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Premiere Elements for Windows: Visual QuickStart Guide

Book Description

Just because you don't work for a major production house and you don't plan to add Star Wars style special effects to your latest movie project doesn't mean you don't want to do interesting things with the video you've shot. Now, with Adobe's first consumer-level video editing software you can-and at $99, you won't spend an arm and a leg to do so! In these pages, veteran author Antony Bolante provides all the instruction you need to start editing video fast with Adobe Premiere Elements. Just as Photoshop Elements brought image manipulation to the masses, Premiere Elements brings video editing prowess to anybody who owns a digital video camera. Whether you're a student filmmaker, a video hobbyist, or a proud parent who wants to put together a snazzy film of your daughter's winning soccer season, Antony's simple step-by-step instructions and straightforward teaching style will have you capturing and importing video, creating transitions and titles, and outputting the final product with Premier Elements in no time.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. Thank You
  3. Back to Basics
    1. The VQS Series
    2. Using This Book
    3. How Premiere Elements Works
    4. What You Can Do with Premiere Elements
    5. Premiere Elements vs. Premiere Pro
    6. Premiere Elements and Photoshop Elements
    7. System Requirements
    8. Suggested System
    9. System Configurations
  4. 1. Basic Elements
    1. Using the Taskbar
      1. The left side of the taskbar: common tasks
      2. The right side of the taskbar: workspaces
    2. Using Workspaces
    3. Looking at the Interface
      1. Capture workspace
      2. Editing workspace
      3. Effects Workspace
      4. Titles workspace
      5. DVD workspace
      6. Export workspace
    4. Using Context Menus
    5. Using Tabbed Palettes
    6. Using Keyboard Shortcuts
    7. Customizing Keyboard Shortcuts
    8. Correcting Mistakes
    9. Using the History Palette
  5. 2. Starting a Project
    1. Using the Welcome Screen
    2. Starting a New Project
    3. Saving Projects
    4. Saving Projects Automatically
    5. Opening Projects
    6. Locating Missing and Offline Files
    7. Understanding Project Settings
    8. Specifying Project Settings
  6. 3. Capturing and Adding Footage
    1. Capturing DV Footage
    2. Digitizing Analog Footage
    3. Digitizing Three Ways
      1. Dubbing to DV
      2. Converting to DV using a camcorder
      3. Using an analog-to-DV converter
    4. Capture and the Capture Window
    5. Watching Video During Capture
    6. Controlling a Camera with the Capture Window
    7. Storing Captured Footage
    8. Using Playback Controls in the Capture Window
    9. Capturing DV
      1. Capturing using the Scene Detect feature
      2. Adding captured clips to the timeline automatically
    10. Adding Media
    11. Adding Stills
    12. Adding Still-Image Sequences
    13. Creating a Still Image in Photoshop Elements
    14. Generating Synthetic Media
  7. 4. Managing Clips
    1. Working with the Media Window
    2. Viewing Items in the Media Window
    3. Working with Icon View
    4. Working with List View
    5. Selecting and Deleting Items in the Media Window
    6. Using the Preview Area of the Media Window
    7. Organizing Clips in Folders
    8. Duplicating and Copying Source Clips
    9. Renaming Clips
    10. Finding Clips
    11. Interpreting Footage
    12. Locating Files for Offline Items
  8. 5. Editing Clips into a Sequence
    1. Summarizing the Chapter
      1. Viewing Clips
      2. Adding clips to the timeline
    2. Using the Monitor Window
    3. Viewing Clips in the Monitor Window
    4. Opening Audio Clips
    5. Using Playback Controls
    6. Cuing the Monitor Window Numerically
    7. Using the Monitor Window’s Time Ruler
    8. Changing the Magnification
    9. Comparing Editing Methods
      1. Drag-and-drop editing
      2. Automatic editing
    10. Setting In and Out Points
    11. Setting Clip Markers
      1. Cuing to and clearing edit marks
    12. Comparing Overlay and Insert Edits
    13. Adding Clips by Dragging
    14. Adding Clips to the Timeline Automatically
  9. 6. Editing in the Timeline
    1. Summarizing the Chapter
      1. Using the Timeline window
      2. Manipulating clips in the timeline
      3. Rearranging and trimming clips
    2. Viewing the Sequence
    3. Customizing Track Views
    4. Resizing Tracks
    5. Adding, Deleting, and Renaming Tracks
    6. Getting Around the Timeline
    7. Playing the Sequence in the Timeline
    8. Using Sequence Markers
    9. Understanding the Link between Video and Audio
