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Adobe Premiere Elements lesson 6, The timeline (part 2)

The selection tool

The selection tool is selected by default when we open the timeline.
If this isn't the case when you open it, click on the arrow icon boven the time ruler.

We use the selection tool to move, remove and cut clips.
To remove a clip frmo the timeline, you select this click by clicking on it while the selection tool is active and pressing the "Delete" key on your keyboard.
To move a clip, click and drag the titlebar of this clip to the position you want it to be (1).
To cut a clip you place the cursor between the two clips, and when the cursor changes into a half square with two arrows, you can click and drag it to the cutting position you want it to be (2).

To get back the frames which you have cut from a clip, you place the cursor on the same position, and you click and drag the mouse in the opposite direction.

Splitting clips

To split a clip in the timeline you first need to place the time indicator on the location where you would like to split the clip.
Next click on the scissor icon beneath the preview window.
Or use the keyboard shortcut "Ctrl" + "K".
Or a third way to do it is to click "Timeline" and "Split clip" in the menubar.

Quick note:
When you split a videoclip which has a audiofile attached to it, this audiofile will be split automaticly also.

The time stretch tool

We use the "Time stretch tool" when we want to change the speed of a clip.
To do this, select the clip in the timeline and click on the "Time stretch tool" button.
Place the cursor at the end of the clip, when it changes into a half square with two arrows you click and drag it to the left or right.
If you drag it to the left you will increase the speed of the clip and if you drag it to the right you will decrease the speed of the clip, or in other words "Slow motion".

Another way to do this is to select the clip and click on "Clip" in the menubar and choose "Time stretch" from the dropdown menu.
This will open the "Time stretch" window.
In the top field you can enter a percentage for the speed.
If you enter a value higher than 100%, the clip will be in slow motion.
If you enter a value lower than 100%, the clip speed will increase.
The duration of the clip is displayed below the fields.

On the bottom we have two more options.
The first option "Reverse speed" will play the clip backwards ( starting at the end going to the start ).
The second option "Maintain audio pitch" is only available when a clip contain audio, and will when this option is selected not increase or decrease the speed of the audio depending on what you entered in the field above.

Freezing frame

When you want to freeze a clip on a certain frame for a few seconds, you first place the time indicator in the timeline where you want to freeze the clip.
Next click on the "Freeze Frame" button premiere_24.jpg (1,187 bytes) at the bottom of the preview window.

This will open the "Freeze Frame" window.

By default the value will be set to five seconds.
Click on the number and enter any value here that you want.
When your done click the "Insert in movie" button and the frozen image will be added on the rightside of the time indicator.

There is also an option "Edit in Photoshop Elements after inserting".
If this option is checked, the image will be opened in Photoshop Elements to be edited.

Click on the "Export.." button when you would like to edit the image in another application.

Frame hold

The "Frame hold" option is allmost the same as "Freeze Frame" with the difference that the audio of the clip will also be split.
This is not the case when you choose the "Frame Hold" option, the sound that comes with the clip will just continue.
To add a frame hold you select the clip and put the time indicator on the frame you wish to freeze, and click "Clip", "Video Options" and "Frame Hold" in the menubar.
This will open the "Frame Hold" window where you can see three checkboxes.

The first option "Hold on" controls where you want to stop the clip.
On the "In point", "Out point" or "Marker".
"Marker" wil stop the clip where you placed the time indicator in the timeline.
The second option "Hold Filters" will stop any effects you added to be animated during the clip.
The third option "Deinterlace" will make a frame hold with high quality.

When you are done with all the settings click on "Ok".

Markers

We use markers to indicate important frames or to add comments to a frame.
We can add markers to a clip or to the timeline.
To add a marker to a clip you need to double click the clip in the timeline or in the "Project" window.
The difference is that when you double click a clip in the timeline, the marker is only valid for this clip in the timeline, and when you double click a clip in the "Project" wnidow, the marker is valid for each time you add this clip to a timeline.
Whatever you do, in both situations it will open the "Preview" window.
First place the time indicator on the location where you want to add the marker.
Next rightclick on the purple bar in the window and choose "Set clip marker".
In the dropdown menu that will open we can choose for "In", "Out", "Unnumbered", "Next available numbered" and "Other numbered...".
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To add a marker to the timeline, first you place the time indicator on the right location, and then click on the marker icon and choose "Timeline marker", "Set timeline marker" and then choose a setting.
This will open a window where you can place a comment.

To navigate between the different markers you first select the clip in the timeline, then click on "Clip" in the menubar, and next choose "Go to clipmarker" in the dropdown menu.
To navigate between the different timeline markers you need to click on "Timeline" in the menubar and choose "Go to timeline marker" in the dropdown menu.