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Creating Hollywood-Style Movies with Adobe Premiere Elements 7

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Creating Hollywood-Style Movies with Adobe Premiere Elements 7 is a book that will help users get to the next level in video editing, and that next level goes beyond simply splicing together clips and creating simple titles. In no time readers will be overlaying multiple tracks of videos and adjusting transparency; creating Picture-in-Picture overlays; using key frames and motion paths; setting and refining greenscreens and bluescreens; using color effects for emotional impact; and a whole range of other special effects to help them tell their story. Readers will also discover how to use new features, such as adding Smart Tags, using Adobe Videomerge to place a subject in a new setting, and harnessing the InstantMovie feature for the most creative results. What sets this book apart is the author's expertise in carefully showing readers how to execute each of these movie-making techniques step-by-step in a clear and friendly writing style. With this book, budding film-makers of all levels will find how to create better-looking movies and have a lot of fun doing it.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. About the Authors
  4. Introduction
    1. Where the Fun Is
    2. The System Specifications for Premiere Elements 7
    3. The Secret of Working with Special FX
  5. 1. Hollywood Movie Titles: Adding a WOW Factor
    1. Introduction
    2. Preparing the Project
      1. Name the Project, Add a Track, and Rename All the Tracks
    3. Adding Media to Your Project
      1. Get Media from the DVD
    4. Adding Media to the Timeline
      1. Drag Media to the Timeline
    5. Creating the Main Title Text
      1. Type, Color, and Position Your Title
      2. Make Adjustments to the Text
      3. Set the Font Color
      4. Reposition the Title Text
      5. Move and Resize the Title Clip
    6. Flying Solo: Adding the Fill Clip to the Timeline
      1. Hints on Adding the Fill Clip to the Timeline
    7. Filling the Title with Clouds
      1. Use the Track Matte Key to Fill the Title
    8. Creating a Drop Shadow for the Title
      1. Create a Duplicate of the Title 01 Clip
      2. Flying Solo: Place the Shadow Clip on the Timeline
      3. Create the Drop Shadow
    9. Adding a Fade Out to All Media Clips
      1. Fade Out All of the Clips on the Video Tracks
    10. Making Adjustments, Rendering, and Exporting
      1. Finish the Project
  6. 2. Hollywood Movie Titles: Using Color and Motion
    1. Introduction
    2. Installing New Fonts
      1. Install Three New Fonts to Windows
    3. Flying Solo: Preparing the Project
      1. Start a Project, Customize the Timeline, and Import Some Media
    4. Creating, Cropping, and Coloring a Freeze Frame
      1. Use the Freeze Frame Feature to Create a Still Image
      2. Crop the Image Using the Crop Effect
      3. Color the Image Using the Color Balance (RGB) Effect
    5. Flying Solo: Creating the Second and Third Freeze Frames
      1. Hints for Creating, Cropping, and Coloring the Second and Third Freeze Frames
    6. Creating Credits for Each Freeze Frame
      1. Create Credits for the First Actor
      2. Create Credits for the Second Actor
      3. Create Credits for the Third Actor
    7. Animating the First Actor’s Freeze Frame and Credits
      1. Use the Motion Effect
      2. Animate the Credits for the First Actor
    8. Flying Solo: Animating the Second and Third Actor’s Freeze Frame and Credits
      1. Animate Settings for Second and Third Freeze Frame
      2. Animate the Second and Third Actor’s Credits
    9. Creating an Opening Title
      1. Add a ‘60s-Style Opening Title
      2. Add a Transition to the Opening Title
    10. Flying Solo: Creating the Closing Titles
      1. Adding a ‘60s-Style Scene-Setting Title
      2. Add a Final Freeze Frame and a Transition for the Closing Title
    11. Making Adjustments, Rendering, and Exporting
