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In Premiere Elements 9 Essential Training, author Jeff Sengstack breaks down the editing workflow into bite–sized pieces, covering topics from setting up a project to exporting the final video to any format. The course also covers the basics of editing and advanced features like picture-in-picture overlays and audio and visual effects. Exercise files accompany the course.
Sooner or later you're going to graduate from Sceneline editing and move up to editing your videos on the Timeline. The Timeline has much more to offer. It gives you a clear feel for how your project is coming together and has more editing options. I explained a few of those characteristics in this video and as you work your way through the rest of the course videos, you will see many more reasons to use the Timeline. I am going to open a project via the Welcome screen. To do that, I click on Open Project and the drop-down menu shows the Timeline project that I want to work on here, but this probably won't show up the first time you want to access this project.
So I am going to show you the way that you'll access it by clicking on Open. And then selecting timeline from the Open Project dialog box and clicking on Open or just double clicking on it. And that opens up this project with a number of clips that I shot at our local grocery store here in Santa Rosa, California. I'll click on the Project view. These are all those clips. I am going to take these clips and start putting among the Timeline here at a moment. But first of all let me look at the Timeline and give a little tour here.
The Timeline looks different than the Sceneline. Sceneline had little placeholders to put clips. It had a Narration track and the Soundtrack and a video track. The Timeline has those Narration and Soundtrack tracks and the Video track, but also has an Audio track associated with the video. It's because when you shoot video, almost always your camcorder records a little bit of audio. It also has more than one Video/Audio track. It has three. Let me scroll up to show you those. That's going to the right-hand side here. This Video 2 with Audio 2 associated with it, and Video 3 and Audio 3 associated with it.
You can has many video tracks as your computer can handle, and the way you add more tracks is by right clicking here and saying Add Tracks. That says, "How many tracks do you want to add?" I will cancel out of that for now. Let's look at this feature here in the Timeline. This is called the Time Ruler. This gives you a sense of how long your project is. This time is broken down by frames on the right-hand side here. There are 30 frames per second for NTSC video. That's kind of standard,. You can have different frame rates for other kinds of video. There is the seconds, 32 seconds, and this is minutes and hours.
So right now we are looking at 1 minute and 20 seconds and two frames worth of space on this Timeline, with nothing added to it yet, no clips here. You can zoom in on that and actually edit into the point where you can see things based on like a second. I will scroll this little scroll bar to the left to get to the beginning. There is 0. So what we are looking at here is three seconds worth of time. Even through there are no clips here. You really can't see that at three seconds worth of time, but that's the time right there indicated. You have three seconds worth of time in this particular view. Or I can zoom out and I can see that I can see as much as 9 minutes and 36 seconds worth of video in this particular space.
So sometimes you like to zoom in when you want some fine editing and sometimes you want to zoom out and get a bigger picture what your project looks like. So let me add a clip to this Timeline. I am going to scroll this guy back down so we can see Video 1. There is Video 1, Audio 1. I am going to take this clip from the Project view and just click on it and drag it down to the Timeline. Right at the beginning, I notice a little black line with a couple of triangles appears there, saying I am now snapping this to the very beginning of the project. Which is good. You don't want a gap between the beginning of the first clip.
So there it snaps the beginning. I let go. And now I have added that clip to my project. If I want to view it, I will move my current time indicator over to it and I can play that here by clicking the Play button. You can see the Monitor. Now if you look at the Monitor playback, it might look a little fuzzy depending on your monitor and the compression we use here. That's because this is being played back at what's called the automatic setting. It tries to playback relative to the speed of this particular computer we are working on here in lynda.com studio. If I right-click on this, I can say instead of Playback quality being Automatic, let's choose Highest.
What that will do is it will make the playback look better but it might be a little jerky as it goes through, because the computer can't quite handle all these videos in a smooth straight playback. So you see kind of puk, puk, puk, puk. But the image is much better and when you pause it, the image is always going to be full quality. Wherever you are, it will always pause in full quality. I am going to shift back here, right click, and go Playback quality > Automatic, so we don't get that kind of herky-jerky view. So I have added one clip. We can view it here by scrubbing through or clicking on the Play button.
