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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 workflow described in the first two movies of the editing clips chapter had you first drag clips from the Project view to the Sceneline or to the Timeline and then trim them, and that workflow is fine. But you might want to take a different approach, a different workflow, that has you first trim the clips before you put them on the Sceneline or the Timeline. I think you might come to rely on that. You do that work in what's called the Preview window. It works very much like the Monitor panel that you used when you trimmed clips in the Sceneline. So let me show you how that works. I've got four clips here in this project, zip-line1 through zip-line4, and to open up the Preview Window you simply double-click on a clip here in the Project view.
That opens up this Preview window. There is a second way to open up the Preview window by just right-clicking on a clip, the context menu, and it says Open in Clip Monitor. Two different phrases for the same thing. They call it Clip Monitor here but they really mean Preview window. And that's that clip. If you've watched the whole clip from the beginning to end, there is my daughter going to hop on our zip-line, head off down the hillside. So I'll pause it now. What I want to do is I want to trim this to the point where she is just getting ready to sit on that, right there.
I don't need all that sort of preliminary stuff. So, just as she is getting ready to sit on that I am going to trim to that. So we haven't put it anywhere yet. It's just sitting here over here in the Project view but we haven't added it to the Timeline or to the Sceneline yet, but now I am going to trim this to that point and those head frames go away. But this shows you that you can always get them back if you want to by simply trimming it back. That gives you a little gap there. It tells you, okay well they are still there in your original clip that sits on your hard drive but you've trimmed them away, right? That's all that shows you. Now I am going to go to the end here.
Well, I don't want the whole thing because I have got four different clips here that show her going down there. I just wanted to get started, so just after she takes off there is where I want to make the trim to the out point. I am going to get rid of these tail frames, by trimming over to that point. And there is our first clip in this particular project. I can click the X here and then drag it down from here or I can simply drag right from here down to the Timeline. Yhat puts our first clip right there, all nice and edited. I'll play it here on the Timeline. We'll get this guy out of the way first. Click Play.
She hops on just as we expect and off she goes and then that's far enough. We'll stop right there. Let's take a look at the next clip. I'll right-click this time to show you the other way to get there and go Open in Clip Monitor and you see it looks exactly the same. The process is the same. We want to pick her up now just as she takes off down the line, so right about there. That's where we want to pick her up. So I'll move the inpoint over to her there. Keep on moving to where I want to pick up the next shot and the next shot is the point of view shot. You'll see what that is in a moment. Right about there is where I'll pick up the point of view shot.
So I am just going to go over to that point. Now I am going to close this one this time and show you the other way to add it to the Timeline. I'll close it and now that trimmed version of the clip is right there. If I open it up again, you'll see that there is the trimmed version, which I can always change if I want to, but I'll close it now. Then I'll drag the trimmed version down. This doesn't say trimmed; you just have to know that it's trimmed. Drag it down and that's going to line that up. So let's just see how these two guys work together, there to there. There we go. Let's go on to the next clip, number 3.
I'll double click on that. This is a point of view shot. We want to pick this up right about there I think. That's where the camera kind of settles down, the camera meaning me. I didn't have my daughter carry the camera. I'll stop right about there. This is where we'll make next edit, trim it over, drag that to the Timeline, and then finally we'll finish this little four clip project here, just to kind of wrap it up. Got her coming in here, lasting through the end there, right about there, pick her up, all those fun things that we do, and we'll take it all the way to right about there is where we want to finish this up.
This is how you edit in advance. This is actually a sort of the normal workflow before you add clips to the Timeline. You can just sort of create them here one at a time. I'll drag this one down. Now we've made a four-clip story. I'll close this little Preview monitor. I'll take it to the beginning and watch our little story. Go ahead and see that plays out. And that's how that works. I want to show you one thing though while we are on this. Let me spread things out a little bit. I am going to press the Plus key, which is the same as zooming in on the Timeline this way. Pressing the Plus key zooms in and Minus key zooms out. I am going to show you more of the Timeline so you can see more tracks.
You heard that little zip-line coming at loud there suddenly, like that. I kind of like that sound but it just happened so suddenly. So I am going to show you a trick here to edit when you have multiple clips that you want to add together. I am going to right-click on this clip. I am going to select Unlink Audio and Video. I am going to take this audio, click away to finish the process, until just this is selected. I am going to take that up here to the Audio 2 track. You can move things around to other tracks. I am going to take this guy and spread it out a little bit. Let's see how that audio sounds, if it's all blended in with the rest of the work here.
What that does is it gives us a smoother overall audio feel to your clip. So it's all that you know that when you're working in the Timeline like this and you have that kind of jump in your audio, you can always unlink a clip. Click away when you're done unlinking to finish the unlinking process, then move the audio to another track and simply spread it out a little bit. That's a great way to kind of make the sound get smooth. But basically using the Preview window is a great way to build a project one trimmed clip at a time.
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