Friday, January 31, 2014

PE: Instant Movie Theme "Outdoor Adventure" Glitch

INTRODUCTION

A Premiere Elements 12 user recently asked "Why am I getting color media offline displays at several places in my Instant Movie when I use the Outdoor Adventure theme?" At first, I pressed the user for the details of the "Where is the file....?" message that typically is associated with media offline and its displays, hoping to find the name of a missing file causing the problem. The user insisted there were no "Where is the file....?" messages, just instances of the colorful media offline displays in the Instant Movie playback in the Edit Mode monitor.

TROUBLESHOOTING

Specific to Premiere Elements 12 HD Project

Basic

When I road tested the problem with Premiere Elements 12 with a HD project preset (NTSC/AVCHD/Full HD1080i30), I got the same displays of media offline scattered in the Instant Movie Outdoor Adventure as the user who reported the problem, and no "Where is the file...?" message(s) to give me a clue as to what was missing. Two examples of the scattered media offline displays in the same Instant Movie can be seen in Figure 1 and 2.

Figure 1. Instant Movie Outdoor Adventure Display of Media Offline Disturbances. Premiere Elements 12 With NTSC/AVCHD/Full HD1080i30 Project Preset. Same Instant Movie Expert WorkspaceTimeline As In Figure 2.

Figure 2. Instant Movie Outdoor Adventure Display Of Media Offline Disturbances. Premiere Elements 12 With NTSC/AVCHD/Full HD 1080i30 Project Preset. Same Instant Movie Expert Workspace Timeline As In Figure 1.
However, when I opened Expert workspace Project Assets where the folder with the files for the Instant Movie resided, I found the problem file there by its media offline markings. It was "outdoor-adventure_s_texture.png". See Figure 3.

Figure 3. Instant Movie Outdoor Adventure Folder Opened In Premiere Elements 12 Project Assets. Instant Movie Outdoor Adventure File Being Sought By The Instant Movie Feature Is Seen To Be "outdoor-adventure_s_texture.png"
Next, I selected the built Instant Movie on the Timeline, right clicked in the selection, and selected Break Apart Instant Movie in the pop up menu that appeared. I found each use of the "outdoor-adventure_s_texture.png", disabled each by right clicking the file, and removing the check mark next to Enable in the pop up menu that appear with the right click. The media offline displays now disappeared when the Instant Movie was played back at the Timeline level. This maneuver might be a corrective measure if you want to use this Instant Movie, either leaving the file "disabled" or replacing it with a file of your choice.

Intermediate

The "outdoor-adventure_s_texture.png was traced back to

Local Disk C
Program Data
Adobe
Premiere Elements
12.0
Online
Movie Themes
All_Lang
Event
Outdoor Adventure

but, in the Outdoor Adventure Folder, the file seems to appear with the name "outdoor-adventure_texture.png" not "outdoor-adventure_s_texture.png. That I think is part of the whole problem.

But, here arises the possibility for another corrective action if you want to use this Outdoor Adventure Movie Theme without media offline scattered pop ups as the Instant Movie plays.
In Premiere Elements 12 Expert workspace/Project Assets, double click the Movie Theme's Folder. In that folder, right click the file with the media offline markings, select Replace Footage. Then navigate to the "outdoor-adventure_texture.png" file in the path cited above, and, in the Replace Footage dialog, select that .png, and click Open. This action will replace the missing media in the Project Assets and the missing media will be reconnected....no more media offline in the Outdoor Adventures for that project.

Possible Permanent Fix

Go to the file "outdoor-adventure_texture.png" at the end of the path (Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 64 bit)

Local Disk C
Program Data
Adobe
Premiere Elements
12.0
Online
Movie Themes
All_Lang
Event
Outdoor Adventure

In the Outdoor Adventure Folder make a copy of the "outdoor-adventure_texture.png" and then rename it "outdoor-adventure_s_texture.png" (Do not bother deleting that original that you just copied.)

When you open a Premiere Elements 12 project and opt to use the Instant Movie Outdoor Adventure theme, this should be a permanent fix for the immediate situation using a variety of project presets, SD as well as HD.

Premiere Elements 11, 10, and 9.0/9.0.1 HD Projects and Instant Movie Outdoor Adventure

The same media offline displays are scattered in the Instant Movie Outdoor Adventure in Premiere Elements 11 and 10, not 9.0/9.0.1, when the project preset was HD (NTSC/AVCHD/Full HD 1080i30). Other Premiere Elements versions were not looked at.

