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Moving clips in the Timeline and performing a swap edit

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Now that we have a handful of clips in our Timeline, let's take a look at how easy it is to move them. Now, a good analogy for video editing is like word processing, think of these four clips as four paragraphs, and I just want to move them around because I want to change the order of my story. I'm going to bring this full screen by pressing the Tilde key, and we are going to work exclusively in our Timeline. Make sure that your Timeline is selected and you can see this full screen now. I want to zoom in a little bit here, because why work with it so small on the left side? And to zoom in and zoom out very easily within your Timeline is just simply pressing the Plus key to zoom in and the Minus key to zoom back out.

Moving clips in the Timeline and performing a swap edit

Now that we have a handful of clips in our Timeline, let's take a look at how easy it is to move them. Now, a good analogy for video editing is like word processing, think of these four clips as four paragraphs, and I just want to move them around because I want to change the order of my story. I'm going to bring this full screen by pressing the Tilde key, and we are going to work exclusively in our Timeline. Make sure that your Timeline is selected and you can see this full screen now. I want to zoom in a little bit here, because why work with it so small on the left side? And to zoom in and zoom out very easily within your Timeline is just simply pressing the Plus key to zoom in and the Minus key to zoom back out.

So as you can see, we can zoom in a little bit. If you zoom in too much, it looks like we've lost our clips here, but what actually happened is we just need to slide this little slider over to the left. I can also use this bar here--be very precise at how zoomed in or zoomed out I am. So once you get to a comfortable zoom level, to move a clip you can simply click on it and drag it and reposition it where you want. Now, the reason you might want to do this is maybe you wanted to add some more footage before we cut to the avocados, so you want to create a space that you can drop another clip into, or maybe you just want to extend the beginning part of the avocado scene to part of the clip that we had trimmed out.

And we are going to actually look at how to extend that in a later movie. But right now I just want you to get comfortable with grabbing a clip and moving them left and right in your Timeline to reposition them. As a matter of fact, if I wanted to I could grab this clip called Plug and move it all the way to the end of my sequence, because maybe that's the last thing that I want to see. So as you can see, you can move these around pretty easily, but there is a couple of gotchas. First of all, if I grabbed a clip, and I placed it where there already is another clip, it's actually going to cut out part of that clip and replace it with a clip that it just dropped over it.

And you might want to do that, you might not, it can be a little bit dangerous. So let's go ahead and hit undo and just stick with simple moving clips around. Now, once again, I can drag this clip, and if I bring it right next to this one here, you see that it snaps directly to that clip. There's something called snapping, and there is a little button up here where you can toggle it on and off, and the keyboard shortcut for that is the letter S, which is pretty nice, because you remember S for snapping. So I am going to go ahead and I am going to snap all my clips back together so I don't have any big spaces.

I am really happy, but I just realized, you know what? I think this show should start off with something more natural. It should start off with the avocados. And the problem is if I wanted to bring that to the beginning, I'd have to move everything down and pop that in. Well, there's something called a Swap Edit which allows you to literally swap a clip's order. So I am going to go ahead, grab the avocados, and I am going to start dragging it where I want it to be. And if I let go now, it's actually going to delete the clip below it, and I know that because I see that down pointing arrow.

So what I really want to do is I want to hold down a couple of Modifier keys, on the Mac its Command and Option. If you notice, with these Modifier keys pressed, the image changes a little bit. I see a couple of things. I see little triangles in the upper left-hand corner of the clip, and I also notice that the yellow icon above the clip has now changed to where you kind of see a return arrow. If I let go at this point, avocados get moved to the beginning, and everything else slides down later in the Timeline.

I didn't cut anything out, and I didn't create any holes or gaps. So moving clips around your Timeline is pretty easy, just be careful not to accidentally step on another clip. And if you want to swap a clip's position, remember, hold down those Modifier keys of Command and Option, and you can do it in just one step.

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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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