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Creating Great Balls of Fire with Premiere Elements 7

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Paul Ekert, author of Creating Hollywood-Style Movies with Adobe Premiere Elements 7, shows how to use Premiere Elements 7 to create the illusion of a ball bursting into flames.
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So far, this series of articles has shown how to create effects using only the tools that come with Premiere Elements 7. In this tutorial, you'll learn how to add stock footage to your projects.

In this article, you'll learn how to use stock footage clips in your own projects, removing the background of the stock footage and then using motion keyframing to create your own animated balls of fire.

What is the 'Great Balls of Fire' Effect?

For the sake of this article, the Great Balls of Fire effect creates the illusion of a thrown basketball turning into a flaming ball of fire at the thrower's command. This is a much safer option that trying to do that trick for real! Even if it were possible to get the timing right, you would need a good supply of basketballs—and quite possibly actors.

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