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Making a Movie in Premiere Elements: Visual QuickProject Guide

Book Description

So you fancy yourself a filmmaker? Here to ensure that you truly are is a simple, to-the-point guide that leads you through the process of creating your very first digital video project with Adobe's brand-new consumer-level video editing software, Premiere Elements ($99). In these pages veteran author and PC Magazine contributing editor Jan Ozer gets right to the point: Rather than explore every option and feature of Premiere Elements, Jan uses project-based instruction and big, colorful screen shots to demonstrates the quickest, easiest, and smartest route to cinematic success. Each short lesson builds on the last as you learn how to capture and import video; add transitions, titles and effects; take advantage of the program's stunning templates; use the program with Photoshop Elements to edit and incorporate still images; and output your finished video to DVD. The book's small size and even smaller price ($12.99) make it the perfect entry point into the world of digital filmmaking as well as the ideal jumping-off point for further exploration.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. Acknowledgements
  3. Introduction
    1. What You Will Learn
    2. How this Book Works
    3. Tools You Will Need
    4. Video Production Terms
    5. The Next Step
  4. 1. Welcome to Premiere Elements
    1. Premiere Elements Tour
    2. Premiere Elements Tour
    3. Start Your Project
    4. Setting Project Defaults
    5. Extra Bits
      1. Premiere Elements Tour p. 2
      2. Start Your Project p. 6
      3. Set Preferences p. 8
  5. 2. Collecting Project Content
    1. Set up for DV Capture
    2. Capture Workspace
    3. Capture DV
    4. Organize Media Window
    5. Import Pictures
    6. Import Audio and Video
    7. Extra Bits
      1. Capture Workspace p. 13
      2. Capture DV p. 16
      3. Import Pictures p. 18
      4. Import Audio p. 19
      5. Import Video p. 19
  6. 3. Assembling Your Clips
    1. Review Your Clips
    2. Rename Your Clips
    3. Delete Unneeded Clips
    4. Tell the Story
    5. Meet the Timeline
    6. Set In/Out Points
    7. Drag Clip to the Timeline
    8. Split Clips on Timeline
    9. Trim on the Timeline
    10. Trim Between Clips
    11. Preview Your Movie
    12. Save Your Project
    13. Add Clips Between Clips
    14. Arrange Clips
    15. Ripple Delete
    16. Insert Music Files
    17. Add a Picture
    18. Create a Slideshow
    19. Preview the Slideshow
    20. Edit Your Images
    21. Extra Bits
      1. Delete Your Clips p. 24
      2. Tell the Story p. 25
      3. Meet The Timeline p. 27
      4. Set In/Out Points p. 28
      5. Trim Between Clips p. 32
      6. Save Your Project p. 35
      7. Ripple Delete p. 38
  7. 4. Inserting Transitions
    1. Explore Transitions
    2. Insert a Cross Dissolve
    3. Insert a Cross Dissolve
    4. Preview Your Transition
    5. Render Your Transition
    6. Change Duration
    7. Change Transition
    8. Fade Audio Out and In
    9. Transitions In-Depth
    10. Extra Bits
      1. Insert a Cross Dissolve p. 49
      2. Render Your Transition p. 52
  8. 5. Applying Special Effects
    1. Explore Effects
    2. Fade Video in and Out
    3. Effects Workspace
    4. Color Correct Video
    5. Brighten a Video Clip
    6. Common Effect Tasks
    7. Save a Preset
    8. Change Playback Speed
    9. Adjust Image Size
    10. Add Motion to Images
    11. Extra Bits
      1. Explore Effects p. 62
      2. Add Motion to Images p. 74
  9. 6. Creating Titles
    1. Create an Opening Title
    2. Choose a Template
    3. Customize a Template
    4. Save Your Title
    5. Create a Custom Title
    6. Set Opacity
    7. Choose a Text Style
    8. Create Closing Credits
    9. Insert Titles
    10. Common Title Tasks
    11. Extra Bits
      1. Choose a Text Style p. 85
      2. Create Closing Credits p. 86
  10. 7. Using Audio
    1. Add Background Music
    2. Trim Audio Clips
    3. The Big Picture
    4. Mute Audio 1
    5. Normalize Audio 1
    6. Adjust the Volume
    7. Add Audio Effects
    8. Fade Audio
    9. Extra Bits
      1. Add Background Music p. 92
      2. Normalize Audio 1 p. 97
  11. 8. Creating DVDs
    1. Insert Scene Markers
    2. Customize Thumbnail
    3. Choose a Template
    4. Customize Your Menus
    5. Preview Your DVD
    6. Record Your Disc
    7. Extra Bits
      1. Insert Scene Markers p. 104
      2. Record Your Disc p. 110
  12. 9. That's a Wrap
    1. Export to Tape
    2. Create an MPEG File
    3. Create a Quicktime File
    4. Create a WMV File
    5. Export a DV File
    6. Export a Video Frame
    7. Export an Audio File
    8. Extra Bits
      1. Export to Tape p. 114
      2. Create an MPEG File p. 116
      3. Export a Video Frame p. 122