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Smart Trim

From: Premiere Elements 10 Essential Training

Video: Smart Trim

Adobe Premiere Elements 10 has a feature called the Smart Trim mode, and what it does is it goes in and takes a look at your videos on the Timeline and picks out clips that may be too shaky or dark, or just that have problems with it that the analyzer thinks has problems. So, it's kind of going to be like your overlord looking at what's going on within your movie in case you missed something. So, let's take a look at how that works. So, the tool is actually right here. It's called Smart Trim mode. And don't get it confused with our Split Clip tool, which are both a pair of scissors, but one's going to the right and one's going to left.

Smart Trim

Adobe Premiere Elements 10 has a feature called the Smart Trim mode, and what it does is it goes in and takes a look at your videos on the Timeline and picks out clips that may be too shaky or dark, or just that have problems with it that the analyzer thinks has problems. So, it's kind of going to be like your overlord looking at what's going on within your movie in case you missed something. So, let's take a look at how that works. So, the tool is actually right here. It's called Smart Trim mode. And don't get it confused with our Split Clip tool, which are both a pair of scissors, but one's going to the right and one's going to left.

So, we'll take a look at Smart Trim mode down here, and I'll click it once. It brings up a new panel here, Smart Trim mode, and a dialog box will pop up telling you that it's analyzing the clips. It actually takes a little bit of time, so I've sped things up and done it prior to this movie. And look at the options. It allows me to choose my Quality Level. If you go the right, that's higher quality and to the left, it's lower quality. So, it'll actually look for more problems on your right and less on the left, and same with the Interest Level.

Now, one thing that's key here is you never want to have Automatic chosen, as far as I'm concerned, because it'll go in there, it'll analyze it, it'll pick clips it doesn't like, and it'll cut them off automatically. You have no say over them. So, I don't recommend that. Always keep it into Manual mode and then just choose Save. And at the end of it what you'll see are these little lines that are on the clips that it thinks is really bad. So, let's go over. Here's a clip of these handles.

So, right away, if you look at it you might think well, it's blurry right here, but that's the look I was looking for, this depth of field. So, the analyzer doesn't know that, so it's thinking it's probably pretty bad. So, let's see what it says for my notes. See, it says Suggested Trimming, Blurred, Low Contrast. So, yes it's blurry, and maybe it's not as contrasty as it can be, but that's what I wanted. So, I'm not going to listen to it. But had I wanted to listen to it, I could go right here and go wow, that's a great idea. So, let's see what Smart Trim, you're brilliant, I'm going to go here and right-click and choose Trim.

It's going to trim that clip out. Everything is going to go back to the left. It's going to ripple edit, as we've seen in other videos, and that's gone. So, it's trimmed that for me. And I can go to the next one. Let's see what that is. That's the dance studios. It's looking blurry here. I'm sure that's what it says. Let's see. Blurred and Shaky. So, let's just play that, and definitely blurred and shaky. So, if I don't want that and if I go, my god, the people are watching this, they are going to be angry that it's going to be blurred and shaky. I'm going to right-click. I'm going to select it, right-click, and trim that as well.

So, if you're done with your movie and you want to just test out the Smart Trim mode, go ahead and run it and then take a look and see what kind of suggestions it's made, because sometimes they might be correct. So, you can always make your movie just a little bit better.

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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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