Explore various ways to move clips, including swapping shots and creating gaps. You look at different tools involving these movements, including both click-and-drag and nudging. You also explore the ramifications for different movements depending on what is located on various vertical tracks.
- [Instructor] Alright, our sequence is coming along pretty well. As you can see, I've made a few more edits since the point we were at in the last movie. And we're in pretty good shape, but I think there are a few shots that I need to move around and I also really think I need to create some space between some of the shots so we can let the sequence breathe a little bit. So, let's take a look at how to do both of those. First, let's focus on creating space. Just to remind ourselves, the structure of this is that Jack here is talking about craftsmanship and then here, quality, and then here, community.
So let's just put a small gap in between each of these sections. One way to move clips is to simply lasso them and then you can just drag, like so. Notice by default it sort of leaps forward in very large movements. Now, there's a couple of ways that I can make that a little bit of a finer control. First, I can just zoom in. So if I zoom in here, I am able to have finer control. Notice that it does snap to my playhead. It does snap to edit points.
If I want to exercise fine control and not have this snapping, I'm going to turn off snapping. And snapping is right here, or the S key on the keyboard. So if I turn off snapping by pressing S, notice that now there really is no magnetism to any point in the timeline. I'm able to freely move this. Also notice that as I move the clip, I get an indication of how much it's moving. So let's keep track about how far we are moving this.
I'll go flush up against this clip again, I'll turn snapping on. And now I'll move it and I'll take a look. You can see that I moved it one second, and I've moved it about two seconds. And that's about right. I want it about two seconds. So I'll drop it right there, and we've created a two second gap. Alright, so that's easy enough. Lassoing is fine for just a few clips, but if I have a lot of clips that I'd like to move, there's a different tool that I want to show you, and that's right here. It's called Track Select Forward, and that's the A key on the keyboard. Alright, so I'll press A, and then here's where I want to create my second gap.
And I'll just zoom in a little bit, and I'll grab onto it. And notice that everything from this point forward is highlighted, except for the music, and that's because I have that locked. And that's for a special reason that I'll show you a little bit later. If I did not have the music track locked and I selected this notice that that would be selected as well. But I do want to lock the music and we'll go ahead and bring this forward and this time instead of clicking and dragging, I want to show you how to nudge.
Alright, and I do this with the keyboard. All I do is select what I want to move, and then I press Command + right arrow to nudge one frame at a time to the right. That's Command + left arrow, one frame at a time to the left. And if you're on a PC, that's Alt + left and right arrow. And I can also add Shift to that to go five frames at a time. So I'm going to go Command + Shift + right arrow, that'd be Alt + Shift + right arrow on a PC. And I'm nudging the entire collection of clips over five frames at a time.
And I admit, I pressed it so many times, that I'm not exactly sure how large this gap is so let's measure it. I'm going to get back to my Selection Tool, so I'm going to get off of my Track Select Forward, and back to my Selection Tool, keyboard shortcut V. And then all I'm going to do is just measure this gap and I do that by pressing X. The X command is mark clip, and because I'm in a gap, it treats this as the, quote unquote, clip that it's measuring. And you can see here that it's three seconds and three frames, which I'm OK with.
If I wanted to nudge it back over a tiny bit, all I'd have to do is just press the A key on the keyboard, select all those clips, then I'll just do Shift + Command + left arrow, maybe two times so that I go backwards ten frames. And there we go. Alright. I'll press V to get my Selection Tool back. If I want to clear my in and out points, that's Option + X, or Control + Shift + X on a PC, and let's create our last gap, actually it would be our first gap, chronologically. And again, I'm just going to press A, and I'll just drag this one.
And we'll go forward about two seconds, and there we go. Alright, so we've opened up our sequence quite a bit, I'll press V to get my Selection Tool back, and I'll press Backslash to zoom to fit. OK, and we've created our various gaps. Now I'd like to take a look at how to swap shots, and I'm going to come down here, and I've actually color coded the shots that I would like to swap. I want Kyle to come in right after my gap, and then we cut to Jack. So, if I wanted to simply extract this and then insert it over here, I can Command drag, or Control drag on a PC.
And let me zoom in, so I have a little bit finer control. And notice that when I do this, it is going to extract it from this location and then insert it at this location. And so I've effectively swapped these two shots. Alright, so, easy enough. However, when I have items on other tracks that I care about and don't want to move, then this is not the command that I want to use. So let me undo that. Command + Z, or Control + Z.
And I'm going to unlock my music, alright. I had locked it so that I could effectively hide it from this type of edit. But now let's bring it in action. And now, when I Command drag, or Control drag on a PC, watch what happens to my music. Alright, as you can see it created a gap the same length of the clip that I moved. This is not what we want to happen, and so if you do have items on other tracks, you're going to want to constrain this swap to the tracks that you're actually working with.
So, again, let me undo that. And if I just want to swap these shots and leave everything else on other tracks alone, I just add one more modifier, and so I press Command and Option, that's Control and Alt on a PC, as I drag, and now the shots are swapped simply on V1 and A1, and then all other items on other tracks are left alone. Alright, I'll zoom to fit here, and I think things are coming along nicely. I've added my spaces, I've swapped my shots, but you know what? I think that we still have a little bit too much material.
Everything that my interview subjects are saying can be presented more concisely, so in the next movie, we'll talk about the best ways to remove frames from our sequence.
This is the first part of a two-part series. The second installment explores more intermediate techniques.
- Touring the Premiere Pro interface
- Asset organization and project management
- Basic editing
- Trimming and refining
- Basic audio editing
- Working with stills and graphics
- Basic effects
- Manipulating clip speed
- Using automatic and basic color correction tools
- Working with titles
- Sharing and exporting