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Premiere® Elements 8 For Dummies®

Book Description

The book of choice for beginning digital video editors

The popularity of digital video continues to grow, largely because of the dropping prices of cameras. Correspondingly, so does the number of novice digital video editors. This book is for the beginning video editor who is eager to get started using the vast array of tools that Adobe Premiere Elements offers.

Veteran author Keith Underdahl covers all the essentials of using Adobe Premiere Elements 8 to import video, create clips, put those clips together, add effects, work with sound and music, and output to DVD or the Internet. You'll feel like a pro in no time! *

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  • Adobe Premiere Elements is the user-friendly video-editing software for even the most novice video editor *

  • This guide explains how to import video, edit clips, adjust sound, add music and effects, and more *

  • Includes tips for sharing movies on YouTube, Blu-ray discs, and mobile phones *

  • Tackles tricky topics in the fun and friendly way that has made the For Dummies brand world renowned *

Whether you're looking to use Adobe Premiere Elements so you can post a hilarious homemade movie on YouTube or create a memorable film for your next family gathering, Premiere Elements 8 For Dummies, 2nd Edition will show you how.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. About the Author
  3. Author's Acknowledgments
  4. Publisher's Acknowledgments
  5. Introduction
    1. Why This Book?
    2. Foolish Assumptions
    3. Conventions Used in This Book
    4. How This Book Is Organized
      1. Part I: Laying the Groundwork
      2. Part II: Editing Video and Sound
      3. Part III: Special Touches and Advanced Techniques
      4. Part IV: Finishing and Sharing Your Movies
      5. Part V: The Part of Tens
      6. Appendix
    5. Icons Used in This Book
    6. Where to Go from Here
  6. I. Laying the Groundwork
    1. 1. Feeling at Home with Premiere Elements
      1. 1.1. What Is Adobe Premiere Elements?
      2. 1.2. Taking the Grand Tour
        1. 1.2.1. Launching Premiere Elements for the first time
        2. 1.2.2. Getting to know the Task pane
        3. 1.2.3. Trying out Sceneline and Timeline
        4. 1.2.4. Monitoring the Monitor
        5. 1.2.5. Commanding the interface
      3. 1.3. Making Your First Movie
        1. 1.3.1. Starting your first project
        2. 1.3.2. Capturing video
        3. 1.3.3. Assembling the movie
        4. 1.3.4. Applying an InstantMovie theme
        5. 1.3.5. Uploading your movie to YouTube
    2. 2. Equipping Yourself for Moviemaking
      1. 2.1. Choosing a Computer for Video Editing
        1. 2.1.1. Stuff you need
        2. 2.1.2. Stuff you'd like
      2. 2.2. Comparing Video Cameras
        1. 2.2.1. Surveying camera features
        2. 2.2.2. Defining high-def video
        3. 2.2.3. Considering tape-based camcorders
        4. 2.2.4. Reviewing disc-based camcorders
        5. 2.2.5. Selecting hard drive and flash memory camcorders
      3. 2.3. Selecting Gear for Video Capture, Storage, and Sharing
        1. 2.3.1. Capture hardware
          1. 2.3.1.1. FireWire (IEEE-1394) devices
          2. 2.3.1.2. USB 2.0 devices
          3. 2.3.1.3. Analog video capture devices
        2. 2.3.2. Storage options
        3. 2.3.3. Blu-Ray burners
    3. 3. Introduction to Moviemaking
      1. 3.1. What Is Digital Video?
      2. 3.2. Video Basics
        1. 3.2.1. Converting light to video
