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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.
So again, we have these two clips here. We have the clip of flowers in the fridge followed by another clip of the inside of this flower shop here. Only this time I'm not bothered to go through and perform a preliminary edit on this flowers footage. So, we have a bunch of junk in the beginning where we're trying to pull focus, and all that jazz and really at about 14 seconds in, we get to what we want. Now that's no problem, right? We can just go and put our cursor at the beginning of the clip and then just drag our cursor at the beginning to our Current Time Indicator and then we've trimmed this.
The problem now is that we have multiple clips, and that's created a gap in our project. We could go and click and drag a marquee around both of our clips to select them and then move them back to the beginning, but that's a lot of work. If our project was more complex, that would be next to impossible. So what we can do instead is just right-click in this blank spot here and select Ripple Delete. By the way, we can also just click to select that spot and then hit the Delete key on our keyboard. That works as well. Another thing that we can do, I'm just going to undo a few times by hitting Command+Z on the Mac or Ctrl+Z on the PC to get our footage back there.
We could do this all in one fell swoop as we put are cursor over the beginning of the clip to trim it. If we hold the Command key on the Mac or the Ctrl key on the PC, our cursor changes. That arrow gets a little bit fatter and indicates instead of trimming the clip we are performing a Ripple edit. So as I click and drag to trim this to the CTI, once I let go then it's going to automatically Ripple Delete that clip. So as referred to as Ripple edit. So if you have the gap and you do the Ripple Delete, so it moves everything forward to fill that gap, that is a Ripple Delete and if you edited that way, it is a Ripple edit.
Now I'm going to undo that one more time. If you can't remember the keyboard shortcut, there is a tool here. It is the Ripple Edit tool. It kind of looks like the fatter arrow that we're looking at moments ago. Then we can just click and drag this to the 14 second mark or thereabout and let go and it automatically Ripple edits the whole thing. Personally, I prefer to you remember the keyboard shortcut, but if you like to use a tool for that, it's there for you. Ripple edits are one of the most common types of edits and I found myself using them all the time.
Even on the ends of clips we can hold the Command key or the Ctrl key down, and trim off ends, so that we Ripple edit this. It's really great so that you don't have extra gaps in your footage. You also notice that as I'm performing this Ripple edit, just like with a regular edit, in the Program Monitor I'm getting a representation of what I'm going to be trimming the new in point to on the clip that I'm working with and the new out point of the existing out point of the previous clips. So I could use those to know what my cut is going to look like.
So there you have it. There are Ripple edits and Ripple Delete. Not something you have to use, but not only is it a time saver, it also makes sure that you don't inadvertently have little gaps in your footage.
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