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Navigating in time

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Video: Navigating in time

If you like to follow along with me in this movie you can use the Navigating In Time project in the Chapter 4 folder of your exercise files. What we're going to be talking about here is navigating in time. What time means? What's time code? All that kind of stuff. Just so you're familiar when we start getting into editing, you know what you're doing. You know how to get from point A to point B, you know how to rewind and fast forward and all that stuff. Mostly we're going to be showing you some shortcuts so that get to where you want go even faster. Now the first thing, we want to talk about and I've talked about this a little bit before but when you hit the Spacebar, your video will playback.

Navigating in time

If you like to follow along with me in this movie you can use the Navigating In Time project in the Chapter 4 folder of your exercise files. What we're going to be talking about here is navigating in time. What time means? What's time code? All that kind of stuff. Just so you're familiar when we start getting into editing, you know what you're doing. You know how to get from point A to point B, you know how to rewind and fast forward and all that stuff. Mostly we're going to be showing you some shortcuts so that get to where you want go even faster. Now the first thing, we want to talk about and I've talked about this a little bit before but when you hit the Spacebar, your video will playback.

So let me highlight my Project panel here and then hit the Spacebar and our video plays back. Now as our video plays back this little doohickey called the Current Time Indicator or CTI moves to the right. So basically the more this Current Time Indicator goes to the right, the later it is in our project. We can also just click on the Current Time Indicator and drag it wherever we want or if we want it to be at a certain spot we can just click to have it jump to that point. If you're working in a Sceneline View, it's kind of nifty because let's say we go and click on this clip over here, it automatically re-centers the clip, stretches that out to fill this area, what they call the mini Timeline, and it also starts at the beginning of the clip.

So again if we click the first clip, it re-centers it, take us back to the beginning of that particular clip. It's actually kind of a cute little animation, the way it re-centers itself like that. I love that. You're only going to find that in the Sceneline, not in the Timeline. A very important of video editing is your timecode. Your timecode tells you where you're in time. You'll find a yimecode right here in this area. It's a set of four numbers separated by semicolons. The left group represents the hours and then minutes and seconds and finally frames.

Remember that frames are the series of pictures that make up your video. Our current project is set up to playback at 30 frames per second. So once we get past 29, then we'll add another second to our Timecode. Instead of moving the CTI around, you could just click and drag on that Timecode and drag it to the left to go back in time or drag it to the right to go forward in time. Again to do that just click and then drag the left or right. If you know exactly where you want to go, you can click in here, just click once in that area and just type in the number of the frame you want to go to.

If you want to see more of your project at once or if you want to zoom in more you can grab this little zoom bar, grab the end of this and drag it to the right or drag it to the left. Dragging to the right zooms out, dragging it to the left zooms in. If you have the Monitor panel highlighted, again you can see this little faint blue glow around the Monitor panel indicating that it's highlighted. If this panel is highlighted, you could the wheel of a three button mouse to scroll back in time.

So see I'm moving my mouse there? Well you can't really see I'm moving my mouse, but I'm moving my mouse, take my word for it, and then I'm kind of just scrolling through time here. It's kind of a nice way to get around. In video editing terms that's referred to as a Jog. Also there is this button, which is a Shuttle. So I can move left and hold it to the left and the more I hold to the left, the faster it'll go backwards. If I hold to the right, it's going to fast forward. Likewise you could fast forward by hitting this button. You just click it and it just goes or hit the Pause button to stop that.

I can hit the Rewind button to click it and just let it go and as soon as I get to a spot where I want it to stop I just hit the Pause button and there you go. If you want to go back just one frame at a time then you hit this button, the Step Back button. If you want to go forward one frame at a time you hit this button, which is the Step Forward button. These other buttons that are kind of cool too. Go to Previous Edit and Go to the Next Edit Point. Basically the Edit Point is the line between clips. So if I click this button, I'm going to jump to the line in between these clips.