The Problem and SD vs HD Project

The issue presented was not found to affect the SD projects of Premiere Elements 12, 11, and 10, only HD. Premiere Elements 9.0/9.0.1 was unaffected by the issue presented whether its project was SD or HD.

Premiere Elements 12

NTSC DV Standard
outdoor-adventure_texture.png in Project Assets Instant Movie Outdoor Adventure Folder
NTSC AVCHD Full HD 1080i30
outdoor-adventure_s_texture.png in Project Assets Instant Movie Outdoor Adventure Folder
Source File
only outdoor-adventure_texture.png

Premiere Elements 11

Same as for Premiere Elements 12

Premiere Elements 10

Same as for Premiere Elements 12
(this is interesting since 10 involved Content installation from disc whereas 11 and 12 Content was downloaded kind from Adobe.)

Premiere Elements 9.0/9.0.1

NTSC DV Standard
outdoor-adventure_s_texture.png
NTSC AVCHD Full HD 1080i30
outdoor-adventure_s_texture.png
Source File
only outdoor-adventure_s_texture.png

SOLUTION

The suggested solution for Premiere Elements 10, 11, and 12 to avoid scattered instances of media offline displays in the Instant Movie Outdoor Adventure is
Go to the file "outdoor-adventure_texture.png" at the end of the path (Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 64 bit)

Local Disk C
Program Data
Adobe
Premiere Elements
12.0
Online
Movie Themes
All_Lang
Event
Outdoor Adventure

In the Outdoor Adventure Folder make a copy of the "outdoor-adventure_texture.png" and then rename it "outdoor-adventure_s_texture.png" (Do not bother deleting that original that you just copied.)

COMMENTARY

At this time, there is no telling how many other Instant Movie themes are similarly affected. The whys behind all this probably lead back to the creation of the outdoor-adventure_s_.mvth, outdoor_adventure_w_mvth, and outdoor-adventure_hd_.mvth.

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

PE11&12: AutoLevels/Temporal Smoothing

INTRODUCTION

Auto Levels/Temporal Smoothing. What is that all about? According to Adobe documentation
"......Auto Levels automatically corrects the highlights and shadows. Because Auto Levels adjusts each color channel individually, it may remove or introduce color casts, which are tints to a clip. ......has one or more of the following properties:
Temporal Smoothing
Specifies the range of adjacent frames used to determine the amount of correction needed for each frame, relative to surrounding frames. For example, if you set Temporal Smoothing to 1 second, Premiere Elements analyzes the frames 1 second before the displayed frame to determine the appropriate adjustments. If you set Temporal Smoothing to 0, Premiere Elements analyzes each frame independently without regard for surrounding frames. Temporal smoothing can result in smoother‑looking corrections over time........"
The Adobe document also includes description for other Auto Levels properties such as Scene Detect, Black Clip, White Clip, and Blend with Original.

ISSUE

But where is Auto Levels/Temporal Smoothing in Premiere Elements 11 and 12?

SOLUTION

Premiere Elements 10 and Earlier

Properties Palette

In versions of Premiere Elements earlier than 11, Auto Levels can be found under Edit Header/Effects/Video Effects/Adjust/Auto Levels. Once Auto Levels is applied to a video clip, it can be adjusted via Edit Effects and the clip's Properties Palette/Auto Levels Panel which expanded shows the sliders for
  • Temporal Smoothing (0.00 to 10.00 seconds)
  • Black Clip
  • White Clip
  • Blend With Original 
as well as a check mark place for Scene Detect which is grayed out at Temporal Smoothing = 0.00, but becomes active with Temporal Smoothing greater than 0.00.

Timeline Clip's Rubberband
Also, if the tiny triangle next to Opacity in the Timeline clip's title is clicked on, the clip's rubberband* can be made to represent Auto Levels:Temporal Smoothing (seconds) instead of Opacity:Clip Opacity.

The above locations shown in Figure 1 are demonstrated  in Premiere Elements 10 Windows, but are the same for Premiere Elements 4, 7, 8.0/8.0.1, and 9.0/9.0.1 Windows.**

Figure 1. Premiere Elements 10 Windows. AutoLevels: Temporal Smoothing. Timeline Clip's Rubberband And Properties Palette Locations In Workspace.

