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Showing off vacation highlights or making a music video with a professional touch is just a few keystrokes away with Premiere Elements 7. In Premiere Elements 7 Essential Training, Jeff Sengstack, Adobe Certified Expert in Premiere Pro, breaks down the editing workflow into bite–sized pieces, about everything from setting up a project to exporting the final video to any format. In between, Jeff covers the basics of editing as well as advanced features like picture–in–picture overlays and dazzling visual effects. Exercise files accompany the course.
The workflow described in other tutorials has had you first drag clips to the Sceneline or Timeline and then trim them. After you have edited a few videos, I suggest you supplement that workflow by trimming some clips before you add them to the Sceneline or the Timeline. You do that in what's called the Preview window. It works very much like the Monitor panel that you use for clips in the Sceneline. So for this project, use 05-preview. When you open it, it looks something like this. You can see a bunch of clips here in the Timeline and an audio clip below it. What I want to show you is how to add a video clip to the Timeline. Now in other cases, you just dragged it to the Timeline and inserted it and that was that.
You notice what happens with the audio, which is something I'm going to talk about a little bit later, but I don't want to do it that way this time. I want to be able to insert the clip, but I want it to be edited before I add it to the Timeline. I don't want to trim it before I do that. So here on the Project view, I'm going to double-click on this particular clip, which has not been used in the Timeline. You see that it has no check mark there. That opens up the Preview window. Here I want to set the in and out-point of this clip. I can just drag the in and out-point markers to find a nice place to start. This time I'll start with that fish appearing right there.
I want the out-point to be perhaps when it's done swimming around, so I'll go like that. That's probably a good place to have an out-point. So now I have created the in-point and the out-point for that particular clip. If I drag it from the Preview window down in to the Timeline, it will take that trimmed clip and put it in the Timeline; or I could then just close this and drag it from here and it will be trimmed. It's going to be trimmed here inside the Project view. So I can drag it just in the Project view down here and I'm going to add it to the Timeline.
Now if I don't hold down the Alt key, it will split the audio. I'll show you how that works. It splits the audio, if you don't hold the Alt key. You have got to tell Premiere Elements that I'm inserting this clip only on the Video 1 track. Otherwise, whenever you insert any clip anywhere, it thinks you are going to expand the entire project. And every single track there is, it cuts it and slides everything to the right. So I want to do Ctrl+Z to undo that. Now I'm going to drag it down there and hold the Alt key. When I hold down the Alt key, the audio will not split. There you have it. I have added that trimmed clip. You notice it starts right there where the fish comes out, swims around a bit and ducks back down inside.
Now if I do the same thing on the Sceneline, it works very similarly. Let me do Ctrl+Z to start over. I go to the Sceneline. Now here are these thumbnails and I want to insert a clip right here between these two wide shots. Here is this underwater-tight which we just trimmed, so I don't need to trim it again, but I can double-click on it to show you that it is trimmed. By the way, you can always un-trim it, if you care to. It's not like you do this and it's done. You can always re-trim it to a different in-point and a different out-point. We will set it to where we ended up before, more or less. This time instead of dragging it from the Project view, I'm going to drag it right here from Preview window. If I go down here to the Sceneline, just let it rip, to go between these two guys by laying it on top of this clip and now I go back and look at the Timeline, you will see that it split the audio again. That happens because I didn't hold down the Alt key. If you hold down the Alt key, let's try and undo that and go back to the Sceneline.
Let me show you what happens on the Sceneline versus what happens on the Timeline. I bring it down here and hold the Alt key, which is supposed to not split the audio, right? I let it go. Let's go and check the audio. It does it anyways. So this is one of the disadvantages of the Sceneline. If you want to insert something and you have got audio elsewhere in your project or some other clips elsewhere in your project, if you do it in the Sceneline, you are going to get these gaps, which is really a problem. You don't want to have that happen. So this is one reason why you do want to do most of your work, if not all of your work eventually, in the Timeline. So let me show you one more time again.
I have this clip, it's already been trimmed and I'll drag it from the Preview window down to the Timeline. I'm going to insert it right there, hold down the Alt key to keep the audio from being split and let it rip. Now that's how you insert a clip from the Preview window.
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