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Premiere Elements 10 Essential Training breaks down the editing workflow into bite-sized pieces, covering everything from setting up a project to exporting the final video to any format. Author David Basulto introduces the basics of editing in Adobe Premiere Elements as well as the advanced features like picture-in-picture overlays and audio and visual effects.
So we have our clips in the Sceneline, but if we want to make them shorter or longer? Well, let's take a look how. So with my three clips in the Sceneline and if I just scrub through them here, you will see I go here one clip to this next clip, to the next clip. But maybe as I was editing, I just found some clips I thought were good and didn't really look at the length, and now they are kind of lagging along and not really telling my story as I would like it to do. So what can I do? Well, as you can see, within my project window here, I have these two handles that represent the in and the out of the clip.
Now if I started the clip from the very beginning, I'm pretty much stuck with that intro area. But if I made it shorter than it was when I brought it in the project, I have room here to extend it or to make it smaller. All of this is done in what's called nondestructive editing, meaning you're not actually shortening or making that clip longer; it stays the same. The reference that you are making to that clip, which is this little clip here, the reference you are making to this video file is becoming shorter or longer.
The video file always stays the same. So as I am watching this, I like where it starts, and if I go when this guy in green steps up and puts his head down in a second right there, I think that's where I want to stop. So I am just going to click, hold, and drag to the left as I see this red. The red means everything that's going to go away. So I am going to let go. So now if I go back a little bit and play, I see he puts his head down and then we transition into the next video. As I said before, it's nondestructive.
I could go back here and say you know what, I want that all back. So I can click, hold, and drag, and bring it back. But I like when he does this. So he just puts with his head down, and we are going to transition into the next video. And now we go here. Now on this one, I particularly don't like how she is kind of frowning there. I think she smiles a little bit because it's a happy day. So maybe about right there she has got a little smile on her face, so I am going to click the in point, drag it to the right and let go, and now if I look, she's smiling. She's keeps looking.
We will stop about right there. She is looking over at the instructor. So I am going to click on this one, drag it in, let go, and we go from here to her dancing right there. And I would probably apply a nice little transition right here, and we will go into transitions at another time, but we will make a nice smooth transition over to the next video. So changing the duration to clips within the Sceneline is really easy and very much the essence of video editing.
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