Can someone direct me to where I might learn about how to combine a couple of video's together with the edits to the clips included? I hope this is possible.
Thanks for the info Steve. I've got 4 separate video's already completed, saved and have sold them for some time. But now I want to put them back together to make them into one full session. It looks like I lost the original video where this was done when a computer crashed.
Will your tutorial show me how to take all of the edited clips from one video, copy and paste them into a new one easily. Or something like that?
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A good place to start would be with my free 8 part Basic Training tutorials.
With due respect, I clicked on the link and found nothing newer that PrE8. Is that not two years old? The current version is 10 and 11 is expected soon.
Any plans to upgrade? I must be missing something.
Yes, it was originally created for version 8. However, some elements (like project set-up) were updated for version 10 and the workflow for versions 7, 8, 9 and 10 are similar enough that it should apply to all.
I was thinking maybe I should have asked how to merge 4 separate .prel into one. Is there a way to copy and send the edited clips from them into one new project and keep them in order, etc?
Your help is apprecited.
OK, the workflow to combine multiple Projects (the PREL's), you will want to Export/Share each Project to an intermediate file. Then, create a New Project, to match, and Import all of those Exported/Shared files into it.
The choice of intermediate files will depend on exactly what you have in each of your individual Projects. Can you furnish the full details of those, please?
Capture format: DV
Source: Clip, Seq 01, 720x480, 29.97, 48,000 kHz
NTSC, 720x480, 29.97, Quality 4.0, De-Interlaced, MPEG, 384 Kbps, 48 kHz, 16 bit, Sterio, VBR, 1 pass, Min 4.00, Target 10.00, Max 18.50 Mbps
Fyi, I tried messing around with the export command but think I need more help. Looked around on Youtube but they show how to merge video onto green screens, etc. I must be searching for the wrong term.
As always ... THANKS for stepping in to help me Bill. You're one patient guy!
OK, if you are starting with SD DV material, the easiest way to output for additional editing and combining of Projects is to Share each Timeline for Personal Computer as DV-AVI w/ 48KHz 16-bit Audio. Those files will then Import easily into a DV NTSC, or PAL (depending on where you live) Project.
Do not Share to MPEG yet, as it is heavily compressed. DV-AVI is very lightly compressed, and one generation of DV-AVI will not degrade your material.
Thanks for the info, and that tells us what to recommend for those "intermediate files."
PS - As of PrE 7, the Export function has become limited w/ only a very few specific uses - all other output was moved to the Share Tab.
I am seeing this issue as well.
Exporting or sharing as a AVI files doesn't work as some of the quality is lost and it is enough to mess up the titles and some pictures.
Being able to copy and paste across projects would be nice.
Exporting to a 100% lossless format and then importing into a new project would be nice.
I even tried the DOS copy command on the MP4s, AVIs and .prel files - no luck.
Thanks in advance for any tips or answers.
Welcome to the forum.
If the 5% compression to DV-AVI (a very specific CODEC in the AVI wrapper) is causing issues, then see this article on ultimate quality intermediate files: http://forums.adobe.com/thread/875797?tstart=0
For Copy & Paste between Projects, one needs to add a Clipboard Extender, such as ClipMate. With such a Clipboard Extender, you then CAN Copy & Paste between Projects.
I have downloaded the ClipMate app and am trying to work it out at the moment - not straight forward from what I can see!
I will also go and have a look at the other article.
AVI is good, but not close enough for what I need.
Wish me luck.
For the "ultimate" in intermediate files, I think that you will like Lagarith, or UT, as they are both lossless, but still offer some file size benefits beyond AVI Uncompressed.
There are a few threads on this forum, where some experienced users offer tips on using ClipMate. I have not used it, so cannot be of help. Seems that both Neale and Robert T. Johnson have done a couple of "step-by-step" replies on ClipMate.
It's more straightforward than it seems. Take a look here: ClipMate Premiere Elements Copying Between Projects.
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Thanks for this information. It's more then I can deal with right now so I think I found a solution. I found i could insert the mpg into Adobe. So I thought I'd add the 4 different videos this way and try to save them as another mpg. Don't know if it will work since I've been bogged down with something else but I figured it was worth a try. I really don't want to have to buy and learn another piece of software.
As always, thanks for your help on this one. I'll be back if there is a problem.
If one is planning on doing any additional editing, then I would not use MPEG (any flavor), as it is heavily-compressed, and each generation of compression WILL degrade the quality.
If you're going to be adding MPEGs to your project, make sure your project is set up properly (as you know if you've watched my Basic Training tutorials).
If your project is using the wrong settings, your video is going to have interlacing issues when you output it.
I still have the 4 parts that break down the video in prel format so I could always go back and edit them. I get that this might reduce the quality a bit but I figured it was worth trying to save some time.
THANKS again for your input!
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