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Initially the Timeline is not as intuitive as the Sceneline. But you'll soon see how much more it has to offer and you will forever leave the Sceneline behind. Now to get to the Timeline you just click on the Timeline button here. You can switch between the Sceneline and the Timeline. The Timeline has multiple tracks. If you take a look down at the bottom you will see it has a Sound track and a Narration track. In fact those are audio tracks. You can put any kind of audio clip there that you wish. If you scroll up a little bit you'll see Video 1 and Audio 1. What this means is your video usually has audio associated with it. And so they go right here.
You drop a video clip here and the audio that's associated with it will appear right below it. And if you scroll up even farther you'll see there is Audio 2 and Video 2, Audio 3 and Video 3. You can add audio and video tracks as many as your computer can take. There is no top limit. Although you won't work with more then probably five layers or so as you move forward through Premiere Elements. Let me show you how easy it is to add clips to the Timeline. Just as you might have worked on in the Sceneline, you just take a clip up here drag it and drop it down into the Timeline. The difference between this and the Sceneline is you can drop it anywhere you want. We'll drop it at the beginning.
You'll notice that it snaps to the beginning. This particular clip, all these clips in fact from Artbeats have no audio associated with them. So no audio appears below here. But we can add audio later when we want to put some music to it. Let's add another clip. You just drag it down. You can put it anywhere you want, but again it'll snap to the previous clip to make sure there is no black appearing between the two of them. Notice how it goes whap and snaps over like that. That means there is nothing between those like this black frame. If I were to drag through here, you will see that it goes smoothly from one to the next with nothing black appearing between the two of them.
Let's drag one more clip down. You can build your video this way simply by dragging clips one after another onto the Timeline. Now if you want to rearrange clips on the Timeline and you've worked in the Sceneline, the thought you might have is that 'I can just take this clip and just drag it over here and let it rip.' But in fact what happens is you cover up clips if you are not careful. So let me show you some little things that you can do when you move clips around. I'm going to add two more clips here, so we have five clips there and it'll be a little more intricate as we move clips around.
Let's say I want this clip to appear at the end. I just click on it and drag it to the end, let her rip. What happens is it leaves a gap. You can delete that gap by right-clicking and pressing Delete and Close Gap. But there are shortcuts to this that keep you from having that take the extra step. So I'm going to go Ctrl+Z to backup and start over again. I'll take this clip now and put it at the end but when I take it I'm going to hold down the Control key and that tells Premiere Elements that you want to fill the gap. I'm clicking here, I'm dragging over here and now when I let go, Premiere Elements will fill the gap.
Let me show you that again. Ctrl+Z, I'm going to take the second clip. Hold down the Control key, notice that the icon changes to little arrow to indicate it's going to close the gap there. I was pointing to the left. I'm going to drag them away, I can let go the Control key. Now I have already told that you are going to fill the gap when I'm done here. Now I'm going to put it at the end. And its slide everything over and fills that gap. Now if you want to drag a clip from inside your video to some other place within the video you can use the Control key shortcut again. First of all you press that Control key and say, okay, look, Premiere Elements, fill this gap.
So I click on it and I start dragging. I can let go the Control key now, and now notice when I let go the Control key, the little arrow points to the right. That's saying everything after the Edit point on the left-hand side of this clip will be shoved to the right. So I won't change the overall length of the story. I'll just shove everything to the right, it'll fill the gap to the left where this thing came out and the story will not change length. So when I let go now, the story doesn't change lengths, everything gets rearranged without touching any of the clips. So the shortcut key is Control. Now that you have laid down some clips and rearranged them you can add clips from the Project View. Let's add a clip that hasn't been used and you can tell which one has haven't been used by the lack of a check mark here. Now here's the one that hasn't been used. I'm going to add it to our story. If I drag it down, wherever I put it, it's going to slide clips over. Notice that when I drag it down, the clips slide over to accommodate it just to let me know that's what's going to happen.
If I want to put it right there, let it rip, and it will shove all the clips over and lengthen the entire story without covering up any other clips, I have now made it a 6-clip video. You can add audio fairly easily, simply by dragging it from the Project View down to the Timeline. You can go on any audio track, and normally this Audio 1 is the audio that's associated with the video, but this video has no audio. So you can put it here or down one track in the Narration or even down farther. It doesn't make a difference which audio track you put it on. But it's nice to put it close to your video so you can keep things together and see how they work together.
I'll let it go now. I'll now edit this music to this video. If I click the Play button-- (Music playing.) But the reason I added it wasn't so you could just listen to this lovely music. But what I wanted to show you is what happens if you rearrange clips from the video area and don't hold down particular shortcut keys. So let me just hold down the Control key here and click on this second clip. And I'm going to move it over here. Let go the Control key and that should therefore fill the gap and slide things over. But what it does is it cuts this audio clip and that is one of the little gotchas that Premiere Elements will do to you when you work on the Timeline. In fact that's purposeful and that's a good thing, but you want to avoid that by holding down at different shortcut key.
So let me do Ctrl+Z to back up and start over again. When you want to move something only on one track you hold down the Alt key as well. The Alt key basically tells Premiere Elements that the only thing you are moving here is on this track, only this clip. So hold down the Control key to say I want you to fill the gap. Hold down the Alt key to say I'm working only on this track. Now I drag over. I'm going to let go the Control key to say I want you to slide this stuff over, but I'll hold down the Alt key to make sure that I don't change any other track. And notice that it has a little swirly icon that basically says we are working only on this track, and now it doesn't split the audio down below.
Finally you want to delete clips from the Timeline. If you just click on a clip and press Delete that'll remove it and slide everything over. It sort of fills the gap automatically. So that's basically the simplest way to get rid of a clip on the Timeline. Just press the clip or click the clip to select it and then press Delete. So that's basically how the Timeline works. You can drag clips to the Timeline, rearrange them, replace them or delete them and you need to know how to use those two keyboard shortcuts, the Control key to make sure that you slide things over and the Alt key to make sure you work on only one track. And now that you have done this you are ready to move on trimming clips in the Timeline.
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