that explain how to use transitions and effects. Some of these look just great and I am keen to try them out.
However, when I look at the screenshots that go with these tutorials I notice that in the 'storyboard' part of Elements 9 they always show the clips as a sequence from the beginning of the movie until the end. There might be a series of these clips that complete the movie.
I can't seem to array my clips like that. I just have the one clip (the cover or first clip) in the 'storyboard', so it's not really possible to introduce effects or transitions.
How would I open up a movie (any movie: youtube, whatever) saved on my hard drive - does the format wmv, MP4, etc, matter? - so that it appeared in the storyboard in a clip sequence that permitted me to introduce effects/transitions along the storyboard, etc?
No, it's just Video 1.
These are WMV files or MP4 files that I am just experimenting the effects and transitions with, but if the clips are not laid out in chronological sequence I am unable to insert effects or transitions between them.
This is a trial copy of Elements 9 - I am not sure if that makes a difference?
Basically, I have a couple of movies downloaded from YouTube, as I say just to experiment with, and they are in a folder on my desktop. In Elements 9 I click 'Get Media' but when the file is imported into Elements 9 the clips are not laid out as I would like. I just wondered if I was doing something wrong.
This is the kind of thing I mean (please see attached).
I have opened Elements 9 and clicked Get Media. I browse to the Windows 'My Videos' folder and select this MP4 video that I earlier downloaded from YouTube.
It lasts for about 4 mins but I am not able to introduce any effects/transitions because I cannot see those frames/clips individually that comprise the total video. What I really need is to be able to see frames/clips in those boxes highlighted with a cross so that I can drag them to the Sceneline. Nothing happens when I click on Project.
So, my question is how do I break up this one video you see here into its component parts?
Thanks for your patience!
There are two ways you can proceed to practice with transitions. Add more videos to your storyboard timeline or, in timeline view, cut your existing clip into several parts (position the Current Time Indicator where you want the cut and press Ctrl+K or click the cut icon).
Adding more videos will likely give you the better view of transition effects as the clips will be very different. Splitting the existing video means you will end up transitioning between a continuous clip and the effect might not be so obvious (unless you mix up the order or start cutting sections out).
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Sorry for the delay in replying.
I have taken up your advice and started to break the clips into several parts - thanks.
It's just a bit odd because in many tutorials I have visited online, the clips seem arrayed along the sceneline and the tutor explains that transitions, for example, go in between them, etc. Things just seem a bit easier that way and it's easier to follow the tutorials.
I am grateful for your post.
Thanks for that and the link.
I have saved it to my favourites and will get round to it this weekend. I notice that the question of 'Handles' is also related to 'cross dissolve' because I can see earlier posts from Elements 7 users.
Lots of reading for me!
Almost every Transition relies on Handles to function as most users want. The exception (that comes to my mind) is a Dip-to-Black/White, if applied to both Clips, as Handles do not come into play - only the black, or white.
One tip, if using Dip-to-Black, or Dip-to-White, would be to add just a moment of Black Video, or a Color Matte, set to white. I find that this gets you a stronger "feeling" for those Transitions. I use Dip-to-Black very often, and use it to denote the passage of time, say between one location and another. The greater the time in my story, the longer the Black Video between those Clips. I do not use Dip-to-White all that often, and seldom any other Transitions beyond Cross-Dissolve, and of course, the Butt-Cut.
I will need to collate in a big type of library maybe in a special folder in favourites all your tips and, well, proven methods.
At the moment, I am still trying to comply with the requirements necessary to open Elements 11 - namely find a Firewire card for this PC. I thought they were interchangeable, but they are not. I can probably get one, however, from Bell. I will sort that out this w/e.
On upgrading to nVidia as you mentioned, I posted a message to the GeForce site and apparently my graphics card is soldered onto the motherboard, so that's something else I need to sort out.
I don't remember seeing that 'Butt-Cut' - dare I ask what it involves