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Using the Sceneline and the Timeline

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Video: Using the Sceneline and the Timeline

Premiere Elements lets you to choose between two approaches to editing a video. Both are here in the My Project panel. One is called the Sceneline. The other one is the Timeline. The Sceneline is good for folks who are new to editing and works like a storyboard. The Timeline is geared to editors who have a few projects under their belt and want to edit their projects with more precision and include more features. In this movie I give you a quick demonstration of the two approaches. I explain each approach in much more detail in the three other movies in this chapter.

Using the Sceneline and the Timeline

Premiere Elements lets you to choose between two approaches to editing a video. Both are here in the My Project panel. One is called the Sceneline. The other one is the Timeline. The Sceneline is good for folks who are new to editing and works like a storyboard. The Timeline is geared to editors who have a few projects under their belt and want to edit their projects with more precision and include more features. In this movie I give you a quick demonstration of the two approaches. I explain each approach in much more detail in the three other movies in this chapter.

Let's start over here on the Sceneline. The Sceneline works like a storyboard, like you could pin pictures up on to the bulletin board, as many people do when they start thinking about how they're going to build a movie. I am going to go to the Project View. I've got a bunch of clips here. I'm going to add a clip to the Sceneline. This is how easy it is. I'm going to explain this in more detail later, but that's basically how you build the project by just simply dragging things to the Sceneline. This time we drag and this other little guy pops open and says "Give me another one." There you go. If you want to put something in between two things. I can drag this in between them and put it here in between those two guys.

If I decide I want to put this one ahead of this one, this one over here, drag it over. We can re-arrange, add, or delete. Take this one, I will press Delete. It gets rid of it. So that's basically how you work inside the Sceneline. You can add audio down here on the Soundtracks. We'll grab a little piece of audio here, a little audio clip, I'll get down to the Sceneline, and add audio down here. So that's one track for video and the video could have audio associated with it as well and a separate track for let's say music and other track for narration.

That is the Sceneline. It's fairly limited. Let me switch over to the Timeline and let's see how that looks compared to the Sceneline that we just selected. I need to scroll down here to show you the clip we just added. There are those three clips and then that audio we put out at the bottom. That clips here are represented by rectangles. The rectangles indicate the relative length of the clips. Now here they're all about the same but let me add something that's shorter. Here is a five second clip. I'll put that down here and we won't fix the quality problems.

There we go. We've got three relatively long clips and one relatively short clip and you can see that the lengths of the clips indicate the relative lengths, the size of the clips that is. Now I can rearrange clips here and delete clips as I did in the Sceneline, but it's a little more complicated here. If you scroll up here you can see that there is more than one track. There's only one track in the Sceneline, but here you've got Video 2 and Video 3 and in fact, if you right-click here, you can add more tracks. You can add as many tracks as your computer can handle and you're asking yourself, why should I have all these tracks? Let me switch to another project to show you why.

In this project I have three clips on three tracks. There is a photo down the bottom, this photo of the house. The photo above that, this photo right here, and a photo above that, this photo right here. These photos did not start their lives small like this. I used something called Motion Scale to make them smaller. So I can layer images like this, one above the other, here in the Timeline and I cannot do this in the Sceneline. If you go to the Sceneline, you see them all melted together but you can't actually work on them on individual tracks in the Sceneline. Only in the Timeline.

So one great advantage to the Timeline versus the Sceneline is that you can have layered or composited clips. So that Premiere Elements gives you a choice between the Sceneline and the Timeline is a good thing. The Sceneline kind of gets you over that technology hurdle when editing your first few projects, but soon you'll want to graduate to the much more versatile Timeline approach to editing.

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Premiere Elements 9 Essential Training

58 video lessons · 8207 viewers

Jeff Sengstack
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  1. 7m 31s
    1. Welcome
      1m 10s
    2. Understanding the workflow
      1m 19s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 44s
    4. Relinking missing media
      3m 18s
  2. 16m 52s
    1. What is Premiere Elements 9?
      6m 16s
    2. Touring the interface
      6m 28s
    3. Clarifying differences between the Mac and Windows versions
      4m 8s
  3. 44m 16s
    1. Creating a new project
      7m 18s
    2. Getting media
      2m 0s
    3. Capturing video from a cassette or a webcam
      7m 14s
    4. Downloading assets from external devices and storage media
      8m 53s
    5. Importing media from a hard drive
      3m 32s
    6. Managing media in the Project workspace
      7m 3s
    7. Using the Organizer
      8m 16s
  4. 30m 57s
    1. Using the Sceneline and the Timeline
      3m 45s
    2. Adding, rearranging, and deleting clips in the Sceneline
      6m 20s
    3. Adding and deleting clips in the Timeline
      9m 51s
    4. Adding and rearranging clips in the Timeline using modifier keys
      11m 1s
  5. 32m 8s
    1. Adjusting clip length in the Sceneline
      7m 56s
    2. Adjusting clip length in the Timeline
      8m 44s
    3. Adjusting clip length in the Preview window
      6m 4s
    4. Creating freeze frames and changing clip speed, duration, and direction
      9m 24s
  6. 25m 4s
    1. Understanding transitions
      4m 49s
    2. Applying transitions
      9m 37s
    3. Adjusting transitions
      10m 38s
  7. 41m 53s
    1. Understanding video effects
      9m 25s
    2. Applying and modifying video effects
      8m 46s
    3. Repositioning, scaling, and rotating clips with the Motion effect
      6m 50s
    4. Working with the Motion Tracker
      10m 1s
    5. Using the Effects Mask tool
      6m 51s
  8. 52m 31s
    1. Understanding animation
      7m 48s
    2. Animating video effects
      13m 52s
    3. Using the Motion effect with keyframes
      11m 43s
    4. Working with effects presets
      9m 55s
    5. Controlling changes between keyframes
      9m 13s
  9. 32m 44s
    1. Recording narrations
      3m 12s
    2. Making music soundtracks with SmartSound (Windows only)
      5m 38s
    3. Advanced audio editing with J-cuts and L-cuts
      6m 31s
    4. Applying audio effects
      11m 41s
    5. Mixing audio tracks manually and with the SmartMixer
      5m 42s
  10. 25m 38s
    1. Creating text and geometric shapes
      7m 1s
    2. Editing and formatting text and shapes
      5m 10s
    3. Using styles and templates with text and shapes
      6m 40s
    4. Animating titles
      6m 47s
  11. 25m 46s
    1. Understanding compositing
      5m 23s
    2. Creating picture-in-picture overlays
      8m 46s
    3. Making portions of clips transparent using Green Screen, Videomerge, and other techniques
      11m 37s
  12. 16m 54s
    1. Understanding Auto-Analyzer and Smart Tags
      4m 11s
    2. Using InstantMovie and themes
      6m 4s
    3. Trying out Smart Fix and Smart Trim
      6m 39s
  13. 13m 43s
    1. Understanding DVD authoring
      2m 12s
    2. Adding DVD markers to the Timeline
      4m 47s
    3. Creating DVD menus using templates
      6m 44s
  14. 20m 7s
    1. Understanding project exporting
      3m 15s
    2. Exporting to standard file types
      5m 54s
    3. Creating files for online and mobile phone use
      3m 39s
    4. Creating DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and web DVDs
      7m 19s
  15. 33s
    1. Goodbye
      33s

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