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Digital video is a medium that is now available to almost everyone. It can be captured on anything from a mobile phone to a high-definition camera, and published anywhere from YouTube to Blu-ray discs. In Premiere Elements 4 Essential Training, Adobe Certified Instructor Chad Perkins explores all the video editing capabilities of Premiere Elements 4. Chad starts with a real-world sample project, then covers techniques for importing and editing video; and adding effects, transitions, and animation. He concludes with a final project incorporating all the steps, including exporting and posting. Exercise files accompany the course.
We are now going to look at markers and how they can really enhance your work here in Premiere Elements. We have already kind of covered markers a little bit briefly when we talked about frame hold and freeze frames a little bit earlier in this chapter. So we saw already how they are important and here I'm going to how to create them, a little bit more about them. If you'd like to follow along, I'm using the Markers project from the Chapter 4 folder. Essentially there are three different types of markers. There are Clip Markers, Timeline Markers and DVD Markers.
In this movie we're going to stick to Clip and Timeline Markers. Now the bulk of the work that you'll do with markers takes place in the Timeline. But here the Sceneline, while we're here, I want to show you something very quickly. I am going to add a clip of this Komodo Dragon here to the Sceneline. If we then zip over to the Timeline, we'll see that this Komodo Dragon clip has no markers whatsoever. Going back to the Sceneline, I'm going to ask you to go up to the Project View and double click on the Komodo Dragon here.
That's going to open up something called the Preview window. The preview window, this is just a little bonus here, talking about the Preview Window in the Markers movie. But basically the Preview Window is kind of like a Preliminary Edit View. So let's say I know that this Komodo Dragon piece that we've been looking at, I only want just a couple of seconds of it. I don't have to add that to my project all super huge and them trim it there. I can trim it before I even add it my project. But also here in the Preview window, we can add markers. So what I'm going to do is right click on the Current Time Indicator in this clip and I'm going to select Set Clip Marker.
Now what I really want to do is set a Next Available Numbered Clip Marker. Now you can set an unnumbered Clip Marker, which basically just doesn't have a number, it's just a marker. Or you could set a numbered one and that's what we're going to do and I'll talk about why that is in just a moment. So I click Next Available Numbered and there is a marker on that clip. You will be saying, why do you even use markers? We saw how they are effective during Frame Hold but why else would you use them? Well number one, you use them for navigation, for getting around. If you have markers set up on clips here in the Timeline, on certain key elements, you could jump right to those spots without having to go and hassle about finding that particular frame that you're looking for.
Markers are also really good for lining things up. By that I mean let's say you're trying to time something in video to something that's happening with an audio piece. Maybe a soundtrack is getting big and glorious and maybe there is theses big cymbal crashes and you want to time something to happen with the cymbal crashes. If you're just looking may be in the Sceneline or may even the Timeline, you can't tell where those big spikes or those cymbal crashes are. So you can make markers that indicate to you where they are, so you always know where you want to sync things up. A little bit later on in this training series we'll talk about a new feature called the Detect Beats, which actually allows the Premiere Elements to go into your audio track and try to look for the beat of the song and it will make markers in your projects so you could sync up elements in your video to the markers from the audio.
Now for my money, for my experience, what I use markers for the most often is for trimming videos. Often times I go through and look at a piece and while I'm looking at the video, I'll put down these markers of where I want to clip to and then it's way easier just to clip and drag right to the Time Marker because I know exactly where I'm going. I don't have to sit there and watch the video and laboriously trim so slowly, trying to find the right frame. I have already done that very quickly and easily with markers and I could just drag the in and out points to those Clip Markers.
But anyways I'm going to go back and restore this back to the way it was. We have already set our Clip Marker and what I want to do is close this out and show you that once you add the clip, and you've already added a marker here in the Project View, then if I go over to the Timeline, every clip of this that I add after that will always have that Clip Marker. You'll notice that there is no affect on the clip that was added before we added the Clip Marker here in the Project View. So now that we're in the Timeline, you can see that this Clip Marker has a little zero next to it.
So I want to jump to that marker what I do is I go to the Clip menu at the top of the screen and I select Go To Clip Marker, Numbered. And this is the only Clip marker that we have right now, the zero Clip Marker, number zero. Click OK and it jumps my Current Time Indicator right that exact frame. It may seem like a little bit of extra work up front but holy cow, that is going to speed things up ridiculously fast while you're working in Premiere Elements. Now in addition to Clip Markers you could also mark things for the entire Timeline with Timeline Markers.
Those are little bit easier to add. Let's say there is something happening right here, maybe I want to add a title, maybe I want to sync my audio to this spot but it's something I want all of my clips to sync to. What I can do is get my Current Time Indicator right at that spot. I will just click this Add Marker button in the Timeline and there you have it, right there. You'll notice that there is no number here. What I can do is right-click on the Current Time Indicator as well and select Set Time Marker, Next Available Numbered, as I move out of the way, you see here we have a zero.
So basically, we have two different types of markers so that you could jump to different places on separate clips. We could also jump to specific important places on the Timeline. Another good old trick about these Timeline Markers is that we can double click on them and get this little window and make comments. So'at this point the music should come in,' or what have you. And I'm going to click OK on that and so whenever I double-click this marker I have the comment that I mad. So I remember how I'm going to organize my project while I was thinking about it.
May be I was working on something and I haven't been able to get back to it for a couple of weeks now I do remember what's going on with what marker and this can help me find my way again. I am just going to Cancel that out there. Now I know we said we're not going to talk about DVD Markers and we're not going to, but this where you would add some Menu Markers for your DVD disks as well. Now we'll get into that later on this training series. But for right now I just wanted to get you familiar with the concept of adding markers and using Clip Markers and Timeline Markers, both to mark important events in your clip and in your Timeline and also to be able to jump to those points quickly and use those for editing and trimming as well.
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