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Now if you use the default settings, Premiere Pro will give you three video tracks and three audio tracks to add it within, and a lot of times that's perfect, that's all the tracks you need. But there's times when you want maybe a fourth or fifth video track, if you're doing some sort of complex layers, or you are doing pictures in pictures, or maybe you are doing a complex audio mix where you have lots of voiceovers and sound effects and narration and music, and you need to be able to easily add and remove track and even rename them. And that's what we are going to quickly look at in this movie.
To give us a little more real estate, I am going to go ahead and I am going to change my layout, because what's important to me is the sequence area, and I want to be able to grab some video from my project pane. So I've resized my Window so it's a little easier for you to see, and there we go, we have our three video and our three audio tracks, and we've learned in previous movies that I can open and close these tracks, but how do I add tracks? And there's lots of different ways to do it, depending on where you are in the editing process. One of the easiest ways to add a track if you're dragging and dropping--and I am going to just do it from the project pane, but you're aware that you can also do this from source monitor--is I can just grab any clip, and let's go ahead and grab the microwave clip, and we are going to be doing a quad split or something.
And I can just throw it onto 3, and now I filled up all my space, what do I do when I need track 4? Well, I am going to go ahead and I'll grab the smartphone shot, and when I drag that onto where the fourth track would be, as you see, Adobe Premiere Pro is smart enough when I let go of my mouse to actually create that fourth track. So I can keep dragging things on and create tracks that way or if I want I can go ahead and add tracks before I even bring clips in if I need to do track targeting.
And we learned about track targeting a little bit in an earlier movie. So let me go ahead and delete or undo this. I am going to hit Command Z and not only does it remove the clip, it removes the track that it created. If I want to very quickly create a track while I'm editing, I can simply right-click on my timeline, and look at that, I can add and delete tracks right here. So I am going to go ahead and click Add Track, and I get a dialog box, and I don't have to add just one track, I can actually add Multiple Video Tracks, Multiple Audio Tracks and then there is something called Sub Mix Tracks, and that really takes us to another level of editing, and we are not going to get there in this Essential Training Course.
But the choices I have when I add the new tracks is I can add them After the top track, which is the default, or I can actually add them in between tracks or if I need to put something in on the bottom layer, perhaps I am doing a Chroma Key, and I forgot to put in a track in for the background, I can sneak a track in underneath the existing track that's already there. And I can do the same thing with audio. Now in the audio section, there are different Track Types, and we're going to address that in the audio section of this training, so for now just leave that at standard.
So we are going to go ahead Add say two video tracks, and I can simply type in 2 there, and we'll Add in two more Audio Tracks and press OK, and there we go. We have plenty of tracks to work with and we can easily add more if necessary. By the way, you can also add tracks at the very bottom of the Sequence dropdown menu. There you go, Add and Delete Tracks. Another thing you can do is Rename your Track and that's very easy to do, I can rename my track by right-clicking on it and click Rename, and this becomes instead of Video 5, you can actually see the 5, I could it a name that's more appropriate.
So perhaps I'm am going to call that Bug. Now why would I call a track Bug? Well, perhaps I am going to put the logo of my company in the bottom right-hand corner on that track as a transparent layer, and I always want to know where it is. Audio is more critical to label, so I can go ahead and I can Rename say Audio 1 as narration, and then I can go down and say Audio 2 could be background sound. We'll call that ambience, AMB. It's pretty quick I can see that that's Ambience and finally we'll Rename Track 3 to be Music.
So instead of referring to these as Track 1, 2, and 3, I can quickly look and say, ah, my Narration Track, my Ambient Track, my Music Track, and so on. Now to clean house, when you're all done editing or if you've just created too many tracks, you can simply right-click and one of the options is Delete Tracks and Delete Track. The difference here is if I hit Delete Track I can isolate and just delete 1 track, where if I choose Delete Tracks, I get another dialog box, and this is kind of like the reverse of what we saw earlier with Adding Tracks, and I can just choose Delete Video Tracks and Audio Tracks and any track that might be Empty.
I can also specify a track that I might want to remove, and you can actually remove a track that has video attached to it, so be careful when making the selection. I am going to simply hit OK, all those extra tracks are gone, my timeline is nice and neat, and I'm good to continue editing. So as you see, Adding Tracks, Removing Tracks and Renaming Tracks, very easy, but a very important skill to have.
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