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Showing off vacation highlights or making a music video with a professional touch is just a few keystrokes away with Premiere Elements 7. In Premiere Elements 7 Essential Training, Jeff Sengstack, Adobe Certified Expert in Premiere Pro, breaks down the editing workflow into bite–sized pieces, about everything from setting up a project to exporting the final video to any format. In between, Jeff covers the basics of editing as well as advanced features like picture–in–picture overlays and dazzling visual effects. Exercise files accompany the course.
Think of the Sceneline as a bulletin board. If you take clips from the project workspace and pin them up on the Sceneline, then you can rearrange them, insert clips between clips or remove clips. The Sceneline lets you quickly and easily create a basic story structure. Now you create that story structure by dragging clips from the Project View down to the Sceneline into one of these little thumbnails that say Drag next clip here. So let's start with the first clip. Just click on it and drag and drop it right into there, and bam, you have now created a one clip video. The clip shows up in the Monitor View and if you want to play there is the clip play.
Your first clip in your first video. Now if you want to add a clip to this video just drag it from the Project View down here, and you have laid your second clip in and notice how the view under the Monitor changes. That next clip shows up with an in point here and an out point over here. And if you want to scrub through it you can grab the Current Time Indicator and just drag it through and see how that looks. And if you drag through the Edit point you go to the previous clip. Let's add the third clip. Just drag it down next to this one,and notice how again the clip shows up onto the Monitor View, with the same width and the width is always the same, no matter how long the clip is. And again you can scrub through it or play.
Now many times you want to rearrange clips on the Sceneline or insert clips. Let's insert a clip first. We've got a wide shot and a wide shot and a wide shot, which in the video world is kind of boring. So we want to break that up a little bit by putting in some tight shots. So let's grab this little video underwater-tight-2 and drag it down between these two. Now to put something between two clips left and right here, you put it on top of the second clip and that will insert up between the two of them. So now I have got the wide-tight-wide. We do that again. Drag down this Garibaldi between these two guys by putting it on top of this clip and it shoves that clip over to the right and inserts it.
Now that you have laid out your video, you've got a five-clip video and you're thinking hmmm, maybe I really want the Garibaldi to be at the beginning of the clip. So I can just click on this guy and drag it to the left and notice how a little blue vertical line appears to the left to wherever you are going to drop it. Once you through where you wanted it to be, let it rip, and now you have got that inserted at the beginning. It is that easy to make a video in the Sceneline. Now that you've added clips to the Sceneline and rearranged clips to the Sceneline, you can delete them simply by selecting one and pressing the Delete key. And after you've deleted it you might want to add something else instead, so I'll drag this down, continuing our five-clip methodology. Now we've got five clips down there.
You can also add audio and notice it has two audio tracks here. One is called the Narration track and one is called the Music or the Soundtrack track. But in fact they are just standard audio tracks and you can put any kind of audio there. We have this one little bit of music here called SmartSound Underwater. It's a minute thirty. I'm just going to drag it down to one of the audio tracks and you'll see a little blue line up here and the blue line indicates where it's going to start. You can't go any farther left than this. It's telling you it's going to start at the very beginning of this first clip. If I go down to the next audio track you will see that blue line appears there as well. It doesn't really make any difference which track you pick but you do want to lay it down there at the beginning.
And once you let go, it puts that audio clip down and it does indicate the relative length of it, relative to the length of your story. You have these five clips that total about two minutes or so. And you can see that this 1:30 audio clip ends before the end of the third clip. And in another tutorial I'll show you how you can trim the clips in the Sceneline to make them match the sound in the audio and also be as long as the audio.
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