The selection tool
The selection tool is selected when we open the Timeline.
If, for some reason this is not the case with you, click the button with the arrow icon above the ruler.
We use the selection tool clips to delete, move and crop.
To delete a clip from the Timeline, select the clip by placing the selection tool on it and pressing the Delete key on your keyboard.
To move a clip, click and drag the title bar of this clip to the desired position (1).
To crop a clip, place the mouse pointer between two clips and when it changes into a bracket with two arrows, drag it to the desired cutting position.
To retrieve the deleted frames of a clip to, place the cursor again on the edge of the trimmed clip, and drag the mouse pointer in the opposite direction.
To split a clip in the Timeline, first place the time indicator where you want to split the clip.
Then click the scissors icon at the bottom of the monitor window.
The hotkey for this is Ctrl + K.
Or, a third possibility is by clicking the “Timeline” button and selecting “Split Clip” in the pop-up menu.
When you split a video in which an audio file is attached, this audio file will also be split.
The Time Stretch tool
We use the “Time Stretch” tool when we want to adjust the speed of a clip.
To do this, select the clip in the Timeline and click the “Time Stretch” button.
Place the cursor at the end of the clip, when it changes into a bracket with two arrows, click and drag it left or right.
By dragging it to the left, you accelerate the playback of the clip, and by dragging it to the right, you slow down the playback of the clip, i.e, ‘slow motion’.
A second way is to select the clip, click the “Clip” button in the menu bar and select the “Time Stretch” option from the drop-down menu.
This opens the “Time Stretch” dialog box.
In the first textbox, you can specify the rate of the speed.
If you enter a value greater than 100%, the clip in slow motion playback.
If you give a value lower than 100%, the clip will be displayed at an accelerated rate.
The duration for which the clip needs to play is shown in the space provided.
Below this, we have two options.
The first option “Reverse Speed”, is used to play the clip from back to front.
The second option “Maintain audio pitch” is only available if the clip contains audio, and when this is selected, the audio is not too fast or slow, depending on what you have entered in the textbox.
When you want to stop a clip for a few seconds at a particular frame, first place the indicator in the timeline at the place where you want to stop the clip.
Then click the “Freeze Frame” at the bottom of the monitor window (this is the button with the camera icon).
This opens the “Freeze Frame” dialog box.
A default value of 5 seconds will be set in Premiere.
Click on the number and enter a value.
Click the “Insert in Movie” button.
The still image is added to the right hand side of the indicator.
You have the option “Edit in Photoshop Elements after insertion.” When this is checked, the image is used as a still image which can be opened in PE and can be edited.
The “Export …” button can be clicked if you want to edit the image in another application.
The “static frame” is similar to the “Freeze Frame” except that when a frame is freezed, the audio of the clip will be split.
This is not the case when you select the option “Frame hold”, here the sound that accompanies the clip will just continue playing.
To add a static frame, click the “Clip” button in the menu bar, and select your video options in the drop-down menu.
Click the “Frame hold …” option in the submenu.
This opens the “Frame hold Options” dialog box in which there are three check boxes.
With the first option “Hold on” you decide where you want to stop the clip. The “In point”, the “out point” or “marker 0”. “Marker 0” will stop the clip where you have placed the time indicator in the Timeline.
With the second option “Hold Filters” we can withhold security permissions during playback of the clip.
The third option “Deinterlace” will generate higher-quality image.
Click the OK button when you finish specifying the settings.
We use markers to indicate important frames or to add comments to a frame.
We can add markers to a clip on the Timeline.
To add a marker to a clip, double click the clip in the timeline, or in the “Project” pane.
The difference here is that when you double-click a clip in the timeline, the marker is valid only for this clip in the Timeline, and when the clip is double-clicked in the “Project” pane, the marker is valid for each instance of this clip you add to the timeline.
Whatever you do, in both cases, this opens the “Preview” window.
Insert the time indicator where you want to insert a marker.
Right click the purple bar in the window, and select “Set clip marker.”
In the pop-up menu that appears, we have some options, “Unnumbered”, “next available …” and “Other numbered marker.”
The first two options seem clear, the third opens a dialog box where you can specify the number yourself.
To add a marker to the Timeline, place the first time indicator in the right place, and click the “Add marker” button for Premiere 7
In Premiere 8 click the arrow pointing downwards next to the “markers”, select “Set timeline marker” and select a setting.
This opens a dialog box where you can still add a comment.
To navigate between the different clip markers, first select the clip in the Timeline, click the “Clip” button in the menu bar and select “Go to clip marker” in the drop-down menu.
To navigate between the different Timeline markers, click the “Timeline” button in the menu bar and select “Go to timeline marker” in the drop-down menu.
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