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Digital video is a medium that is now available to almost everyone. It can be captured on anything from a mobile phone to a high-definition camera, and published anywhere from YouTube to Blu-ray discs. In Premiere Elements 4 Essential Training, Adobe Certified Instructor Chad Perkins explores all the video editing capabilities of Premiere Elements 4. Chad starts with a real-world sample project, then covers techniques for importing and editing video; and adding effects, transitions, and animation. He concludes with a final project incorporating all the steps, including exporting and posting. Exercise files accompany the course.
In this movie, we're going to talk about rearranging clips and deleting them as well. It's a pretty simple concept. We've got some fun footage to work at here. The old horror movie Night of the Living Dead is actually in what they call Public Domain, meaning that it's a freebie now. So we can use the clips from it and talk about it and show it and distribute it and that's no big deal. So we have some clips here from The Night of the Living Dead in this project called Rearranging and Deleting that you'll find in the Chapter 4 folder. And basically I have a clip of an army of zombies here and then I have another clip of a guy with the torch ready to go get some zombies.
The other clip of the guy preparing that torch by pulling down the curtains, and then we have another one where he is lighting the torch. So these are obviously way out of order. He first needs to prepare it then light it and then go hunt out some zombies. So let's rearrange these clips in the correct order. The first one should be this one where he is pulling down the curtains to make a torch. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to click on this clip and drag it until I get that blue vertical line, letting me know that it's going to be at that position now and let go of the mouse and now that is the first clip.
The second clip should be this one that is currently at the end of our project. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to click on that clip, do the same thing where I click and drag, get that vertical line, putting it second and let go. Now I suppose there is nothing wrong with going right from this clip of him lighting the torch to a clip outside of the zombies coming in, and then to the clip of the torch on fire. I mean after all, we could all use more zombies in our life, can't we? But what I want to do is just for right now, delete that clip. So what I'm going to do is select it so it gets highlighted, make sure there is this blue outline around it and then hit the Delete key on your keyboard.
It will not only be deleted but the gap will be filled and now the clips go from the torch being prepared, lit and zombies about to be torching flamb?ed. I am going to hit Ctrl+Z on the keyboard to Undo that action, and I'm going to go over to the Timeline. Just to let you know that deleting clips and rearranging clips in the Timeline basically works the same way. We can click a clip and drag it to rearrange it, same thing. Although, you notice that in the Timeline when you move a clip the gap remains.
What you need to do is right-click in that area, select Delete and Close Gap and it fills that gap for you. Also, if you select a clip and hit Delete, the gap is automatically filled as well with the cool little animations, everything kind of scoots on down. Now one quick thing about the Timeline. You'll notice that when I let this clip go, when I rearrange this clip, it made a little piece. So we have the torching zombies clip here, then we have another little tiny piece of the torching zombies clip here. You see when I rearrange these, I didn't actually drop this clip down at the very end of the clip, it was kind of in the middle a little bit.
So what it did is performed something called an Overlay Edit and it basically laid itself over these frames. It copied over them essentially. That's a little bit more of advanced technique, but just something to be aware of. Next we're going to talk about some tricks for better previewing your movies.
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