      1. Finish the Project
  7. 3. Hollywood Movie Sound: Narration, SmartSound, and Sound FX
    1. Introduction
    2. Preparing the Project
      1. Work with Saved Projects
    3. Adding Mood Music to a Movie
      1. Add a Little Music
    4. Mixing the Music Track
      1. Adjust Audio Levels for AVI and WAV Media Clips
    5. Adding SmartSound Music to a Movie
      1. Add a Little Lounge Music to the Movie
    6. Flying Solo: Mixing the Retromovie Music
      1. Make It Smoother
    7. Adding Sound Effects to Your Movie
      1. Import a Sound File to the Media Panel
      2. Create Unnumbered Markers on the Timeline
      3. Insert and Adjust a Sound File
      4. Copy and Paste Sound FX
    8. Creating a Narration Track
      1. Work with Saved Projects
      2. Add a Narration
    9. Making Adjustments, Rendering, and Exporting
      1. Finish the Project
  8. 4. Hollywood Movie Titles: The Star Wars Title Effect
    1. Introduction
    2. Flying Solo: Preparing the Project
      1. Basic Timeline Preparation Skills
    3. Creating Your “Long Ago” Text
      1. Create the Opening Text
      2. Type and Style the Text
    4. Building Your Opening Logo
      1. Set Up Your Logo in the Titler
      2. Adjust and Stylize the Logo
      3. Relocate the Clone Attack Logo
    5. Animating Your Logo
      1. Make Your Logo Zoom Off into Space
    6. Flying Solo: Preparing Your Scrolling Text
      1. Create Your Text
      2. Import the Scrolling Text
      3. Color the Text
    7. Making the Scrolling Text Scroll
      1. Make the Text Roll
    8. Changing the Speed
      1. Slow It All Down
    9. Transforming the Shape of the Scrolling Text
      1. Change the Perspective
    10. Animating the Scrolling Text
      1. Add the Effect and Adjust the Keyframes
    11. Flying Solo: Adding the Star Wars Theme Music
      1. Add the Music to the Timeline
    12. Flying Solo: Adding Some Project Polish
      1. Make Final Tweaks to Your Movie
    13. Making Adjustments, Rendering, and Exporting
      1. Finish the Project
  9. 5. Hollywood Movie Titles: Creating the PiP (Picture-in-Picture) Effect
    1. Introduction
    2. Flying Solo: Preparing the Project
      1. Establish Basic Timeline Preparation Skills
    3. Flying Solo: Creating the Opening Text
      1. Create Your Opening Text
    4. Animating the Opening Text
      1. Spice Up the Text with a Cool Looking Preset
    5. Creating the Digital Countdown Clock
      1. Create the Prototype Clock Title
      2. Adjust the Duration for Title 02 on the Timeline and on the Media Panel
    6. Animating the Clock Using Title Clips in Sequence
      1. Create Five Copies of the Title 02 Clip and Add Them to the Timeline
    7. Synchronizing the Clock Clips with the Beep
      1. Add a Beep Each Time the Clock Changes
    8. Flying Solo: Adding the Four Video Clips to the Timeline
      1. Add Video to the Timeline
    9. Applying a PiP Effect to Each of the Video Clips
      1. Apply a Unique PiP to Each Clip
      2. Adjust the Upper-Left and Right PiPs
    10. Reversing the PiP Effect
      1. Expand a PiP Back to Full Size
    11. Flying Solo: Adding a Soundtrack and a Voice-over
      1. Add the Dramatic Music
      2. Add the V/O (Voice-over)
    12. Making Adjustments, Rendering, and Exporting
      1. Finish the Project
  10. 6. Hollywood Movie Looks: Using Preset Effects
    1. Introduction
    2. Flying Solo: Preparing the Project
      1. Load a Saved Project
    3. Applying the Air Brush Effect
      1. Add the Air Brush Effect
    4. Applying the Old Film Effect
      1. Add the Old Film Effect
    5. Adding Some “Flash” to the Clip
      1. Adjust the Brightness Over Time
    6. Flying Solo: Adding Some Period Music
      1. Add Some Period Music to the Project
    7. Flying Solo: Applying Some Camera Shake
      1. Explore Custom Use of Active Camera
    8. Making Adjustments, Rendering, and Exporting
      1. Finish the Project
  11. 7. Hollywood Movie Looks: Custom Building a Movie Look
