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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.
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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