Adjusting clip length in the Timeline
Video: Adjusting clip length in the TimelineTrimming clips in the Timeline is more direct and more intuitive than trimming clips in the Sceneline via the Monitor panel. Unlike the Monitor panel where all clips when displayed individually appear to be the same length, Wwhen working in the Timeline you can readily see the relative lengths of clips and have a better sense of how your project is coming together. So let's take a look at how we can trim clips in the Timeline. I've setup this project here with two folders in the Project View. The grocery folder and the underwater folder. The grocery folder has these five clips in it. Underwater has, scroll down a bit, these six video clips and one audio clip.
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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.
- Touring the interface
- Creating a new project
- Capturing video
- Downloading assets and importing media
- Arranging, rearranging, and deleting clips
- Adjusting clip lengths
- Applying video transitions
- Working with video effects
- Animating effects
- Recording, editing, and mixing audio
- Automating edits
- DVD authoring
- Saving and sharing movies
Adjusting clip length in the Timeline
Trimming clips in the Timeline is more direct and more intuitive than trimming clips in the Sceneline via the Monitor panel. Unlike the Monitor panel where all clips when displayed individually appear to be the same length, Wwhen working in the Timeline you can readily see the relative lengths of clips and have a better sense of how your project is coming together. So let's take a look at how we can trim clips in the Timeline. I've setup this project here with two folders in the Project View. The grocery folder and the underwater folder. The grocery folder has these five clips in it. Underwater has, scroll down a bit, these six video clips and one audio clip.
Let's start with the grocery clips. I want to put them down in numeric order. I need to go 7 through 9, then 10 and 11. So I click on 7, Shift+Click on 9 to grab those three, and then Ctrl+Click or Command+Click on the Mac 10 and 11. So they will be put on the Timeline in that order when I drag them down there. All the audio and video in one and now they are all five clips. Let's spread out the view a little bit of the Timeline so you can see those clips and names of these clips. So I'll just do that by dragging this guy to the right to zoom in on it, and there are all those five clips.
Now I'll take the scrollbar in the bottom to get to the beginning, here we go. Now the keyboard shortcut here by the way is the Backslash key. The Backslash key will fill the Timeline with whatever clips you've got. So pressing it once fills it; pressing it again takes it back to where we had it before. So I'll press it once more to see all these clips fill the Timeline, with a little bit of space at the end. That's normal. Now what I want to do is trim the beginning of my project. I'll take a look at beginning this clip here. It's what's called a rack focus. They basically roll your focus ring on the camera as you move the camera to make the focus follow the move.
So that you end up in focus at the end, and just start in focus at the beginnings of the rack focus. Usually, what you want to do is have your clip start just before the rack focus or just where the move begins. So here are move begins right there. So I want the clip to start playing right before that point, right about where the Current Time Indicator is now. So I hover my cursor over the beginning. Now notice when I hover over to the beginning of the clip one of two things might happen. It might do that red fat right facing bracket with a double-arrow in it, or if I move down little bit, it'll shift to a different kind of cursor. See that cursor there now, with kind of a double-arrow pointing up and down with a black bar between? There are two kinds of cursors that can appear here.
This is a context-sensitive cursor. It responds to what it's hovering over. You hover over at the end of the clip like that. It'll turn into this what's called Ripple Edit tool. But if you happen to hover over this little yellow line here in the middle, it'll turn into this other tool, which allows you to adjust what's called the Opacity. We don't want to adjust the opacity graph line. Now we want to adjust the in-point. So you need to make sure that when you hover, you get that little red guy right there rather than a little double-arrow thing like that. So that little Ripple Edit tool is there.
I'm going to click and drag to the Current Time Indicator. It's going to snap to the Current Time Indicator. It's just so great that it does. That's going to go snap to it. That little black line appears. That means that your edit will be frame specific. It'll edit right to where you put your Current time Indicator. It's exact. Unlike working in the Monitor panel, when you work in the Sceneline, that's kind of close to exact, this is absolutely nailed down to the exact frame. Now when I let go, it's going to make what's called a Ripple Edit. But in Premiere Elements it's also referred to as a Delete and Close the Gap. So that's going to remove the beginning of this clip the head frames, and slide everything over. Ready? Here we go.
