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Lesson 4. Basic Editing > Trimming clips in the Timeline window

Trimming clips in the Timeline window

By default, every clip must have a start and an end. In editing terminology these are referred to as the in points and out points. When you “trim” a clip in Premiere Elements you are simply changing the in and out points.

1.
Press the Home key and press the spacebar to play. When the first clip is finished, press the spacebar to stop playback. This first clip has extraneous footage at the beginning and the end, you will be trimming both.

2.
Press the Home key and press the spacebar to play the clip again, stopping playback when the clip ends. Notice the phrase “Today is a perfect day for racing” gets cut off at the second half, most likely because the camera operator turned off the camera.

3.
Drag the current-time indicator to the 10 second mark, as you drag you should hear the audio. By slowly dragging the current-time indicator back and forth, locate the spot where the first phrase “The season's smallest racing event” ends. We used 10;22 on the timeline.

4.
The current-time indicator now marks the spot where we would like the clip to end. Place your cursor at the end of the clip until it changes to a black double arrow (). The red bracket should be pointing to the left.

5.
Click and drag the clip to the left to trim it, do not release your mouse. Look at your Monitor window and notice that it has changed to a split screen. This is a Premiere Elements behavior worth understanding. The left hand side of the screen is showing the last frame of the clip you are shortening. Continue dragging to the left and notice how the image changes as the man talks. The right hand side of the split screen shows the first frame of the next clip. This frame will not change because this clip is not being trimmed. Essentially this split screen is a preview of what your edit line will look like.

6.
Let go of the mouse when the clip you are dragging is aligned with the current-time indicator (10;22). Press the Home key to return the current-time indicator to the beginning of the timeline and then press the spacebar to play. Notice your new edit point and stop playback by pressing the spacebar.

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