Wednesday, August 31, 2016

PE: Info Palette

INTRODUCTION

Premiere Elements projects offer an Info Palette (floating type palette) accessed under the Window Menu (Timeline and Sceneline workspaces - versions earlier than 11) and Expert and Quick workspaces (version 11 through current version 14/14.1).

For the Timeline or Filmstrip selected clip, the opened Info Palette displays
  • file information in its top section
  • start and end points for the file (either in timecode or frame format)
Also, the Info Palette contains a section for the Timecode or Frame location of the mouse cursor (not the Timeine Indicator (CTI)) being moved across the specific areas of the Timeline or Filmstrip.
Refer to Figures 1a and 1b to view typical Info Palette results for a video and for a still. In these Figures a comparison can been seen between the Info Palette results for a selected video and still clip gained from use of Info Palette (Window Menu) versus Properties Palette (right click of import in Project Assets, followed by selection of Properties.

Figure 1a. Info Palette Premiere Elements 14/14.1 Expert Workspace (For Selected Video Clip)
Figure lb. Info Palette Premiere Elements 14/14.1 Expert Workspace (For Selected Still Clip)

ISSUE

When it was found that Premiere Elements 14/14.1 Quick Workspace Info Palette's cursor display was not functioning, the decision was made to explore and compare the Premiere Elements Info Palette from versions 4 through 14/14.1. Also of interest was possible pros and cons of use of Properties Palette (gained from Project Assets route) versus Info Palette (Window Menu/Info Palette).

OBSERVATIONS

Multiple Clip Selection

When multiple clips were selected in either Timeline or Filmstrip, the Info Palette gave the number of clips selected and the total duration of those clips. Properties was not an option in Project Assets when more than one clip was selected in the Project Assets/Properties route. "Show Properties" from right click of selected Timeline or Filmstrip clip was not an option in the case of multiple clips selection.

Quick Workspace Info Palette Cursor Location Non Functional

Info Palette cursor section was not found to reflect the cursor movement in the Filmstrip of
Premiere Elements 11 through 14/14.1 Quick Workspace Info Palette. This did not seem to be the case for Premiere Elements 10 and earlier. Refer to Figure 2 representing the functional Info Palette cursor section in the Sceneline workspace.

Figure 2. Functional Info Palette Cursor Section.
  
Maintaining The Customization Of Info Palette Size And Position (Within A Project, After Save/Close/Reopening Project, Beginning New Project)

In Premiere Elements 14/14.1 it was not found possible to maintain the customized size and position of the Info Palette in the Expert or Quick workspaces. The Info Palette retained its size and/or position customization if it was opened and not closed during a working session of a particular project. If the customized Info Palette was opened, customized, closed in a particular project but the project not closed, the customization was lost when the Info Palette was reopened in that project. Likewise, if the Info Palette was customized and the particular project saved and closed, the Info Palette customized size and or position was lost. And, first use of the Info Palette in a new project was characterized by a default sized and positioned Info Palette. Initial studies suggest that the Premiere Elements 14/14.1 Info Palette behavior applies to Premiere Elements versions 11, 12/12.1, 13/13.1 as well as 14/14.1.

In contrast, using Premiere Elements 10, the Info Palette retained its customized size and/or position if the Info Palette was opened closed reopened during a working session of a project. If the customized sized and positioned Info Palette was left opened or closed and the project saved and closed, the reopened project displayed the sized and positioned customized Info Palette in the project's workspace. In addition, first use of the Info Palette in a new project was characterized by the sized positioned Info Palette of the prior new project. Initial studies suggest that the Premiere Elements 10 Info Palette behavior applies to Premiere Elements versions earlier than 10 as well as 10.

COMMENTARY

The Info Palette appears to have lost some of its features when Premiere Elements moved on to version 11 and to date. Customization of the Info Palette was compromised in this regard. Premiere Elements Windows was used in this look at the Info Palette. The user is encouraged to look at the Info Palette behavior in his/her particular Premiere Elements version. The observations in this blog post were made using Premiere Elements on Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit and confirmed with Windows 10 Home 64 bit.