    1. Introduction
    2. Flying Solo: Preparing the Project
      1. Load a Saved Project
    3. Creating a Cinematic ’60s Movie Look
      1. Brighten the Clip
      2. Add a Little Noise
    4. Copying Effects and Settings from One Clip to Another
      1. Copy an Effect and Its Settings to Two Other Segments
    5. Creating a Cinematic ’70s Movie Look
      1. Adjust the Existing Effects
      2. Add and Adjust Some More Effects
    6. Creating the Home Projector Look
      1. Add Some Keyframed Fast Blur
      2. Create a “White Out” Effect
    7. Flying Solo: Adding Some Music
      1. Add Some Vintage Music to the Project
    8. Making Adjustments, Rendering, and Exporting
      1. Finish the Project
  12. 8. Hollywood Movie Time: The Passing of Time Effect
    1. Introduction
    2. Flying Solo: Preparing the Project
      1. Use Basic Timeline Preparation Skills
    3. Marking the Individual Scenes
      1. Place Numbered Markers on the Timeline
    4. Removing Time (Frames) from the Clip
      1. Split the Clips
      2. Remove Time by Deleting Frames
      3. Delete the Gaps
    5. Adding a Cross Dissolve Between Clips
      1. Apply a Dissolve
    6. Adjusting the Transitions
      1. Change the Default Behavior for the Cross Dissolves
    7. Adding Sound FX
      1. Add Two Sound FX to the Timeline
      2. Trim the Phone_Beep.wav Clip
      3. Copy and Paste the Phone_Beep.wav Clip
    8. Flying Solo: Using Titles and Fades
      1. Fade In and Fade Out
      2. Add an Opening and Closing Title
    9. Adding the Music Track
      1. Select and Trim the Music
    10. Making Adjustments, Rendering, and Exporting
      1. Finishing the Project
  13. 9. Hollywood Movie Time: Fast Times
    1. Introduction
    2. Flying Solo: Preparing the Project
      1. Start a Project, Customize the Timeline, and Get Some Media
    3. Adding the Foreground Video Clips
      1. Add the Foreground Clip to the Timeline
      2. Adjust Videomerge for a Cleaner Key
    4. Flying Solo: Increasing the Speed of the Crowd
      1. Time Stretch the Crowd
      2. Add a Fade Out and Adjust the Timing of the Fade
    5. Matching the Appearance of the Two Clips
      1. Adjust the Image Control Settings
    6. Flying Solo: Adding the Soundtrack
      1. Use the WAV File
      2. Use SmartSound
    7. Making Adjustments, Rendering, and Exporting
      1. Finish the Project
  14. 10. Hollywood Movie Time: The Power of the Force—Reversing Time
    1. Introduction
    2. Flying Solo: Preparing the Project
      1. Start a Project, Customize the Timeline, and Import Some Media
    3. Adding a Jedi to the Timeline and Removing the Garbage
      1. Add a Clip to the Movie
      2. Remove the Garbage from the Movie
    4. Creating a Clean Key
      1. Apply the Auto Color and Auto Contrast Effects
      2. Add the Green Screen Key Effect
      3. Defringe the Green Screen Clip
    5. At Last! Selecting Reverse
      1. Switch to Reverse Using Time Stretch
    6. Adding a Selling Shot
      1. Define a Section of the Close-up.avi Clip
      2. Insert the Section to the Timeline
      3. Trim the Long_shot.avi Clip
      4. Define a Section of the Floor_Background.jpg Clip
    7. Flying Solo: Removing the Green Screen from the Inserted Clips
      1. Create a Clean Key
    8. Adjusting the Jedi’s Scale
      1. Reduce the Scale of the Long_shot.avi
    9. Making Adjustments, Rendering, and Exporting
      1. Finish the Project
  15. 11. Hollywood Movie Effects: The Hidden Identity Effect
    1. Introduction
    2. Flying Solo: Preparing the Project
      1. Prepare the Timeline
    3. Adding the_Interview.avi Clip to the Timeline—Again!
      1. Add Your Clip—Again
    4. Creating a Hider Object to Hide the Face
      1. Hide the Face
    5. Synchronizing the Hider Object to the Action
      1. Enable Motion (Animation) for the Ellipse
      2. Insert Motion Keyframes
    6. Flying Solo: Applying the Mosaic Effect to the Second Clip
      1. Apply the Mosaic Video Effect
