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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.
For this segment we're going to be using the Trimming Project found in the Chapter 4 folder. I am pumped. We finally get to talk about trimming video. We talk about trimming video, editing video, cutting video. Those three terms, Trimming, Editing and Cutting, typically are used interchangeably; they mean the same thing. When Trimming is mentioned it typically refers to cutting off the ends of the video. That's what we're going to talk about here. In this movie specifically we're going to look at how to edit in the Sceneline. In the next movie we're going to look at the Timeline, but for now we're going to stick to the Sceneline.
Now I have my clip of the Komodo dragon here. We looked at this a little bit earlier in this chapter. You will notice if I select this video by clicking on it, it's get a blue glow around it. This is very important. Once a clip is selected then you see these little brackets at the beginning and at the end of the video clip in this mini Timeline here. If I click in the Sceneline away from this clip to deselect it, those brackets go away. So again click the first clip to select it and have its little brackets here show up in the mini Timeline.
These brackets represent the in point or in other words beginning of the clip and also the out point or in other words the end of the clip. Again this is about three, three-and-a-half seconds of this Komodo dragon just sitting there, and at one point is this really cool, sly reptilian head turn. Right about there, and then it's over, and then he sits there for another 20 or so seconds and it's just boring as can be. So what we want to do is eliminate all the boring stuff and keep just a few seconds of his cool head turning. So first of all we need to do is use the navigational tools we covered in the last movie to find the right spot right before he turns his head, and that is right about three seconds in, right about there.
So the way that we chop off all of this garbage at the beginning is by grabbing that little bracket at the left and dragging to the right. Now you'll notice as we drag here a couple of things are happening. Number one, the area on the left here that's going to be trimmed out and cut away is turning red. Another thing that's happening is that the video in the Monitor panel is changing to show us where the new in point will be, in other words the new beginning of our clip. A third thing that's happening is that, if I let go with my cursor here, this little timecode area is changing to show us where in time the new beginning will be.
So I click and drag again, it resets itself because now it's saying that I'm dragging and I have basically eliminated one second from the beginning. So I'm going to drag this all the way to the Current Time Indicator and maybe right about there and let go. Let's do the same thing with the end of the clip, the out point, click and drag that right bracket to the left, and let's keep dragging until we see his head turn. OK, that's too far, his head is already turning, so we want to go right about there and let go.
Now if you want to re-center everything, sometimes what I like to do is click away from the clip and then click on the clip again and that will kind of re-center here. So now if I hit the Page Down key to jump to the end of this clip, we could see that we basically have one second and ten frames. Maybe that's a little bit too quick. So we've got the head turn, actually that's look pretty good. Now if you ever found that you cut off too much, it's OK. First of all you haven't ruined or even touched the original clip at all. All Premiere is keeping track of is your changes that you made.
It's not hurting or adjusting the original clip whatsoever. As a matter of fact let's say I trimmed off too much of the end. I can just grab this right bracket here, the out point bracket and just drag it to the right, and look at that. Let go and my clip is restored. So in the editing biz, it refers to this as non-destructive. Nothing is hurt, nothing has really been damaged. You can go back at any time and restore that missing information. And it's really just that easy, folks. If you want to cut off the end or beginning of a clip, that's all there is to it.
Next we're going to look how to do the same thing in the Timeline.
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