Join Jeff Sengstack for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding and deleting clips in the Timeline, part of Premiere Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training.
Sooner or later you're going to graduate from Sceneline editing and move up to editing your videos on the Timeline. The Timeline has much more to offer. It gives you a clearer feel for how your project is coming together and has more editing options and you'll find on the Sceneline. I explained a few of those characteristics in this video, and as you work your way through the rest of the tutorial videos you'll see many more reasons to use the Timeline. Let me give you a little tour of the Timeline just down here, switching from the Sceneline back to the Timeline. Timeline has this Time Ruler along the top and that gives you the length of your project as you build it. At 16 seconds and 0 frames.
It's frame, seconds, minutes, and hours. You can zoom in on the Time Ruler, and then see the clips more clearly that way, depending on the length of your project, or you can zoom out if it's a really long project. The Timeline has many tracks. It starts with the default number of three video and audio tracks plus a couple of extra audio tracks. I can drag it up so you can see that. There is the soundtrack and narration tracks that you saw on the Sceneline. I'll click that for a moment, those two guys down there. And here they are. You can put any kind of audio that you want.
It doesn't have to be a narration or soundtrack. It can be sound effects even. Then you see Video 1 Audio 1, Video 2, Audio 2. If you scroll up you see Video 3 and Audio 3. This is where you put your clips that you get from your camcorder, which typically have audio associated with them, although you don't have to have audio associated with them. You can have as many of these tracks as your computer can handle. Typically you would not work with more than let's say five or six, unless you are a very advanced editor. You may be asking yourself, why would I have all these different layers when I just put one clip up here, and clip after it, clip after it.
But you can layer clips in Premiere Elements. Such that you can see parts of clips on various layers sort of sandwiched together. It's a high-level way to do video editing. I talk about that in other videos. It's easy to add clips. Let me show you how to do that. I'll drag this guy back down to make it little more manageable in terms of real estate. I'll go over to my Project View and we'll click on some fall-foliage clips here. Drag this one down to the Timeline. And notice as I bring it there it's going to snap to the beginning. See that? The black line appears and it snaps.
I'm sure that that there is no black video between the beginning of the project and that first clip. And now I've added a clip to the Timeline, I can scrub through it and I can play it here in the Monitor panel. There is no audio with this clip, and you could tell there is no audio because it's not showing up any audio down here. If I go to the Sceneline notice that the Monitor panel looks different. It has the clip showing up here, but on the Timeline that clip does not show up there. If we add another clip, it's very easy to do that. Just drag it down and drag it near this one. I can actually put anywhere I want.
But that will leave a black gap between the two. I'll just drag it over, and it'll snap into place. I can see it a kind of sort of jump as it gets close. It's called snapping. If I now play this, you'll see that it's a clean edit from the aerial to this river view here, in just a moment. And this reveals a river coming up in a second. Here we go. Let me add some clips that have audio associated with them, so you can see how they look different. I'll just take this drive shot again. You've seen it before, if you watched the Sceneline version. I'm going to snap it up there next to it. And notice that the audio part shows up now down in this audio track and that even shows a little waveform down here where you can see that little sharp line there where he hits the ball. Watch.
(Whack! Golf ball being hit.) (Male Speaker: That's going to hook.) It's easy, again, to add clips down here one after the other. Let's say I want to let's say delete a clip. I decided these two guys are really doing a story about golfing, not about fall foliage. I'm going to click on this one and press the Delete key. Now notice what happens. It slides over to fill the gap. Click this one. Slides over and fills the gap. That's what the Delete key does. If I take this clip and say I want it to go between these two, I drag it over and put it here in front of that one, right there.
Let's see what happens. You didn't notice it but it jumped in front there and pushed this guy to the right. Let me add two more clips so it's a little more obvious what's going on. I'm going to Ctrl-click on the second clip here and drag two down at once. Now I'm going to take this clip here and drag it in front of the second clip. And notice what happens. There is a gap where that clip was dragged from, but when I put it here it shoved everything to the right. Now that little gap can be replaced by simply right-clicking on it and saying Delete and Close Gap, or I can undo that by pressing Ctrl+Z, and just click here and then press the Backspace key.
Both ways will close that gap that's created when you drag something from inside a project and drag it someplace else. In the Sceneline that didn't happen. When you drag something around the Sceneline, it automatically filled the gap. Now this business of leaving a gap is actually by design. Premiere Elements was designed to assume that when you move a clip you do not intend to automatically fill the gap it leaves behind. If you insert or rearrange clips on one track, it can actually create gaps on another track. Let me show you how that works. I'm going to put some audio down below here.
I'm going to drag this up a little ways, so you can see it. I'll put an audio clip down here, and just take the golf- music here, so I'm pulling up golf music. Now I'm going to take this clip. I'm going to let's say drag it over here. Look what it did. It cut the audio where the new clip was placed. This clip shoves everything to the right including the audio down below and that is really not what you want to have happen. You want the music to go smoothly through all the clips.
That little anomaly there can be resolved using what's called a keyboard modifier. If you leave a gap when you lift a clip, or create a gap on other tracks, use a keyboard modifier to keep that from happening. And I'll explain how to work with two keyboard modifiers in another video. So with the exception of rearranging clips in the Timeline, adding, inserting, and deleting clips in the Timeline works much like the Sceneline.
- Getting video from a DV camera, USB camera, or hard drive
- Adjusting timing for smooth transitions between clips
- Adding text and shapes to clips with titling tools
- Mixing audio tracks by hand for a custom sound
- Building DVD menus with scene markers
- Creating a good story for the final output