Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video Introducing the Timeline, part of Learning Premiere Elements 9.
As well as using the scene line to construct your movie you can also use the time line. And in fact while you're working on the film it's quite likely that you're going to toggle between the two modes for this panel. Let's have a quick look at the controls. First of all you'll notice at the top right here, I can zoom in and out in a way that I just can't really do with the scene line because there's no reason to. The scene line is just a series of one frame representations of my whole clips. Over in the timeline, I've got a duration displayed from left to right along the top of the Window.
And this is the time code that we saw earlier in the Monitor panel. It's the same thing. Here I've got hours, minutes, seconds in frames. And as time moves from left to right, those numbers increase. And the benefit of that is that I can now see the duration of my clips, based on how much time they take up in the timeline panel. I can also move clips in time. So If I click and drag, I can maybe leave a gap to put something into later. Or maybe I just want some empty space for a little while for, for my audience to think about what they've just seen.
Who knows. Notice if I click and drag, things snap together perfectly so the timing of the cut is exactly right, I don't have to zoom right in to do it. And coincidentally the plus and minus keys at the top of your keyboard, they're actually above the hyphen and equal sign although mine is an equal sign, they work to zoom in and to zoom out. You can see if I zoom in enough I get a single frame at a time, that blue line there represents a single line of my media. From the top of the time line, I've got two extra buttons that aren't present on the scene line. First of all I have this selelction tool which allows me to click and select items in the timeline but I've just been using to move things around and then secondly I've got this, this time stretch tool allows me to adjust the playback speed of my clips.
So, let's say, for example, I've got a bit of kung fu going on here. Sorry, I should say awesome fu. If I click and drag to the right, you'll notice that I get a little indicator. Which is showing me that I've now added 30 seconds and five frames. If I let go now, this is going to play back in slow motion. And you can see I've got the name of the clip, followed by whether it's video or down here audio. The new speed which has come out as 51.79%. And then I've got some options to do with changing the opacity.
That's how visible the clip is. Over volume. This is actually, if I go back to my selection tool, a little menu tucked away on the timeline. Right now, these menus will only let me select the item that's there, the pastel volume, but as I apply effects and make changes, I get more options on them. Now like the options along the rest of the bar here, I think that adding the time stretch tool right on the timeline is kind of an advanced feature to include right there. I'm not sure how often you're going to want to use it, but it's there if you need it. Now just down from these buttons, I've got, kinda hidden away, this work area bar.
And this is pretty irrelevant when you're in the midst of editing your movie. But when it comes to exporting, that means sending a file out for the Internet or playing back it to tape, to produce a master tape of your movie, this is where the work area really comes in to its own. The duration of the work area can be set as what you get. In fact if you're outputting to tape it's always what you get. So just useful to be aware that it's there. Then down here on the left I can flatten or expand my video tracks. And this just allows me to see Thumbnails or not see Thumbnails.
Same for the audio. I can turn on and off. The waveform, and just if you're not familiar with waveforms, if I just zoom in a little bit and maybe I'll just click and expand this so we can see it a little more clearly. Notice that I just clicked at the top edge of the audio track and dragged to make it a bit bigger. The way a waveform works is the bigger the waveform that is the taller it is the louder the sound. So this is measuring, Audio attenuation. If you see a totally flat line then this is stereo so there are two lines, a left channel at the top, a right channel at the bottom, or channel one or channel two.
If you see a totally flat line that means silence. If you see a really tall line then you get noise. If I click along here, in fact this might sound a little bit funny because of the slow motion but let's have a listen. (UNKNOWN), or maybe if I click back here you can see (audio playing) So, you're getting a visual representation of volume there. Now, if I want to, I can turn this off. This doesn't look like a button, but it is. If you click on the speaker icon, you can toggle between seeing and not seeing the waveform.
And equally, if I just shrink that back down again, and click on the video, this little frame icon. I can toggle between seeing Thumbnails, not seeing Thumbnails. Just seeing Thumbnails all the way through the clip, or whatever I want. Perfectly down to personal preference. Probably the last button to show you is here. Now, this is a button for turning on and off keyframing. And perhaps the simplest way of showing you. If I scroll over to the left here. And look at this first shot of the scooter action. If I turn on keyframing for my video clip, it gives me the Option to specify settings for various different things.
In this case the opacity of the clip over time. So right now this orange line across here represents the 100% display of this clip. If I click this button to add a Key frame. I can click back a little bit and add another Key frame. I can now click and drag these Key frame items, let me just get that and drag it down. There we go. So now, this is going to start totally invisible, and gradually, you can see as the yellow bar goes up, it's going to become visible. And that, in a nutshell, is Keyframing.
You might have heard this referred to a lot on websites or seen people demonstrate it. Essentially what you're doing is defining a point in time with one setting. And another point in time with another setting. And then you let the editing system work out the difference interpolates. So around about here, it's about 50% visible. Of course all I've got behind this is nothingness. So it just kind of goes dark. If I had a video behind it you'd see that through this. It's making the video translucent. Same idea for audio. I can set a keyframe for my audio here, and here, and then adjust that and bring it down.
I can also make flat level adjustments by clicking and dragging on this orange bar. There we go. And here you can see I've got Go to Previous Key Frame, Go to Next Key Frame, and if I just drag this back up, I can remove an existing Key Frame. Remove that one. And add them with the same button. And the very last thing to show you here, if I zoom out a little bit, is moving things around. So, I'm just going to select this awesome food clip. I'm going to right-click on this, and I'm going to click on time stretch, which is going to give me direct access to that speed control that I changed with my time stretch tool. I'm just going to click on the numbers here, type in 100. And press enter to reset that to 100% speed.
Now using the Selection tool, I can click and drag to move clips around in my sequence. This is very much like clicking and dragging them around in the scene line. However, notice I can leave gaps here which you may or may not want to do. I'm just going to Ctrl+Z, Cmd+Z to undo that. If I don't want to leave a gap I can use my modify keys. Now in a PC that's Shift, Ctrl or Alt. On a Mac that's Shift, Cmd or Option same results. And different combinations of them will cause the movement to do different things.
And I just encourage you to experiment. If I hold down the Ctrl key here on this PC Cmd on a Mac and click and drag this clip. And then release the Ctrl key, and then let go,notice I don't get a gap. Seems rather convoluted, but when you have a specific goal in mind, you just experiment with the different modifier keys, it'll all make sense. And of course, if I just scroll this Window up a bit, you can see the magic of using the timeline instead of the scene line, is that I can see these other video tracks.
I can add more if I want. I can right-click or Ctrl click and choose add tracks. But I can add layer upon layer of video if I like. And have things fly around the screen. And have titles in the foreground. Right now I'm just working with my single video one and audio one track. So that's just an introduction to the controls so you're familiar with what's going on. In the timeline.
- Overview of the Premiere Elements interface
- Working with media files and capturing from tapes
- Creating a new project and understanding the options
- Arranging clips to make a movie
- Adding transitions and special effects
- Making titles and using graphics
- Using music and working with audio
- Sharing your movie