Step by step how to edit HD video using Premiere Elements
09 Natural transitions
Next we clicked on Shot08’s thumbnail so that it appears in the viewer. Drag the end grey trim icon to the left to trim 2:07 seconds from the end of the clip. It now cuts as a couple of tourists fill the frame. These passing tourists create a natural wipe transition as they block the background before you cut to the next shot.
10 Get creative
You can also use transitions in a creative way to echo the theme of your programme. Since our tourist is flicking through a Paris guidebook in Shot02, we dragged a Page Peel transition between Shot02 and Shot03. This page-turn transition reveals new sights as the tourist turns the pages of her guidebook.
11 Digital zoom
Clicking on Shot07 next. Most DSLRs lack a smooth electronic zoom, so DSLR video clips tend to be static. Click on the Pan and Zoom tool icon below the viewer. Click on frame 2 and drag its corner handles to frame the horses. Click Done. The camera now zooms in from a wide shot to a mid-shot.
To see how your edited HD video project is shaping up, click the Rewind icon to take the Playhead back to the start. Click the Full Screen icon at the top right and enjoy the show without Premiere’s distracting interface. You can still play, pause and shuttle back and forth using the controls at the bottom.
13 Trim the train
By playing the programme in real time you can get a better sense of its pace. The train in Shot03 is on screen for far too long, so we used the grey trim handle to remove the last two seconds from this shot. This will help the story flow more smoothly and make sure your audience doesn’t get bored!
14 Add animated text
Next we click on Shot05. Click the Add Default Text icon below the viewer. Choose the Impact font and set the font size to 100. Type a caption into the viewer’s text field. Toggle open Text Animation and drag FadeInByCharacters onto the text field. Trim the title so it stops at the end of shot05. Click Done.
15 Adjust sound
Next we clicked on Shot05’s thumbnail in the Sceneline. This clip suffers from audio noise caused by wind blowing on the camera’s microphone. Go to Window>Properties and toggle open Volume. Drag the Clip Volume slider down to -40.0 dB to reduce the noise to a less distracting level.
16 Audio fade
As Shot04 dissolves into Shot05 there’s an abrupt cut in the sound. To get Shot04’s sound to fade during the transition, click on the clip and choose Window>Properties. Toggle open the Volume property and click on the blue Fade Out icon. Click Done and the sound gently fades.
17 Fade to black
Scroll to the end of the Sceneline. In our example, if you see any unwanted still frames after the Eiffel Tower, click on their thumbnails and hit Backspace to remove. Click on Shot10’s thumbnail, then Edit Workspace. Click on Transitions, then drag a Dip to Black onto the transition icon after Shot10. Your programme will fade to black.
18 Share online
Click on the Share Workspace tab. Click the Online option and choose Facebook. Set the drop-down menu to Facebook SD (Standard Definition). Click Next to authorise Premiere Elements to access Facebook and you can then upload the edited programme for your friends to enjoy.
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