Smart Trim finds and brings together the best scenes based on the style of your video. Smart Trim uses content intelligence and a style-based workflow to automatically trim the video you want to edit.

In video editing, trimming a video is the primary task, which is sometimes difficult and time- consuming. Smart Trim uses content intelligence and a style-based workflow to automatically trim the video. It auto extracts best scenes based on attributes such as people (single or multiple), action, and the quality of the scenes.

If you would like to modify the auto-extracted results, you can change the slider position to add more or less scenes. You can further modify the results by manually adding, deleting, or changing the duration of individual scenes. When you are happy with the modification, preview and export the trimmed clip to the timeline.

Note:

This article covers the procedure for using Smart Trim in Adobe Premiere Elements 2018. The corresponding article for using Smart Trim in Adobe Premiere Elements 15 or earlier is available at this link.

Auto-extract best scenes

  1. Click Add media to import the video clip that you want to work with in the Quick or Expert view.

  2. Choose Smart Trim from the Tools menu.

    Smart Trim
    Smart Trim
  3. Smart Trim automatically analyzes the clip, selects the preset based on the style of your video, and marks the best scenes.

    Auto-extract scenes
  4. Select a different preset if you don't like the results.

    People This preset focuses on faces in the video clip along with other quality filters to find scenes with people. This preset is recommended for family-event videos (for example, wedding, birthday, Thanksgiving, and Christmas gatherings).
    Action This preset focuses on activities in the video clip along with other quality filters to find scenes where there is medium-to-high activity or action happening. This preset is recommended for sports and dance videos (for example, action sports, school sports, school ballet dance, kids dancing, and kids playing).
    Mix This preset focuses on the combination of faces, activities, and camera motion along with other quality filters to find scenes. This preset is recommended for travel and nature videos (for example, beaches, mountains, cruises, and vacations with the family.)
  5. Check the extracted scenes highlighted in the timeline. You can see the duration of the extracted video at the bottom of the timeline.

    Extracted scenes
  6. If you are not satisfied with the automatic extraction, do one of the following:

    • Use the slider to manage the number of extracted scenes. Drag the slider to the left to extract fewer scenes or to the right to extract more scenes.
    slider

Manually extract scenes

If some of your favorite scenes are not in the set of automatically extracted scenes, you can extract those scenes manually.

  1. Move the CTI in the timeline to the frame that you want to extract manually.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Click in the timeline.

     

    Manually extract scenes
    • Select the Mark Manually option.
    Mark Manually
  3. Drag  to increase or decrease the duration of the extracted scene.

    Increase or decrease duration

Remove unwanted extracted scenes

  1. From the set of extracted scenes in the timeline, select any scene that you want to remove.

  2. Hover the mouse cursor on the upper right corner of the selected scene. Now, click X to remove the selected scene.

    Remove scenes

Smart Trim options

options

Reset

Use this option to remove all the extracted scenes.

Mark Manually

Use this option to manually extract scenes from the clip.

Apply Transitions

Check this option to apply transitions while moving from one extracted scene to another.

Preview

Use this option to preview the generated output.

Export Merged

Use this option to combine and export all the extracted scenes as a single clip to the timeline.

Export Individual

Use this option to export all the extracted scenes as individual clips to the timeline.

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