I will drag that back here. If I were to hit this button, Go to Previous Edit Point, the previous edit point is actually the beginning of the clip. So the Current Time Indicator then jumps to the beginning of the clip. Now there are some great shortcuts for jumping around. If I hit the End key, the End key on your keyboard, you'll jump to the end of your project. If you hit the Home key on your keyboard you will jump to the beginning of the project. Now that might seem weird to you, if you're not familiar with more advanced applications, to be using the Home and End keys, but they actually really come in handy when you're dealing with video.

There's just so much to video editing and most of the times if you're trying to be efficient, you don't want to sit here and go on click these little buttons every time you want to go somewhere. It's much more efficient just to use the buttons on your keyboard to do the same thing. Similarly if I hit the Page Down key, it's the same thing as the Go to the Next Edit Point button. If I were to hit the Page Down key again, it takes me to the last Edit Point or the next Edit Point, which is in this case is the end of my Timeline. Hitting Page Up goes to the previous Edit Point. You can also use the left and right arrows. The right arrow here going forward in time, one frame at a time, and the left arrow takes you back one frame at a time.

So whether you use your keyboard shortcuts, the wheel of your mouse or whether you use these buttons or whether you click on the clips here in the Sceneline, you can see there are many, many ways to jump around in Premiere Elements. Now briefly let me jump over to the Timeline and show you a few shortcuts with the Timeline. When you're in the Timeline view sometimes you want to see more of your clips then what it is showing. So what you can do is click on this little slider here and drag this to zoom in a little bit more, as you could see here you could zoom in very closely and also it adds a lot of professionalism to the Timeline view is that you actually see the timecode of the entire Timeline.

The Sceneline only shows you the timecode of where the Current Time Indicator is. So if you want to jump to say 30 seconds in your project or 45 seconds in your project, it'll be harder to find. In the Timeline you can actually see where those times are. Now I'm going to zoom back out here so it's very, very small. These clips are tiny. If I hit the Backslash key, that's the key under the Delete button and above the Return or Enter button, if I hit that Backslash key, then it maximizes the clips so I could see all of them in one view.

So if you have too many clips in your Timeline so you can't see them all then you could hit the Backslash key so it centers them all and likewise if you only have a couple of clips and they're very tiny, you could hit that Backslash key to kind of maximize things so you could see all of all of your clips. Also be aware that sometimes when you switch over to Timeline View, you're looking at audio tracks. So if I go over here to the scrollbar, this is what you see by default when you go over to the Timeline. So what you need to do is go over here to your scrollbar and drag it up so you can see your video clips. You could also scroll in time by using this scrollbar at the bottom.

Keep in mind that a lot of the same shortcuts that we looked at with the Sceneline also work here in the Timeline. So Page Down jumps to the next Edit Point, Page Up jumps to the previous Edit Point, the arrow keys advance you frame by frame. The wheel of your mouse also works here in the Timeline if you're using it with the My Project panel selected. Then you're just going to kind of move in time. It's basically kind of like a navigational tool to scroll around, but it's not going to move the Current Time Indicator. If you have the Monitor panel selected and you use your wheel mouse, it's actually going to move back and forth in time.

That was a lot to go through. You learned a lot of great new tricks for learning how to get around in Premiere Elements and now we're finally ready to get into editing video.

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Premiere Elements 4 Essential Training

