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Changing track visibility and locking tracks

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Video: Changing track visibility and locking tracks

When you're editing, it's really important to be able to sometimes isolate a clip or turn entire tracks on and off so can see what's happening underneath. To explore this, I'm going to go ahead and change my workspace a little bit, so you can actually see what I'm doing here, and I have very basic edit, as matter of fact, this is an early Rough Cut, where I have three types of tracks. I have my Narration Track, which has, actually, both my narrator and my interviews. A B-roll Track and then a Title Track with some overlays such as a Temp Title on my speaker as well as a logo.

Changing track visibility and locking tracks

When you're editing, it's really important to be able to sometimes isolate a clip or turn entire tracks on and off so can see what's happening underneath. To explore this, I'm going to go ahead and change my workspace a little bit, so you can actually see what I'm doing here, and I have very basic edit, as matter of fact, this is an early Rough Cut, where I have three types of tracks. I have my Narration Track, which has, actually, both my narrator and my interviews. A B-roll Track and then a Title Track with some overlays such as a Temp Title on my speaker as well as a logo.

Let me go ahead and bring that down a little bit so you can see, so I just wrote in Bill Smith for the time being just as a placeholder, and we have the kinetECO logo. So we're good to go, and I have music, but the music isn't even balanced, as a matter fact if you take a listen it's really fighting with the narrator as well as the ambient sound on the B-roll. (video playing) So, I'm not ready to do my audio mix, but I might want to be able to play something for my producer, and I don't want them to have to fight the music, so it's very easy to turn off the Visibility of tracks, and by Visibility that can also work with audio.

So, think of visibility as seeing and think of visibility as muting audio tracks. And to do that I have the little eyeballs here, and so if I want to, say, Turn off all of my Titles because I just put them in as placeholders for me, I can simply go ahead and click on the eyeball, and as you see, it disappears from the viewer. It still is here in the timeline, so I don't have to worry about if I want to replace that with something else, but it's not distracting. Perhaps I also want to see what's happening underneath my B-roll, I can go ahead and turn off that track, too, so now that's not visible. So being able to turn the visibility off on a track is great as well as being able to Turn off the Audio. And this is great. I can turn this off temporarily, and now when I play it...

(video playing) I can actually hear what my narrator is saying and more critically in my case, I can hear the ambience to see if the ambience is good ambience that I want in my show, and in this case it was just the director and the cinematographer talking about the shot. So toggling these on and off is very easy. Just like we learned in the last move, if I hold down the Shift key and I just want to hear the narrator, I can turn off all my tracks at once and then click to turn the narrator on again.

So, remember the Shift key allows you to deactivate and reactivate all of your audio tracks and all of your video tracks when it comes to visibility. There are also situations where you don't want to turn off the entire track, you may just want to turn off the visibility of a single clip with the sound of a single audio file. I can do that by right-clicking on any clip and unchecking the word Enable. Now this whole track is still live, but as you see Bill Smith is grayed out, so it's not distracting my producer, but it still is there, and I can easily re-enable it when I'm ready.

And we can do the same thing in audio. I can right-click on the audio track, and I can check or uncheck Enable. And there we go, I've muted just this music, maybe there was something else on this track that I didn't want to hear. So as you can see, having complete control of what you see and what you hear-- and what you don't see and what you don't hear--is important while editing. Now another control that's very useful is locking tracks. Now you actually don't see a lock here, and that's because it goes into this empty space.

So, if I click on that empty space, you see a little Lock icon, and you see crosshatching here, this indicates that this track is locked and can't be changed. This is great if, say, you are cutting a music video and you don't want to accidentally slice and dice the audio because you know it's fixed. There's a lot of situations where you know you don't want to change the audio, or maybe you don't want to change the video. Maybe you definitely have a background video track that you're keying over, you don't want to accidentally modify that, and that's were Track Locking comes in, and it's really very useful.

But there is a gotcha. A lot of people would think, oh, I don't want to bring in my audio on track 1, because I don't need it, but I want to bring in the video, so I'll just lock that track and perform my edit. Well, the way Premiere Pro works, it thinks that you still want to use your audio, because you didn't deactivate it, and it tries to work smarter than you. So look what happens when I drag in this light bulb--and I can drag it over here or just drag it straight to the timeline. Take a look. It doesn't put it on audio track 1, because it's locked, it puts it on the next available unlocked track and that's an important thing to keep in mind.

It's great if you want to be able to control where things go by locking your track, but if you're using track locking because you don't want to bring your audio in, you have to do something a little more complex, so before we even drop that on, I'm going to go back to my track locking, and instead of locking them one at a time, I'm going to use that same trick of holding down the Shift key, now all of my audio tracks are locked, and I can go ahead and bring it over, and wait a second, I thought I locked all my tracks. Well, again, Premiere Pro is trying to help you, so it actually created a brand-new track for that audio.

