Join Jeff Sengstack for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding rearranging and deleting clips in the Sceneline, part of Premiere Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training.
The Sceneline lets you quickly and easily create a basic story structure. It works kind of like a bulletin board. And in fact you take clips from the Project View and pin them up on the Sceneline, then you can rearrange them, insert clips, between clips or remove clips. Let me show you how that works. Here the Sceneline is open. Could have been the Timeline, but we switched to the Sceneline. Open up the Project View and I've got three folders here with files in them already. Let's go to the Golf video clips and take golf-drive1 for example. Drag that down to that little placeholder, where it says Drag next clip here.
Now we've added our first clip to this particular project. Let's play it inside the Monitor panel. (Video playing. Birds chirping.) (Whack! Golf ball being hit.) (Male Speaker: That's going to hook.) Notice it has this little rectangle here that shows you the particular clip, gives the name of it, and then you can scrub through it by dragging this Current Time Indicator. Let's add another clip to it. So I'll go to the bag clip here, drag it down. I have added another clip. We've added another rectangle up here. If I click back and forth and now that rectangle will settle down in the middle, and change to the same relative length as the first one. Even though the clips are different lengths, when they display up here in the Monitor panel, they display as the same length up here. Then I can scrub through that, or play that.
Let's go add one more clip, creek here, drag that one down. I've got a three clip video. If I click 1, click back here, that will settle that next video clip down again in at the same apparent length, but in fact it's a different length in this one and different than that one, but always this little rectangle is the same length. And notice that the Current Time Indicator by default is always at the beginning of the clip that you've just added. You click Play and it will play that particular clip. So now I've added three clips.
I want to insert a clip in the middle of these three guys. Let me go get this golf-cart video. Drag it right down. I'm going to put it between the drive and the bag. I put them in between by simply dragging it on top of the one that I want to put it in front of. So I'll put it in front of the bag clip. Notice how that works. Let's put another one here, drag the fairway one down here. Put it between the bag, and the creek shot. So now I have a five-clip video.
Click on any one of those guys. And it will put the Current Time Indicator at the beginning of that clip and arrange that clip in that little rectangle inside the monitor. I want to delete a clip and that's very simple. I have to select the clip and then press the Delete key and then what will happen is the other clips will slide over to fill that gap. So you never get any black gaps in your video. These guys slide over to accommodate any deleted clip. I can rearrange them very easily. Here you've got the drive, the cart, the fairway. I'm going to take this creek and put it before the fairway, simply by dragging over.
Notice there is a little blue vertical bar to say okay, we are going to put it here in front of the fairway. So that's easy to rearrange clips in the Sceneline. I want to add some audio to it. So let me go grab some audio here. I've got some music that I made using a thing called SmartSound, which is a feature inside Premiere Elements that I talk about in another tutorial. Drag that guy down here to the audio track. There are two audio tracks. One marked with a speaker, one marked with musical notes. Technically speaking they are both equal, but Premiere Elements folks wants you to think that okay, this one in the bottom is for music and this one up here is for narration, but either one works the same way.
So I'll put it here where the narration is. Now I've added this audio clip and you can see looking inside the Sceneline that it's longer than the entire project. If you look up here in the Monitor panel you see that it's longer than those four clips. I'll just click Play. (Music playing.) (Whack! Golf ball being hit.) So you can see how the audio mixes together, the music and the natural sound from the clips. Just that we've been working here inside the Sceneline, but if you go to the Timeline you can see that there are clips, there is audio. So in fact you can move back and forth from one to the other, if you need to.
I discussed adding, arranging, and deleting clips in the Timeline in another video, but for now working in the Sceneline might be an approach that suits your editing experience.
- 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
Skill Level Beginner
Q: Is it possible to get still shots from video clips in Adobe Premiere Elements 8?
A: Yes, this is possible with the Freeze Frame tool, which is explained in Chapter 5, in the "Splitting clips and changing clip speed, duration and direction" movie around the 7:45 mark.
Q: When attempting to start Premiere Elements 8, I get an error message reading "Adobe has detected that the application Elements Organizer has unexpectedly quit." What is causing this, and how can it be fixed?
A: Crashes on start-up are a problem that have come up with a number of users. There is an update to Premiere Elements 8 that addresses that.
There are two approaches, open Premiere Elements by clicking New Project and then go to Help > Updates. If that doesn't work, or if Premiere crashes again, follow the steps outlined on this Adobe support page: http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/530/cpsid_53099.html