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Trimming clips in the Timeline is more precise and direct than working with clips in the Sceneline or the Monitor panel. Each clip has a rectangle that represents that clip's length. To trim a clip, you simply drag one end of its rectangle, thereby changing its in or out-point. So for example, here is the Timeline with a bunch of clips added to it. Now if we worked in the Sceneline, it would look like that. It has a little thumbnail for each clip and you wouldn't have any immediate idea of how long each of the individual clips is. If I go back to Timeline, here you can see the relative lengths of those clips. This would be a short clip and this would be a longer clip.
Now if I want to change the length of the clip, I can move the current time indicator to the place where, let's say, I want the edit point to begin. So as I did in the Sceneline demonstration, I want the edit point in this particular clip to start with those two fish coming out of that little hole there in the anemone. So I can line the current time indicator up to that point here on the Timeline. Now I hover my cursor over the left side of the clip and that shows this little bracket that has a double-headed arrow on it. That means if you drag to the right, you are going to shorten this clip. You are going to change the in-point of the clip. If I go to the left side here, it means that I'm going to shorten the out-point of the clip to the left. So you see a bracket changes from left to right as you hover over the edit point.
So I'm going to hold down my mouse, I'm going to drag this clip to the right till it snaps to the current time indicator. That lets you make a really precise edit. Now I let it go and the Premiere Elements will close the gap. It shortens the overall length of the whole story and fills that gap. So now the edit point is right at that spot where those little fish come out of that hole, just what I wanted. If I want this clip to be a little shorter in terms of the ending point, let's move along here, drag the current time indicator, sometimes called scrubbing. They are going to go back to the other hole again. So I want to take the out-point, hover the cursor over the end of the clip. Notice that it turns into that left facing bracket. Drag the out- point all the way over to the current time indicator. It will snap again, watch.
Oops! That snaps to that little edit point. I let it go, it's going to fill the gap to the right of the bracket. It shortens the overall length of the story and fills the gap. Those, by the way, are called ripple edits because the whole project ripples to the left to fill the gap. Now this particular editing process, this dragging of the clip ends, has the same little anomaly that goes on the Sceneline. If you change the in-point of the first clip, if you drag that to the right to shorten it, as you drag along, you can see where the edit point will be, but the little anomaly is if I shorten it, it leaves a gap between the first and the second clip.
To close that gap, you just right-click in the gap and say Delete and Close Gap. So it's a two-step process when you change the in-point on the first clip. Now I just trimmed clips according to the action in the video, but sometimes you want to trim clips to be audio that's using particular music. So what you can do when you are working in the Timeline is actually look at the waveform for a sound track. If you look down there, you can see that the waveform expands, gets loud there, and then diminishes right there. You can actually see where things change, where phrases change or where there are pauses in the music or the narration. So you get a general idea just by looking at the audio track, where you might want to make an edit. So I want to listen to it to see what happens, if it confirms that the audio just dropped there.
(Music playing) You can hear that pause there in the music. To me that's a good place to make a little edit. So I'm going to go back up here and say yeah, I want the out-point of that first clip to be at that musical pause. So I'm going to slide the out-point over to that current time indicator. It will automatically close the gap. That's basically how you make an edit according to the music. Let me just back it up, so you can hear that the edit changes at the moment where the music dips. (Music playing.) So you saw the edit was right at that little moment where a little base came in.
So that's how you trim clips in the Timeline, but many times you want to trim them before you put them on the Timeline or the Sceneline. You do that in something called the Preview window and I'll cover that in a different tutorial.
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