So keep in mind, if you don't want the audio or the video to come in, locking a track is not the solution. It's track targeting, which we covered in an earlier movie.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Essential Training

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  1. 56s
    1. What is Premiere Pro?
      56s
  2. 2m 49s
    1. Welcome
      1m 7s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 42s
  3. 27m 52s
    1. Launching the application for the first time
      3m 27s
    2. A tour of the interface
      4m 55s
    3. Customizing the window layout and the interface
      7m 0s
    4. Exploring the different ways to drive Premiere Pro CS6
      4m 33s
    5. Understanding system configuration and the Mercury Playback Engine
      3m 17s
    6. Adjusting essential preferences
      4m 40s
  4. 40m 7s
    1. Importing files and folders
      11m 2s
    2. Importing card-based media
      6m 1s
    3. Capturing from tape
      4m 10s
    4. Organizing media
      12m 3s
    5. Reconnecting offline media
      6m 51s
  5. 21m 0s
    1. Basic editing overview
      4m 44s
    2. Previewing and marking media in the Project panel
      7m 11s
    3. Previewing and marking clips in the Source panel
      9m 5s
  6. 33m 37s
    1. Editing clips into the Timeline
      7m 56s
    2. Marking and targeting destinations in the Timeline
      2m 53s
    3. Moving clips in the Timeline and performing a swap edit
      4m 11s
    4. Adjusting edit points in the Timeline
      2m 6s
    5. Splitting clips using the Razor tool
      2m 16s
    6. Deleting clips
      2m 38s
    7. Performing an insert edit
      4m 14s
    8. Performing an overwrite edit
      3m 9s
    9. Dragging to a second layer to edit cutaways
      4m 14s
  7. 43m 16s
    1. Performing a three-point edit
      7m 23s
    2. Performing a replace edit
      3m 48s
    3. Targeting specific tracks in the Timeline
      3m 1s
    4. Linking and unlinking audio and video tracks
      3m 51s
    5. Performing roll and ripple edits
      6m 51s
    6. Performing slip and slide edits
      6m 42s
    7. Creating subclips
      4m 29s
    8. Locating and working with different versions of a clip using Match Frame
      7m 11s
  8. 42m 51s
    1. Taking control of your Timeline
      7m 57s
    2. Adding video and audio tracks
      5m 32s
    3. Performing audio-only and video-only edits
      4m 49s
    4. Changing track visibility and locking tracks
      5m 41s
    5. Rendering
      7m 43s
    6. Using the History panel to undo multiple actions
      2m 31s
    7. Creating keyboard shortcuts
      5m 35s
    8. Creating buttons
      3m 3s
  9. 23m 28s
    1. Working with audio
      5m 22s
    2. Adjusting audio levels in the Source Monitor
      3m 0s
    3. Adjusting audio levels in the Timeline
      10m 10s
    4. Adjusting the audio mix on the fly
      4m 56s
  10. 9m 4s
    1. Inserting markers
      4m 8s
    2. Snapping markers to each other
      4m 56s
  11. 29m 52s
    1. Working with stills
      10m 57s
    2. Moving on stills
      5m 54s
    3. Exporting and re-importing stills
      3m 47s
    4. Working with still and animated graphics with transparency
      2m 39s
    5. Working with layered Photoshop files
      6m 35s
  12. 20m 58s
    1. Changing speed and reversing a clip
      6m 22s
    2. Changing speed at a variable rate
      9m 10s
    3. Creating and using freeze frames
      5m 26s
  13. 28m 21s
    1. Using transitions
      9m 36s
    2. Understanding the nuances of transitions
      6m 23s
    3. Modifying transitions
      8m 37s
    4. Setting default transitions and applying multiple transitions
      3m 45s
  14. 36m 36s
    1. Applying and modifying effects
      4m 51s
    2. Applying presets and motion effects
      5m 42s
    3. Saving favorites
      3m 50s
    4. Understanding color correction
      4m 4s
    5. Using adjustment layers
      3m 23s
    6. Working with green screen and chroma key footage
      6m 36s
    7. Using the Warp Stabilizer to stabilize clips
      6m 27s
    8. Applying filters to audio
      1m 43s
  15. 27m 45s
    1. Creating static titles
      7m 8s
    2. Creating lower thirds
      10m 2s
    3. Creating a credit roll and crawls
      6m 41s
    4. Using Photoshop for titles
      3m 54s
  16. 20m 0s
    1. Introducing multicam editing
      1m 46s
    2. Creating a multicam clip with timecode
      3m 25s
    3. Creating a multicam clip using sync points
      4m 1s
    4. Editing a multicam clip in a Timeline
      4m 26s
    5. Refining a multicam edit
      6m 22s
  17. 9m 51s
    1. Exporting a movie
      4m 12s
    2. Sending to Adobe Media Encoder
      3m 44s
    3. Printing to video
      1m 55s
  18. 1m 22s
    1. Next steps
      1m 22s

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