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Creating Instant Movies

  1. Adobe Premiere Elements User Guide
  2. Introduction to Adobe Premiere Elements
    1. What's new in Premiere Elements
    2. System requirements | Adobe Premiere Elements
    3. Workspace basics
    4. Guided mode
    5. Use pan and zoom to create video-like effect
    6. GPU accelerated rendering
  3. Workspace and workflow
    1. Get to know the Home screen
    2. View and share auto-created collages, slideshows, and more
    3. Workspace basics
    4. Preferences
    5. Tools
    6. Keyboard shortcuts
    7. Audio View
    8. Undoing changes
    9. Customizing shortcuts
    10. Working with scratch disks
  4. Working with projects
    1. Creating a project
    2. Adjust project settings and presets
    3. Save and back up projects
    4. Previewing movies
    5. Creating video collage
    6. Creating Highlight Reel
    7. Create a video story
    8. Creating Instant Movies
    9. Viewing clip properties
    10. Viewing a project's files
    11. Archiving projects
    12. GPU accelerated rendering
  5. Importing and adding media
    1. Add media
    2. Guidelines for adding files
    3. Set duration for imported still images
    4. 5.1 audio import
    5. Working with offline files
    6. Sharing files between Adobe Premiere Elements and Adobe Photoshop Elements
    7. Creating specialty clips
    8. Work with aspect ratios and field options
  6. Arranging clips
    1. Arrange clips in the Expert view timeline
    2. Group, link, and disable clips
    3. Arranging clips in the Quick view timeline
    4. Working with clip and timeline markers
  7. Editing clips
    1. Reduce noise
    2. Select object
    3. Candid Moments
    4. Color Match
    5. Smart Trim
    6. Change clip speed and duration
    7. Split clips
    8. Freeze and hold frames
    9. Adjusting Brightness, Contrast, and Color - Guided Edit
    10. Stabilize video footage with Shake Stabilizer
    11. Replace footage
    12. Working with source clips
    13. Trimming Unwanted Frames - Guided Edit
    14. Trim clips
    15. Editing frames with Auto Smart Tone
    16. Artistic effects
  8. Applying transitions
    1. Applying transitions to clips
    2. Transition basics
    3. Adjusting transitions
    4. Adding Transitions between video clips - Guided Edit
    5. Create special transitions
    6. Create a Luma Fade Transition effect - Guided Edit
  9. Special effects basics
    1. Effects reference
    2. Applying and removing effects
    3. Create a black and white video with a color pop - Guided Edit
    4. Time remapping - Guided edit
    5. Effects basics
    6. Working with effect presets
    7. Finding and organizing effects
    8. Editing frames with Auto Smart Tone
    9. Fill Frame - Guided edit
    10. Create a time-lapse - Guided edit
    11. Best practices to create a time-lapse video
  10. Applying special effects
    1. Use pan and zoom to create video-like effect
    2. Transparency and superimposing
    3. Reposition, scale, or rotate clips with the Motion effect
    4. Apply an Effects Mask to your video
    5. Adjust temperature and tint
    6. Create a Glass Pane effect - Guided Edit
    7. Create a picture-in-picture overlay
    8. Applying effects using Adjustment layers
    9. Adding Title to your movie
    10. Removing haze
    11. Creating a Picture in Picture - Guided Edit
    12. Create a Vignetting effect
    13. Add a Split Tone Effect
    14. Add FilmLooks effects
    15. Add an HSL Tuner effect
    16. Fill Frame - Guided edit
    17. Create a time-lapse - Guided edit
    18. Animated Sky - Guided edit
    19. Select object
    20. Animated Mattes - Guided Edit
    21. Double exposure- Guided Edit
  11. Special audio effects
    1. Mix audio and adjust volume with Adobe Premiere Elements
    2. Audio effects
    3. Adding sound effects to a video
    4. Adding music to video clips
    5. Create narrations
    6. Using soundtracks
    7. Music Remix
    8. Adding Narration to your movie - Guided Edit
    9. Adding Scores to your movie - Guided edit
  12. Movie titles
    1. Creating titles
    2. Adding shapes and images to titles
    3. Adding color and shadows to titles
    4. Editing and formatting text
    5. Motion Titles
    6. Exporting and importing titles
    7. Arranging objects in titles
    8. Designing titles for TV
    9. Applying styles to text and graphics
    10. Adding a video in the title
  13. Disc menus
    1. Creating disc menus
    2. Working with menu markers
    3. Types of discs and menu options
    4. Previewing menus
  14. Sharing and exporting your movies
    1. Export and share your videos
    2. Sharing for PC playback
    3. Compression and data-rate basics
    4. Common settings for sharing

Creating instant Movies is applicable for 2022 and earlier versions. 

