The Quick view sceneline provides a stage on which you can quickly arrange your clips into a movie. The Quick view sceneline displays images and video clips as individual thumbnails. Use the Quick view sceneline to trim a video or combine video clips, photos, titles, music, and more into a unique production. You can also add captions, transitions, and special effects to your media.
A. Freeze frame B. Rotate right C. Delete D. Render E. Playback controls F. Audio preview controls G. Program monitor settings H. Play full screen I. Add audio from computer J. Add music K. More options (add title or media) L. Add media M. Add transition N. Auto pan and zoom O. Change image duration P. Edit video clip Q. More options (for video) R. More options (for caption) S. Edit caption text T. Change caption duration
Some of the key features accessible through the Quick view sceneline are as follows:
- Freeze frame: Freezes a specific frame from the media in your sceneline and saves it as a picture. For more information about freeze frames, see Freeze and hold frames.
- Render: Renders the layers and effects on the media in your sceneline to create a smooth playback. For information about rendering, see Render an area for preview.
- Audio preview controls > Volume slider: Adjusts the volume in the preview of the movie.
- Program monitor settings:
- Playback quality: Sets the quality as Automatic, Highest, Medium, or Lowest.
- Magnification: Changes the size of the program monitor according to one of the available percentage options.
- Play full screen: Plays your media in full screen mode.
- Add transition: Adds transition effects before or after your media, or in between two media. Click each icon to add an effect from the Transitions panel. For more infomation, see Apply transitions in the Quick view timeline.
- More options (add title or media):
- Add Title: Click to add a motion title from the Titles panel. Drag a title from the pre-defined options and drop it in the sceneline to start creating your movie.
- Add Media: Click to add media to the sceneline through the following options:
- Files and folders: Adds media from your computer’s hard drive or other storage devices.
- Elements Organizer: Adds media from albums in Elements Organizer.
For information about customizing your media in the quick view sceneline, see Customize your media.
The Quick view timeline provides a stage on which you can quickly arrange your clips into a movie. It displays each clip as a series of frames that span the entire clip length. Move the slider to the right to zoom out and see your entire video. Move the slider to the left to zoom in and see a clip in more detail. The Quick view timeline has the following tracks:
Title: Add a title for your clip on this track
Video: Edit your video on this track
Sound: Place background music and other sounds
Narration: Add a narration for your clip to this track
Use the Quick view timeline to quickly assemble your clips into a movie. Click the scissor icon on the current-time indicator to split a clip and remove an unwanted portion. You can also use the panels in the Action bar to add titles, transitions, special effects, and music to your clips.
From the Adjustments panel, apply adjustments to the caption through the following tabs:
- Text: Adjust the font, style, size, color, properties, alignment, and modes.
- Style: Apply a style from various pre-defined styles.
- Animation: To apply an animation, click it and then click the Apply button.
- Shapes: Apply a shape, color, and mode.
From the quick view sceneline, you can add transition effects to your media using the Add transition icon.
From the Transitions panel, drag a transition and drop it on the appropriate Add transition icon in the quick view sceneline.
The color of the nearest Add transition icon changes to green while you drag a transition. After you drop the transition, the color of the Add transition icon changes to orange. Also, the Transition Adjustments dialog box opens.
In the Transition Adjustments dialog box, you can do the following:
- In the Duration field, set the duration of the transition in seconds. The default duration is 1 second.
- Click the Delete icon to delete the transition effect, if applied already.
- Click the Replace transition icon to replace the current transition effect with another transition effect. The Transitions panel opens if it is closed.
From the quick view sceneline, you can add custom music from your computer or from the Music panel in Premiere Elements.
- Add custom music: Click the Add audio from computer icon and browse through your computer to choose a music file. The music file is added to the sceneline.
- Add from the Music panel: Click the Add Music button. From the Music panel, drag a music score and drop it on the sceneline.
After the music file is downloaded in the sceneline, you can customize your music by clicking on the music file. For more information, see Use more options.
The More options icon is available on your media (video clips and images), media captions, and music files.
Click to see the more options menu. The menu displays the following options:
- Fade In: Select to apply the fade in effect.
- Fade Out: Select to apply the fade out effect.
- Sound: (Available only in video clips and music files) Use the slider to adjust the volume.
- Delete: Click to delete the specific media, caption, or music file from the sceneline.
- Fit To Movie: (Available only in music files) Match the length of the music (trim or play in repeat mode) with the length of the movie.
Click the Edit video clip icon to see the following options:
Click the Change image duration icon to see the following options:
- Duration: Changes the duration of an image according to its current duration. The minimum duration value is 1 second. The maximum duration value is double the current duration of the image. For example, if the current duration is 5 seconds, you can increase it upto 10 seconds. If the current duration is 10 seconds, you can increase it upto 20 seconds.
- Apply to all: Applies the duration of this image to all the images in the sceneline.
Drag clips directly to the Quick view sceneline from Windows Explorer (Finder in Mac OS). You can also use the Add Media panel to add clips to the Quick view sceneline from various sources.
After adding clips, use the Quick view sceneline to rearrange them. You can insert a clip before another, after another, or even split it before inserting.
The new clip appears in front of the one on which you dropped it, and subsequent clips shift to the right.
In Premiere Elements 2019, you can rearrange clips in a movie by copying and pasting them within your project. You can copy and paste multiple clips at a time. Clips that you paste are added to the end of the sceneline.
In Premiere Elements 2018 and earlier releases, clips are pasted to the Video 1 or Audio 1 track at the location of the current-time indicator. However, you can avoid this action by manually copying clips on multiple tracks. When you paste a clip in the Quick view timeline, the current-time indicator moves to the end of a clip. This feature enables easy and efficient handling of consecutive paste operations.
You can also copy a clip’s attributes—motion, opacity, volume, and other effects—and paste them into another clip.
When you zoom in on the Quick view timeline, it is magnified around the current‑time indicator, letting you examine smaller increments of media. You can also zoom in as you add a clip, magnifying the location around the pointer rather than the current‑time indicator. This technique lets you see the exact placement of the insertion point before you release the mouse.
In contrast, zooming out displays more of the Quick view timeline, giving you a visual summary of the movie.
To zoom in or out as you add a clip, drag the clip to the Quick view timeline. Hold down the mouse button, and press the Equals (=) key to increase the zoom factor or press the Minus (–) key to decrease it.
To zoom in or out as you add a clip, drag a clip to the Quick view timeline. Hold down the mouse button, and press the semicolon (;) key to increase the zoom factor. Press the Minus (–) key to decrease the zoom factor.
To zoom in on the Quick view timeline, drag the Zoom slider to the right, or click the Zoom In button.
To zoom out of the Quick view timeline, drag the Zoom slider to the left, or click the Zoom Out button.
To toggle between viewing the entire movie in the Quick view timeline and the previous zoom level setting, click the Fit To Visible Timeline icon. Alternatively, press the Backslash (\) key. Make sure that the Quick view timeline is active before pressing the Backslash (\) key. You can also zoom in and out by pressing the Equals (=) or Minus (-) keys on the keyboard (not the numeric keypad).
To zoom out so that the entire movie is visible in the Quick view timeline, press the Yen sign (¥) key. Make sure that the Quick view timeline is active before pressing the Yen sign (¥) key.
The steps described to zoom in and zoom out of the Quick view timeline also apply to the Expert view timeline.