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Generating Synthetic Media

In addition to accepting a wide variety of source files, Premiere Elements can generate useful clips of its own. The Media panel's New Item button includes options for creating bars and tone (like the ones that TV stations broadcast after hours), black video, a color matte, and even a standard countdown. These files are called synthetic because they don't create a new file on your hard disk; they exist only as part of your project, not as independent files.

The New Item button also includes an option for creating titles. However, creating titles deserves a chapter all its own: Chapter 9.

To create bars and tone or black video:

  1. In the Media panel, specify where you want to import the clip by doing either of the following:
    1. Navigate to the folder into which you want to import or to the topmost level of the Media panel.
    2. In list view, select the folder into which you want to import.
  2. Click the New Item button, and choose one of the following ( Figure 3.56 ):
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    Figure 3.56 Click the Media panel's New Item button, and choose Bars and Tone or Black Video.

    Bars and Tone creates a standard NTSC color bars pattern and 1 kHz audio tone. Black Video creates black video. The footage item you chose appears in the Media panel and uses the duration you specified for still images ( Figure 3.57 ).
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    Figure 3.57 The item you selected appears in the Media panel.

To create a color matte:

  1. In the Media panel, specify where you want to import the clip by doing either of the following:
    1. Navigate to the folder into which you want to import or to the topmost level of the Media panel.
    2. In list view, select the folder into which you want to import.
  2. Click the New Item button, and choose Color Matte from the drop-down menu ( Figure 3.58 ).
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    Figure 3.58 Click the Media panel's New Item button, and choose Color Matte.

    A Color Picker dialog box appears.
  3. Choose a color, and click OK ( Figure 3.59 ).
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    Figure 3.59 Select a color in the Color Picker, and click OK.

    A Choose Name dialog box appears.
  4. Type a name for the color matte, and click OK ( Figure 3.60 ).
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    Figure 3.60 Type a name for the color matte, and click OK.

    The color matte appears in the Media panel and uses the duration you specified for still images ( Figure 3.61 ).
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    Figure 3.61 The color matte appears in the Media panel and uses the default duration for still images.

To create a countdown:

  1. In the Media panel, specify where you want to import the clip by doing either of the following:
    1. Navigate to the folder into which you want to import or to the topmost level of the Media panel.
    2. In list view, select the folder into which you want to import.
  2. Click the New Item button, and choose Universal Counting Leader from the pull-down menu ( Figure 3.62 ).
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    Figure 3.62 Click the Media panel's New Item button, and choose Universal Counting Leader.

    The Universal Counting Leader Setup dialog box appears.
  3. Specify the following options ( Figure 3.63 ):
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    Figure 3.63 Specify options in the Universal Counting Leader Setup dialog box.

    1. To open the Color Picker for each element of the countdown, click the color swatch next to each element.
    2. To display a small circle in the last frame of the leader, select the "Cue Blip on out" check box.
    3. To play a beep at the two-second mark of the countdown, select the "Cue Blip on 2" check box.
    4. To play a beep at each second of the countdown, select the "Cue Blip at all Second Starts" check box.
  4. Click OK to close the dialog box. A Universal Counting Leader clip appears in the selected folder of the Media panel ( Figure 3.64 ).
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    Figure 3.64 The countdown appears in the Media panel.

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