Now I want to add another clip to my project, and I can simply drag another clip over. I will do number 2, since I put these in sequentially. They kind of fit the order that creates a good story. So I will take number two and drag it down. And notice as I get close to the first clip, it's going to snap to the clip. I am getting closer and then boom! it snaps to the clip. That ensures that there won't be a gap between the first and the second clip. If I pull it away here and let it go there, as I go through, and I go pass that first couple and it goes to black. You don't want that gap to be there.
So I am going to take the clip. It's already here. I will drag it to the left. It snaps, and now those guys have no gaps between the two of them. I will click Play. Here comes my neighboring good friend Richard, he helped me out here that day acting, being a good actor. So that clips, you see how those clips go one right up to the other. Let me add a third clip, the grocery 3 here, and drag that down there. It will snap to the end of the previous one. Snap. We can continue from there. I will drag it over. And there is the next clip. My daughter was helping me out with day too. There is my daughter Jeanine and there is Richard going to the grocery store and notice when I click Pause, the picture looks better, because the pause always is the best looking view of the clip.
I want to add three more clips now all at once. And the order you select the clips would be the order that they will be added to the Timeline. So I will select number 5 and then I will Ctrl in Windows, Command in Mac click. Ctrl+Click or Command+Click. I will click 4 and I will click 7. So these clips will appear on the Timeline in the order I selected them, 5, 4, 7, drag them down there, and snap to that one. Now we got-- I will expand the view so you can see the names of the clips here.
Right now you can't see it. But I will expand the view. I will zoom in on the view, so you can see the names of the clips. And there we have 5, 4, 7. Here is the number 7. Now if I wanted to let's say delete a clip from the Timeline, all I have to do is select the clip, let's say 4. I will press the Delete key or I right click on it and say Delete and Close Gap. What that does is it takes the clip out and slides out the clips over to fill the gap that you made.
I click let say number 2, press the Delete key, and the same time happens. When you delete a clip, the other clip slides over to fill the gap that was made by the deletion. If I want to insert a clip, let's say I want to put number two back in again, go back to number 2, drag it, I will put it down here and put it there, as I get close to it you will see that it snaps to the edit point between the two clips. When you do that, other clips will slide over and you get a little animation letting you know that they will slide over. I will put that clip in and those guys slide over to accommodate my adding another clip.
They might notice that when I go from, let's say this first scene with a car going by and the next scene was Richard coming in, it's kind of a long pause before Richard gets on camera and what you want to do when you have those pauses like that, you want to trim away the beginning. Well, I will show you how to trim things away in a different movie called "Adjusting clip length in the Timeline." We will get into that a little bit later. Let me show you how you can rearrange clips. I am going to take this number 5 here. I want to put it ahead of number 3. To do that I just grab this and drag it to the left. I will put it in front of number 3, but you are going to watch. You're going to see something happen when I do that.
I let it go and it shoves everything over, but leaves a gap from where you took that clip out. I can make that gap go away by right clicking and say Delete and Close Gap, but that's an extra next step that you don't need to follow if you use what's called a keyboard modifier. I explained keyboard modifiers in the "Adding and rearranging clips in the Timeline using modifier keys" movie, which is the next movie in this chapter. I want to add music to this. So I am going to go down here and grab the music clip. I will drag that down to either the Narration or the Soundtrack. It doesn't make a difference.
Because they both are basically audio tracks. I'll put it down here in the Soundtrack and scroll down so you can see the sound track, here it is, and I added this music. (Music playing) But something strange happens when you want to let say add clips to the project and you already added a long audio clip like this there. If I let's say add grocery 9 for example, I want to put it right there between those two clips, what's going to happen is it's going to cut the audio in two and slide it to the right, which is not something you necessarily want to have happen.
So again, you can use a keyboard modifier to avoid that. I will explain that in the movie that I mentioned before "Adding and rearranging clips in the Timeline using modifier keys." So I am going to go Ctrl+Z or on Mac Command+Z to undo that edit. If we do Edit > Undo, you will see that the shortcut here, click that, and it undoes that edit and reattaches the audio down here at the bottom. So even though the Timeline might at first glance be a bit overwhelming or intimating, it works a lot like the Sceneline. It's just that there are more options and when creating a high quality video, more options is a good thing.
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