Three ways to capture video in Final Cut Express: Capture clip and capture project allow you do identify and capture only the parts of a tape you want to use; capture now captures everything on the tape, whether you want it or not.
Each frame has its own unique identifying number, expressed as a time code. The numbers represent hours, seconds, minutes, and the frame number.
Frame accurate edits are the type of editing made possible by time code.
Adobe Premier Elements has some different tools than Final Cut Express, but the process for editing is the same—capture the video, trim the clips, add them to the timeline, and add transitions and titles.
Final Cut Express can only be used on Macintosh computers; Premier Elements can be used on Macintosh or Windows computers.
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Connecting Your Playback Deck or Camera to Your Computer
Connect the camera or playback deck to your computer using the correct connections.
Premier Element workspaces and panels:
Monitor panel: Top center of the screen; switches between displaying video from the Timeline or an individual clip
Media panel: Upper left corner of the screen; media is displayed for easy access and identification
Effects and Transitions panel: Below Media panel on the left of the screen; displays available transitions and effects
How video must be captured, or transferred, onto the hard drive in order to work with it. The captured video must have the same settings as the sequence in order for the video to work properly without having to take time rendering.
How to set up a project in Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premier Elements.
How to set in and out points for the video using the keyboard and/or the mouse and how to trim out parts of the clip that are not needed for the edit.
How transitions are added between clips to create new mixed frames of video. Transitions should be used sparingly, depending on the effect you want the edit to have, such as conveying a change of time or location. Most editing, however, should not call attention to itself.
How to place clips to the timeline, and add transitions and text graphics in both Final Cut Express and Adobe Premier elements .