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Now that you have a basic understanding of editing and how to create a sequence, let's take a more detailed look at your Project panel on how you can actually select the best part of a clip that you might want to bring into the timeline. So it's easier for you to see, I'm going to go ahead and take advantage of the Tilde key in the upper left-hand corner of the keyboard to enlarge my Project panel to full screen. Now there is, of course, two ways to look at your Project panel. We are going to step back into it using Icon View because I want to show you some important preference changes and workflows so when you open up a folder or a bin, you don't get frustrated.
Now normally when you double-click to open up any bin--and we are just go ahead and select the B-roll bin--you'll get a floating box, and you can see the contents of that bin, and that's going to either be in a List View or an Icon View--however it was when you last closed it. But this is very cluttered. I have floating images over other images. I can't really see everything that I want to see to get the job done. So there are a couple of modifier keys that you can use that actually allows you to open up bins in a cleaner, more refined way.
I am going to go ahead and close this bin by clicking--on the Mac the small red X in the left corner, and then on a Windows machine you would close it by clicking on the X in the right-hand corner. Now instead of just double-clicking on the folder to open it up, I can hold down one of two modifier keys. If I hold down the Command key on a Mac, or the Ctrl key on a Windows machine, it will actually open up that folder in place.
Take a look. Instead of it floating, when I double-click, it actually opens up the contents of that folder and replaces the higher-level Project panel folder. Now I can easily step back by clicking this button right here, but this keeps my screen nice and clean. Now I am going to go ahead and step back up into the higher-level, because there's another way I can open up this folder, and that's by holding down the Option key on a Mac, or the Alt key on a Windows machine.
With the Option key held down, and I double-click on B-roll, instead of replacing the tab that's there, it actually opens up a new attached tab, and this can be really nice because sometimes I may want to switch quickly between two different bins--or two different folders--and I don't have to keep opening and closing them. So having the ability to have multiple tabs open at the same time is a great way to work. Now if I wanted my B-roll to be next to the project bin--just like we learned earlier--I can simply grab it, slide it to the left, and now I can easily switch between both of these locations.
Now in some cases you may find it extremely frustrating to always have to hold down a modifier key just to do what you want. You may always want it to open up as a new tab or you may always want it to open up and replace the higher-level folder. Well, if you go into your Preference settings--and once again on a Macintosh these are underneath the title Premiere Pro, and on a Windows machine they would be at the very bottom of the Edit menu. Now, of course, I'm on a Mac so you don't see it, but I wanted you to remember where to go to modify your preferences if you're editing Premiere Pro in Windows.
Once you're inside the Preference settings and we go directly to General, it looks exactly the same no matter what platform you're working on. And if you notice down under General in the bottom third, there is a section called Bins. And it shows exactly what happens with each of the modifier keys. Now what I like to do is I'd like to switch from Open in new window to simply Open in new tab, click OK, and now whenever I click on any of my folders it creates a New tab that I can move left or right, and if I'm done with it, I simply click X to close.
So now that you're comfortable with opening and closing bins, and we've already looked at the different ways that you can view things within the Project panel, I want to show how you can mark In and Out Points very easily. We are going to switch back to the Icon View in our B-roll bin. Now we learned earlier that I can simply hover over any of my clips and actually skim through and see what happens. But I want to do more than that. I want to be able to select the part of the clip that I want to use in my show.
So for instance, I can go down to the smartphone shot, and I really wanted to start right when he presses the button. So what I need to do is I can click on the clip to select it turning hover scrub off and allowing me to scrub through by moving the slider left and right. Now if I wanted to start at this point, I'm going to mark an In Point, and the keyboard shortcut for an In Point is simply I. So by pressing I on my keyboard, you'll notice that that yellow line has kind of shifted.
So now when I drag this into my timeline, the very first frame is going to be just as he presses the button. If I scroll through all the way here to the end, when he takes his hand out of frame, I can make that my Out Point by pressing the O key. So now, without ever leaving my project panel, I can actually refine what part of the clip I want to use when editing in Premiere Pro. Let's go ahead and do that with another clip.
I think a perfect example would be one of the light bulbs. I want to get it just before it turns on, and once it turns on I want to be out of the shot. So we can go over here to either one of these bulbs. I like this one. This is kind of nice. And I am going to click on it. And as you see, there is probably an in and out marked from when I cut it earlier, but I don't want to use that in and that out. So it's simply scrubbing where I want it to be and marking I for In, I can then-- if I don't want to scrub--simply press the spacebar to watch the scene in real time, and when I got to the point where I want the shot to end, I can press the O key for Out.
If I wanted it to last a little bit longer, I will simply press the spacebar again and then press O, and now I have a new Out Point marked. So as you can see, you can use the Project panel--not only to hold your clips and to organize your clips--you can even take it to the next step of picking the best part of the footage to use in your program.
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