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Modifying clips with the context menu

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Video: Modifying clips with the context menu

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.

Modifying clips with the context menu

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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Premiere Elements 10 Essential Training

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  1. 3m 1s
    1. Welcome
      52s
    2. How to use the exercise files
      2m 9s
  2. 11m 10s
    1. Understanding the interface
      6m 45s
    2. An overview of the editing workflow
      4m 25s
  3. 14m 29s
    1. Creating a new project
      2m 14s
    2. Importing media
      2m 9s
    3. Capturing media
      4m 24s
    4. Managing media
      2m 44s
    5. Missing media and correctly saving projects
      2m 58s
  4. 15m 35s
    1. Sceneline or Timeline?
      2m 25s
    2. Adding, arranging, and deleting clips in the Sceneline
      2m 2s
    3. Adding, arranging, and deleting clips in the Timeline
      3m 16s
    4. Modifying clips with the context menu
      4m 57s
    5. Rendering: What is the red bar?
      2m 55s
  5. 23m 18s
    1. Adjusting clip length in the Preview window
      2m 4s
    2. Adjusting clip length in the Sceneline
      2m 43s
    3. Adjusting clip length in the Timeline
      4m 40s
    4. Playing with time: Freeze, change speed, and duration
      6m 31s
    5. Splitting and moving clips
      2m 10s
    6. Applying transitions: Getting from scene to scene
      5m 10s
  6. 30m 17s
    1. Applying effects to clips
      3m 29s
    2. The new Pan and Zoom tool
      1m 42s
    3. Adjusting the position, scale, and rotation of clips, and creating picture-in-picture effects
      3m 35s
    4. Using the Tracker
      5m 26s
    5. Using the Effects Mask tool
      3m 1s
    6. Videomerge and Green Screen
      3m 38s
    7. Creating and using effect presets
      4m 12s
    8. Making color adjustments using effects
      5m 14s
  7. 16m 38s
    1. Understanding animation
      5m 57s
    2. Animating video effects
      3m 30s
    3. Using keyframes with motion effects
      3m 4s
    4. Working with keyframes directly in the Timeline
      4m 7s
  8. 18m 44s
    1. Recording voiceovers and narration
      3m 25s
    2. Using SmartSound for great music soundtracks
      5m 39s
    3. Applying audio effects
      2m 48s
    4. Mixing audio with SmartMixer
      6m 52s
  9. 17m 50s
    1. Creating and animating text
      9m 24s
    2. Creating lower thirds
      5m 31s
    3. Using style presets and templates
      2m 55s
  10. 9m 40s
    1. The Auto-Analyzer
      2m 36s
    2. InstantMovie and themes
      4m 5s
    3. Smart Trim
      2m 59s
  11. 10m 7s
    1. Creating your first DVD
      4m 17s
    2. Creating Blu-ray Discs, DVDs, and web DVDs
      5m 50s
  12. 8m 58s
    1. Sharing your project to YouTube
      2m 36s
    2. Sharing your project to a video file
      4m 42s
    3. Sharing your project to a mobile device
      1m 40s
  13. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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