Adobe Premiere Elements online training course

Adobe Premiere Elements lesson 3, The sceneline

Adding, Moving and Removing clips

Adding clips to our project can be done in the sceneline and in the timeline.
To do this click on the file in the project window and drag this into the sceneline or timeline.
The difference between the sceneline and the timeline is that the sceneline is a bit more easy to work with, but the editing possibilities are less then on the timeline.
So let me start with the sceneline.

To add a clip or photo to the sceneline you need to click and drag this from the "Project" window to the box in the sceneline where it says "Drag next clip here".
When you just added a clip to the sceneline, a new empty box will automaticly appear.

Did you add multiple clips to the sceneline, then you can change the order by clicking and dragging a clip to another place on the sceneline (1).
The blue line (2) between the clips will show the place where the moved clip will be placed when you release the cursor.
The quickest way to remove a clip from the sceneline is to select it and push the "Delete" key on your keyboard.
The next clips will be automaticly move to the left so no empty space will remain in the sceneline.

A selected clip in the sceneline allways has a blue border (3).

If you want to add a clip from the project window between two recently added clips, then you need to click and drag this to the double arrow (4) between the two clips you want it to be.

The preview window

The "Preview" window is the biggest window in Adobe Premiere Elements.
On top the clip is shown which is selected in the sceneline, or the clip that is currently playing (1).

When the sceneline is being used, a mini timeline (2) is shown in the "Preview" window.
You can change the zoomlevel so you can adjust the detail of the mini timeline.
For this we use the zoom button.
This is located just above the mini timeline.
With this zoom buttom you control the zoomlevel for the mini timeline as well as the part of the mini timeline that you are displaying.
Drag on of the buttons on the beginning or the end of the zoom button the right to zoom in and to the left to zoom out on the timeline.
When you have moved the zoom button to its maximum you can see the complete mini timeline.
When you want to show another part of the mini timeline, you drag the center bar of the zoombutton to the right or the left.
With the "Trim" buttons we can cut a clip to our liking.
When the clips are being cut in the "Preview" window then only the example of the clip which is in the sceneline will be cut and not the original clip.
When you cut a clip in the "Project" window and you place it in the sceneline afterwards, then this will be placed in the sceneline cutted.
Cutting in the "Project" window has no effect on the clips which are allready in the timeline or sceneline.
You can recover the cutted frames at anytime time.
More about cutting clips will be explained in the next lesson.

On the bottom of the "Preview" window we can see a few buttons to play our clip (3).
You can play, pauze, rewind, fast forward just like on your videocamera (b).
However the first and last button we cant find back on our videocamera and serve to bring you to the next or previous editing spot on the timeline.
A editing spot is the place in the timeline where you go from one clip to another.
There is also the current time indication (a), the shuttle (c), the "Split clip" button (d), the "Add default text" (e) button and the "Freeze frame" button (f).

With the "Split clip" (d) button we split the 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 on the "Split clip" button (d).
By splitting a clip we can cut out parts which are in the center part of the clip.

With the "Shuttle" bar we control the playback speed of the video in our "Preview" window.
The more you move it to the left or right, the quicker the video will rewind or fast forward in the preview window.