Learn how video is added and trimmed on the timeline.
- [Instructor] When you're editing your movie in Premiere Elements the vast majority of what you're going to be doing is just editing (laughs). You'll be adding clips to your timeline, you'll be removing things you don't want, you'll be arranging what's left in an order to most effectively tell your story. In this session, I want to look at how to trim and how to split clips. And we'll also look at the timelines ripple feature and how to make it work to your advantage. So we've got some meaty clips here in our projects assets panel. I'm just going to drag some of these video clips on down to the timeline. I'm going to widen this area out by dragging on the scene in between, and I'm also going to change our view. And I can do that with the slider here on the right. I'm just going to use the plus button on the keyboard here to kind of zoom in on the timeline. I'm also going to grab another video clip and put it above the existing clips. Don't worry if you can't see the thumbnail here. We've just got these toggled closed. You can toggle 'em open if you'd like. But we're just using them for demonstration purposes now. To trim a clip means to remove some video or some audio from the beginning or the end of a clip. So if you hover your mouse over the beginning or end of a clip you see you get this little double headed arrow with a bracket on it. And if I hover between two clips sometimes that bracket is facing to the right and sometimes facing to the left. That's a trim indicator and it's telling me which clip it's going to trim from if I click and drag. So if I want to take a little bit off the end of this clip, I just click and drag. And if I have the intersection of two clips and I just want to take some off the beginning of this clip, I can click and drag. Notice by the way up there in the monitor panel what's going on, we can see the end of the last clip and as I trim, you can see the new beginning of the next clip. To split a clip means to cut it right down the middle. I'm going to just move the play head so that it's right here where we've got a set of clips on top of a set of clips. Once I position the play head, if I hover my mouse right over the center of the play head I get a little scissors icon. That is my slicer. If I have no clips selected, and I click on my slicer it slices right down through every clip on the timeline right at the position of the play head there. I'm going to Control + Z or Command + Z to undo that. But look what happens if I position the play head there and I select a clip on the timeline. Now when I slice it only slices through the selected clip, it doesn't slice through all clips. Just a little distinction there. Going to Control + Z or Command + Z to undo. Now you noticed as I trimmed off the beginning of this video, when I let go of it the video slid to the left to fill in the gap. That's called rippling. And rippling works two ways. If I remove from a clip, the clips move from the right to the left to fill in the gap. If I add to the clip, they move off to the right. That's rippling, just like ripples in a pond. If I add a clip between two clips it slides the clips off to the right. If I have multiple tracks of video or audio they also ripple when a clip is added or removed. For the most part, that's nice and easy. The challenge is when I have say, music. And I've got a music clip here, I'm just going to put it down here on my music track. And you notice that when I add a clip between two clips, what happens? It breaks my music, because my music is part of that ripple. It splits it and moves it off to the right. Well, I don't always want that to happen. Sometime I've got my music there. I'm putting together a sideshow or I'm putting together a music sequence and I don't want my audio to split every time I drop a clip in there. Here's a little trick for ya. I'm going to Control + Z to undo that. If you hold down the Alt key, or the Option key on a Mac, when you add a clip between two clips it restricts that ripple to only the track you're adding to. See that? Do that again. Holding down the Alt or Option key restricts the ripple to only the track you're adding to and it doesn't break up any video on any other track. So splitting, trimming, and the ripple function. Understand those three features and it's going to take you a long way toward mastering the editing process with this program.
This course was created by Steve Grisetti. We are pleased to host this training in our library.
- Adding media from a camera or hard drive
- Basic editing in Quick view
- Trimming, splitting, and rippling clips
- Adding narration
- Motion tracking
- Changing video speed
- Creating movies with the Video Story tool
- Adding video effects
- Grading color
- Working with audio
- Adding transitions and titles
- Creating animations with keyframes
- Adding DVD menus
- Outputting and sharing movies