 At the Timeline clip's rubberband level it can be seen that the properties choices for Auto Levels include
  • Temporal Smoothing (0.00 to 10.00 seconds)
  • Black Clip
  • White Clip
  • Blend With Original
And, once the rubberband is moved greater than 0.00 seconds, a Scene Detect choice is automatically included in the list accessed at the rubberband level.

At the Properties Palette or clip's rubberband level, the Auto Levels can be keyframed.

Premiere Elements 11 and 12

Adjustments Palette

The Premiere Elements 11 and 12 workspaces are dramatically different than those found in versions of Premiere Elements earlier than 11.  In versions 11 and 12, Auto Levels can be found included in the Lighting Panel expanded via Adjust Tab/Adjustments Palette/Lighting Panel expanded. There is no "Temporal Smoothing" anywhere to be found there. Clicking on the "more" button of the Lighting Panel reveals "more" options for only
  • Brightness
  • Contrast
  • Exposure
  • Black
  • White
as shown in Figure 2.

Figure 2. Premiere Elements 12 Windows. Expert Workspace. Auto Levels (No Temporal Smoothing) In Adjust Tab/Adjustments Palette/Lighting Panel Expanded.
 Timeline Clip's Rubberband

However, in Premiere Elements 11 and 12, the AutoLevels/Temporal Smoothing appears to have survived at the clip's rubberband level that is seen in versions of Premiere Elements earlier than 11.

In Premiere Elements 11 and 12, if the tiny triangle next to Opacity in the Timeline clip's title is clicked on, the clip's rubberband can be made to represent AutoLevel:Temporal Smoothing (seconds) instead of Opacity:Clip Opacity.

Figure 3. Premiere Elements 12. AutoLevels:Temporal Smoothing (Greater Than 0.00 Seconds) At Rubberband Level In Expert Workspace.
At the Timeline clip's rubberband level it can be seen that the properties choices for Auto Levels include
  • Temporal Smoothing (seconds)
  • Black Clip
  • White Clip
  • Blend With Original
when Temporal Smoothness at 0.00 seconds. But once the rubberband is moved greater than 0.00 seconds, a Scene Detect choice is automatically included in the list at the rubberband level.

At this clip's rubberband level, the Auto Levels can be keyframed.


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* Rubberband is the orange line that runs horizontally across the clip's middle. Typically for a video clip it represents Opacity, for an audio clip Volume.
**Work was done on Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit, and Premiere Elements Mac was not looked at since a Mac computer is not available to us.


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Saturday, January 4, 2014

PE: Blu-ray Disc 25 GB and 50 GB Support

INTRODUCTION*

Recently a Premiere Elements 12 Windows user reported that burn to Blu-ray was successful when Verbatim BD-R 25 GB (single layer) was used but failed with use of Verbatim BD-R 50 GB (double layer). As an explanation for these results, he cited an Adobe document that stated
Adobe Premiere Elements supports only the single-layer Blu-ray format. 
Until now, we have only worked with the Verbatim single-layer Blu-ray discs in Premiere Elements and have had no problems with them.
BD-R 25 GB (6X)
BD-RE 25 GB (2X)

So, it was time to look at a Blu-ray 50 GB disc and Premiere Elements burn to Blu-ray disc format on Blu-ray disc, comparing Verbatim BD-RE 25 GB (2X) with Verbatim BD-RE 50 GB (2X).

ISSUE
  • Was the Adobe statement a generic one that was never updated once Dual Layer 50 GB Blu-ray discs came into being?
  • Was the Premiere Elements 12 user's results with BD-R 50 GB related to computer resource issues which might be expected of a project large enough to warrant use of a BD-R 50 GB disc? 
  •  Is the Dual Layer Blu-ray (50 GB) disc just not compatible with Premiere Elements (any version)?

SOLUTION

Solution to the issue was to see if a Verbatim BD-RE 50 GB (2X) disc could be used in the Premiere Elements burn to Blu-ray.

Note: BD-RE discs, rather than BD-R discs, were selected for economical reasons in view of the multi mini test runs.

RESULTS

It was found that Verbatim BD-RE 50 GB (2X) could be used in the burn to Blu-ray for Premiere Elements 12, 11, 10, 9.0/9.0.1, 8.0/8.0.1, 7, and 4. A Verbatim BD-RE 25 GB (2X) was run as a control in each of these mini test runs which used the same protocol for within a version and from version to version. The Blu-ray/DVD burner was LG Internal BH12. The computer operating system was Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit.


