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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.
The Sceneline lets you quickly and easily create a basic story structure. It works kind of like sticking photographs on a bulletin board. In Premiere Elements you take clips from the Project view and stick them on the Sceneline and you can rearrange them, insert more clips between clips, or remove clips. Let me show you how that works. We're going to open that project from scratch. This is the first time you've done that if you've been following these movies straight through. So I'll click on Start, Adobe Premiere Elements 9. That opens up the Welcome screen. Now I'm going to go Open Project, because this is the project that you have in your Exercise Files, if you have the Exercise Files.
I'm going to go Open that way. Even though I saw Sceneline on the dropdown list, I want to show you the process that you'll likely go through. So clicking Open opens up Premiere Elements and then opens up the Open Project dialog box. Under Chapter 3 I want to go to Sceneline. Select that and click Open or I could just double-click it. What that does is it displays all the clips that I added to this project before saving it.
Here they are in the Media view and more importantly here they are in the Project view. This is where we're going to work from inside the Project view. I have the Sceneline open down here. I could have the Timeline open, but we will work on the Sceneline for this movie. Let me just show you basically how you work inside the Sceneline. You want to build your little bulletin board up. Let's start with let's say underwater-tight1. I can click on that and drag that clip down to this little drop box, this little thumbnail. That clip shows up there and if I see it up here in the Monitor panel I can click on Play and there we ago.
There is that clip playing in the Monitor. There is no audio associated with these clips. Just silent clips. Click pause on that. Let me drag another one. I'll do a wide shot here, underwater-wide. Drag that down there. That adds the next clip in this particular sequence of clips. You can see it up here in the Monitor panel. It puts this little blue thing here. That's called the current time indicator. It automatically puts it at the beginning of whatever clip you've just added. If I'll click Play, I'll play through that clip as well.
I can always just what they call scrub through this by grabbing the current time indicator and scrub through to sort of quickly fast-forward through. Notice that when I click on a particular clip you like that one, it will center it up in the Monitor panel with the current time indicator there. These little guys here allow you to trim the clip, which I discussed in other tutorials about editing and trimming clips. Let me go back over here to some other clip. Let's take a look at the shark. Drag the shark down. Now again it always leaves another placeholder over there.
I can view the shark. Zip through it. Let's say I want to put something ahead of this shark instead of after it. I will take the turtle and put the turtle ahead of this shark. So I drag it in front of the shark. That moves the shark to the right, farther into your project, and puts the turtle in front of it. Here is a turtle playing right here. As I go past the turtle, there is the shark. So you can always insert clips inside the Sceneline. It's a very simple way to edit. But let's say this little wide shot I decide, you know, I don't want it there.
I want it over here between the turtle and the shark. I can just grab it and drag it and you'll notice a little blue line appears telling you where you can place it if you choose to. You can place it at the beginning or over here. So I'll drag it there and insert it, basically swap positions. Again, it shows up here on the Monitor. I click on a different clip. I can always check out the clips here in the Monitor. I am thinking that maybe this little garibaldi shot here, the underwater-tight clip at the beginning, really shouldn't be there at all. So I could just delete that by pressing the Delete key after I select it and it goes away.
Everybody slides over to fill the space that was created by deleting that clip. So now my clip starts with the turtle clip, then goes to this wide shot and then goes to this shark shot. So one thing I am not doing again is that I'm not trimming stuff from the beginning or the end. I will explain that one. I am going to be adjusting clip length in the Sceneline video later. I can add music or narration or any other kind of audio to this project by simply dragging audio to that a particular track.
I am going to see if I have some audio here. There is what I call the SmartSound- underwater clip, which I made actually inside Premiere Elements. Drag that one down to the Soundtrack track. I could drag it to the Narration track. It doesn't have to be a narration to be on the Narration track, but we'll stick with the naming convention here and put it on the Soundtrack level. Now you can see that this clip relative to the length of your project is a little bit longer than all the video clips here. There is that kind of relative thing here and you can see it up here in the Monitor panel that's a little bit longer than the straight clips that you added.
Let's add one more shot here, underwater -tight2, and now you can see that the project itself is a little bit longer than the audio. If I go to this clip here and play it, (Music playing) you can hear the audio. But if I get to a certain point in it, let me just drag that over here. I'll click my current time indicator right there and you will see that the audio ends before the end of this clip. (Music playing) There you go. So you can always adjust the length of these clips later when you learn how to trim clips to have them match the length of the audio if you care to do that.
Let me show you one little quick thing here about to how the Sceneline and the Timeline look different. I'll click on the Timeline now. You can see that all the work we've done over here in the Sceneline shows up in the Timeline. Here are those little video clips that we added. There is no audio associated with them and rolling down here a little ways there is that music that we added. Up here the size of the clips is relative to the length of each individual clip, whereas back in the Sceneline they're just one see after the other. So while you will eventually want to do all or most of you editing in the Timeline, for now the Sceneline might be an approach that suits your editing style.
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