Adobe Premiere Elements online training course

Adobe Premiere Elements lesson 5, The timeline (part 1)

Introduction to the timeline

Once you are used to work with Adobe Permiere, you will probably start to work with the timeline to compose your project.
The timeline has alot more to offer then the sceneline.
I will explain you the basics in this part of the lesson and the rest will follow when we start using the timeline more and more.

Once we open the timeline we see a graphical preview of our project.
The timeline has a sort of time ruler on top which will tell the duraction of each videoclip.
When you zoom in on the timeline by dragging the zoombutton, the timeline will be enlarged around the current time indicator so its possible to search through the media more precisely.
The timeline will zoom in on the location where the time indicator is located.
So if you have a very long videoclip and you wish to zoom in on a certain location of this, first click and drag the time indicator to the location you want to zoom in on.

As you have probably noticed the timeline is divided into several video and audiotracks.
The amount of tracks depends on the computer Adobe Premiere is installed on.
With a better computer setup you will get more tracks.
And with better i mean a stronger processor, more internal memory etc.
When the mediatype of the imported clip is a "Movie", the audio will automaticly be placed inside the audiotrack.
To add a clip to the timeline you click and drag this from the "Project" window into the timeline.
In contrary to the sceneline you can place this wherever you want.
You even have the possibility to leave a open space between two clips.

Viewing clips in the timeline

We have a few options to look at our clips in the timeline.
First is to move the "Time indicator".
Second is to push the spacebar on your keyboard.
A third way is to double click the clip in the timeline.
This will open a preview window.

Rendering clips

Adobe Premiere will automaticly choose the right speed and quality of your clips when you add them to the timeline or sceneline.
This is called "Rendering".
However when you are making very complex movies its possible that Adobe Premiere wont automatically render some of these clips.
The clips which are not rendered yet are indicated with a red line beneath the time ruler.
When you publish the project Adobe Premiere will also render the parts which aren't rendered yet, but when you would like to view a unrendered clip in the preview window you will first need to manually render the clip.

To manually render a clip you need to set the "Work area bar" so it covers the clips you would like to render.
And click on "Timeline", "Render work area" in the menubar.

Removing background sound

When a videoclip has a annoying background sound which you would like to remove, you rightclick the clip in the timeline and choose "Delete audio" from the dropdown menu.

Hide audiotracks

If you don't work with audiotracks and you would like some more space in your "Project" window then you can hide them.
To do this rightclick on a grey area in the timeline, and remove the check before the "Show audio tracks" option.
Repeat this when you want to bring them back from hiding.
The other options in this dropdown menu seem obvious to me.