But these are all pretty advanced technical tricks, and I wouldn't recommend attempting them unless you're pretty confident in using functions like scaling, keyframing, multi-track video editing and picture-in-picture.
Are you reasonably competent with these techniques? If not, you could be in for a pretty big learning curve -- no matter which video editor you use.
What do you mean by frame by frame playback? Do you mean setting the Timeline timecode to frames rather than timecode 00;00;00:00 (hours;minutes;seconds; frames)? If so, two ways to do that
a. hold down the Ctrl key of the computer keyboard and click on the Timeline timecode above the Timeline
b. go to Edit Menu/Project Settings/General and change the Display format to frames.
As for the rest, they are all can do operations in Premiere Elements. But like everything you need to master the basics of the program so that you can build on them to achieve what you seek.
What version of Premiere Elements do you currently have and on what computer operating system is it running? If you do not have Premiere Elements at this time, then you best explore the free 30 day tryout of current version, 12, before purchase to assure that the program is compatible with your computer environment and has the features that you need.
Thank you for the reply,
I honestly have no video editing experience, but this is what I need. I understand that there may be a steep learning curve, but I have no other choice, if getting what I need done is difficult I still have to do it. I have to thank you for answering my question directly and pointing me in the right direction with some keywords to start from.
If anyone has any additional suggestion on where to begin to start learning my way through this "jungle." Tutorials, manuals, etc.
To give some greater understanding that my help with suggestions. This is for physiological research, here is what I am doing specifically; I will be recording interviews from two separate cameras - 1 for a full body recording (head to toe), a second for a close-up of the neck up. This second camera will handle the function of having to be zoomed in on recordings to specific areas of the face (individual eyes, mouth, forehead, etc). I will need to run both recordings side by side for comparison, and "re-record" them in that manner. The zoomed in portion of the second camera's function is only for viewing during the playback process for further analysis. Both portions need to be controlled frame by frame as the actions I am investigating can take place over <.5 seconds, and can be as small as a slight dilation of a single eye.
Ok so that is it. Steve, thank you for what you've already contributed. Given my further explanation if anyone can offer further guidance It will be appreciated to the greatest extent. I am happy to further explain is necessary. Thank you
In terms of frame-by-frame, I basically mean viewing. I would have to assume the Elements 12 has a playback option where you can view your created/altered video file. I need to be able to view the playback frame by frame(i.e, pause the playback and advance it slowly, frame by frame. A slow motion playback option may work as well.) I will most likely set the time coding to mm:ss.s, which based on your advice, shouldn't be too difficult to figure out.
I currently have not purchased Premiere Elements, but wold be getting 12, and running it on Windows 8.1 From what I can tell based on system requirements, this should not be an issue. I could be wrong of course, my strengths are in the science I'm researching, not the technology...
I have no qualms about learning the basics to gain the understanding I need. I understand concepts easily, so I;m willing to take the time to learn them as it applies to video editing, I just don't have the money or time to waste on something that can't do what I need. Thank you for your advice and feedback.
Thanks for the reply.
Your thoughts on frame by frame viewing are can do. However, the real time playback feature includes the concept of rendering the Timeline, when the program indicates the need to do so, to get the best possible preview of what you are seeing in the Edit area monitor. That is a major novel in itself. Each time you do a new edit you will get the render indicator message to ignore or act on.
Definitely go the free 30 day tryout route for Premiere Elements 12. I have Premiere Elements 12 (updated to 12.1) and it runs fine on Windows 8.1 64 bit.
Best start with the Premiere Elements 12 Help PDF.
Also please review by blog posts Premiere Elements 12 First Look and Premiere Elements 12 Daily Discovery.
When you get to the point of hand on with a mini test run project, I can offer to work with you through some specific workflow details in post exchanges in your thread(s). And we can sort out the can and cannot do.
Tom, I would very much recommend you start with my books, which offer step by step instructions in the basics of the program:
As well as step-by-step instructions for creating special effects like zooms, split screens and various other visual effects:
There really is no way we can walk you through the process of creating some of these high-level effects on this forum or by linking you to a tutorial or two.
But if you buy my books and you work through step by step instructions, I will be glad to answer any specific questions you might have afterward.