When you build a movie, you rarely use an entire clip. To define the frames you want to use, set In and Out points. The In point is the first frame of the clip you want to use. The Out point is the last frame of the clip you want to use.
Setting In and Out points does not delete frames from the hard drive. Instead, it isolates the portion you want included in the movie. In and Out points act like a window over the clip, showing only the frames from the In point to the Out point. You can move In and Out points as needed to regain any frames you might have trimmed.
A. In point B. Trimmed frames C. Out point
You can trim frames from either end of a clip. To trim frames from the middle of a clip, first split the clip (which creates two parts of the original clip). Then, trim the unwanted frames from the end of the first new clip or the beginning of the second.
You can trim a clip in the Preview window, the Monitor panel, the Quick view timeline, or the Expert view timeline. You can retrieve frames from source clips (clips not yet placed in the Quick view timeline or the Expert view timeline) using the Preview window. You can retrieve frames from clips in the Quick view timeline or the Expert view timeline.
You can create a refined good-quality video file by removing unwanted sections. Adobe Premiere Elements 13 enables you to efficiently handle blurred, shaky, and unwanted low-quality sections of your video file. You can easily and quickly edit and fine-tune the video files.
Smart trimming enables you to trim the low-quality sections of a video file. Smart trim can be done manually and automatically. You can trim clips from the Quick view timeline or the Expert view timeline.
Smart trimming is of two types, manual and automatic. Manual Smart trimming is the default mode. In this mode, you can specify the options that determine the trimmable sections. In the automatic Smart trim mode, Premiere Elements automatically determines the trimmable sections. You can choose to delete them or retain them.
To enable Smart Trim, click Tools on the Action bar and then select Smart Trim from the Tools panel. By default, Manual Smart Trim Mode is enabled.
When you are in the manual Smart Trim mode, you see the message, Smart Trim Mode: Trim or Delete The Highlighted Sections, above the Monitor panel. You also see the Smart Trim Options button.
(Optional) Click the Smart Trim Options button on top. In the Smart Trim Options dialog, use the slider to specify the Quality options. The values set here determine the trimmable sections. If you do not set the options here, default settings are used.
Premiere Elements analyzes the clip, and highlights the sections of the clip that need trimming. The highlighted sections depend on the values set for the Quality Level options. Striped patterns are used to highlight the trimmable sections.
Double-click the clip in the Expert view timeline to select all the trimmable sections in a single clip.
To select all the trimmable sections in multiple clips, drag a marquee around the selected clips in the Expert view timeline. Ctrl-click the trim sections, and choose Select All.
To select all the trimmable sections in multiple clips in the Quick view timeline or the Expert view timeline, select Ctrl-A. Ctrl-click a section > Select All.
Smart trimming uses quality factors such as brightness, blur, shaky, and contrast factors such as face, motion, and dialog as criteria to trim the clips. You can set the levels of quality before trimming the clips.
Enables you to specify the levels of quality factors that Premiere Elements uses to determine the trimmable sections. The quality factors include blur, shaky, brightness, focus, and contrast. If you move the slider to the extreme right, all low-quality sections are highlighted as trimmable sections. As you move the slider toward the left, the trimmable sections reduce. If you move the slider to the extreme left, only low-quality sections are highlighted for trimming.
- Click the Smart Trim Options button on the top of the Monitor panel.
- Ctrl-click a trimmable selection, and select Smart Trim Options.
You can retain material at the beginning and end of a clip for your movie, but remove material from its middle. Split the clip right before the unwanted section begins, to create two clips. Then, trim the unwanted material from the beginning of the second clip.
You can remove or regain trimmed frames from either end of a clip by dragging the clip’s edge in the Expert view timeline. To help you locate the desired frame, the Monitor panel displays it at the changing In or Out point of the clip as you drag. If another clip is adjacent to the edge you’re trimming, the Monitor panel displays the frames of both clips side by side.
The frame on the left (the Out point) is earlier in time, and the frame on the right (the In point) is later in time. Subsequent clips, as well as blocks of empty space, in the Expert view timeline shift as you drag the clip’s edge.
A tool tip displays the number of frames you are trimming as you trim them. This window displays a negative value if you drag the clip’s edge toward the beginning of the movie.
It displays a positive number if you drag toward the end of the movie. You can tell whether you have trimmed a clip by looking for a small gray triangle in the top corner at either end of the clip in the Expert view timeline. The triangle indicates you have not trimmed that edge.
For linked clips (video that includes a soundtrack), dragging the edge of one clip changes the In or Out points of both clips. Sometimes you want to trim linked clips independently to create split edits (also known as L‑cuts and J‑cuts). Pressing Alt when you trim allows you to set the In and Out points of the video and audio separately.
Drag the edge to the desired frame. The Monitor panel displays the frames as you drag, also showing the frame from the adjacent clip (if any). Subsequent clips in the track shift in time to compensate for the edit, but their durations remain unchanged.
You cannot drag the In point of a clip to the left past the edge of an adjacent clip.
You can retain content at the beginning and end of a clip for your movie and remove content from its middle. Split the clip before the unwanted section begins, and then trim the unwanted material from the beginning of the second clip resulting from the split.
The audio can begin before the video or extend it after the video into the next clip (or vice versa). Trimming linked audio and video separately is called a split edit. Usually, when you create a split edit in one clip, you must create one in the adjacent clip so they don’t overlap each other.
You can create two kinds of split edits:
A J-cut, or audio lead, in which audio starts before linked video, or video continues after the audio.
An L-cut, or video lead, in which video starts before linked audio, or audio continues after the video.
If trimming the beginning of the clip, when the Trim‑In icon appears, press Alt and drag the edge to the desired frame. (You can release the Alt key after you begin dragging.) Notice that the video stays aligned with the previous clip.
If trimming the end of the clip, when the Trim‑Out icon appears, press Alt and drag the edge to the desired frame. (You can release the Alt key after you begin dragging.) Notice that subsequent clips in the track shift left.
Tip: Alt-dragging a clip temporarily unlinks the clips. When you want to move or edit them together, select them again.
You can preview any clip and set new In and Out points for it before adding it to the Expert view timeline or the Quick view timeline. You might, for example, preview your clips to determine their quality and trim unusable parts before arranging them. You can preview and trim clips in the Preview window.
Trimming a clip in the Preview window sets its In and Out points for all subsequent instances in the Expert view timeline or the Quick view timeline. It does not change the In and Out points of clip instances that are already in the Expert view timeline or the Quick view timeline. To let all clip instances use the same In and Out points, set them before placing the clip in either timeline.
A. Zoom control B. Clip In point C. Current time D. Playback controls E. Current-time indicator F. Clip Out point G. Clip duration
You can trim a clip in the Preview window before placing it in the Expert view timeline. Trimming in the Preview window does not affect instances of the clip that are already in the Expert view timeline or the Quick view timeline.
Once a clip is in a movie, you can reopen it in the Preview window to change its In and Out points for subsequent instances. You can either regain frames previously trimmed or trim additional frames.
Subsequent clip instances you drag to the Expert view timeline assume the In and Out points of the trimmed clip.
Move the current-time indicator to the frame you want as the first frame of the clip, even if it’s to the left of the current In point. Click the Set In Point button.
Move the current-time indicator to the frame you want as the last frame of the clip, even if it’s to the right of the current Out point. Click the Set Out Point button.
Drag the In point or Out point handle to the frame you want.