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In this movie we are going to take a quick look at some ways that you can bring in just your video or just your audio from a clip that has both video and audio. A lot of times people drag in both the video and the audio and then have to go back and unlink it and delete it, and it becomes a lot more work than necessary. So you can do this very quickly and very efficiently in Premiere Pro. Let's go ahead and load a clip into our source monitor, and we'll just take the top one, the Bulbs at 60 frames per second. There we go. There is our clip, and just so you can kind of see everything in the same perspective as me, I am going to stretch out, so we can actually see this whole clip, and we are ready to bring it in.
Now normally, when I drag a clip in, whether it's over here or directly to the timeline, it brings in both the video and the audio. Now once again, if it doesn't match the sequence, I can always simply say Change Sequence Settings and that way at all of my footage and my sequence will match exactly. This is useful if all your footage comes from the same source. If all your footage actually came from a variety of sources, the first clip you drop in should be whichever media you have the most of. Let's go ahead and drag in just the video, and this is really cool, because instead of grabbing just the picture, I can go down here in these two great little icons, a Film Strip and an Audio Waveform.
And that's a pretty dead giveaway of what's going to happen. If I grab the Film Strip, you see there's a pop-up even as I touch it that says Drag Video Only and I can drag that and drop that onto my timeline and the audio does not come along. And the same thing is true for audio, as a matter of fact, I can drag the audio, and it doesn't even have to be on track 1. I can put the audio on any track that I want. And that's really great, because now I don't have to go back and delete extra audio or if I want to just use the ambience of the audio, I can bring that on by itself.
So, dragging and dropping is a very quick way of doing that, but a lot of you maybe using keyboard shortcuts to bring your video and your audio into your timeline. Let me go ahead and select all of this with the marquee, I just lassoed it, I'm going to press the Delete key--that will be the Backspace key on a Windows machine--and now I have a clean timeline. So, if I want to go ahead and use either the keyboard shortcut of, say, the Period key or even just dragging it left and right, it's going to again bring in both the video and the audio.
If I want to just bring in the video, I need to turn off my audio track, and if I want to just bring in the audio, I need to turn off the video. Let's go ahead and bring the audio in first, and I do that by simply deactivating this track. Now you need to be careful, because if you have other tracks that are turned on, it's going to put the video on those tracks. So let's take a look at a perfect situation where nothing is turned on, and I drag that over, and as you see, because nothing is highlighted here, only the audio comes in.
If Video 2 had been highlighted, when I drag it over, even though I turned off video 1, Adobe Premiere Pro thinks, oh well, he just doesn't want it to go onto track 1, he wants it to go onto track 2, and it does bring in that clip with both the video and the audio, and they are still linked together. Let's go ahead and hit Undo. The reason I go into such detail about that is because audio by default has three tracks that are turned on, so let me go ahead and set it to the way it was when we first started this movie with one video track activated and three audio tracks activated, and if I think, oh, I just want the video, and I turn off this one audio track, as you see, just like when we dragged it to the timeline, it puts it in the second location.
So, you need to turn off all of these tracks, and I'll tell you if all your tracks are turned on, that can be kind of cumbersome, time consuming, and frustrating. Well, here's the trick, instead of clicking on the tracks one at a time, hold down the Shift key and then click, that will deactivate all of your audio tracks, and then I can either target the specific track I want, or in this case, just go ahead, Select my Source Monitor, I'm going to press the Period Key to do an overwrite edit, and I bring in just my video.
Another really good use of this skill set is sometimes you'll have video where you only have good audio on track 1, and track 2, nothing might have been recorded or it might have been a scratch track or you might have heard the producer. Well, that way you can actually bring in just the tracks that you want to work with. So as you see, being able to bring in the exact tracks that you want, whether it's video or audio, will save you a lot of time and energy down the road.
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