s Internet connection and click OK. and click Save. and then click Save. Specify a file name and location.
click the DVD button. In the task bar. This name replaces the button name in the scenes menu. you are ready to create a DVD with a menu. select Scene Marker from the drop-down menu. 14 . type a name for the marker. Click OK. select Apply A Template For A DVD With Menus. In the DVD Marker dialog box.In the Timeline window. In the DVD Templates dialog box. click the DVD Marker button. Once you have marked the scenes in your movie. Repeat these steps until you have marked all of your scenes. choose a theme. From the Theme menu. In the Marker Type box. Select a template and click OK.
click the Add Media button . (In the Timeline window. The Create Slideshow command places the five still images at the end of the movie on the Video 1 track and adds the Cross Dissolve transition between each image. click the down arrow next to the Photos folder to expand it. select Sort Order to place the images in the order they appear in the Media window. double-click menu items to change their text.In the DVD Layout window. To burn a disc. click OK. In the Media window. Click Preview DVD and use the navigation controls to select each button and view each scene or video. Navigate to the folder where you have stored your photos. Creating a slideshow with still images In the task bar. Shift-click each photo to select them and click the Create Slideshow button at the bottom of the Media window. From the Ordering menu. transitions appear as rectangles with diagonal lines. Then.) 15 . click Burn DVD. Change Image Duration to 2 Seconds and Transition Duration to 20 frames. Click on the folder to select it and click Add Folder. Close the window to return to the DVD Layout window.
2. 16 . To change the default transition: 1. Preview the slideshow Move the current-time indicator to the beginning of the photos. A red outline marks the icon of the default transition. Choose Timeline > Render Work Area.wav from the Media window to the Audio 2 track. the red line turns green. Adobe Premiere Elements displays the Effects workspace. Navigate to the folder where you have stored music files and select the . not a project setting. and the Monitor window plays the movie. Add music to the project by clicking the Add Media button . the default transitions are Cross Dissolve for video or still images and Constant Power for audio.Changing the default transition used for Create Slideshow command The Create Slideshow command optionally applies transitions between each clip it places. letting it snap to the beginning of the movie. Movies with transitions or effects can take longer to process. 4. and press the spacebar. expand the Video Transitions or Audio Transitions folder. Drag the . Changing the default transition doesn't affect transitions already applied to a movie. Note: The default transition is an application setting. and choose Set Selected As Default Transition. you change the default used for all projects. so the slideshow preview may not play as smoothly as the other clips. Adobe Premiere Elements adds a thin. Move the current-time indicator to the beginning of the movie. Click the Effects button on the task bar. Expand the folder containing the transition you want to use. When you change the default transition. Initially. When rendering is complete. Click Open. red line in the time ruler to indicate that you should first render that area for the best preview.wav file you wish to use. You can change the default to any transition you want. zooming out if necessary. and select the transition that you want to make the default. 3. Add music Close the Photos folder in the Media window. Click the More button. In the Effects window. Save the slideshow.
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