20 Replies Latest reply: Apr 5, 2013 8:54 PM by TomVideo4477 RSS

    Creating slideshows with Premiere Elements 11

    TomVideo4477 Community Member

      I'm trying to use digital still JPEG images to create a slideshow in Premiere Elements 11 but I can't even do simple things such as change the duration of each image in the timeline.  It seems to be preset at 30 frames a second and "Help" says to change the duration prior to importing. But surely there must be a way to change the duration of individual photos -- and groups of images -- once they are imported into the timeline.

       

      I've used still images mixed in with video before and that seemed to work ok.

       

      I'd like to use Premiere since I might later want to mix in video clips and also mix in music on the soundtrack.

        • 1. Re: Creating slideshows with Premiere Elements 11
          the_wine_snob CommunityMVP

          In PrE 11, I would make sure that I was in Expert Mode, then just click+drag on the Tail of a Still, to alter its Duration. I also like to have the Info Panel open and visible, to fine-tune the Duration change.

           

          If one finds that the Default Still Duration is not close, then in Edit>Preferences>General, they can alter that for Stills to be Imported later.

           

          Good luck,

           

          Hunt

          • 2. Re: Creating slideshows with Premiere Elements 11
            whsprague Community Member

            I've had a lot of fun with that recently.

             

            Adding to what Hunt wrote, it seems important to have the right project settings.  In PrE 11 they are normally created automatically when you first drag an asset into the timeline.  So, it is important to help PrE do that by making using your most important video clip first.  You can move it later. 

             

            If I am only going to use photos,  manually set the project at AVCHD 1080p60 when I start.  I can post a screen capture of that too.

             

            If I am mixing video an photos, I make sure I start with a video.

             

            You owe it to yourself to watch the 8 free training videos here:  http://muvipix.com/pe11.php  If that works for you, there is a much more thorough $25 course at www.lynda.com .

             

            Bill S

            • 3. Re: Creating slideshows with Premiere Elements 11
              TomVideo4477 Community Member

              Thank you.

               

               

               

              So the key is to set the Preferences BEFORE “adding media”. Once the files are assets or on the timeline you can only adjust each file, one at a time?

               

               

               

              30 frames equate to 1 second?

               

               

               

              How about transitions between each still file?  Are their options for “wipes”, “fames” etc.?  How about the “Ken Burns” treatment?

               

               

               

              Thanks for your help?

               

               

               

              Is there an Adobe software better designed for slideshows?

               

               

               

              Tom

              • 4. Re: Creating slideshows with Premiere Elements 11
                the_wine_snob CommunityMVP

                When ONLY dealing with Still Images (no Video), you can create the Project per your desired output, say BD (Blu-ray Disc), and then check Force Project Settings.

                 

                1. I would first determine the approximate average desired Duration, and set that in Edit>Preferences>General>Default Still Duration.
                2. Import your Still Images.
                3. Drag them to the Timeline, in the desired order.
                4. If necessary, adjust the Duration of any of the Stills, that you wish changed from that Default Stills Duration.
                5. If you want the same Transition between each Still Image, then select that as the Default Transition, Select ALL Stills, and Rt-click, choosing Apply Default Transition.
                6. For the Ken Burns Effect, you might be able to apply one of the animation Presets, but I choose to do the Pans & Zooms manually, as only I know exactly where I want to Zoom, and/or Pan to.

                 

                Good luck,

                 

                Hunt

                • 5. Re: Creating slideshows with Premiere Elements 11
                  TomVideo4477 Community Member

                  Thank you,

                   

                  That’s very helpful

                   

                   

                   

                  Tom

                  • 7. Re: Creating slideshows with Premiere Elements 11
                    the_wine_snob CommunityMVP

                    Tom,

                     

                    You are most welcome.

