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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 look at an extremely helpful video editing technique and that is splitting video. For this I'm going to be using this Splitting project found in the Chapter 4 folder of the exercise files. Basically splitting a clip is just what it sounds like, it's chopping up a clip into other pieces. So the way we do that, here in the Sceneline, I am going to move my Current Time Indicator in time after this Komodo dragon turns his head. By the way we have a second clip that we haven't looked at and that's basically a close-up of the Komodo dragon. It's a totally separate video clip.
And what I want to do is take some of this huge 33 second clip and put a chunk of this after the close-up. So instead of having 33 seconds of this same clip of this Komodo dragon not doing too much, I want there to be a few seconds of the Komodo Dragon not doing too much and then a close-up and then the rest of the seconds of the Komodo Dragon not doing too much after the close-up. So here is how you split video. This couldn't be any easier. So we put our Current Time Indicator wherever we want that video to be split and then the way we actually split the video is simply by clicking this little Scissor icon right here at the bottom of the Monitor panel.
Now before I do this I want you to notice the clips here in the Sceneline. Notice there are two clips, but after I click the Split Clip button, we have three clips because basically it just made these two clips. If we were to play this project, the project would look exactly the same. All the Split Clip feature does is just chop it into another piece, but now there is another piece. We can work with it. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to come over here, now we're going to talk a little bit more about rearranging clips in the next movie.
But this is kind of like a little precursor to that. I am just going to go and drag the clip we just made and I'm going to drag it to right of the close-up of the Komodo Dragon, and now we have the first half of the head turn clip, then we have the close-up, and then we have the second-half of the head turn clip. So I'm going to do is I'm going to hit the Home key and if we play that project from beginning, it'll look pretty cool. Head turn of the Komodo Dragon from far away, close-up and after a little while of the close-up it goes back to far away again.
Much more interesting, engaging, having the clips sandwiched like that. Why could you use this for? A great example, let's say one of your kids is in Little League, and he hits this massive homerun that saves the day and you really want to make a cool video out of that. Let's say he hits the home run and you have a video of the ball going up, up, up, up, up, up, and over. Well, that's kind of boring to watch. It's great if an event is that was and as much energy as there was at that time when you're watching the game, for friends and family watching the video of it after the fact that's not going to be super-entertaining.
So you might want to do is split the clip of the camera tracking the baseball going up and up and up and split it so it goes up and up and up for a few seconds and then you cut a video of the other team running to trying to get the ball and then you cut back to the video going up and over the stadium. And you might say, well, I only have one video camera. I wasn't taping the kids trying to catch the ball, I was just taping the ball. Well folks, that's the magic of video editing. You don't have to tape everything all the time. You just have to make it look like you taped everything all the time.
So if you have video somewhere else on your camera of kids of the other team trying to get any ball then you could cut it in. You could split the clip of the ball going over and bring in some footage of the kids trying to catch another kid's ball and just cut it altogether and make it look as if that's what you captured all along. In the next movie, we're going to look at rearranging clips as I have shown you here, look little bit more closely to that and also at deleting clips as well.
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