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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.
You almost always want to trim clips, that is remove some stuff at the beginning or end that you really don't want people to see. That's usually when your camera might be moving around too much or you're fixing the focus or you haven't quite composed your shot. You can trim clips before you add them to the Sceneline or the Timeline, or after. In this movie, I will show you how to trim clips you've already added to the Sceneline. It's fairly straightforward. You don't do it directly on the Sceneline; rather you do it in the Monitor panel and here is how. So let's just build a video here from scratch.
I think it's a good idea to get used to that idea, used to that process. The more you do it, the more comfortable you'll get with it. So I am going to take grocery1 here, and just drag it down to this little spot in the Sceneline, this placeholder. It automatically adds that clip there. And then it creates another placeholder for the second clip. I am going to select four more clips and add them all at once. So I'll go 2, I'll Ctrl+Click or Command+Click on the Mac, 3, 4, and 5. Now I'm going to drag those guys down to that placeholder. It's going to add four more clips. Here they all are.
Five clips in a row. Let me show you how the Monitor panel behaves when you click one clip. I'll click on this third clip for example. This third clip will suddenly spread out that distance. No matter how long the clip actually is, it's view here in the Sceneline version of the Monitor panel is to show you that much real estate. If I go over to the Timeline for a second here, you will see that let's say video clip 5 is distinctly shorter than 4, 3, 2, and 1. So I'll go back to the Sceneline. If I clip on video clip 5, the width that it'll take up here up in the Monitor panel is as wide as if I clicked on video 2 for example.
So, it's just a relative length here. There are always the same distance to give you some real estate to play with, but they don't actually represent the true length of each individual clip. But that's okay. That just makes it easier for us to edit it. So you do your trimming of clips in the Sceneline here in the Monitor panel. Watch what happens when I'll go to the Timeline. You'll see this thing disappear. That's because that little guy there is only for when working in the Sceneline. Let's go to the first clip. Now I'm going to trim away the beginning of this clip. It doesn't mean we're going to destroy our original clip on our hard drive.
We're just changing the reference to that clip. Here we're not touching the original clip. I am going to watch this clip for a second to scrub through little bit. I am going to see that it's holding the shot of the sigh, and eventually it starts pulling back. I really don't need all that stuff at the beginning before that pull starts happening. So I'm going to move my Current Time Indicator to just before that pull happens, to right about there. That's my little demarcation point, telling me that's where I want my story to actually start. So I'm going to trim away all the stuff by dragging this little in point here over.
Now this is turning red to my Current Time Indicator. That's basically saying okay, now that we're lined up there, I'm going to remove that stuff. My clip will start right at that location. This little guy doesn't move. That's okay. That's by design. That's logical to stay at that point. But I've trimmed away all the stuff that was there. So now if I play it from the beginning, you'll see that we start and we almost immediately start that pull, as it called. Right there, there is that pull I mentioned. Now as I move along here, I'm going to scrub forward. Here is a car up to the scene, which is fine. I wanted the car to go through.
At some point, I don't really need to leave the clip sitting there all that time. I can save right about that point or so, right as it goes out of the scene. I can make my edit to the next clip. I can trim away this stuff from that point to the end of the clip. That's called the tail frames. So I'll just drag this outpoint over to my Current Time Indicator. If I drag it farther, you'll see that car up here in the left-hand side that's showing you really what you're trimming away. So right there to the Current Time Indicator where I lined it up just where I want to go. The clip on the right will slide over to fill that gap.
It's like that it'll sort of delete and fill the gap move you've seen before. So now this clip will go from that car going out of the scene to the next scene. Boom, right there, you saw how it works. Now I'm going to go to the next clip, number 2. I want to trim it as well. So we trim the first clip and you can trim each clip this way. I want to go right to the point where Richard, my neighbor and friend, starts entering with their cart, just before he enters the scene. That's always a good thing. We've got action entering the scene. Just edit right before the action enters the scene. So there it is right there. I am going to take the in point of clip number 2, grocery2, and drag it over to the Current Time Indicator.
You can watch the edit up in the screen on the right. The one on the left won't move. It's showing you the out point, in the one on the left. That's the first clip. Right there is where I want to make the edit. Probably I will go a little farther, so you can see Richard enter the scene, just so you can see that. I'll go back to the Current Time Indicator and now we've made that edit. Again, the Current Time Indicator doesn't move. That's fine. But there is the edit we made. Let's watch that from the car going by to Richard walking into the scene. We trimmed the head and the tail of the first clip. We trimmed the head of the second clip, so that they actually work better together. That's almost always what you're going to do.
You're going to want to trim away stuff that you don't particularly want to have showing up in your finished product. And I could do that to all these clips. They all have a little bit of extra head and tail frames, which I shot on purpose. I always like an extra head and tail frames at the beginning and end to make it easier to do my edits. In this particular clip, you might want to trim between two. For instance, it goes from here and it starts tilting up. But let's say I want to have only this part of the clip and then only that part of the clip. So I'm going to go to this before it starts moving, and I am going to click this little Split Clip tool.
It actually cuts the clip in two. grocery4 here and grocery4 there. Now I am going to go to the right, say this is stuff I want to get rid of now. Just to little point where the bananas have stopped moving or the camera stopped moving. I want to trim to that point. So I'm going to go from this place where I cut. I can trim away the middle of the clip this way. To that point where the bananas or the camera stops moving, and the bananas settle down. Now that took away that tilt up. So we've got the shot of blueberries, and then just the shot of the bananas.
You can trim away the inside of the clip. I think you get the gist of this. Let me show you one more trim though just to kind of solidify it for you. I am going to go down here to this little apple shot. The apple shot goes like this. The hand comes into the picture. Hmm. What can we do about that hand? We go back and look at number six. I am going to preview it by double-clicking on it. There is number 6. You see that Richard walks into the scene, and then reaches for that apple. So I'm going to insert that clip between here and here, have him walk in the scene first.
Here we go, inserted it. Let me click on that one to show that one. I want to get Richard just coming-in on camera there again. So I'm going to trim to that by lining it up here, trimming over. Probably this trimming thing is not necessarily as exact as it can be on the Timeline, but it's pretty darn exactly so there- now you can see it lined up there. So now, Richard is going to walk in and see on the scene there. Now he is going to reach for that apple and just before he reaches for the apple that's where I want to make the next edit. So I can pick up that next scene, so I'm going to trim to that where his hand is coming into the scene there.
Now I'm going to go to the next scene. You see his hand just appearing right there. I'm going to trim to that point. So we can actually make what's called a matching action or matched action edit. We're going to match his action. We'll see how that works. So I'll take my Current Time Indicator back a ways and see if we get his hand reaching in there just in time to grab that apple. We'll watch it now. By the way, I'm making this play not by clicking here, but I'm using a keyboard shortcut, the Spacebar.
The Spacebar is your universal keyword shortcut to start playing a video. You see that, how he reached in? I will show you that again because you missed it. Go back here always, press the Spacebar, and we'll watch his hand reaching there now. There we go. That's how you trim clips that you've already placed in the Sceneline using the Monitor panel.
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