    7. Applying the Track Matte Key Effect
      1. Apply the Track Matte Key Effect
    8. Applying a Blur Effect to the Image
      1. Apply a Blur
    9. Making Adjustments, Rendering, and Exporting
      1. Finish the Project
  16. 12. Hollywood Movie Sound: #$% Word Removal—The Bleeping Effect
    1. Introduction
    2. Flying Solo: Preparing the Project
      1. Create a New Project and Import Files
    3. Finding and Marking Bad Audio Moments
      1. Go on the Offensive
    4. Removing the Audio at Each Bad Audio Moment
      1. Add Keyframe Sets at Each Bad Audio Moment
      2. Lower the Sound for Each of the Bad Audio Moments
    5. Flying Solo: Adding Sound Effects to Each Bad Audio Moment
      1. Add a Sound Effect at Each Marker
    6. Making Adjustments, Rendering, and Exporting
      1. Finish the Project
  17. 13. Hollywood Movie Effects: The Night Vision Effect
    1. Introduction
    2. Flying Solo: Preparing the Project
      1. Set Up the Timeline and Get the Media
    3. Removing the Existing Colors from the Clip
      1. Start with a Blank Palette
    4. Adding the Green of Night Vision Using the Tint Effect
      1. Tint the Clip Green
    5. Flying Solo: Adding Noise to Simulate the Graininess of Night Vision
      1. Add Noise to the Night
    6. Adding Darkness to the Nighttime Clip
      1. Adjust Opacity to Bring On the Night
    7. Adding an Overlay to Simulate Night Vision Goggles
      1. Add the First Cutout Goggle Shape
      2. Add the Second Cutout Goggle Shape
    8. Turning the Little White Circles into True Goggles
      1. Apply the Track Matte Key Effect
    9. Adding Blurriness to the Goggles for Additional Realism
      1. Add the Gaussian Blur Effect to Remove the Sharp Edges of the Goggles
    10. Adding the Setup Scene
      1. Add the Watcher.avi to Sell the Effect
    11. Flying Solo: Turning the Setup Scene to Night
      1. Add the Nighttime Effect
    12. Making Adjustments, Rendering, and Exporting
      1. Finish the Project
  18. 14. Hollywood Movie Effects: The Beam Me Up Effect
    1. Introduction
    2. Flying Solo: Preparing the Project
      1. Establish Basic Timeline Preparation Skills
    3. Adding the Transported Man and Creating the Freeze Frame
      1. Drag the Clip and Add a Still
    4. Adding the Transporter Beam to the Timeline
      1. Turn the Transporter On!
    5. Creating a White Matte
      1. Create a Matte and Color It White
      2. Adjust the Timeline Position of Two Clips
    6. Applying the Track Matte Key to the White Matte
      1. Apply the Track Matte Key
    7. Location, Location, Location: Adjusting the Transporter Beam
      1. Relocate the Beam
    8. Adjusting the Opacity of the Transported Man
      1. Set the Opacity to Increase Over Time
    9. Adding a Bright Flash to the Transported Man as He Rematerializes
      1. Add a Lens Flare
      2. Create the Appearance of the Lens Flare Flashing
    10. Flying Solo: Applying the Transporter Sound
      1. Add the Transporter Noise Sound FX
    11. Making Adjustments, Rendering, and Exporting
      1. Finish the Project
  19. 15. Hollywood Movie Effects: The Sinister Ghost Effect
    1. Introduction
    2. Flying Solo: Preparing the Project
      1. Establish Basic Timeline Preparation Skills
    3. Adding the Ghost to the Timeline
      1. Insert the Ghost to the Timeline
    4. Creating a Mask
      1. Create a Mask Step 1: Add a White Matte
      2. Create a Mask Step 2: Add a Track Matte Key
      3. Create a Mask Step 3: Add a Garbage Matte
    5. Animating the Mask
      1. Create a Start Point for the Mask
      2. Create an End Point and Animate the Mask
    6. Refining the Mask and the Ghost
      1. Add a Blur to the Mask
      2. Add Ghosting to the Ghost
      3. Adjust the Opacity of the Ghost
    7. Flying Solo: Polishing the Project
      1. Add a Touch of Spooky Music
      2. Add Fades
    8. Making Adjustments, Rendering, and Exporting
      1. Finish the Project
  20. 16. Hollywood Movie Effects: Working with Clones!