        2. 3.2.2. Reviewing analog video standards
        3. 3.2.3. Mastering HDTV formats
        4. 3.2.4. The many aspects of aspect ratios
        5. 3.2.5. Understanding timecode
        6. 3.2.6. Decoding codecs
        7. 3.2.7. The nonlinear editing method
      3. 3.3. Shooting Better Video
        1. 3.3.1. Planning the shot
        2. 3.3.2. Composing the shot
          1. 3.3.2.1. Panning effectively
          2. 3.3.2.2. Using (not abusing) the zoom lens
        3. 3.3.3. Lighting the shot
          1. 3.3.3.1. Shedding some light on the subject
          2. 3.3.3.2. Controlling exposure
        4. 3.3.4. Shooting the shot
    4. 4. Revving Up Premiere Elements
      1. 4.1. Adjusting Premiere Preferences
        1. 4.1.1. Setting up your scratch disks
        2. 4.1.2. Reviewing other options
      2. 4.2. Customizing Premiere Elements
        1. 4.2.1. Arranging the workspace
        2. 4.2.2. Modifying the Timeline
        3. 4.2.3. Customizing keyboard commands
      3. 4.3. Installing Plug-Ins for Premiere Elements
      4. 4.4. Optimizing the Windows Operating System
      5. 4.5. Starting New Projects
      6. 4.6. Reviewing and Changing Project Settings
        1. 4.6.1. General settings
        2. 4.6.2. Capture settings
        3. 4.6.3. Video Rendering settings
      7. 4.7. Saving a Project
    5. 5. Capturing and Organizing Your Media
      1. 5.1. Capturing Video
        1. 5.1.1. Capturing video from DV or HDV tapes
          1. 5.1.1.1. Setting up device control
          2. 5.1.1.2. Capturing video
          3. 5.1.1.3. Troubleshooting DV configuration mishaps
          4. 5.1.1.4. Dealing with dropped frames
        2. 5.1.2. Copying video from tapeless cameras
        3. 5.1.3. Capturing Web cam video
      2. 5.2. Importing Media Files
        1. 5.2.1. Capturing audio clips
        2. 5.2.2. Preparing still images for your movie
        3. 5.2.3. Importing stills and other media
      3. 5.3. Keeping Your Media Organized
        1. 5.3.1. Using the Organizer
        2. 5.3.2. Tagging your clips
          1. 5.3.2.1. Adding SmartTags automatically
          2. 5.3.2.2. Applying your own keyword tags
          3. 5.3.2.3. Creating new albums
        3. 5.3.3. Managing clips in the Task pane
  7. II. Editing Video and Sound
    1. 6. Trimming and Editing Video Clips
      1. 6.1. Reviewing Your Clips
        1. 6.1.1. Getting the details on your clips
        2. 6.1.2. Previewing clips
        3. 6.1.3. Edit faster using the keyboard
      2. 6.2. Working with Clip Markers
        1. 6.2.1. Setting In and Out points
        2. 6.2.2. Using clip markers
      3. 6.3. Changing the Speed and Duration of Clips
        1. 6.3.1. Adjusting clip duration
        2. 6.3.2. Changing playback speed
    2. 7. Making Movies with the Timeline
      1. 7.1. Working Quickly on the Sceneline
        1. 7.1.1. Dropping clips on the Sceneline
        2. 7.1.2. Editing Sceneline clips
      2. 7.2. Making Sense of the Timeline
        1. 7.2.1. Adding and renaming Timeline tracks
        2. 7.2.2. Working with the Work Area bar
        3. 7.2.3. Using Timeline tools
      3. 7.3. Adding Clips to the Timeline
        1. 7.3.1. Inserting clips
        2. 7.3.2. Moving clips in the Timeline
        3. 7.3.3. Performing ripple edits
        4. 7.3.4. Deleting gaps in the Timeline
        5. 7.3.5. Selecting clips in the Timeline
        6. 7.3.6. Splitting clips
        7. 7.3.7. Changing playback speed
        8. 7.3.8. Using Smart Trim mode
      4. 7.4. Using Timeline Markers
        1. 7.4.1. Marking your place in the Timeline
        2. 7.4.2. Using disc menu markers
