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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.

Moving clips to, from, and within the Timeline

One of the beauties of Adobe Premiere Pro is how easy it is to add clips anywhere in the project, move them around, and remove them altogether.

You can place a clip in the Timeline in two ways: by dragging it from the Project panel or by dragging it from another location in the Timeline. In the next exercise, you will move the yellow clip to the Video 1 track in two different ways:

  • Overlay: The newly placed clip and its audio (if applicable) replace what was in the sequence at the point in the Timeline at which the clip is placed.

  • Insert: The first frame of the newly placed clip cuts the current clip and, without covering up anything, slides the cut segment and all clips after it to the right. This process requires using a keyboard modifier—in this case, the Ctrl (Windows) or Command (Mac OS) key.

You can move a clip from a location in the Timeline in two ways:

  • Lift: This leaves a gap where the clip used to be.

  • Extract: This works like using the Ripple Edit tool in that other clips move over to fill the gap. This move also requires a keyboard modifier—holding down Ctrl (Windows) or Command (Mac OS) before clicking the clip to be removed.

Open the Lesson 05-colors project in the Lesson 05 folder to load the color clips shown in these figures. Use this sequence to practice each of these different edits. The colored clips make it easy to see exactly how each edit works.

Using the current-time indicator to establish the edit point

Now you need to edit the rest of the sequence to make it look and sound like the Completed sequence.

One method of establishing an edit point is to scrub the Timeline with the current-time indicator to find the point where you want to trim your clip. The current-time indicator can then act like a snap point to make the edit point easy to find.

  1. To begin, open Lesson 05-05.prproj to make sure you are starting from the same point as this portion of the lesson. At this stage, the first three clips on Sequence 01 are trimmed the way you want. You need to work on the fourth clip (Medieval_villain_02.mpeg).
  2. Scrub the current-time indicator over the clip to find the point just before the actor starts to slowly turn his head toward the camera. This should be at timecode 00:00:16:22. Leave the current-time indicator sitting at this point.
  3. Grab the Ripple Edit tool, and drag the left edge of the clip to the right until it meets the current-time indicator. The Ripple Edit tool snaps to the current-time indicator, making it easy to set the edit at the correct spot.

This clip is still too long, and you have a couple additional clips to trim before Sequence 01 is done. You’ll look at some other techniques for finishing it.

Adding clips to the Timeline with the Source Monitor

So far all the clips you’ve been editing have already been on the Timeline. It’s possible to add clips to the Timeline and trim them at the same time. In this exercise, you’ll perform an overlay edit that you practiced earlier with the color clips.

  1. Continue where you left off, or open Lesson 05-06.prproj if you’d like to start fresh from here.
  2. The next clip you are going to edit is Medieval_Hero_01.mpeg. Open it from the Storyboard bin in the Project panel by double-clicking it. This will open the clip in the Source Monitor where you can preview it and trim it.
  3. Scrub the clip in the Source Monitor by dragging the Source Monitor current-time indicator back and forth. Also experiment with using the Source Monitor controls to move the current-time indicator in different increments. Set the Source Monitor current-time indicator to timecode 00:00:21:05.
  4. You can trim the beginning of this clip right in the Source Monitor by setting the In point. With the Source Monitor current-time indicator at 00:00:21:05, click the Set In Point icon.

    You want to drag this clip down over the top of the third clip, which is way too long. First you need to identify where you want to drop it.

  5. On the Timeline, scrub the current-time indicator so that it is at timecode 00:00:11:03.

    You’ll be using the current-time indicator as a snap point again so you know where to drop the new clip.

  6. In the Source Monitor panel, grab the Drag Video icon, and drag it down to Video 1 track so that the new clip is overtop (or overlaying) the fourth clip, making sure the left edge of the clip you are dropping is snapped against the Timeline current-time indicator. Release the mouse button to overlay this new clip in the exact location you need it.
  7. Play the Timeline to see how the clips flow and how close you are to finishing this sequence.
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