    1. Introduction
    2. Flying Solo: Preparing the Project
      1. Start a Project, Customize the Timeline, and Import the Media
    3. Marking the Clones Entrance Points
      1. Create a Reaction Marker
      2. Add Clip Markers to Clone_2.avi and Clone_3.avi
      3. Add Clone_2.avi and Clone_3.avi to the Timeline at the Marker Points
    4. Applying the Crop Effect to All Clips
      1. Apply the Crop Effect
    5. Adjusting the Crop Effect for Each Clip
      1. Make the Adjustments for Each Crop
    6. Adding a Little Image Control
      1. Make Adjustments to Light Levels
    7. Fine-Tuning the Entrance of the Clones
      1. Adjust the Clone_3.avi Clip and Add a Fade In
    8. Adding Some Lightning Power
      1. Add the Placeholder for the Lightning
      2. Add the First Bolt of Lightning to the Placeholder
      3. Add a Second Bolt of Lightning to the Placeholder
    9. Creating a Duplicate Lightning Placeholder for Clone 2
      1. Copy and Paste the Placeholder Clip
      2. Adjust the Start and End Points for the Lightning Effect
    10. Polishing the Visual Effect
      1. Trim Clone_1.avi and Add an Opacity Fade Out
      2. Create a Freeze Frame of an Empty Room
      3. Trim Clone_2.avi and Add an Opacity Fade Out
    11. Flying Solo: Adding Sound and Music
      1. Add Some Sound Effects
      2. Add Some Music
    12. Rendering, Exporting, and Creating
      1. Export the Project
      2. Join Two Projects Together
  21. 17. Hollywood Movie Effects: Lighting Up Light Sabers
    1. Introduction
    2. Flying Solo: Preparing the Project
      1. Start a Project, Customize the Timeline, and Import Some Media
    3. Flying Solo: Adding the Beam.bmp Clip, then the Corner Pin Effect
      1. Add the Beam.bmp Clip to the Timeline
      2. Add the Corner Pin Effect to the Beam.bmp Clip
    4. Keyframing the Light Saber
      1. Create a Saber Activating
      2. Follow the Movement of the Saber to the Left
      3. Closing Down the Sword
    5. Adding Some Polish to the Beam
      1. Add Effects to the Beam.bmp Clip
    6. Fading the Saber In and Out
      1. Add Fades to the Beam.bmp Clip
    7. Adding Sound FX to the Saber
      1. Add Light Saber Sound Effects
      2. Create a Closing Saber Sound Effect
    8. Making Adjustments, Rendering, and Exporting
      1. Finish the Project
  22. 18. Hollywood Movie Green Screen Techniques: The Enchanted Elf Effect
    1. Introduction
    2. Flying Solo: Preparing the Project
      1. Prepare the Project
    3. Using Videomerge on a Green Screen Clip
      1. Add the Elf Clip and Apply the Videomerge Effect
    4. Applying Color and Contrast Effects to the Elf Clip
      1. Apply the Auto Color and Auto Contrast Effects
    5. Adjusting the Videomerge Effect
      1. Fine-Tuning Videomerge
    6. Colorizing the Elf
      1. Apply the Tint Effect
    7. Adding the Foreground Clip
      1. Use the Background Clip Again, but Now as a Foreground Clip
    8. Creating a Multidimensional Environment with the Garbage Matte Effect
      1. Use the Garbage Matte Effect to Create an Illusion of a Foreground
    9. Shrinking and Adjusting the Elf’s Starting Location
      1. Shrink the Elf Down to Elf Proportions
      2. Move the Elf to Add Believability to Her Hiding Place
    10. Making the Elf Vanish
      1. Adjust the Ending Points
