Join Jeff Sengstack for an in-depth discussion in this video Learning about the Sceneline and the Timeline, part of Premiere Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training.
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Premiere Elements lets you choose between two approaches to editing a video. Both are here in the Project panel, the Sceneline and the Timeline. The Sceneline is the entry point for new editors. It's more intuitive. If you are new to video editing it's an easy way to get started. It works kind of like a storyboard. You've probably seen a storyboard. Film directors use them to map out a project. Maybe scene sketches on what usually is a large bulletin board, then rearrange them, remove some, and add some. I'll demonstrate that process here then go into more detail in the video, Adding, Deleting, and Rearranging Clips on the Sceneline.
Let's just go over to the Project View and let's take a look at some of the fall-foliage clips. I'm just going to drag one down here and that's the basic process to add clips to the Sceneline. Pretty simple to do that. Once they are down there, I can say, "This one should go first." Drag it over like that. Well, this one should go last, something like that, or I want to put one in the middle. Fairly simple way to add clips in the Sceneline. I'll show you some golf clips as well. Just add a couple golf clips just to see that process of adding one after the other.
That's how that works. That's the basic Sceneline approach. You can add clips, delete clips like this, rearrange them, and I can add audio down here as well. Let's go to Music. Add let's say fall-foliage-music. So I've added an audio track. (Music Playing). Like that. The Timeline is not as intuitive as the Sceneline. Let me show it to you. Timeline has multiple layers. I'm going to drag this up so you can see that. There is that audio clip we just laid down.
There are the fall-foliage clips we laid down and here are the golf clips. What you didn't see in the Sceneline is that the golf clips have audio associated with them whereas the fall-foliage clips don't. I'll go back briefly and you can see that it just shows clips. It doesn't actually show any kind of audio associated with those clips. That's one immediate difference between the Timeline and the Sceneline. Notice also that the clips are represented as rectangles, and the rectangles represent the relative lengths of the clips. One other advantage of the Timeline versus the Sceneline is that you can layer clips one above the other. That's called compositing, and I talk about compositing in other videos.
It's a fairly high-level way to edit videos and I think you'll see that that's a real advantage to working in the Timeline. So my advice to first time video editors is edit a couple of videos in the Sceneline then move up to the Timeline.
- 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