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Chapter 6. Editing in the Timeline

Chapter 6. Editing in the Timeline

As you saw in Chapter 5, the program view of the Monitor window is closely related to the Timeline window. The Timeline window graphically represents the clips of the program arranged in time. The edit line of the timeline directly corresponds to the current time displayed in the program view.

In the timeline, the program looks a lot like edited film. Like film, the timeline lays out the instances of clips before you. Unlike film, however, the timeline allows you to view any segment of the program instantly or to view the entire program. Yet the timeline isn't simply another way to look at or navigate through the program; it's also a way to edit. Editing in the timeline can feel almost as tactile as editing film but can be far more flexible and efficient than using razors and tape. You can select, move, rearrange, trim, cut, copy, and paste clips in the timeline. To help you find your way through longer programs, you can use the timeline's companion, the Navigator window.

Along with the rest of the interface, the timeline underwent a real overhaul in Premiere 5. Premiere 6 has made additional refinements. As you saw back in Chapter 2, A/B roll and single-track layouts are more clearly distinguished. Several controls are more conveniently located along the bottom of the Timeline window. Also, the program markers in the timeline include enhanced features.


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