Now we barely saw it. This whole thing got shorter. That amount that was cut off there made this whole thing shorter than end. Now when I go to the beginning, drag the Current Time Indicator to the beginning and start playing it, I can press the Play key, here I'll press the Spacebar, which is what I almost always do. There the rack focus just begins, which is the way I want it to be. When it ends, this is where I want this clip to end. So right there is where I want the clip to end. It's the end of it. I'm going to drag in the in-point using the Ripple Edit tool, this big trim tool here again.
I'm going to drag to the Current Time Indicator. That'll remove all these tail frames, get rid of all the stuff that I really don't want people to see. So I'm going to click here and drag and it'll snap again to the current time indicator, whap there. All our stuff from that trim tool to the end of the clip will now disappear and the gap will be filled. All the clips to the right will slide to the left. Ready? Here we go. They all slide in to fill that gap. That's the closing the gap, Delete and Close the Gap edits. Now we've got the thing worked exactly where I want it to work it. It ends, settles down, and then we go to the next clip.
Now here I've got where my buddy Richard again reaching inside and grabbing something, grabbing the lettuce. We got him two shots, a wide shot and the tight shot. I really want the wide shot to go first. So I'm going to do one of those little things I've explained before with our keyboard modifiers. I am going to take this clip and put it there in place. So I need to lift it out of here and make sure I close the gap. So I'll hold down the Ctrl key in Windows or Command key in the Mac and drag that over, right here, and let go the Ctrl or Command key now. I'm going to move it around and slide it in place and basically flip those two clips.
So I start with the wide shot and he reaches and grabs it, right about there he reaches and grabs it. So now I'm going to trim all the way to that point and go to this tight shot where he comes in and he grabs it here, right about there. He has got his hand on it. So I'm going to go and trim away this stuff such that when he goes from the wide shot to the tight shot, his hand is in the same place. So I trim to the current time indicator. You can see the hands in left-hand side. See the wide shot and the tight shot, you see they'll match up now? Let go.
We'll see how this plays. He reaches and grabs it, pulls it away. How about that? I can cut this away. Right about here I'll cut it. So trim to the current time indicator. So that's how you trim clips on the Timeline and also make some matching edits. Now I will show you a couple of more things here. I think it's important to see how match edits work, so we have another example of our match edit here. I've got Richard walking in the scene. Can you hear me saying "go?" I'm kind of giving you directions here. (Off camera: Ready? Go!) Hear that? I'm going to get him walking in the scene right there, holding the camera way above my head here.
So I'm going to get him to start right about there. So I'm going to trim to that point. See, I'm going to move this over. That'll fill the gap. Snaps to the CPI, fills the gap. So we've got him walking right there and reaching down. He is going to grab the loaf of bread. So this is where his hand is right there. After the camera stops moving, I want to trim to that point to get rid of the stuff after that. So I'm hover my cursor over here so I get that Ripple Edit trim tool. Now I want to get the next shot where he reaches and he grabs it, right about there.
So I'm going to trim to that point, so making another match edit. If I click here, I start dragging, you'll see the two up here on the screen. You can see him reaching in. On the left-hand side, it's not moving and the right-hand side he is moving, just as he pulls it out. I think I'll go right about there. That should be a pretty close edit. Let's see. I am off here by a frame or 2, but let's see how that works. There you go. It was a pretty good job. So that's how you do matched- edits using this trim tool. Let me show you one more thing that you can do inside of the Timeline. I have these underwater clips here.
I'm going to put them all on after the ones we just did. I'm going to just select all of them by clipping the first, Shift+Clicking on the last, dragging it down to the Timeline here. Now you can't see all the clips here. So I'm going to zoom out so I can see them all. There they go, like that. Well, the easier way of course is to press the Backslash key. But that shows those clips and the first ones. If I want to zoom in only those, I can zoom in on those, but that's a pretty good view. Then I've got this music that I want to add underneath there. I want to show you how you can edit to music.
You can see the clips are much longer than the music. It goes something like this. (Music Playing) So what I want to do is where the beat comes is make an edit to the beat. (Music Playing) That's when next beat just going to come. So I'll just take this guy, over over here. I know the beat is right there. Trim over to that. Now we've made an edit to the music, which you can do it easily just by listening to the music. (Music Playing) So I'll trim that one down and that'll be our last edit I think.
Eventually, I'll get this down to a length that more or less matches the music. We could add more clips later if we wanted to do. So trimming clips in the Timeline is something you will do time and again. Using the current time indicator and that snap feature means your edits will be framed accurate.
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