With regard to Properties Palette versus Info Palette offerings, the user can make a quick comparison between his/her needs in this regard by right clicking the Timeline clip of choice and selecting "Show Properties" when an opened Info Palette is displaying.

Thanks to the viewers for your patience during the preparation of this Info Palette information for your consideration.

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ATR


PE: Special Effect/Creating Clone Pop Ups From An Object

INTRODUCTION

We have been doing a lot of viewing of South Korean film industry movies looking for ideas for opening titles and closing credits for our Premiere Elements homemade family videos. In the course of viewing these movies we were impressed by the excellence of the South Korean movies, actors, and actresses. In this regard, we sought to find out more about the career of Sang Keun Suk (actor, singer, major talent). In Mr. Sang's Facebook page, he currently offers a video (under Videos/Zagda CF 2012) in which a duplicate of himself pops out from himself to form a dancing duo and then another duplicate of himself pops out from himself to form a dancing trio.

ISSUE

Our focus is solely on Premiere Elements. We have no interest at this time to attempt to find the best program to generate the effect referred to in the INTRODUCTION. We want the best we can get from Premiere Elements in our quest to find out if the effect can be achieved in Premiere Elements.

The starting point of this blog focus is to describe the best way found so far to create that pop out effect using Premiere Elements 14/14.1 as the video editor. What is described below is one way...the best way found so far for us. If interested, please give the pop out idea a try and/or try to work out a better way to achieve the effect and apply it to your Premiere Elements projects.

RESULTS

Basically our best pop out effect was achieved using duplicate clips and editing/keyframing the Scale and Position. A sound effect (Body Hit) was used to enhance the pop out effect. The Class Reunion soundtrack from the project's Music Scores was added to embellish the effect. The soundtrack used had a duration of 11 frames and had its Audio Gain increased to 12 dB. The pop out obtained is demonstrated in the following video. Robot 01 from the project's Graphics was used for the clips.

video

The above video was generated from the following project workflow.
Premiere Elements 14/14.1 Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit
Project: NTSC AVCHD AVCHD Full HD 1920 x 1080i30
Expert Workspace (Refer to Figure 1)

Figure 1. Pop Out Effect Exploration Using Expert Workflow Premiere Elements 14/14.1.

Video Track 2 clip.
Start/End Points = 00;00;00;00 to 00;00;04;29
No Keyframing

Video Track 3 clip (Duplicate of Video 2 clip)
Start/Eng Points = 00;00;02;00 to 00;00;04;29
Keyframing (Applied Effects/Applied Effects Palette/Motion Panel's Position and Scale properties.)
.....Point 1 @ Timecode 00;00;02;00, Position 960.0 and 540.0 @ Scale 0.0%
.....Point 2 @ Timecode 00;00;02;05, Position 1025.8 and 574.7 and Scale 40%
.....Point 3 @ Timecode 00;00;02;10, Position 1107 and 547.7 and Scale 100%
.....Point 4 @ Timecode 00:00:02;15, Position 1525.2 and 416.1 and Scale 100%

Video Track 4 clip (Duplicate of Video 2 clip)
Start/End Points = 00;00;03;13 to 00;00;04;29
Keyframing (Applied Effects/Applied Effects Palette/Motion Panel's Position and Scale properties.)
.....Point 1 @ Timecode 00;00;03;13, Position 960.0 and 540.0 @ Scale 0.0%
.....Point 2 @ Timecode 00;00;03;16, Position 960.0 and 617.7 @ Scale 40.0%
.....Point 3 @ Timecode 00;00;03;18, Position 370.0 and 524.0 @ Scale 100%
.....Point 4 @ Timecode 00;00;03;23, Position 373.9 and 477.4 @ Scale 100%

COMMENTARY

The RESULTS raw data have now been entered in the RESULTS section in order to include here the intended blog content on the topic of a possible pop out effect created in Premiere Elements. It is important to remember that this blog post is just a feasibility study for a pop out effect using Premiere Elements as the video editor and creator of the effect.

Thank you for your continuing support in viewing my ATR Premiere Elements Troubleshooting blog series.


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