Protocol

Project preset for versions 12 to 7: NTSC/AVCHD/Full HD1080i30
Project preset for version 4: NTSC/HDV/HDV 1080i30 (earlier version with highest resolution 1440 x 1080 HD anamorphic 16:9)

Sample: H.264.m2t (1440 x 1080 HD anamorphic 16:9 @ 29.97 interlaced frames per second); duration 1 minute 43 seconds.

Burn to Blu-ray preset for versions 12 to 7: H.264 1920 x 1080i NTSC Dolby
Burn to Blu-ray preset for version 4: H.264 1080i NTSC Dolby (earlier version with highest resolution 1440 x 1080 HD anamorphic 16:9)

Table 1 shows, for each mini test run, the Space Required and Bitrate in the burn dialog Quality Area when the disc was in the Blu-ray drive and the same sample was on the Timeline for the burn to. No explanation is offered at this time for the lower Space Required readings for versions 9 to 4 as compared to 12 to 7 when the Timeline sample and burn dialog Bitrate remain the same.

Table 1. Results
COMMENTARY

The mini test runs in this evaluation did not support the Adobe document's statement:
Adobe Premiere Elements supports only the single-layer Blu-ray format

Premiere Elements 4 to 12 can make use of the Double Layer Blu-ray disc as well as the Single Layer Blu-ray disc as described above. A Premiere Elements large enough to require use of the Double Layer Blu-ray disc might fail to compromised resources rather than failure of the Double Layer Blu-ray brand/type to be supported by the burn process.

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*The disc capacity shown on disc labels is not the "in reality" value. The article "What is Blu-ray Disc, AVCHD and HD DVD?" contains some convenient data on listed and usable disc capacity. In that article can be found a listing of Blu-ray disc information in this regard.

BD-R Single layer 25 GB (23.3 GB)
BD-R Dual layer 50 GB (46.6 GB)
BD-RE Single layer REwritable 25 GB (23.3 GB)
BD-RE Dual layer REwritable 50 GB (46.6 GB)
BD-XL Triple layer 100 GB (93.1 GB)
BD-XL Quadruple layer 128 GB (119.2 GB)


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Thursday, January 2, 2014

PE11 & 12: Setting Default Video Transition Glitch

INTRODUCTION

tomasz at the Adobe Forums posted "Can't change default transition" in Premiere Elements 12 Windows 7 64 bit Expert workspace, but could in the Quick workspace. The answer seems to come from tomas' own observations and conclusions, and we have confirmed those observations and expanded on them. And, we have found that this "glitch" is present in Premiere Elements 11 as well as 12. Yet we have not found any other mention of it in Adobe documents or in user forums. And, circumstances have been such that we have not run into this situation in our everyday personal Premiere Elements 11 and 12 Windows workflows. The issue was found to be present whether Premiere Elements 11 and 12 were on Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 64 bit.

 ISSUE

The Adobe directive is to right click the thumbnail of the transition wanted as default, click on the pop up which specifically says "Set Selected As Default Transition". This set Default Transition thereafter will have a brown frame around it.

What is this "glitch" that prevented tomasz from changing the default transition in Premiere Elements 12 Windows Expert workspace? The answer was that tomasz was in the Expert workspace Transitions using one of the thumbnails under the header of Show All instead of under one of the headers for the thumbnails in an individual category.

Figure 1. Preferences/General Pop Up After Right Clicking A Show All Transition Thumbnail In Premiere Elements 11 or 12 Windows.
The result of tomasz' action in Show All was the pop up of the Preferences/General dialog and not the setting of any default transition. Why?

You do not see this matter in the Quick workspace of either versions 11 and 12 because the Quick Transitions do not have Show All or individual categories of transitions. The Quick Transitions are fewer in number than those found in Expert and exist as a small bunch of video transitions, no individual categories, no Show All.

SOLUTION AND EXPLANATION

In Expert workspace, "Set Selected As Default Transition" only exists when working with thumbnail for transition under one of the individual transition categories. That is what the pop up says after you right click the thumbnail there.

However what was overlooked was that, when Show All is the header, the right click results in a pop up that says "Default Transition Duration", NOT "Set Selected As Default Transition". So, in that instance, the program opens to the Preferences/General where default transition duration can be set.

In Expert workspace, the solution is then to use thumbnail for transition under one of the individual transition categories when establishing a new default transition. There is no solution for Quick workspace since issue does not apply there.

