Join Abba Shapiro for an in-depth discussion in this video Taking control of your Timeline, part of Premiere Pro CS6 Essential Training.
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In this chapter we're going to look at making your editing more efficient and your experience that much more pleasurable when working with the interface of Adobe Premiere Pro 6. So I want to start off and talk about working in the Timeline or in the Sequence and some things that if you know about, it's going to make editing a lot more fun and a lot more fluid. Now as you see, we don't even have a sequence yet, and in earlier movies we learned that we can quickly create a sequence based upon the clips that we are editing with by simply grabbing any clip that we know that we are going to be using and dragging it onto this icon that looks like a piece of paper.
So I am going to simply select, say, the Copier clip, and I'll drag it on that piece of paper, and Premiere Pro will automatically create a New Sequence based upon the size of that clip and the frame rate and even put that clip into my timeline. Now that may not be the first shot I want to use, and I can go ahead and I can simply select and delete that, and I am going to go over here and make sure I change the name of my sequence to something that's more useful, in this case we'll just call it Rough Cut, and we are ready to start editing.
Now these are skills that we've already learned, but I want to explain exactly what's happening here and ways that you can maybe modify your sequence so it's a little easier to work with. Let's go ahead and grab any clip and drag it in. I kind of like this iPad shot, so I am going to go ahead drag it in, and I am going to drop it directly into my sequence and let go. Now I can barely see this. I don't know how long this clip is unless I select it, but I do know that if I want to zoom in, I can simply hit the plus or minus keys to zoom in to more detail, and the minus key to zoom out to less detail.
But more efficient would actually be hitting the backslash key, and whether I have one clip or a thousand clips in my timeline, I'll be able to see them all with a single keystroke. Now by default when you create a new Sequence, it's going to give you a certain look. Let's go ahead and expand our sequence to full screen by hitting the Tilde key in the upper left-hand corner of the keyboard. And you'll notice you have three video tracks and three audio tracks by default, and then there is a lot of icons here, and that's what I want to actually talk about.
We'll cover some of them in this movie and some of them in the following movies. The most important thing that I want you to see is this little disclosure triangle here. If you click on that disclosure triangle, you notice that all that information here has gone away. So I am going to go ahead and open that up and that's where I actually see the icon at the beginning of the clip, so I know what shot I am using. There is a yellow line here and that's actually Opacity. And Opacity is whether the clip is transparent or not, and that's actually on by default and that's one of the things that we are going to change at this point because it's very dangerous to leave on when you are editing.
As a matter of fact, I like to turn it off almost immediately, and that brings us over to a couple of buttons that are over here. If I click on Set Display Style, I get a dropdown menu and the first thing that I can do is I can switch to if I just want to see the icon or the picture of the first frame of video or maybe I want to see both the first and the last frame to see what's happening. Let's go ahead and stretch this clip out a little bit longer, and as you notice, if we stretch it long enough-- let me go ahead and zoom back way, way out, stretch it really long--we can actually see that it's changed from the very first frame to the very last frame, where he's looking at a different screen on his iPad.
Now I can go here, and I can say show every single frame, and this some editors like, and it's really good if you need to find one shot where maybe there is a bump or a flash frame, as I stretch this out or zoom in to get more detail, I am going to see more and more frames to choose from. I actually find this rather cluttered, and I generally don't use that view. Some editors really don't like to be distracted at all by the images, and you can go ahead and you can turn off all poster frames at the beginning and the end.
Let's go back to the default setting which is at the Head Only. Now there is also one whether we choose to show markers or not, and we'll explore that in the movie on markers. This dropdown window here is critical, because it allows me to hide that Opacity slider. This is a big problem when I'm editing. If I go ahead and I grab a clip, and I want to move it, sometimes if I grab it in the middle, I'll grab that Opacity slider and make my clip transparent. So I'll see it on my timeline, but I won't see it in my final show.
So to keep me out of trouble, I am going to go ahead and turn that off and simply say Hide Keyframes, and now I can't grab it. And only when I'm ready to work with the Opacity or work with other keyframes would I then go back and turn that on. And what's really nice about Premiere Pro is it actually has a big circle with a line through it, so with a quick look I can see that I'm not seeing any of my keyframes, because they are hidden. Now what would happen if I bring a second clip onto video 2? And we learned how to do that in an earlier movie.
I am going to go ahead and press the Tilde key and bring us back to our original look, and I'll grab the fan B-roll and just drag it onto track 2. And as you notice, if I scroll up here, we have little scroll wheels, you have seen me use this before, but if you skipped ahead right to this movie, I want to make sure that you know that if your are not seeing all of your clips, you can't scroll up and down to see more detail, but by default this disclosure triangle is closed. So that's why I'm seeing the little icon here but nothing here.
And as a matter of fact, if I look at my audio tracks, they are closed by default, so let's go ahead and bring this full screen one more time so it's easier to see, open up the video tab, so now it looks a lot like video 1, and I want you to note that just because I turned off the Opacity on track 1, I have to manually go through and turn it off on any other track that I open up if I don't want to accidentally grab that little slider. So let's go ahead and Hide Key Frames.
I want a flip down the disclosure triangles for my audio, because this is critical if you want to see your audio waveforms. Once this is open, again, I can go over here to Set Display Style, and I can choose whether to Show the Audio Waveforms or just the name. Now I really don't see a lot of audio happening here, and that's because it's so small. If we had the narrator talking, you might see a little bit more spikes, but there is a lot of times when this line is going to be really thin or that you can't see what's happening in this little icon.
And what I want to point out that if I hover my mouse between any two tracks, I can click and drag and make that track higher, and this would let me see more of what's going on with my Audio Waveforms if I had narration. I can do the same thing here with video. So the fact that I can easily adjust different tracks when I'm doing different types of work is very efficient. I am going to press the Tilde key just so we can see this full screen. And as you see, this is great, I can really see what's happening on tracks 1 and 2, but I don't see my other track, so I can simply scroll down or scroll up.
And as we learned earlier on, if I needed to adjust my workspace, I can always resize my windows so I'm giving a lot more real estate to my timeline. Being able to see what you want to see and what you need to see is very important when editing, so controlling the look of your Timeline is very important.
- Customizing the window layout and the interface
- Importing card-based media
- Capturing media from tape
- Marking and selecting the best takes from clips
- Editing clips into the Timeline
- Performing insert and overwrite edits
- Performing more advanced editing tasks, such as 3-point editing, replace edits, and trimming using ripple and roll edits
- Mixing audio
- Editing more efficiently using markers
- Working with stills and graphics
- Creating speed changes on clips
- Adding transitions and effects
- Creating titles, credit rolls, and lower thirds
- Demonstrating multicamera editing techniques
- Stabilizing shaky footage
- Exporting your final project to the web, mobile devices, and tape