    11. Flying Solo: Adding and Mixing Some Playful Elfish Music
      1. Add the Music to the Project and Adjust the Audio on the Elf Clip
    12. Making Adjustments, Rendering, and Exporting
      1. Finish the Project
  23. 19. Hollywood Movie Green Screen Techniques: The Nightly News Effect
    1. Introduction
    2. Flying Solo: Preparing the Project
      1. Start a Project, Customize the Timeline, and Import the Media
    3. Flying Solo: Creating the TV News Background Text
      1. Create the News Background Text
    4. Adding the Anchorman
      1. Add the Anchor Clip to the Timeline
      2. Apply the Non Red Key
      3. Adjust the Brightness
    5. Resizing and Moving the Anchorman
      1. Move and Shrink the Anchorman
    6. Adding the Lower-Third Graphic
      1. Add the Lower Third
      2. Adjust the Lower Third
    7. Adding Lower-Third Text for the Anchorman
      1. Type the Text and Choose a Style
    8. Flying Solo: Creating the Hawaii Reporter Scene
      1. Add the hawaii.avi and Hawaii_reporter.avi Clips
      2. Adjust the Brightness to Give the Actor an Outdoor Look
      3. Add the Lower-Third Graphic
      4. Add the Lower-Third Text
    9. Adding a Cross Dissolve to End the News Feature Report
      1. Add a Dissolve
      2. Add a Fade Out
    10. Flying Solo: Adding a Little Music
      1. Add an Intro Stinger
      2. Add Some Island Music
      3. Add an Exit Stinger
    11. Flying Solo: Mixing the Music Levels
      1. Adjust the Music’s Volume to Match the Clips
    12. Making Adjustments, Rendering, and Exporting
      1. Finish the Project
  24. 20. Hollywood Movie Green Screen: The Super Hero Effect
    1. Introduction
    2. Flying Solo: Preparing the Project
      1. Set Up the Project
    3. Flying Solo: Adding the Cloud Background
      1. Add the Clouds
    4. Flying Solo: Adding Superboy
      1. Drag with No Videomerge
    5. Cleaning Up the Green Screen Key
      1. Apply a Garbage Matte
      2. Apply Auto Color and Auto Contrast
      3. Apply and Tune the Chroma Key
      4. Apply and Tune the Chroma Key Again
      5. Apply and Tune the Non Red Key
    6. Adjusting the Direction and Speed of the Clouds
      1. Use Time Stretch to Make the Changes
    7. Setting Our Hero’s Flight in Motion
      1. Set Superboy’s Starting Location and Size
      2. Set a Midpoint Marker for Adjusting Superboy’s Location and Size
      3. Set the Final Locations and Sizes for the Super Hero
    8. Adding a Little Rotation to Our Hero’s Flight Motion
      1. Add Rotation to Superboy
    9. Flying Solo: Adding Super Music and Super Sound Effects
      1. Add Sound FX
      2. Add Some Music
    10. Making Adjustments, Rendering, and Exporting
      1. Finish the Project
  25. 21. Hollywood Movie Trailer: Creating a Movie Trailer Using InstantMovie
    1. Introduction
    2. Flying Solo: Preparing the Project
      1. Start a Project and Import Some Media
    3. Organizing and Choosing Your Clips
      1. Switch to Oldest
      2. Choose Which Clips to Include
    4. Selecting a Theme for Your InstantMovie
      1. Previewing and Selecting an InstantMovie Theme
    5. Customizing the Final Output of InstantMovie
      1. Customize Credits
      2. Customize Music
      3. Customize Duration
    6. Let It Rip: Creating, Rendering, and Exporting
      1. Finish the Project