COMMENTARY

The matter presented for question does not appear to be a bug or glitch under the circumstances, but rather a consequence of absence of full documentation for the feature's Show All versus individual transition categories.
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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

PE: Falling Snow Against Video

INTRODUCTION

In the just published blog post "PE: Snow for Christmas", the falling snow effect was demonstrated against a snow scene still in a Premiere Elements 12 SD project. Essentially it should not make a difference if the falling snow effect is against a still or video or if the falling snow effect is part of a SD or HD project.

Although the snow-1.psd created in "PE: Snow for Christmas" was created as 720 x 480 for a Premiere Elements 12 NTSC DV Standard project, it can still be used in a Premiere Elements 12 HD project once it is imported into and scaled in Premiere Elements 12 to fit the Edit Mode monitor space established by the HD preset.

A major difference between video and still to be remembered here is that one can alter the duration of a still (no motion) without applying a slow or fast motion effect to the clip but cannot do that with video if one contemplates altering the video duration to match the snow still clip duration. If the snow still clip is converted into a stock video, then this video consideration applies to it also.

It was never the intent to get into the subject of how to apply snow to the ground, either in this or the prior blog post on falling snow effect, The intent was only to suggest how to create a falling snow effect. However, one of the examples to be given in this blog post will touch on how to make a summer scene look wintery to be consistent with the falling snow effect applied to it.

SOLUTION TO QUESTION ABOUT FALLING SNOW EFFECT AGAINST A VIDEO

The answer will be by example, and the example will include a snow.psd created in Photoshop Elements 12 with 1920 x 1080 frame size for use in a Premiere Elements 12 Windows NTSC/DSLR/1080p/DSLR 1080p30 @ 29.97 project. The falling snow effect will be demonstrated against two different videos, one of snowy scenes (25 seconds duration) and one of a summer scene (about 12.5 seconds duration).

Much of what is to follow is a repeat of steps in the "PE: Snow for Christmas" with some changes specific to the HD instead of SD focus. Repeats are to be tolerated to avoid the reader from jumping back and forth between this and the prior blog post "PE: Snow for Christmas".

HOW TO

Part 1. Creation of the Snow.psd in Photoshop Elements 12 Full Editor

STEP 1.
File Menu/New/Blank File
Preset: Film & Video
Size: HDTV 1080p (can be changed dependin on project settings for Premiere Elements 12 project)
Width: 1920 pixels
Height: 1080 pixels
Resolution: 72 pixels/inch
Color Mode: RGB Color
Background Contents: White (leave it at White for now)

STEP 2.
  • Set the Color Picker to the defaults (hit D on computer main keyboard): Black Foreground Color and White Background Color. Then Alt + Backspace key so that the document is filled with Black.
  • As the Alt key is held down, double click the Background Layer in the Layers Palette to change that to a regular layer (Layer 0).

STEP 3.
With Layer 0 highlighted (it is the only one in the Layers Palette), go to Filter Menu/Noise/Add Noise, and use the settings:
Amount: 75%
Distribution: Gaussian
Check mark next to Monochromatic
Click OK.

STEP 4. 
Then Filter Menu/Blur/Gaussian and use the settings:
Radius: 1.5 pixels
Click OK.

STEP 5.
Set the Blend Mode of Layer 0 in the Layers Palette to Screen.

STEP 6.
Then with Layer 0 selected, Enhance Menu/Adjust Lighting/Levels and use settings 
From left to right (black - gray - white), in field provided,
90 - 1.00 - 120 respectively.

STEP 7.
With the Magic Wand Tool
(Tool Options settings are: Tolerance 32 with check marks next to Anti-alias and Contiguous)
Click on a spot in the "Black" area to select everything but the snow, and then hit Delete.

STEP 8.
Deselect via Ctrl + D. Place photo underneath the snow layer in the Layers Palette, check out the snow, and then remove the photo that was used to check out the snow.

STEP 9.
Next, File Menu/Save As
a. Name: snow.psd
b. Format: Photoshop (*PSD, *PDD)
c. Save In: personal choice for hard drive save location.

Part 2. Creating Falling Snow in Premiere Elements 12 (Expert Workspace), Using Snow.Psd Created in Photoshop Elements 12 Full Editor

STEP 1.
Import the snow.psd file into Premiere Elements 12 NTSC/DSLR/1080p/DSLR 1080p30 @ 29.97 project, using Add Media/Files & Folders/Project Assets. In Project Assets, right click the file's thumbnail, and select Duplicate. At this point, two files are in Project Assets.
snow.psd
snow.psd Copy
Drag the snow.psd file to the start of the Timeline Video Track 2, and, with the mouse cursor, drag out the file so that its duration is 25 seconds (00;00;25;00). That is done because the duration of the video (snowy scenes) to go on Video Track 1 has a duration of 25 seconds.