          1. 7.4.2.1. Creating menu markers
          2. 7.4.2.2. Automatically generating menu markers
      5. 7.5. Undoing Mistakes
        1. 7.5.1. Using the History panel
        2. 7.5.2. Reverting to previous versions
    3. 8. Adding Sound to Your Movies
      1. 8.1. What Is Audio?
        1. 8.1.1. Understanding sampling rates
        2. 8.1.2. Delving into bit depth
        3. 8.1.3. Conforming audio
      2. 8.2. Making Better Audio Recordings
      3. 8.3. Working with Audio in Your Movies
        1. 8.3.1. Adjusting audio volume
        2. 8.3.2. Setting audio In and Out points
        3. 8.3.3. Unlinking audio and video in the Timeline
        4. 8.3.4. Mixing audio
      4. 8.4. Narrating Your Movies
      5. 8.5. Adding a Soundtrack
        1. 8.5.1. Generating a SmartSound soundtrack
        2. 8.5.2. Detecting audio beats
      6. 8.6. Using Audio Effects and Transitions
        1. 8.6.1. Reviewing Premiere Elements audio effects
        2. 8.6.2. Using audio transitions
        3. 8.6.3. Fine-tuning audio dynamics
  8. III. Special Touches and Advanced Techniques
    1. 9. Using Video Transitions
      1. 9.1. Checking Out the Transitions Library
      2. 9.2. Using Transitions Effectively
      3. 9.3. Incorporating Transitions into Your Movies
        1. 9.3.1. Finding transitions to use
        2. 9.3.2. Applying a transition
        3. 9.3.3. Fine-tuning transitions
        4. 9.3.4. Changing the default transition
    2. 10. Improving and Repairing Video Images
      1. 10.1. Understanding How Video Color Works
      2. 10.2. Correcting Video Color
        1. 10.2.1. Surveying color and light effects in Premiere Elements
        2. 10.2.2. Making color adjustments
          1. 10.2.2.1. Improving color and light with Auto Levels
          2. 10.2.2.2. Fixing poor exposure with Gamma Correction
      3. 10.3. Matching Colors with the Color Match Effect
      4. 10.4. Stabilizing Shaky Footage
    3. 11. Compositing and Animating Video Clips
      1. 11.1. Compositing Video Clips
        1. 11.1.1. Shooting source footage
        2. 11.1.2. Merging clips with Videomerge
        3. 11.1.3. Using keys for precise compositing
        4. 11.1.4. Adjusting clip transparency
      2. 11.2. Animating Video Clips
        1. 11.2.1. Resizing a clip with Motion controls
        2. 11.2.2. Moving clips across the screen
      3. 11.3. Tracking Moving Objects
    4. 12. Adding Special Effects to Your Movies
      1. 12.1. Surveying Effects
        1. 12.1.1. Adjust
        2. 12.1.2. Blur & Sharpen
        3. 12.1.3. Channel
        4. 12.1.4. Distort
        5. 12.1.5. Generate
        6. 12.1.6. GPU effects
        7. 12.1.7. Image Control
        8. 12.1.8. Keying
        9. 12.1.9. NewBlue effects
        10. 12.1.10. Perspective
        11. 12.1.11. Pixelate
        12. 12.1.12. Render
        13. 12.1.13. Stylize
        14. 12.1.14. Time
        15. 12.1.15. Transform
        16. 12.1.16. Video Stabilizer
        17. 12.1.17. Videomerge
      2. 12.2. Taking Control of Visual Effects
      3. 12.3. Using Keyframes
      4. 12.4. Removing Effects
      5. 12.5. Working with Effect Presets
        1. 12.5.1. Surveying effect presets
        2. 12.5.2. Saving your own presets
      6. 12.6. Using Some Common Video Effects
        1. 12.6.1. Stylizing video images
        2. 12.6.2. Disorienting your audience
        3. 12.6.3. Flipping video
        4. 12.6.4. Creating a picture-in-picture effect
    5. 13. Adding Titles to Your Movies
      1. 13.1. Creating Basic Titles
        1. 13.1.1. Important title formatting rules
