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Lesson 2. A Quick Tour of Premiere Elements > Trimming clips in the timeline

Trimming clips in the timeline

Although Premiere Elements places imported video into your timeline when you import video, you will most likely want to shorten clips in order to remove uninteresting portions and to make your video more engaging. To create scenes, cuts, and transitions, you'll need to trim your clips to remove the parts you don't need. When working in the Timeline window, Premiere Elements provides two ways to do this.

1.
Move the current-time indicator to the 20 second, 5 frame mark (00;00;20;05). Use the time counter in the timeline window to locate this point in time.

2.
Press the Play button to view the clip Farm05.avi. When the clip ends, press the spacebar to stop playback. The second half of this clip will now be edited out of the video.

3.
Click and drag the current-time indicator to the left to locate the point in the clip you would like to be the end of the scene. We used 28 seconds, 1 frame (00;00;28;01), roughly halfway through the clip.

4.
Place your cursor at the end of the Farm05.avi clip. Your cursor should change to a Trim Out tool, a double black arrow with a red bracket pointing to the left (). Pay close attention to which side of the edit line your cursor is located, your cursor needs to be on the left side of the edit line.

5.
Making sure the red bracket is pointing to the left, click and drag the end of the clip to the left, allowing the end of the clip to snap to your current-time indicator. The clip is trimmed, and the following clips automatically shift to the left to fill the gap.

6.
Move the current-time indicator to the 20 second mark and press the spacebar to view the edited clip. You removed the second section of the clip, so now the scene ends when the vehicle comes to a stop.


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