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Using the Monitor panel to trim video in the Sceneline

From: Premiere Elements 7 Essential Training

Video: Using the Monitor panel to trim video in the Sceneline

Trimming clips you have already added to the Sceneline is fairly straightforward. You can't do it directly on the Sceneline; rather you do it in the Monitor panel. Let me show you how. For this particular project, we are going to work in the 05-sceneline project and it opens like this. A number of clips on the Sceneline and I want to show you how you can trim a clip in the Monitor panel. When you click on a clip, it automatically centers on to the Monitor panel and the in-point over here to the left and the out-point on the right adjust accordingly. No matter how long or short the clip is, that little distance between the in-point and the out-point will always adjust to look relatively the same, even short clips or long clips.

Using the Monitor panel to trim video in the Sceneline

Trimming clips you have already added to the Sceneline is fairly straightforward. You can't do it directly on the Sceneline; rather you do it in the Monitor panel. Let me show you how. For this particular project, we are going to work in the 05-sceneline project and it opens like this. A number of clips on the Sceneline and I want to show you how you can trim a clip in the Monitor panel. When you click on a clip, it automatically centers on to the Monitor panel and the in-point over here to the left and the out-point on the right adjust accordingly. No matter how long or short the clip is, that little distance between the in-point and the out-point will always adjust to look relatively the same, even short clips or long clips.

Then I click on this clip. I want to adjust the in-point and the out-point on this clip. This clip is about 30 seconds long. If I go here, it's 31 seconds to the in-point and if I go to the end, it is 103. So it's a 32 second clip. We don't want a clip to be that long; we want it to be much shorter. Typically, clips about 5 seconds are the sort of norm in the video editing world. Let me look for a place to have this clip begin and the way I choose that place is by just dragging the current time indicator. I want, let's say, to have these two-- I guess they are clown fish-- start right there in that little hole there.

That's where we will start the clip. So I drag the in-point over to the current time indicator and now the clip will start right there once I let it go. Slides the clip over. If I move the current time indicator, you will see that is the edit point right down under the little hole there. Now I want them to move along for a while and then they kind of disappear right there. So that's like a good place for me to want to stop this clip just as an example. So I set the current time indicator right there and drag the out-point marker over to the current time indicator. That is the out-point of this clip. I let go.

Now we've made that clip that long. If I click on it, come back to it, it will automatically adjust. Even though it's much shorter now, it still takes up the same relative space on the Monitor. Now I want to show you one little anomaly when you are working with the first clip in the Sceneline. There is a little bug in Premiere Elements. If you click on that one and you want to change the in-point, watch what happens. So I drag the in-point and let's say I want the fish to appear from behind the kelp at the beginning. So that's the in-point that I want. I just dragged it over to do that.

Now when that happens on the first clip only, it leaves a gap between the first clip and the second clip. You see the gap here under the Monitor as well. To get rid of that gap, you right- click on it and say Delete Just Scene and that fills the gap. That's the only little problem there, just with the first clip. So now if I click on that guy and I play it, that's where I want that point to end. I can drag the out-point over and that doesn't have the same effect of creating a gap. Just change to the in- point on the first clip has that effect of changing the gap.

Now lots of times you will be editing the action in the scene, but many times you also want to edit the music. I have some music playing down here. Let me go back to the beginning. I press the Home key to go to the beginning. Now I'm going to press the Spacebar, which is a shortcut key to Play. I want to listen to the music and I want to edit the scene change to the change in the music. (Music playing.) So right there is where I want to put the edit point, because that's where the music is going to pause before it goes to the next little piece, little phrase.

So I'm going to let that be the out-point of this thing even though it's not the best out-point according to the movement of the fish, but it's going to fit the music. So I'm going to slide that over to that little edit point and now I'm editing to the beat of the music. I play that and now you can hear a lot of changes when the music changes. (Music playing.) So that's basically how you trim clips in the Sceneline. Simply select the clip and then adjust the in-point and the out-point accordingly. We will do something similar on the Timeline, but you will see there is a little more complexity there and a little more freedom in terms of what you can do.

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Premiere Elements 7 Essential Training

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  1. 3m 47s
    1. Overview
      1m 21s
    2. Understanding the workflow
      55s
    3. Using the exercise files
      23s
    4. Relinking missing media
      1m 8s
  2. 10m 47s
    1. Understanding Premiere Elements 7 features
      5m 49s
    2. Touring the workspace
      3m 14s
    3. Using the Help function
      1m 44s
  3. 14m 2s
    1. Starting a new project
      2m 52s
    2. Getting video from a camcorder
      5m 22s
    3. Getting media from other sources
      2m 36s
    4. Managing clips with the Organizer and in Project view
      3m 12s
  4. 10m 6s
    1. Adding, rearranging, and deleting clips in the Sceneline
      3m 31s
    2. Adding, rearranging, deleting, and replacing clips in the Timeline
      6m 35s
  5. 19m 29s
    1. Using the Monitor panel to trim video in the Sceneline
      3m 51s
    2. Trimming video in the Timeline
      4m 3s
    3. Trimming clips in the Preview window
      3m 58s
    4. Changing clip speed, duration, and direction
      7m 37s
  6. 16m 18s
    1. Understanding transitions
      4m 31s
    2. Applying transitions
      4m 47s
    3. Adjusting transitions
      7m 0s
  7. 17m 53s
    1. Understanding video effects
      9m 47s
    2. Applying and modifying video effects
      8m 6s
  8. 30m 16s
    1. Understanding animation
      4m 34s
    2. Animating video effects
      9m 29s
    3. Using the Motion effect with keyframes
      4m 5s
    4. Working with effect presets
      8m 22s
    5. Controlling changes between keyframes
      3m 46s
  9. 18m 17s
    1. Recording narrations
      2m 53s
    2. Making soundtracks with SmartSound
      4m 16s
    3. Applying audio effects
      6m 2s
    4. Mixing audio tracks
      5m 6s
  10. 17m 56s
    1. Creating titles from scratch
      7m 25s
    2. Having fun with titles
      10m 31s
  11. 13m 10s
    1. Understanding compositing
      3m 6s
    2. Creating picture-in-picture overlays
      4m 52s
    3. Creating transparency with Videomerge
      5m 12s
  12. 6m 45s
    1. Using Instant Movie, themes, and Smart Tags
      6m 45s
  13. 12m 22s
    1. Understanding DVD authoring
      1m 34s
    2. Adding DVD scene markers
      3m 37s
    3. Creating DVD menus using templates
      7m 11s
  14. 8m 52s
    1. Sharing from the Tasks panel
      7m 4s
    2. Archiving projects
      1m 48s
  15. 6m 46s
    1. Shooting video to make a great story
      6m 46s
  16. 19s
    1. Goodbye
      19s

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