                     

                    If you do find that the animation Presets are too limiting for what you need, then there is the powerful function, Keyframing of Effects. For Pan & Zoom, those involve two of the Fixed Effects>Motion>Position (Pan), and Motion>Scale (Zoom). Every Clip has Fixed Effects automatically applied to them. Keyframes can be used to animate most Effects, whether Fixed, or Applied, but one does need a bit of background, if they have never worked with them. The best tutorials that I have seen for PrE come from our MOD, Steve Grisetti, and are available on Muvipix.com - Basic Keyframing Techniques. Once one has the concept of Keyframing down, and know where the controls are located, they offer great power, and are both fun and easy.

                     

                    Good luck,

                     

                    Hunt

                    • 8. Re: Creating slideshows with Premiere Elements 11
                      whsprague Community Member

                      One of the free chapters in the Lynda.com course that Steve Grisetti teaches is Pan and Zoom.  Look at Section 3 here:  http://www.lynda.com/Premiere-Elements-tutorials/Up-Running-Premiere-Elements-11/109763-2. html

                       

                      The Pan and Zoom tool, IMHO, is very useful and has a few hidden controls.  I don't how Ken Burns could do it any better. 

                       

                      Bill S

                      • 9. Re: Creating slideshows with Premiere Elements 11
                        whsprague Community Member

                        Bill Hunt wrote:

                         

                        When ONLY dealing with Still Images (no Video), you can create the Project per your desired output, say BD (Blu-ray Disc), and then check Force Project Settings.

                         

                        That is not a choice in Premier Elements.  I use AVCHD 1080p60

                         

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                        • 10. Re: Creating slideshows with Premiere Elements 11
                          TomVideo4477 Community Member

                          Thank you,

                           

                          Premiere Elements is very effective software with these tips.

                           

                           

                           

                          Just to confirm:

                           

                          ·         Initial Duration of ALL the stills needs to be determined before Importing. Once the stills are in the Project Assets or on the Video 1 Timeline the Duration of each still can only be changed individually – not as a group.

                           

                          ·         Transitions between ALL stills CAN be changed as a group by choosing Select All from the Edit menu and Rt-click choosing Apply Default Transition. Or you can change the transition between individual stills. (When I choose Select All it also highlights the Soundtrack, but I assume the transitions do not apply to that.  If so, I’ll just have to add the Soundtrack later).

                           

                          ·         In the Publish+Share section it is important to choose the highest quality setting – HD – or else you will be left with a poor quality product on YouTube or Facebook.

                           

                           

                           

                          Also:

                           

                          1.       I need a lesson on Titling. I can do the basics but am challenged by fairly simple tasks such as moving a title to a specific part of the frame. (I can center vertically and horizontally but couldn’t figure out how to move the title to the top of the frame, above the sunset in my slideshow: Marco Island Memories 2013.

                           

                          2.       Adding a Soundtrack with SmartSound does create a whole new dimension. Tips on that would be helpful also.

                           

                          3.       I appreciate the info on Pans & Zooms. I look forward to tackling that challenge after I master the basics.

                           

                           

                           

                          Thanks again for all of your help.

                           

                           

                           

                           

                           

                          Tom

                          • 11. Re: Creating slideshows with Premiere Elements 11
                            Steve Grisetti CommunityMVP

                            Have you checked out my free 8 part Basic Training tutorial series at Premiere Elements support site Muvipix.com? It has the answers to most of your basic questions.

                            http://forums.adobe.com/thread/537685?tstart=0

                            • 12. Re: Creating slideshows with Premiere Elements 11
                              the_wine_snob CommunityMVP

                              I agree with Steve's suggestion on his Basic Training Series - and also his book, Muvipix Guide to Premiere Elements 11.

                               

                              For the Titler question, think of everything that you see in a Title as an "object." It can be a Text Object, a Shape Object, a Graphic Object, etc.

                               

                              As what is seen as Text is really a Text Object, all one has to do is look in the Titler's Toolbox, and choose the Selection Tool (arrow), then click on the Text with that. A Bounding Box will form around the Text, and with the Selection Tool, one can drag that Text Object all around the Titler, positioning it where desired. The same for a Shapes Object, or a Graphic Object.

                               

                              Just click, and look for the Bounding Box, then drag.