Instant Movie lets you quickly create a professional-looking, edited movie, complete with titles, soundtrack, effects, and transitions by using a simple (and quick) step-by-step process. When you create an Instant Movie, Adobe Premiere Elements analyzes your clips (if they have not already been analyzed). It applies Smart Tags as necessary, edits the clips, and applies a theme of your choice. You can personalize the theme by using your own title and ending credits. In addition, you can supply your own music or effects.

The analysis option is enabled by default. If you have disabled analysis, smart tags are not used.

Movie themes create movies with a specific appearance. For example, the Wedding Doves theme adds an elegant introduction and conclusion, flying white doves overlay, and wedding background music. The Comic Book theme creates a fun kids party video by adding stylish effects, such as Color Emboss and large artistic fonts in the title. Each theme uses a unique editing style for selecting, trimming, and sequencing clips.

The default duration for a theme is approximately 4-6 minutes. You can use Instant Movie on all of the clips in your movie. Alternatively, use it on a subset to create a montage or special feature at the beginning or end of a DVD.

You can choose various themes. You can apply all of the properties in a theme, or choose to add only a subset. Likewise, you can add a theme to an entire sequence in the Quick view timeline/Expert view timeline. Alternatively, you can choose to add it to only a single clip.

Create an Instant Movie from the workspace


Creating an Instant Movie in a non-landscape project is not supported. 

  1. From the Quick view timeline or the Expert view timeline, select the clips that you want to include in your movie.

  2. Select Create Instant Movie.

  3. Choose a theme for your movie or download a template. To download and online template for your instant movie:

    1. Right-click/Ctrl-click the movie theme template.
    2. Click Download Now to download selected template. Click Download All to download all the templates.
    3. (Optional) Click the Download In Background button to let the content download in the background while you continue to work in Adobe Premiere Elements.

    To preview a movie theme, move the mouse cursor over the theme’s thumbnail to see a description, and click the Play button to watch a preview. Click Next.

  4. Specify the properties for the movie, as desired:

    • Opening and Closing Titles: Opening and closing titles can be multiple lines. However, for best results, keep the opening title to one line.
    • InstantMovie: Specifies whether you want to perform an auto edit, which automatically trims the clips and adds them to the project based on their Smart Tags. And whether to analyze clips and apply Smart Tags to them.
    • Apply To: Specifies whether to apply the theme to the entire project or to the selected clips in the Quick view timeline/Expert view timeline.
    • Music: Specifies whether to use the theme music, your own music (click Browse to locate and open it), or no music. You can select multiple music clips, and they are played in the order selected. Drag the slider between Music/Sound FX and My Clips to set the amount of soundtrack and audio effects used versus the sound from your clips. InstantMovie syncs with the beats of the music, so changing the song can significantly change the results. In addition, changing the song changes the duration of the movie to match the duration of the new song.
    • Speed And Intensity: Enables you to control the speed of cuts and amount of effect. Click the triangle beside the Speed And Intensity option and use the slider to adjust the speed of cuts and amount of effect.
    • Duration: Specifies the length of the finished movie. Match Music creates a movie to the length of the theme music. This parameter lets you specify the exact length of time by dragging hours, minutes, and seconds. Use All Clips ensures all the selected clips are used and bases the length of time on their duration.

    Note: If you specify a duration that is longer than the theme music, the music will loop. If the duration is shorter than the length of the theme music, the music ends with the last clip.

    • Sequence: Specifies whether clips are arranged according to the Time/Date stamp or according to the theme’s editing rules.
    • Theme Content: Specifies which aspects of the theme are included in the final movie. Select or deselect any of the options. If some of your clips have effects already applied, you can choose to keep the applied effects, or remove them and apply the theme’s effects instead.
    • Render Preview: If this option is enabled, the instant movie is rendered after it is created and placed on the timeline. Rendering improves the frame rate of the movie for playback.

Edit an Instant Movie

When you create an Instant Movie, Adobe Premiere Elements combines all the clips into a single clip. You can break apart this combined clip if you want to edit or replace the individual clips. Use the Replace Clip command to quickly replace one clip with another without having to trim and edit the new clip to fit. Alternatively, change the effects or overlays applied to the clip.

Because an Instant Movie is created using beat detect on the added music clip, changing the Audio clip may not produce a well-synced video.


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