Premiere Elements 8: The Missing Manual

Premiere Elements 8: The Missing Manual

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When you want to turn raw video clips into a finished movie to share, Premiere Elements 8 has all the tools that hobbyists and serious amateurs need. This program has so much going for it, in fact, that you may easily get lost. That's where this Missing Manual comes in. With this book, you'll learn how to use Premiere's two approaches to filmmaking: the quick-and-easy InstantMovie technique, and the classic, handcrafted approach for frame-by-frame editing with fine-tuned transitions, effects, and more. Premiere expert Chris Grover combines a touch of humor with insights, tips, and tricks culled from years of moviemaking experience to help you release your inner Scorsese.
You can: learn how to create movies from start to finish with hands-on, guided instructions and downloadable sample files; use InstantMovie to whip up a video with slick transitions, major eye candy, DVD menus, and balanced music; use frame-by-frame editing to build a movie with keyframes that control the timing of cuts and effects, and a layered soundtrack that combines dialog, sound effects, and background music; import media for your videos by grabbing and organizing raw video clips, still photos, music tracks, graphic art, and sound effects from your camcorder or PC; tap Premiere's automated tools to automatically analyze clips ('In Focus', 'Too Bright', and so on), balance audio channels, render your movie on the fly, and more; and, share your movie by saving it to DVD or Blu-ray disc, uploading it to the Web, saving it to mobile devices like iPods and iPhones, or emailing it to friends.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 478 pages
  • 177.8 x 259.08 x 27.94mm | 657.71g
  • O'Reilly Media, Inc, USA
  • Sebastopol, United States
  • English
  • 0596803362
  • 9780596803360
  • 888,553

About Chris Grover

Christopher Grover lives in Fairfax, California with his wife and two daughters. Chris received degrees in Creative Writing and Film from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. He's worked as a technical writer, advertising copywriter and product publicist for more than 25 years. His freelance articles have been published in a variety of magazines from Fine Homebuilding to CD-ROM World. Chris's latest project is launching Bolinas Road Creative, an agency that helps small businesses promote their products and services. He's also the author of Word 2007: The Missing Manual and Word 2007 for Starters: The Missing Manual.
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Table of contents

Start a New Project
Chapter 1 Set Up a New Project
Start Premiere Elements
A Brief Tour of Premiere Elements
Create a New Project
Save and Back Up a Project
Open an Existing Project
Create an InstantMovie
Chapter 2 Import Your Clips
Video Camera Storage Methods
Add Raw Footage
Chapter 3 Import Sound, Still Pictures, and Animation
Add Sound Clips
Record Your Own Sound Effects
Add Narration
Import Sound Files to Your Project
Import Still Pictures
Import Animation
Chapter 4 Organize Your Clips
The Organizer Application
Rank Your Clips with Star Ratings Apply Keyword Tags to Clips
Apply Smart Tags to Clips
Organize Clips into Albums
Filter Your View Using Star Ratings, Keyword Tags, Smart Tags, and Albums
Manage Your Catalogs
Create Your Movie
Chapter 5 Edit Your Movie
Choose Your Editing Style
Gather Clips, Pictures, and Animation
Show the Project View
Review and Rough-Trim Your Clips
Assemble Your Movie
Assemble Your Movie in the Timeline
Final-Trim Clips
Chapter 6 Add Transitions
Choose a Stock Transition
Apply a Transition
Edit Transitions in the Timeline
Edit Transitions in the Tasks Panel
Audio Transitions
Transitions and Slideshows
Types of Transitions
Chapter 7 Add Effects and Themes
Choose an Effect
Color-Correct an Image
Apply an Audio Effect
Edit Effects in the Timeline
Apply an Effect Preset
Timeline Special Effects
Adventures in Transparency
Premiere Elements' Themes
Chapter 8 Create Animated Effects
What Is an Animated Effect?
Learn Keyframing
Use Keyframes to Create Your Own Effect
Edit Keyframes in the Main Timeline
Control Change Between Keyframes
Animate Clips on the Screen
Chapter 9 Add Titles
The Rules of Good Titles
Use a Title Template
Create a Still Opening Title
Format Title Text
Mix Artwork and Titles
Chapter 10 Edit Your Sound Track
Design Sound from the Start
Build a Soundtrack
Adjust Volume and Balance
Add Audio Effects
Add a Music Track
Mix the Audio Track
Share Your Movie
Chapter 11 Choose a Video Format
Video Formats and Premiere Elements
Why So Many Formats?
Chapter 12 Upload Videos to YouTube and the Web
Prepare Your Movie for YouTube
Send Your Movie to
Publish Your Movie to Podbean
Make Your Movies Web-Friendly
Put Video on Your Own Website
Chapter 13 Create DVDs and Blu-ray Discs
Menu, Please!
Use a Stock Menu
Create a Custom Menu
Preview Your Movie and Menus
Burn a DVD or Blu-ray Disc
Archive Your Project
Chapter 14 Export to an iPod, Cellphone, or Other Device
Export to Devices
Export to Videotape
Save Movies to Your PC
Appendix Install Premiere Elements 8
Get Ready for Installation
Install Premiere Elements
Appendix Get Help for Premiere Elements 8
Help from Adobe
Help from Others
Appendix Premiere Elements 8 Menu by Menu
File Menu
Edit Menu
Clip Menu
Timeline Menu
Disc Menu
Title Menu
Window Menu
Help Menu
The "pre" Menu
Appendix Elements Organizer Menu by Menu
File Menu
Edit Menu
Find Menu
View Menu
Window Menu
Help Menu
The Organizer Window Menu
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