    10. Selecting Clips in the Timeline
    11. Cutting, Copying, and Pasting Clips
    12. Removing Clips and Gaps from the Sequence
    13. Enabling and Disabling Clips
    14. Grouping Clips
    15. Splitting Clips
    16. Playing Clips at a Different Speed or in Reverse
    17. Creating a Freeze Frame
    18. Adjusting a Clip’s Gain
    19. Using the Snapping Feature
    20. Editing by Dragging
    21. Understanding Trimming
    22. Trimming Clips in the Timeline
    23. Breaking and Creating Links
    24. Keeping Sync
  10. 7. Adding Transitions
    1. Using the Effects Palette
    2. Understanding Transitions
    3. Understanding Transition Duration and Alignment
    4. Setting the Default Transition Duration
    5. Specifying a Default Transition
    6. Applying a Transition
    7. Using the Effect Controls Palette with Transitions
    8. Adjusting a Transition’s Duration and Alignment
    9. Customizing Transition Settings
  11. 8. Previewing a Sequence
    1. Using Real-Time Rendering
    2. Viewing a Sequence via a DV Device
    3. Rendering the Work Area
    4. Storing Preview Files
    5. Deleting Preview Files
  12. 9. Creating Titles
    1. Using the Title Designer Window
    2. Creating Titles
    3. Saving Titles
    4. Viewing the Video in the Background
    5. Superimposing a Title Over Video
    6. Viewing the Video Safe Zones
    7. Comparing Text Options
      1. Horizontal and vertical type
      2. Point text and paragraph text
    8. Creating Point Text
    9. Creating Paragraph Text
    10. Selecting Text
    11. Formatting Text
      1. Specifying a font, font style, and font size
      2. Making text bold, italic, or underlined
      3. Setting text leading and kerning
      4. Aligning text
    12. Using Styles
    13. Creating Scrolls and Crawls
    14. Creating Shape Objects
    15. Setting Color Properties
      1. Setting the fill and stroke
      2. Using color gradients
      3. Adding drop shadows
    16. Adding Images to Titles
    17. Transforming Objects
    18. Positioning Objects Automatically
    19. Arranging Objects
    20. Aligning Objects
    21. Distributing Objects
  13. 10. Adding Effects
    1. Summarizing the Chapter
      1. Understanding effects
      2. Animating effects in the timeline
      3. Adding effects and setting properties
      4. Animating effects
      5. Standard effect categories
    2. Comparing Effect Types
      1. Fixed/inherent effects
      2. Standard effects/filters
    3. Understanding Properties and Animation
    4. Viewing Effect Property Values
      1. Effects in the Timeline window
      2. Effects in the Effect Controls window
      3. Motion effects in the Monitor window’s Timeline view
    5. Choosing a Keyframing Method
      1. Opacity and volume in the property graph
      2. Motion and filters in the Effect Controls window
    6. Understanding Opacity and Volume Graphs
      1. Rubberbanding opacity
      2. Rubberbanding volume
    7. Rubberbanding Opacity and Volume
    8. Adjusting Keyframes in the Timeline
    9. Adding Standard Effects
    10. Using Preset Effects
    11. Viewing Properties in the Effect Controls Window
    12. Viewing Motion Effects
    13. Setting Spatial Properties in the Timeline View
      1. Setting the position
      2. Setting the scale
      3. Setting the rotation
    14. Disabling and Removing Effects
    15. Resetting an Effect to Its Default Values
    16. Specifying Custom Settings
    17. Using Multiple Effects
    18. Keyframing in the Effect Controls Window
    19. Using Keyframes in the Effect Controls Window
    20. Understanding Interpolation
      1. Spatial interpolation
      2. Temporal interpolation
    21. Interpolation Types
    22. Reshaping a Motion Path
    23. Specifying a Spatial Interpolation Method
    24. Specifying a Temporal Interpolation Method
    25. Standard Effect Categories
      1. Adjust filters
      2. Blur and Sharpen filters
      3. Channel filters
      4. Distort filters
      5. GPU
      6. Image Control filters
      7. Keying filters
      8. Perspective filters
      9. Pixelate filters
      10. Render filters
      11. Stylize filters
      12. Time filters
      13. Transform filters
  14. 11. Export
    1. Export Options
      1. DVD
      2. Videotape
      3. Movie files
      4. Still images and audio-only files
    2. About Creating DVDs
      1. Autoplay and menus
      2. DVD menus
    3. DVD Markers
      1. Setting DVD markers
    4. Using a DVD Template
    5. Using the DVD Layout Window
    6. Previewing a DVD
    7. Burning to DVD
    8. Exporting to Tape
    9. Movie Files and Export Presets
    10. Exporting a Movie Using a Preset
    11. Exporting Single Still Images
    12. Exporting Audio-Only Files