Easy-to-follow video tutorials help you learn software, creative, and business skills.Become a member
Very often you've got a very long clip, but you only want to use a short segment of it in your movie. Or you have a long segment and you want to use it as several short clips. The Clip Monitor is a separate monitor panel for previewing and even pretrimming your clips before, or even after, you add them to your timeline. So for instances where you've got an especially long clip and you only want to use some short segments from it, the Clip Monitor can be an invaluable tool. Launching the Clip Monitor is very easy. Let's open up our Project Assets panel and inside we see a video called Earthrine 4. And Earthrine 4, if I expand the panel here just by dragging in the lower-right corner, you can see the Media Duration.
This is about a two-and-a-half minute clip. That would be a very long video to put on your timeline. Generally, you want to keep your video clips short. I recommend about 5 seconds each. To launch our Clip Monitor we just double-click on the clip. It always pops up right in the center of the screen. By the way, if that annoys you and if you've got some extra room, you can actually park it off to the side here and whenever you want to use it, it's out there and not in the middle of your work area. But here it is by default, in the center of your screen. Now in our Clip Monitor you see that we have a light-blue area displaying on the timeline.
That's your live area. That's the actual part of the video that's going to display when we add the clip to our timeline, and in fact I'll do that. I'll drag it down to the timeline, and I am going to click on the backslash, which is right above the Enter or Return on your keyboard so that I can see it all spread out, and you see that it stretches onto the timeline well over two and a half minutes long. That's a long clip. We're only going to use small parts of it here, so we go back to the Clip Monitor and we'll remove this clip from the timeline. I want to pretrim it now in the Clip Monitor, and only use a small portion of it.
As I said, that blue area underneath the Clip image is what your live area. This is the part that will actually appear when we add the clip to the timeline. Our clip is not only pretty long, but it shows a variety of images here. We have our farmer picking his vegetables. Then we have our close-up of the farmer, and we've got long shot of the farmer out here in the field. This is actually probably several clips that's just one continuous run the video, so we want to maybe break it down into some smaller clips. Let's say for instance we wanted to make one clip just of the farmer, the close-up of him picking vegetables.
In changing the size of the live area, we can pretrim this clip here in the Clip Monitor simply by changing the size of the live area. So if I want to make a subclip of just the farmer picking his vegetables, I can set it an in and out point, and I could do that three different ways in Premiere Elements. The simplest and most intuitive way is just by dragging on these end points on this live area, and I can drag them into position. Another way you can set your in and out points is just move the CTI into a certain position-- that's that playhead there-- and click on Set In and Set Out.
Another way to do it, and way a lot of professionals prefer, is to use a keyboard shortcut. I'm just resetting the timeline space here. If I want to set an in point, I just click on I. If I want to set an out point, I just set the CTI in Position and click on O. Right now we've effectively created a clip that if you look up in the Project Assets panel is about eight seconds long. That's still pretty long, but that'll do for now. We'll drag it on down to the timeline. And you see that when we add it to the timeline, either by dragging it from Project to Assets or by simply dragging it directly from the Clip Monitor, that it shows up on our timeline. I am going to again press backslash right above the Enter or Return key.
You can see now we have an eight-second clip. That's very nice and we can make several of these. We can leave that as is and go back to this original clip. I can make a clip now that's a close-up of the farmer. We'll set our in point, set an out point, and now we've got a four-second clip of the farmer. We're still using the same original clip, but we're pre-trimming it before we add it to the timeline. Let me show you a trick. If you'd like, you can pre-trim a whole set of clips and save them in the Project Assets panel and recall them as needed.
I'll remove these from the timeline and show you what I mean. We've pretrimmed here so now we have a live section that's just a few seconds long, about four seconds long, of the farmer. If I drag this from the Clip Monitor--I am clicking right on the Clip Monitor's monitor and dragging it into the Project Assets panel-- I now have a new subclip. I'm just going to name this Farmer. I can do the same thing here for him picking vegetables. Let's go back out here. We'll make a Set In, Set Out, drag it in.
Now I have a new subclip I can call Vegetables. See, what I have done is I've effectively made little subclips in the Clip Monitor, and I can pretrim all that I want. I can take a very long clip, say four minutes long, and make it into a bunch of very short clips, and now when I add them to the timeline they are coming in as brief subclips. Isn't that cool? I want to show you one more trick. I am going to remove these subclips now, deleting them right from the Project Assets panel, which is also making them disappear from the timeline.
Take the original clip, right-click on it, and select Run Auto Analyzer, and watch what happens. The Auto Analyzer is a feature of the Elements Organizer, which is a program that comes bundled with Premiere Elements. It's going to analyze this video. It's going to automatically break it into subclips based on the context. Just take a second for it run and you see that what is done is it's created a subfolder on our Project Assets panel that when we open it up, has little pretrimmed clips already made for us of that larger clip. How cool is that, huh? So the Clip Monitor is both a great way to preview your clips before you use them in your movie, it's also a dynamic workspace in which you can prepare your scenes and pre-trim your scenes so that only the part of the clip you want to add to your timeline is the part you actually have.
Get unlimited access to all courses for just $25/month.Become a member
93 Video lessons · 28766 Viewers
135 Video lessons · 63357 Viewers
79 Video lessons · 21478 Viewers
350 Video lessons · 106422 Viewers
Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.
Search within course videos and transcripts, and jump right to the results.
Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.
Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.
Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.