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Premiere Elements 8: The Missing Manualby Chris Grover
Synopses & Reviews
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.
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 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
Book News Annotation:
Intended for the home PC user, this guide begins with advice on gathering video clips, songs, sound effects, and still photos in the elements organizer. The bulk of the book provides step-by-step instructions for trimming raw footage, editing video, applying transitions in the sceneline, adding effects, creating titles, and building a soundtrack. Black and white images illustrate the procedures for working with the consumer version of Adobe Premier Pro. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Using the popular Missing Manual formula, this book helps readers easily create great looking videos with Adobe's top consumer video-editing application. This new Missing Manual shows beginning and experienced consumers how to use Premiere Elements to go from a set of raw video clips to a finished, sharable movie, using clear, step-by-step explanations, relevant examples, and the author's own tips, tricks, and shortcuts. The author focuses on the tasks readers want to accomplish, rather than the mind-numbing product tours that other books present.
Whether you're aiming for YouTube videos or Hollywood-style epics, you need what Premiere Elements can't provide: crystal-clear guidance and real world know-how. This Missing Manual delivers. Packed with great ideas on how to spiff up your footage, this book helps you avoid the dreaded Help! I Never Do Anything With My Video syndrome.
About the Author
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.
Table of Contents
The Missing Credits; About the Author; About the Creative Team; Acknowledgements; The Missing Manual Series; Introduction; About This Book; Why Premiere Elements?; What You Can Do with Premiere Elements; What's New in Version 8; The Photoshop Elements Connection; The Premiere Pro Connection; The Very Basics; About The Missing Manual Series; Part I: Start a New Project; Chapter 1: Set Up a New Project; 1.1 Start Premiere Elements; 1.2 A Brief Tour of Premiere Elements; 1.3 Create a New Project; 1.4 Save and Back Up a Project; 1.5 Open an Existing Project; 1.6 Create an InstantMovie; Chapter 2: Import Your Clips; 2.1 Video Camera Storage Methods; 2.2 Add Raw Footage; Chapter 3: Import Sound, Still Pictures, and Animation; 3.1 Add Sound Clips; 3.2 Record Your Own Sound Effects; 3.3 Add Narration; 3.4 Import Sound Files to Your Project; 3.5 Import Still Pictures; 3.6 Import Animation; Chapter 4: Organize Your Clips; 4.1 The Organizer Application; 4.2 Rank Your Clips with Star Ratings; 4.3 Apply Keyword Tags to Clips; 4.4 Apply Smart Tags to Clips; 4.5 Organize Clips into Albums; 4.6 Filter Your View Using Star Ratings, Keyword Tags, Smart Tags, and Albums; 4.7 Manage Your Catalogs; Part II: Create Your Movie; Chapter 5: Edit Your Movie; 5.1 Choose Your Editing Style; 5.2 Gather Clips, Pictures, and Animation; 5.3 Show the Project View; 5.4 Review and Rough-Trim Your Clips; 5.5 Assemble Your Movie; 5.6 Assemble Your Movie in the Timeline; 5.7 Final-Trim Clips; Chapter 6: Add Transitions; 6.1 Choose a Stock Transition; 6.2 Apply a Transition; 6.3 Edit Transitions in the Timeline; 6.4 Edit Transitions in the Tasks Panel; 6.5 Audio Transitions; 6.6 Transitions and Slideshows; 6.7 Types of Transitions; Chapter 7: Add Effects and Themes; 7.1 Choose an Effect; 7.2 Color-Correct an Image; 7.3 Apply an Audio Effect; 7.4 Edit Effects in the Timeline; 7.5 Apply an Effect Preset; 7.6 Timeline Special Effects; 7.7 Adventures in Transparency; 7.8 Premiere Elements' Themes; Chapter 8: Create Animated Effects; 8.1 What Is an Animated Effect?; 8.2 Learn Keyframing; 8.3 Use Keyframes to Create Your Own Effect; 8.4 Edit Keyframes in the Main Timeline; 8.5 Control Change Between Keyframes; 8.6 Animate Clips on the Screen; Chapter 9: Add Titles; 9.1 The Rules of Good Titles; 9.2 Use a Title Template; 9.3 Create a Still Opening Title; 9.4 Format Title Text; 9.5 Mix Artwork and Titles; Chapter 10: Edit Your Sound Track; 10.1 Design Sound from the Start; 10.2 Build a Soundtrack; 10.3 Adjust Volume and Balance; 10.4 Add Audio Effects; 10.5 Add a Music Track; 10.6 Mix the Audio Track; Part III: Share Your Movie; Chapter 11: Choose a Video Format; 11.1 Video Formats and Premiere Elements; 11.2 Why So Many Formats?; Chapter 12: Upload Videos to YouTube and the Web; 12.1 Prepare Your Movie for YouTube; 12.2 Send Your Movie to Photoshop.com; 12.3 Publish Your Movie to Podbean; 12.4 Make Your Movies Web-Friendly; 12.5 Put Video on Your Own Website; Chapter 13: Create DVDs and Blu-ray Discs; 13.1 Menu, Please!; 13.2 Use a Stock Menu; 13.3 Create a Custom Menu; 13.4 Preview Your Movie and Menus; 13.5 Burn a DVD or Blu-ray Disc; 13.6 Archive Your Project; Chapter 14: Export to an iPod, Cellphone, or Other Device; 14.1 Export to Devices; 14.2 Export to Videotape; 14.3 Save Movies to Your PC; Part IV: Appendixes; Install Premiere Elements 8; Get Ready for Installation; Install Premiere Elements; Get Help for Premiere Elements 8; Help from Adobe; Help from Others; 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; Elements Organizer Menu by Menu; File Menu; Edit Menu; Find Menu; View Menu; Window Menu; Help Menu; The Organizer Window Menu; Colophon;
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