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In Premiere Elements 9 Essential Training, author Jeff Sengstack breaks down the editing workflow into bite–sized pieces, covering topics from setting up a project to exporting the final video to any format. The course also covers the basics of editing and advanced features like picture-in-picture overlays and audio and visual effects. Exercise files accompany the course.
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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