                               

                              Good luck,

                               

                              Hunt

                              • 13. Re: Creating slideshows with Premiere Elements 11
                                TomVideo4477 Community Member

                                Thanks, Bill,

                                 

                                 

                                 

                                You guys are the greatest.  Your advice and prompt response separate Adobe from everyone else.

                                 

                                 

                                 

                                I posted by first slideshow effort on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/gLSwsBqwg2w

                                 

                                 

                                 

                                 

                                 

                                Now I want to tackle a much bigger project: the January Inauguration of Barack Obama.  I had an incredible vantage point that day working for UPI, taking 1,500 photos from the Capitol Balustrade behind the podium. Lots of editing to do first, of course.

                                 

                                 

                                 

                                I’m going to take the Basic Training Series first but will get back to you if I have any questions.

                                 

                                 

                                 

                                Tom

                                • 14. Re: Creating slideshows with Premiere Elements 11
                                  TomVideo4477 Community Member

                                  Thanks, Steve

                                   

                                   

                                   

                                  You guys are the greatest.  Your advice and prompt response separate Adobe from everyone else.

                                   

                                   

                                   

                                  I posted my first slideshow effort on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/gLSwsBqwg2w

                                   

                                   

                                   

                                   

                                   

                                  Now I want to tackle a much bigger project: the January Inauguration of Barack Obama.  I had an incredible vantage point that day working for UPI, taking 1,500 photos from the Capitol Balustrade behind the podium. Lots of editing to do first, of course.

                                   

                                   

                                   

                                  I’m going to take the Basic Training Series first but will get back to you if I have any questions.

                                   

                                   

                                   

                                  Tom

                                  • 15. Re: Creating slideshows with Premiere Elements 11
                                    the_wine_snob CommunityMVP

                                    Thank you for sharing. Looks like Marco Island was great fun!!!

                                     

                                    For those portrait oriented images, you might get some ideas from this article: http://forums.adobe.com/message/2471303#2471303

                                     

                                    Lots of possibilities in there.

                                     

                                    Good luck, and happy editing,

                                     

                                    Hunt

                                    • 17. Re: Creating slideshows with Premiere Elements 11
                                      whsprague Community Member

                                      Tom,

                                       

                                      I watched your slide show.  Your first post said, "I can't even do simple things".  Your last post, only a day later, provides a YouTube video.  When watched with the 1080pHD quality selected, it is incredably clear and crisp.  Not only that, it tells a great family story.

                                       

                                      I have made learning Premier Elements a retirement project.  Recently, I completed a 70 minute family reunion "documentary" that included a mix of video footage from two brands of cameras and still photos.  I would be thrilled to help you with what I learned about titles, transitions, composites, pan and zoom, etc. 

                                       

                                      But, first I want to know what you did to get such great picture quality into YouTube!  I'm asking because a variety of Premier users have posted here that they get "blurry" or otherwise bad results.  Lots of suggestions are made that often don't seem to work.  With a single days work, yours is perfect!

                                       

                                      How did you start and set up the project?  What were the Project Presets?  How did you bring the photos into Premier?

                                       

                                      What sort of computer are you using? 

                                       

                                      What sort of camera are you using?  What is the photo file type, JPEG or RAW?  What did you do to the photos before you loaded them into Premier, if anything?  Did the photos with the vertical or portrait orientation need anything extra?

                                       

                                      For the sake of sharing, I made a short video of my brother last year that included a mix of titles, transitions and still photos that might be my best effort so far.  Please enjoy:  https://vimeo.com/36973087

                                       

                                      Thanks...

                                      Bill S

                                      • 18. Re: Creating slideshows with Premiere Elements 11
                                        TomVideo4477 Community Member

                                        Hi Bill,

                                         

                                         

                                         

                                        Thanks for the compliments.  Your advice really helped.

                                         

                                         

                                         

                                        Enjoyed your video as well.  You took titling to a whole new level for me.

