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Chapter 4. Organizing Your Content > Working with Project View

Working with Project View

As discussed previously, Project view is where Photoshop Elements stores all clips captured or imported into a project. The filenames in Project view identify the files imported into the project.

Note

By clicking the column headers, you can choose to sort by other attributes or toggle between ascending and descending order. You can customize which columns you want shown in Project view by choosing Edit Columns from the panel menu in the docking header of the Tasks panel.


It’s important to note that files listed in Project view are simply references to the clips you import, not the actual clips. The original clips you import are on your hard disk and are untouched by Adobe Premiere Elements. Cutting or editing a clip in Adobe Premiere Elements does not affect the original file. Adobe Premiere Elements records your modifications along with the reference to the original file in Project view. This means that a 20 MB clip takes up 20 MB of space on your hard disk whether you use only a portion of the clip—by trimming away unwanted sections—or whether you use this clip in its full length (or even two or more times) in a project.

1.
In Adobe Premiere Elements, to show Project view, select the Organize tab and then click Project. Or, choose Window > Available Media. Project view lists all the source clips imported to your Adobe Premiere Elements project. When you capture video or import files, the individual clips are automatically placed in Project view in alphabetical order, as shown here.

2.
If necessary, use the scroll bar on the right side of Project view to scroll down toward the bottom of the list.

3.
If the docking headers are not currently visible, choose Window > Show Docking Headers. Then choose View > Icon from the panel menu () located at the right end of the Tasks panel docking header, or click the Icon View button () in the lower-left corner of Project view. This will change your view from the default List view to Icon view, which offers a larger thumbnail preview and an ability to sort files in Project view that you’ll explore in a future lesson.

4.
Return to List view by choosing View > List from the panel menu or by clicking the List View button () in the lower-left corner of Project view.

Trimming a Clip in the Preview Window

One of the most important editing tasks is removing unwanted footage from the beginning and end of your clips. Adobe Premiere Elements has multiple ways of accomplishing this task, but you can access one of the simplest techniques in Project view.

Note

Trimming a clip in the Preview window does not change the In and Out points of instances of that clip already included in the My Project panel. It only sets the In and Out points for all subsequent instances of that clip placed in the My Project panel.


1.
Locate the Palace 4.avi clip in Project view. Double-click the clip to open it in the Preview window. Note that the name of the clip is displayed in the title bar of the Preview window.

2.
Click the Play button () and play this clip from beginning to end. You’ll notice a car passing that marred the beginning of the video, and a few moments of shakiness at the end of the clip. You’ll trim that out below.

The timecode in the lower-left corner of the Preview window displays the timecode of that clip on the original DV tape, whereas the timecode in the lower-right corner shows clip duration. You can navigate through this clip by clicking the timecode in the lower-left corner of the Preview window and then dragging left or right.

3.
Place your pointer over the current-time indicator () in the lower-left corner of the Preview window and drag it to the right until the current time in movie timecode beneath the window reads 00;01;17;23. Note that you can also use the left and right arrow keys on your keyboard for precise positioning.

4.
To set a new In point, click the Set In Point button (). You’ll see the In Point handle () jump to the selected frame. Note that you could have also set the In point simply by clicking and dragging the In point handle to the desired location.

5.
Next, trim out the shaky frames at the end of the clip. To set a new Out point, click and drag the Out point handle () to the desired location on the mini-timeline in the Preview window (about 00;01;21;25 as shown in the lower-left corner). Or, position the current-time indicator () at the desired position (00;01;21;25), and then click the Set Out Point button ().

6.
Click the Close button () to close the Preview window. Note: When you set In and Out points in the Preview window, they’re automatically applied–prospectively–to all clips that you drag into the My Project panel, but these In and Out points aren’t retroactively applied to clips already in the My Project panel. You’ll learn how to trim clips in the My Project panel in the next chapter.

Creating a Rough Cut in Project View

After trimming your clips, it’s often convenient to arrange them in the desired order, which is called a rough cut of your movie, before dragging them to the My Project panel. This is very easy to accomplish in Project view using Icon view as discussed earlier. In this exercise you will create a rough cut and then drag it to the My Project panel.

1.
If you still have the InstantMovie in your My Project panel, delete it by right-clicking the movie, and doing one of the following:

  • If you’re working in the Sceneline, choose Delete Scene and its objects.

  • If you’re working in the Timeline, choose Clear.

2.
In the lower-left corner of Project view, click the Icon View button ().

Tip

To increase the workspace, you can drag the horizontal dividing line between the Tasks panel and the Monitor panel to the left. To snap all clips back into view and to close any gaps between the clips, choose Clean Up from the panel menu. Or choose Window > Restore Workspace to restore your workspace to its default layout.

3.
Drag the clips into the order shown in the preceding figure, leaving out Lesson04_Movie.wmv and any content relating to the InstantMovie that you created, which will be named after the selected template.

4.
Click to select all clips and then drag them to the first clip target in the Sceneline in the My Project panel. When you release the pointer, Adobe Premiere Elements will open the SmartFix dialog and ask if you want to fix the quality problems in the clips. Click No (we’ll examine these in the next chapter) and Adobe Premiere Elements will insert the clips into the Sceneline.

5.
Click Play to watch the rough cut that you just created.

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