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In Premiere Pro CS5 Essential Training, author Chad Perkins shows not only how to edit video with Premiere Pro, but he also explains how to use video to tell compelling stories. This course covers the Premiere Pro workflow from a high level, providing a background on how projects go from start to finish before diving into basic clip adjustments, such as color correcting scenes for more dramatic impact, applying transitions effectively, and slowing down and speeding up clip playback. The course includes creative techniques, such as making titles and removing a green screen background from a shot. Exercise files are included with the course.
I am now going to show you a few ways to rearrange clips in the timeline. If we just simply click-and-drag this clip over, assuming that we want to trade places of these two clips. That's our end objective, just kind of how we did in the last movie. If I drag this over and just let go, I'll be performing an overlay edit. I'm going to move this over. I'm going to replace whatever was there. I don't want to do that. I'm going to hit Command+Z to undo that. Now I am going to drag this over and what we are going to have to do here is use keyboard shortcuts to make this happen.
So I'm going to hold down the Command key, and you hold down the Ctrl key on the PC by the way. Now when you do you get these little right facing arrows here and what's going to happen when I let go over the mouse is this going to move everything over. It's kind of like an Insert edit where it cuts everything and scoots everything down the line here and nothing is replaced, and now we have this gap over here and we have these gaps down here and this footage over here was segmented. That's not we want either. I am going to hit Command+Z to undo that.
What we want to do instead is click-and-drag on this clip. We want to drag it to the end so the beginning of the clip that we are moving is at the end of the B-roll Standing Around clip. Now we want to hold down the Command key, the Ctrl key on the PC like we did just a moment ago, but we also want to add to that the Option key or the Alt key on the PC. And you should get one right facing arrow on the left side of the clip and you should also have a cursor that looks like this. The arrow with the spinny loop thing here.
So we are basically dragging and putting this clip at the end of the other clip and when we let go, it will automatically re-order those clips. Now in all honesty those keyboard shortcuts are great but there is no sin really in simply using other video tracks temporarily to kind of move things around. I kind of use these other tracks sometimes that's kind of like a poster board where I'm moving pieces around and seeing how things play out. It's not technically what you're supposed to do. But still I find that works for me.
So I guess the moral of the story is if none of these keyboard shortcuts work for you then find something that does. But it's good just to be aware that there are other tools and techniques out there that you can use.
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