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This course introduces Adobe Premiere Pro CS6, using a project-based approach that introduces video editors to all the skills necessary to cut their own program. Using a short commercial project as an example, author Abba Shapiro walks viewers through a complete and logical workflow that begins with importing media, creating a basic rough edit, and then refining the cut with music and sound effects, transitions, visual effects, and titles. The course also includes troubleshooting advice, such as reconnecting offline media and using the History panel to undo multiple actions.
Now that we are comfortable with moving clips around and extending their edit points, there's is another great tool if I actually want to cut out a part of a clip or cut a clip in half, and that's the Razor tool. And this is the first time we have actually switched from our Selection tool, which has a keyboard shortcut of the letter V, to a different tool, and we are going to switch to the Razor tool, and its shortcut is the letter C, think of that as cutting, so C for cutting. I am going to select the Razor tool, and you'll notice now that that is highlighted, and now when I come across any of these clips, the icon has changed, and I actually see a little bar, and if I click where the Razor tool is hovering, it actually cuts that clip in half and makes it into two clips.
Now, why would I want to do that? Well, there is a lot of reasons. If you wanted to perhaps go from black and white to color, I may put a filter on the first clip and leave the second one in color and simply put a dissolve in, and we'll learn how to do that later on in the course. Another thing I might want to do is just move things around, but I wanted to put maybe the avocado clip in between the fan clip. So I simply cut the clip in half with the Razor Blade, and now I need to make sure I switch back to my Selection tool-- so either click on the Selection tool button or press the V key. And think of the V key as looking a little bit like an arrow, so that's an easy way to remember what the keyboard shortcut is.
Now I simply want to swap out this clip with the avocado clip. So I am going to simply grab it and drag it, and like we learned before, if I hold down the Option and Command key on a Mac, I can let go, and now part of my fan clip is at the beginning, I have the other footage, and then the second half of the fan clip. Another reason I may want to use the Razor Blade is maybe I just want to create a nice little hole and move part of this clip further down the Timeline. I am going to press the V key so you can see how easy it is to switch between tools, and I'll just drag this down the Timeline a little bit later because I want to put a bunch of clips in here, and I just want to leave a space.
So as you can see, cutting a clip in half is as simple as selecting the Razor Blade, clicking, and you're done.
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