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Alright, here we are in Chapter 04, we have waited three long chapters to get here and finally we can start doing some basic editing.
Alright let's just jump right into it. What I want you to do is open up our Project file. Go ahead and hit the Open button, navigate to your Desktop, go to your Project Files. Go to Chapter 04 and open up your Chapter 04 Project file right there.
Now Premiere Pro is prompting me to reconnect our media file Home_Prepping_1_CU. You might have the same problem, it might be a different file. This is an easy problem to fix because it's just looking to reconnect files and there maybe more to follow.
But what Premiere Pro does is it searches the directory where you reconnect your first file and if the other files are there, it reconnects all of them. So let me go and do this real quick in front of you. I know that our media files are on our Desktop in our Project Files and they are in this nifty Media Files folder. Go ahead in there and my Home_Prepping_1_CU is right down here. I am going to reconnect that by selecting it.
I am also going to show you another button here. It's the Skip Previews. After you are done reconnecting this, if at any other time you are reconnecting files and you see a weird string of letters up here, those are probably your preview files and if you don't need your preview files and you just want to re-render them later, I will show you what that is, just go ahead and hit Skip Previews.
Right here is our Home_Prepping Close Up, here is the Home_Prepping name. Let's just select and reconnect it. There and the Adobe Premiere Pro reconnects everything. This Timeline will look familiar because you have seen in Chapter 01 and a portion of this Timeline is what I am going to use in order to show you how to do some basic editing.
In this chapter what we are going to do is first, we are going to learn how to select and place footage on the Timeline, then we will learn how to insert clips in between other clips and then I will just show you how to do some fine tuning on your cuts. Let's take a look at this section that I have marked off right here. You will see these brackets in our Timeruler, these are In and Out markers I have already placed.
But what I want you to do is put your Playhead before this, hit the Spacebar with the Timeline selected and we are going to see the four clips that we are going to be using in this chapter. We have got our downtown scenic clip right here. I have the jogger approaching up here. She admires the water and in the next clip she is on her way home. Go ahead and stop the video after that fourth clip.
Now there are only four clips in this Timeline and if you look at our Program Panel over here, this time indicator is how long the In and Out brackets are and it's about 9 seconds and 27 frames. In this chapter, we are going to be using those four clips and the clips I have included for you in this Chapter 04 bin right here, you can go ahead and twirl this bin down, and you will notice seven clips. These are the seven that we are going to be using in this chapter and let's start off first by creating our own Timeline to put these clips on.
Go ahead and twirl to Chapter 04 bin and twirl up the Sequences bin. This will give us a nice gap at the bottom and I want you to right-click or Ctrl+Click in the bottom of your bin and an Options menu will come up, go to your New Item and then go to Sequence and this will bring up a dialog box with some options when we create our new sequence.
I am going to label our new sequence Pier and if you go down we have our Video options. This is how many tracks will be placed on our new Timeline. We only need to -- this is actually a value slider right here. You can slide to left and right. If you click-and-drag, and to be more precise, what I am going to do is just left click it, put two tracks of video here and then click away from it.
Next option is our Audio tracks and by default Premiere Pro wants you to have at least one Audio Track. So I am going to pick one Stereo track just for visual reference. I will click it and put in one Stereo track and click away from it. Go ahead and click OK and there is our Pier Timeline. It's empty. It has got two Video tracks, you can see right here and it's got one Stereo Audio track. You could tell Stereo by these little speakers back to back right here.
Let's place the first clip that we are going to put in this Timeline right now. Go up to the Chapter 04 bin. Now these are your seven shots, I have organized them for you, because they look awesome like that. I want you to grab your Scenic_Downtown_1_W wide shot. I want you to just click it and drag it down on the Video 1 track or little far away from the end of the Timeline. Go ahead and click in the Timeline View and zoom in on our first clip there. You can hit the Plus (+) and Minus (-) keys on your keyboard to zoom in. I am going to hit the Plus + key a couple times here.
We also have this nifty slider at the bottom left of our Timeline which we will zoom away and then zoom in to our Timeline and we also have the Zoom tool which is this magnifying glass over here. You can left-click on a clip to zoom in and if you hold the Alt key you can also zoom out when you click. I think, this is good for me right there.
Let's take a look at the clip that we put in the Timeline. I am just going to hit the Spacebar to play. So there is out jogger. With an over exposure issue at the end of this clip. What we are going to do here is trim off the beginning of this clip, where there is no action happening and we are going to trim off the end of the clip where the over exposure problem happens.
Go ahead and click in your Timeruler around the beginning of this clip and drag the point head to where we just see the jogger appear on screen. She is right about here. I am going to hit my Left Arrow key to go back a couple frames and there she is gone from the frame.
To trim off the beginning of this clip, I am going to get my Eraser tool which is in the Toolbox. Your shortcut key is also the C and what this Eraser tool does is creates cuts in your clips and I am going to place a cut right where our Playhead is and you will see that now the clip is two clips. I am going to do the same thing with the end, but I am going to do it when this over exposure problem starts happening, which is right about here. I am going to take it from this frame and I am going to use my Eraser Tool and place a cut on the Playhead.
So now we have one clip on the Timeline, yet it has got two cuts in it. I want to get rid of the beginning portion and I want to get rid of the end portion. I am going to grab my Selection Tool again, I am going to press V to get my Selection tool and I am going to get rid of the end portion of this clip by just clicking it and then I will right click it and go to Clear. I am going to do the same with the beginning portion.
Now that leaves the part of the clip that we want, hanging out here in the middle of the Timeline. I am just going to select it and drag it to the beginning of the Timeline and now that's the clip that we wanted. It's placed at the beginning of the Timeline. Let's take a look at what we have got. I am going to hit the Home key on my keyboard to bring the Playhead to the beginning of the Timeline. Go ahead and hit the Spacebar and let's see if that's what we want.
Right so she enters the frame immediately and we have cut right before the exposure problem. If you are new to Nonlinear Editing, the beauty about this program is that, even though, we have made cuts, it's totally nondestructive and using your Selection tool, if you come over this edit and you drag out this clip to the right, that clip is still there. It's just we have trimmed it down to this point on the Timeline and you can do that with all of your clips in this program.