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Creating Cuts-only Videos in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5

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This excerpt from Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 Classroom in a Book shows you how to use the Trim panel, the Ripple Edit tool, and move clips on the Timeline using the Source Monitor or keyboard modifiers to build your cuts-only video.

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Using other editing tools

The Tools panel appears by default in the upper-left corner of the Adobe Premiere Pro workspace. As with any other panel, you can dock it or make it its own floating window. Generally, editors like to keep the tools near the Timeline, because that is where they’re used most often.

Here’s a brief rundown of the Tools panel’s editing tools (the keyboard shortcut letters are shown in parentheses):

  • Selection (V): This is a multipurpose, all-around aid. You use it frequently to drag, drop, select, and trim clips.

  • Track Select (A): Not to be confused with the Selection tool, the Track Select tool enables you to select all clips to the right of wherever you position it on a video or audio track. You can Shift-click to select other tracks. After you’ve selected them, you can slide them, delete them, cut/paste them, or copy/paste them.

  • Ripple Edit (B): You’ve worked with this many times already. A ripple edit trims a clip and shifts subsequent clips in the track by the amount you trimmed.

  • Rolling Edit (N): A rolling edit trims adjacent Out and In points simultaneously and by the same number of frames. This effectively moves the edit point between clips, preserving other clips’ positions in time and maintaining the total duration of the sequence. You did this in the Trim panel in a previous exercise in this lesson.

  • Rate Stretch (X): You can stretch or shrink a clip, putting it in slow motion or speeding up the action.

  • Razor (C): The Razor slices a clip in two. It can be useful when you want to use different effects that can’t both be applied to a single clip.

  • Slip (Y): By dragging with the Slip tool, you can change a clip’s starting and ending frames without changing its duration or affecting adjacent clips.

  • Slide (U): A slide edit shifts a clip along the Timeline while trimming adjacent clips to compensate for the move. As you drag a clip left or right with the Slide tool, the Out point of the preceding clip and the In point of the following clip are trimmed by the number of frames you move the clip. The clip’s In and Out points (and, hence, its duration) remain unchanged. We’ll cover the Slide tool, along with the Slip tool, in Lesson 9.

  • Pen (P): Use the Pen tool to add, select, move, delete, or adjust keyframes on a sequence as well as create and adjust curves in the Titler, Effect Controls panel, and Program Monitor. You use the keyframes to change audio volume levels and panning, alter clip opacity, and change video and audio effects over time.

  • Hand (H): Use the Hand tool to scroll an entire sequence by grabbing a clip and sliding it and the rest of the sequence to one side. It works the same as moving the scroll bar at the bottom of the Timeline.

  • Zoom (Z): This works like the Zoom In and Zoom Out buttons in the lower-left corner of the Timeline and the viewing area bar at the top of the sequence above the time ruler. The default is Zoom In. Hold down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) to change that to Zoom Out. When you want to expand the view of a set of clips in the sequence, drag the Zoom tool around those clips.