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One of the cool things in Elements 10 is if you right-click on Footage or on empty tracks, you have a submenu that you can do some really cool things. Let's take a look. If I go into this Audio 2 track that's empty and I choose Track Size, it brings up different sizes of icon. So if I want to see these thumbnails larger, I can right-click here, choose Track Size, and choose Large, and here they are. I prefer working with small, so I am going to choose Small.
I can right-click up here. I can add tracks so if I click that, it will add a track, up to 5 tracks, if I would like, before or after. I am going to leave it default, click OK. If I scroll up, I have got a fourth track now. But maybe I know I am not going to use any tracks other than Video1 an Audio1, so I can right-click once again and Delete Empty Tracks just to keep everything nice and tidy. I can also right-click once again and uncheck Snap, so when these checks are shown--and you will see these another menu items--that means that that is enabled.
So snapping right now is enabled. And we talked about snapping in the previous chapter. But if I turn that off for now and let me just grab a piece of footage, and I bring that down here, now if I drag it to the left, I can keep dragging, because it's not snapping. So I am going to press Command+Z to get rid of that, Ctrl+Z on a PC. I will right-click once again and enable Snap, and now I'll try and do that again. I will drag it down here and as I am going to the left, it snaps into place.
Do it one more time. Snaps. So snapping may be part of your workflow or you may hate it. Let's Command+Z, Ctrl+Z to get that out. Now if I click on the actual clip by just clicking on it and selecting it and right-click, we have a ton of menu items here. And I am just going to go over the important ones for now. You can cut and copy. So if I wanted to just press Copy, for example, and I went to the end here and press Command+ V or Ctrl+V, it would paste a separate clip right there of that copy.
We will Command+Z or Ctrl+Z to get out of that. We will go back. I will right-click. I can Delete and Close Gap, and we talked about that before, but here's a context menu that we can use, so if I go into this second item here and I right-click, Delete and Close Gap, it's going to delete that and close the gap for us. So there it goes. Now there is no gap here between the two pieces of footage. The other one is gone. Let's Command+Z or Ctrl+Z to get out of that. We will right-click again. Enable is something that's pretty important, so Enable is checked.
That means that this piece of footage is enabled, and we can see it. So let's see what happens when I deselect it. It turns gray or like a white. Now if I play it in the Timeline and I go over that piece of footage it turns black. And let's re-enable that. And now let's go over to this clip that has both audio and video. So why would Enable be interesting here? Well, yes, if I right-click and choose Enable to deselect it, it turns white and there is no audio or video. But what if I click it again to enable it? And then the next item down is the Unlink Audio or Video.
So let's select that. That unlinked the audio from the video. And I will click over here to the side to deselect them both. So now maybe I just want to hear the audio on this clip and not have the video. Maybe I am going to put something on top of it, or I just want a long piece of video here that just has audio. So, I am going to select the video, right-click, click on Enable to deselect it, and it's gone. But if I play the clip. (music playing) You hear the music.
So let's go back and enable it again, and there it plays again. And likewise, if I wanted to do the same with the audio, I can just right-click on the audio and choose Enable. The audio turns white and I will play the clip and now there is no audio. And we will enable that one more time. Now I can go back and select both clips, right-click, and link them back up again. So I will press Link Audio and Video, and now they are one clip one more time.
Now another item is the Fade. So if I want to do a quick fade and not have to go searching through my transitions, go to the beginning of the movie. I want to fade in from black. I am going to right-click here. I am going to select it, right- click, go to Fade > Fade in Video. It creates a fade right there. If I start to press Play, it fades in from black. As you can see, Elements 10 has some great options in the context click menu. Some of them we may cover in another, video but the ones I showed you now will give you much more control in your editing process.
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