        2. 13.1.2. Revealing the safe margins
        3. 13.1.3. Inserting default titles
        4. 13.1.4. Setting text properties
        5. 13.1.5. Coloring and shadowing text
        6. 13.1.6. Using styles
        7. 13.1.7. Making a rolling or crawling title
      2. 13.2. Using Title Templates
      3. 13.3. Adding Graphics to Titles
      4. 13.4. Adjusting Titles in the Timeline
  9. IV. Finishing and Sharing Your Movies
    1. 14. Wrapping Up Your Movies
      1. 14.1. Previewing Your Movie
      2. 14.2. Exporting Audio Only
      3. 14.3. Capturing Still Images from Your Movie
      4. 14.4. Saving AVI Files
      5. 14.5. Exporting to Digital Devices
        1. 14.5.1. Making iPod and iPhone movies
        2. 14.5.2. Creating videos for personal media players
      6. 14.6. Recording Movies to Tape
        1. 14.6.1. Getting ready for tape output
        2. 14.6.2. Exporting your movie to tape
    2. 15. Sharing Your Movies Online
      1. 15.1. Archiving Movies on Photoshop.com
      2. 15.2. Uploading Your Movies to YouTube
        1. 15.2.1. Creating a YouTube account
        2. 15.2.2. Uploading the movie
      3. 15.3. Creating Web-Friendly Video Files
        1. 15.3.1. Saving an Apple QuickTime movie
        2. 15.3.2. Choosing advanced QuickTime settings
          1. 15.3.2.1. Adjusting QuickTime video settings
          2. 15.3.2.2. Adjusting QuickTime audio settings
        3. 15.3.3. Exporting Windows Media
        4. 15.3.4. Customizing Windows Media settings
    3. 16. Burning Your Movies to Disc
      1. 16.1. Decrypting Video Disc Standards
        1. 16.1.1. How much video can you cram on a DVD?
        2. 16.1.2. How much video can you cram onto a Blu-Ray disc?
        3. 16.1.3. Reading the DVD/BD alphabet soup
      2. 16.2. Getting Your Movie Ready for Disc
      3. 16.3. Recording DVDs and Blu-Ray Discs
        1. 16.3.1. Choosing a menu template
        2. 16.3.2. Customizing menus
          1. 16.3.2.1. Changing menu text
          2. 16.3.2.2. Modifying scene selection menus
          3. 16.3.2.3. Moving and resizing links
          4. 16.3.2.4. Changing link thumbnails
          5. 16.3.2.5. Removing links
          6. 16.3.2.6. Adding a stop marker
        3. 16.3.3. Previewing your disc
        4. 16.3.4. Burning your disc
  10. V. The Part of Tens
    1. 17. Ten Advanced Premiere Elements Techniques
      1. 17.1. Creating Cinematic Slideshows
      2. 17.2. Bringing Still Photos to Life
      3. 17.3. Making Stop-Motion Video
      4. 17.4. Making Two Clips into One Scene
      5. 17.5. Freeze-Framing Video
      6. 17.6. Recalling the Golden Age of Cinema
      7. 17.7. Working with Mattes
      8. 17.8. Adding a Lens Flare
      9. 17.9. Taking the Hum Out
      10. 17.10. A Zoom with a View
    2. 18. Ten Videography Tips and Secrets
      1. 18.1. Keep Your Camera at the Ready
      2. 18.2. Balance Your Whites
      3. 18.3. Expose the Highlights
      4. 18.4. Shade Your Lens
      5. 18.5. Use Video Filters
      6. 18.6. Avoid Auto-Focus Hunting
      7. 18.7. Use (But Don't Abuse) the Zoom Lens
      8. 18.8. Hear Your Video
      9. 18.9. Deal with the Elements
      10. 18.10. Shoot Multiple Angles
    3. 19. Ten Essential Extras for Moviemaking
      1. 19.1. Adobe Premiere Pro
      2. 19.2. Audio Recorders
      3. 19.3. Microphones
      4. 19.4. Video Converters
      5. 19.5. Multimedia Controllers
      6. 19.6. Lights and Accessories
      7. 19.7. Tripods and Other Stabilization Devices
      8. 19.8. Mass Storage
      9. 19.9. Helmet Cams
      10. 19.10. Web Space
  11. A. Glossary