STEP 2.
Next, scale the snow.psd file on Video Track 2 to 300%. To do this, go to Applied Effects Tab/Applied Effects Palette/Motion Panel expanded/Scale property (with check mark next to Constrain Proportions.)

STEP 3.
Then comes the keyframing of the Position property of the snow to create the falling snow. Here go to Applied Effects Tab/Applied Effects Palette/Motion Panel expanded/Position property. The specific sequence to follow is:
a. Highlight the snow.psd on Video Track 2.
b. Timeline Indicator at the start of Video Track 2, at 00;00;00;00.
c. With the mouse cursor, click and drag the image in the Edit Mode monitor upward until the bottom (white line in Figure 1) of the file's bounding box is sitting on the bottom of the Edit Mode monitor (black box) space. See Figure 1.

Figure 1. Snow.Psd Monitor Image After Dragged  Upward As Far As Possible Without Moving The Image Off Screen (Out Of  The "Black Box" Area.
 
d. Next, with snow.psd selected on Video Track 2, go to Applied Effects Tab/Applied Effects Palette/Motion Panel expanded, and click on the Toggle Animation (stop watch looking) icon to initiate the keyframing. Then move the Timeline Indicator to the end of the Timeline content 00;00;25;00. Next, click and drag the image in the Edit Mode monitor downward until the top of the file's bounding bov is sitting on the top of the Edit Mode Monitor (black box) space. The snow.psd image was dragged dowward as far as possible without moving the image off the screen (out of the "black box" area). Render the Time content by pressing the Enter key of the computer main keyboard to get the best possible preview.

STEP 4.
One layer of snow has been created so far. You can stop here. But, to make it more snowy, another layer of snow was added, using the snow.psd Copy on Video Track 3. To do this,
  • Drag snow.psd Copy from Project Assets to Video Track 3.
  • Drag out the file so that is duration is 25 seconds.
  • But, for this file, scale to 200% instead of 300%.
  • Then create the falling snow as you did for the first layer of snow.
If there is any confusion in selection of the file being worked on, then do the snow.psd Copy work in a blank area of the Timeline. When finished, position it over snow.psd on Video Track 2. Render the Timeline content ot view the finished falling snow effect.

STEP 5.

Part 3. Results
25 Seconds Snowy Scene Video

The 25 seconds snowy scenes video clip was placed on the Timeline Video Track 1 directly underneath the snow clip (300% scaled, Position keyframed) on Video Track 2 and the snow clip (200% scaled, Position keyframed) on Video Track 3. The Premiere Elements 12 Audio Tab/Music Score/Atmospheric/Heaven soundtrack was on Soundtrack. That Timeline content was exported to an AVCHD.mp4 file, using Publish+Share/Computer/AVCHD/ with Presets = MPEG4 - H.264 1920 x 1080p30. The export is represented in the following video.

video

12.5 Seconds Summer Scene Video

When this 12.5 Seconds Summer Scene Video was used in the project instead of the 25 seconds Snowy Scenes one, the duration of the snow.psd and snow.psd Copy were dragged out to give a duration of 12.5 seconds, instead of 25 seconds, to match the duration of the video being used. See Part 2. Step 1. and Part 2. Step 4. After these .psd files had the 12.5 second duration, the snow content's Position property of the file was keyframed as described same as for the 25 second Snowy Scenes video.

The falling snow effect look a bit out of place with no snow on the trees or grounds. The export of that situation is represented in the following video.

video


So, in a mini test, we tried to turn a Summer Scene Video into a Winter Scene Video. We did this by applying the Channel Mixer effect to the video on Video Track 1 below the snow in Video Track 2 and Video Track 3. The Premiere Elements 12 fx Effects/Advanced Adjustments/Channel Mixer setting were as shown in Figure 2.

Figure 2. Channel Mixer Effect Applied To Summer Scene Video To Make It Look Like Winter Scene.
The falling snow against this video to which Channel Mixer was applied looked more wintery, almost as if snow was on the ground as the snow continues to fall.

video

As I have said previously, lots of variations possible. But the basic scheme presented in our two blog posts on falling snow against a still or video should be a good starting point for lots of exploration and experimentation to benefit your specific Premiere Elements workflow.

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