                                         

                                         

                                         

                                        My success with YouTube is due to YouTube having a number of picture-quality setting leading up to High Definition. I originally uploaded the slide show from Premiere Elements to one of the default lower-quality settings (Flash Video for YouTube) and was very disappointed in the results.  Then I clicked on the pull-down menu under “Presets” and found the high-def options. I chose the “High Definition Video for YouTube” and uploaded from there.  It made all the difference.  I went from a 640x480 resolution under the “Flash Video” setting to “1920x1800” under “High Definition”.  There is also a series of PAL settings with a corresponding set of quality choices.

                                         

                                         

                                         

                                        It took a little longer for the slide show to upload on the High Definition setting but certainly worth it.  When you are looking at a video or slide show in YouTube itself there is a quality viewing adjustment you can make right on the bottom of the YouTube screen.  But that doesn’t work – there are no high-def options --  if the original video was uploaded in a low quality setting.

                                         

                                         

                                         

                                        The photos themselves are JPEG full-resolution files taken with a Canon S95 point-and-shoot camera. The lens and optics on the S95 is apparently quite good and sets it above the similarly priced compact point-and-shoots, according to my brother, a professional photojournalist. He says all the pros keep one in their pocket as a backup while they are using their high-priced Canon or Nikon SLRs with the high-quality interchangeable wide-angle and telephoto lenses.  Original file size for the S95 are 3648x2832 in JPEG high quality. They were 4256 x 2832 on the Nikon 700 I was using at the Inauguration.

                                         

                                         

                                         

                                        It’s the quality of the lens and optics that is most important, of course. I always choose the highest-quality original setting (fine or super fine or shatever they call it) and the largest JPEG file setting.  No need for RAW unless you are planning some billboard-size enlargement.  No need to use anything LESS than the highest quality JPEG setting, especially considering how cheap flash cards are these days.

                                         

                                         

                                         

                                        The S95 also has a video setting and I have been amazed at the quality of the videos, much better and easier to use than some high-priced digital video cameras.

                                         

                                         

                                         

                                        I use Photoshop Elements to edit all my digital still files but it is usually just some simple cropping and brightness enhancements when the file is underexposed. (There is no correction for over-exposed files, of course.) Actually I didn’t edit at all most of the files in the Marco Memories slide show. I just picked out the best 70 pictures from the vacation from several hundred that I took. I’m pretty good at using the Clone Stamp tool to eliminate a disturbing person or object from the background, and I did use that on several files. I also “opened the eyes” of one person using the clone stamp tool (I copied the person’s eyes from a different photo). But basically what you see is what I took.  The S95 is almost always in focus and exposed correctly. (I use my own judgment to set the ISO at 400 on a normal day to 100 or 200 on a sunny beach.  I also use the Tx setting sometimes to set the shutter speed to 1/250 or higher to prevent blurring).

                                         

                                         

                                         

                                        But finally—and most importantly – was uploading the Premiere video to YouTube using the High Definition setting. Even the highest-quality, sharply focused photo will look blurry under the standard low-quality YouTube settings.

                                         

                                         

                                         

                                        Hope that helps.

                                         

                                         

                                         

                                        Tom

                                        • 19. Re: Creating slideshows with Premiere Elements 11
                                          whsprague Community Member

                                          I used your techniques with no resizing and minimal processing for  a 3 minute slide show of a trip to Maui two years ago. 

                                           

                                          https://vimeo.com/63436453   (Push the HD button)

                                           

                                          The slides that are not full screen in the first half came from my wife's very inexpensive Sony pocket camera.  The full screen slides in the second half are mine from a Sony HX9V.  All are .jpg.

                                           

                                          Bill

                                          • 20. Re: Creating slideshows with Premiere Elements 11
                                            TomVideo4477 Community Member

                                            Thanks, Bill.

                                             

                                            Enjoyed the show. I liked the fast pace and the soundtrack. Really worked well together. Image quality was fine (but I could tell the difference, of course,  in your HX9V photos). I’ve not used Vimeo.  I’ll have to try it out.

                                             

                                             

                                             

                                            Tom