Thanks to DSLRs like the Canon EOS 650D, you can capture high-quality video clips as well as stills. However, this creates the problem of how to organise and share your ever-growing collection of video footage. When you import the contents of your camera’s memory card into editing packages like Photoshop Elements, the stills and video clips appear together in the Organiser. This enables you to play video clips and add keywords to make them easier to locate. However, if you want to edit HD video you will probably find that Photoshop Elements’ video-editing and sharing options are very limited, and many of your DSLR video clips will likely remain unwatched.
To get the most from your valuable HD video assets, you can download a trial version of Premiere Elements, Adobe’s easy-to-use video editing and sharing software. Using Premiere Elements alongside Photoshop Elements, you can take your unedited HD video clips from the Organiser and turn them into a tightly-edited movie, complete with transitions that help you move smoothly from one clip to another.
Here, we’ll show you how to get to grips with Premiere Elements’ tools so that you can edit HD video like a pro. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to trim away any boring bits to create a short but entertaining movie.
This saves your audience from having to endure hours of unedited footage of varying quality. You’ll also learn how to use Premiere Elements’ tools to add animated captions to clips and reduce problems such as camera shake.
We’ll finish off by demonstrating how Premiere Elements makes it easy to share your edited movies with family and friends, courtesy of its export options, to sites such as Facebook.
Step by step how to edit HD video using Premiere Elements
01 Import clips
Launch Premiere Elements, then click on the Organizer tab to launch the Organizer. Go to File>Get Photos and Videos>From Files and Folders. Browse to the folder containing your video clips and click Get Media.
02 Project settings
Click on the first clip’s thumbnail and then Shift-click on the last clip to select them all. Go to Edit>Edit with Premiere Elements Editor and click OK. In New Project, name the project ‘Travelogue’. Tick Change Settings. Choose DSLR 720p24 to suit our Canon EOS 500D-sourced clips.
03 Preview the edit
Click OK to launch your new Travelogue project. The ten shots will be placed along the Sceneline in numerical order. Tap the spacebar to preview your movie in the viewer. When you’ve watched the rough edit, drag the Shuttle slider to the left to rewind the blue Playhead to the start of the programme.
04 Non-linear editing
You can swap the order in which shots appear to change your narrative. In our Sceneline, we clicked on the thumbnail of the girl by the bread shop (Shot08). Then we dragged this shot left to place it before the lady selling paintings. A vertical blue line will appear to confirm the shot’s new place in the programme.
05 Trim a clip
Next we click on Shot03 in the Sceneline. Below the viewer is a blue bar. Small grey trim icons will appear at the start and end of the shot. Drag the start trim icon to the right to trim 21 frames from the beginning of Shot03. This makes the train start moving as soon as you cut to this shot.
06 Stabilise things
Next we clicked on the candle shot’s thumbnail in the Sceneline. This handheld shot wobbles about too much. Click on the Edit Workspace tab. Scroll down to the Video Stabilizer section and drag the Stabilizer icon onto the candle clip. Go to Timeline>Render Work Area to preview the stabilised clip.
07 Cool it down
In the Edit Workspace scroll to Image Control and drag the Colour Balance (RGB) icon onto Shot02 in the Sceneline. Go to Window>Properties. Toggle open Colour Balance (RGB). Drag Red to 85, Green to 94 and Blue to 142. This cools down the warm lighting, creating healthier skin tones.
08 Add a transition
In the Edit Workspace, click on Transitions. Many of the transitions are rather tacky, so we dragged the classic Cross Dissolve between Shot04 and Shot05 on the Sceneline. Preview the transition. More showy transitions (like Bouncing Cubes) will date your productions, whereas dissolves are timeless.
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