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Chad Perkins
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  1. 11m 20s
    1. Welcome
      2m 22s
    2. What is Premiere Elements?
      2m 30s
    3. Why use Premiere Elements?
      2m 0s
    4. How to use the exercise files
      2m 40s
    5. About the video in this course
      1m 48s
  2. 33m 52s
    1. The basic Premiere Elements workflow
      5m 5s
    2. Importing video footage
      4m 13s
    3. Working with clips
      4m 19s
    4. Editing a movie
      2m 12s
    5. Adding transitions and effects
      5m 22s
    6. Adding a soundtrack
      3m 11s
    7. Applying a Movie Theme
      3m 54s
    8. Adding a title
      3m 24s
    9. Sharing the final movie
      2m 12s
  3. 37m 37s
    1. Tips for installing Premiere Elements
      1m 44s
    2. About the Welcome screen
      1m 32s
    3. Tips for creating new projects
      2m 41s
    4. Getting familiar with the interface
      5m 8s
    5. Getting video from camera to computer
      4m 27s
    6. Capturing stop motion footage
      2m 10s
    7. Importing media
      4m 36s
    8. Opening vs. importing
      2m 0s
    9. Using the Organizer
      3m 18s
    10. Working with the Project view
      3m 40s
    11. Finding missing footage
      2m 55s
    12. Fixing mistakes
      1m 44s
    13. Using the Help options
      1m 42s
  4. 53m 52s
    1. Introduction to editing video
      2m 22s
    2. When should we cut?
      2m 13s
    3. About the Sceneline and the Timeline
      1m 41s
    4. Navigating in time
      7m 34s
    5. Trimming video in the Sceneline
      4m 8s
    6. Trimming video in the Timeline
      1m 4s
    7. Splitting a clip
      3m 41s
    8. Rearranging the order of clips
      3m 14s
    9. Previewing a video
      1m 50s
    10. Making slow motion and fast motion clips
      4m 15s
    11. Playing a clip backward
      1m 7s
    12. Freezing a frame of video
      3m 6s
    13. Creating a temporary pause
      3m 1s
    14. Moving and transforming clips
      8m 10s
    15. Using markers to work faster
      6m 26s
  5. 18m 7s
    1. What are transitions?
      2m 32s
    2. Basic transitions
      6m 16s
    3. Customizing transitions
      4m 41s
    4. “One-sided” transitions
      2m 43s
    5. Important rules about transitions
      1m 55s
  6. 38m 35s
    1. What are effects?
      4m 4s
    2. Adjusting brightness and color
      7m 5s
    3. Chad's favorite effects
      8m 22s
    4. Giving clips an “old film” look
      2m 46s
    5. Stabilizing footage
      4m 29s
    6. Customizing effects settings
      5m 27s
    7. Making lightning shoot from your hand
      6m 22s
  7. 32m 28s
    1. The importance of audio
      2m 9s
    2. Working with audio
      4m 1s
    3. Mixing audio tracks
      5m 10s
    4. Automatically detecting musical beats
      4m 54s
    5. Unlinking audio and video
      5m 18s
    6. Using a consistent audio source
      3m 41s
    7. Recording narration
      1m 37s
    8. Applying audio effects
      5m 38s
  8. 19m 0s
    1. Understanding animation concepts
      2m 24s
    2. Creating keyframes for fixed effects
      8m 3s
    3. Animating effects
      4m 38s
    4. Fine-tuning animations
      3m 55s
  9. 28m 53s
    1. Using the titling tools
      10m 47s
    2. Animating credits
      6m 3s
    3. Creating titles using templates
      2m 56s
    4. Using the included free content
      3m 55s
    5. Making a slide show
      5m 12s
  10. 12m 5s
    1. What are Movie Themes?
      4m 33s
    2. Applying Movie Themes
      5m 25s
    3. Customizing Movie Themes
      2m 7s
  11. 20m 42s
    1. Adding DVD chapter markers
      5m 26s
    2. Creating DVD menus
      5m 11s
    3. Exporting to DVD and Blu-ray
      3m 14s
    4. Exporting to YouTube
      2m 7s
    5. Exporting to iPhones, iPods, Zunes, cell phones, and other devices
      2m 14s
    6. Exporting to a file on your computer
      2m 30s
  12. 11m 40s
    1. Tips for shooting good video
      2m 52s
    2. Getting a second hard drive
      1m 32s
    3. What camera should you buy?
      1m 46s
    4. Different types of camera storage
      3m 22s
    5. Optical vs. digital zoom
      2m 8s
  13. 49m 56s
    1. About the final project
      1m 54s
    2. Importing and setting up the project
      2m 16s
    3. Arranging the clips
      3m 1s
    4. Adding audio and markers
      3m 59s
    5. Intermediate video editing
      13m 5s
    6. Creating transitions and overlays
      7m 24s
    7. Changing colors with effects
      5m 50s
    8. Applying a Movie Theme
      6m 27s
    9. Personalizing the titles
      2m 45s
    10. Exporting and posting to YouTube
      3m 15s
  14. 1m 48s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 48s

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