Adding, moving and deleting clips:
We can add Clips to our project, using the Sceneline, and the Timeline.
Select the file in the “Media” section of the Project pane, and drag it to the Sceneline or the Timeline. That’s easy, right!
The difference between the Sceneline and the Timeline is that the Sceneline easiest to work with, since the editing is not as extensive as it is in the Timeline.
Let me start with the Sceneline.
To add a clip or a photo to the Sceneline click and drag it from the “Project” pane to the box in the Sceneline where it says “Drag next clip here.”
When a clip is added to the Sceneline, it will automatically be displayed next to the empty box.
If you have added multiple clips to the Sceneline, you can change the order of these clips by clicking and dragging them to another position in the Sceneline (1).
The blue line (2) between the clips indicates the position where the moved clip will be posted when the mouse is released.
The quickest way to remove a clip from the Sceneline is to select it, and press the Delete key on your keyboard. The following clips will automatically move to the left so that no empty space is left in the Sceneline
A selected clip in the Sceneline has a blue border (3).
If you wish to add a clip from the project window between two previously added clips, click and drag it to the double arrow (3) between the two previously added clips.
The “Monitor” pane:
The “Monitor” pane is the largest window of the Premiere Elements application.
At the top, the clip that has been selected in the Scene line is displayed, or the one that is currently playing (1).
When the scene line is used, a mini-timeline (2) appears in the Monitor window. You can change the zoom level so that you get to see the mini-timeline in more or less detail. We use the zoom button to do this. This is located just above the mini-timeline.
With this zoom button you can determine both the zoom level of the mini-timeline as well as the part of the mini-timeline that is displayed.
Drag the handles at either end of the zoom button to the right to zoom in or to the left to zoom out on the timeline.
When you’ve moved up the zoom slider, you can see the complete mini-timeline.
When you want to view another part of the mini-timeline, drag the middle, i.e the bar with the zoom button to move the mini-timeline either to the right or left.
With the “In point” and “out point” buttons, we can trim the clip.
When clips are trimmed in the Monitor pane, only the copy of the clip in the “Scene line” is aligned and trimmed and not the original clip.
However, if you trim a clip in the preview window (see end of previous lesson), and then you place this in the scene line, it will be cropped and aligned in the scene line as well.
Cropping in the preview window does not affect copies of the clip already in the timeline or the scene line.
You can, at any time, trim frames, retrieve additional frames or crop.
We will see more about trimming clips in the next lesson.
In the bottom pane, “Monitor” we have some playback controls of our clip (3), i.e, pause, rewind and fast forward, which is just the same as that on your VCR (b).
The first and the last button, however, are not a part of our VCR and serve to bring the timeline to the next or previous “edit point”. An “Edit point” is the point in the timeline where you go from one clip to another clip.
We have the current time indicator ‘a), the shuttle (c), the “Split Clip” button (d) the “Add Text” button (e) and the “Freeze Frame” button (f).
With the “Split Clip” button (d) we split a clip into two clips.
To do this, first place the time indicator in the frame where you want to split the clip, and then click the button “Split Clip” (d). By splitting a clip parts that are located in the center of the clip can be cut away.
The “Shuttle” slider is used to determine the frame rate of the video in the monitor.
The further you drag it to the right or left, the faster the video will play, either forward or backward in the preview window.
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