10 Replies Latest reply on Feb 18, 2009 12:31 PM by New Improved Chuck Engels

    Beginner Frustration!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    FrankFS
      I'm a total beginner to APE7 and editing altogether. I can't find a simple, free beginning tutorial anywhere! I've located a couple of books that I'll order, one by Steve Grisetti, but I'd like to get productive with something NOW! I've spent nearly a whole day searching the Web. What's the deal? Isn't there something somewhere that shows the newbie how to edit some video???

      Frustrated )&(^*%&$()^*%*^&%
        • 1. Re: Beginner Frustration!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
          the_wine_snob Level 9
          Frank,

          Head over to www.muvipix.com. There are a lot of articles and tutorials on most things in PE7. For general info, do not miss looking at other versions' tutorials, and articles, as well. There is a lot of info, that is not version-specific.

          Also, read through the FAQ's (all versions) at the top of the main page here. That will get you off on the right foot.

          Steve's two books are well worth the price. Even the PE2 "In A Snap" book will get you up and editing, with great info and background.

          Good luck,

          Hunt
          • 2. Re: Beginner Frustration!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
            FrankFS Level 1
            Thanks, Hunt. I did finally find some free stuff for teachers from Lynda.com under one of the FAQ's. Didn't realize the earlier versions would be beneficial, but I'll check it all out.

            Thanks, again.

            ftc
            • 3. Re: Beginner Frustration!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
              Steve Grisetti Adobe Community Professional
              Here's a page of Chuck's free Premiere Elements tutorials at Muvipix.com
              http://muvipix.com/products.php?subcat_id=44
              • 4. Re: Beginner Frustration!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                the_wine_snob Level 9
                Frank,

                Just like with the FAQ's at the top of the main page, work with any NLE (Non Linear Editor) will involve about 70% of the same "stuff." After that, it gets down to how Premiere does it, how AVID does it, etc. Same for different versions of the same program. Most of the operations will be the same. The button to invoke those operations might have moved, or even changed names, but the operations will be the same.

                Any good book on digital video editing will have a great deal of useful info on general topics. This is all very useful to satisfaction with your end result. What does get different is how you apply that knowledge from within a particular NLE program. Just like all software, versions will bring changes. These are usually what will be covered in version-specific articles, tutorials and FAQ's.

                Steve's first book has a lot of great insight into creating and editing digital video. It happens to have been written with PE2 as the base, but most of it will still apply to PE7 - you just have to poke around a bit, to see where Adobe moved the ___ button to, and what it's called now. Many decades ago, I bought the complete Nikon System book from Amphoto. It was 2 very large ring binders and covered cameras from the SP-105 up to the Nikon F. Each quarter, or so, I'd get a package, that contained new pages for new lenses, strobe units, and then new bodies, when they were available. Eighty percent of the books stayed the same, and I only added the sections on the new gear. I maintained that subscription for about twenty years (up to the Nikon F3), only replacing pages with errors, and adding the new pages, as they were published. I wish that Adobe had similar for the Premiere products. Still, working with an NLE is kinda' like that - the base stays pretty much the same, and you only add pages when a feature is added, deleted, or has moved.

                Enjoy,

                Hunt
                • 5. Re: Beginner Frustration!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                  FrankFS Level 1
                  Thanks, very much, gentlemen. Since following up on your posts I've put aside the recipe for cyanide kool-aid. I ordered the Steve's Muvipix book, and The Missing Manual by Barbara Brundage. They should be here within a few days. I'll go back and see if I can't pick up a copy of Steve's earlier book, too. Again, thanks for the (virtual) CPR!

                  Frank
                  • 6. Re: Beginner Frustration!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                    Steve Grisetti Adobe Community Professional
                    Meantime, I'm always here or at our "sister" site http://muvipix.com/phpBB3/

                    Muvipix has some of the world's most knowledgeable, helpful Premiere Elements people, so chances are you'll get an answer to any how-to question there within an hour!

                    And, hey, Thanks for ordering my book!! :)
                    • 7. Re: Beginner Frustration!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                      New Improved Chuck Engels Level 1
                      >Steve's first book has a lot of great insight into creating and editing digital video. It happens to have been written with PE2 as the base, but most of it will still apply to PE7 - you just have to poke around a bit, to see where Adobe moved the ___ button to, and what it's called now.

                      That would be Steve and Chuck's first book ;)
                      • 8. Re: Beginner Frustration!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                        Steve Grisetti Adobe Community Professional
                        Or Chuck and Steve's.
                        • 9. Re: Beginner Frustration!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                          the_wine_snob Level 9
                          Chuck,

                          But of course. I did manage to give full and proper attribution in another post, but just missed it here - sorry.

                          In the other article, I listed it as "Chuck and Steve's," and expected to catch flak for that. However, I was ready with, "hey, it's in alphabetical order... "

                          I will make it up to you somehow. Maybe an autographed copy of Steve's PE7 book. No wait, I only have one of those, and will not part with it.

                          Hunt
                          • 10. Re: Beginner Frustration!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                            New Improved Chuck Engels Level 1
                            No problem Hunt, just having a little fun B)