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Exploring timesaving editing tools

You’ll use the Rolling Edit, Slide, and Slip tools in a variety of situations, including when you want to preserve the overall length of your program while trimming and editing scenes within it. They come in handy for precisely timed projects such as 30-second advertisements. You saw the Rolling Edit tool in action in the Trim Monitor in Lesson 5.

You worked with extract edits and lift edits by using the drag-and-drop method. In this lesson, you’ll use the Program Monitor’s Extract and Lift buttons to remove selected groups of frames—even when they’re spread out over one or more clips.

In some cases, it can be easier to make individual edits and forego these specialized tools, but it’s good for any video editor to know how to use all of them. Here’s a quick look at what they do and how they differ from one another:

Making rolling, slide, and slip edits

You’ll begin with a rolling edit.

  1. Start Adobe Premiere Pro CS5, and open Lesson 08-01.prproj.
  2. Open Sequence 01 in the Timeline, if it is not already open.
  3. Set your workspace to Editing by choosing Window > Workspace > Editing.

    Three clips already appear on the Timeline, with enough head and tail frames to allow the edits you’re about to make.

  4. Select the Rolling Edit tool (rolling-edit-tool-left.jpg; keyboard shortcut N) in the Tools panel.
  5. Drag the edit point between Clip A and Clip B (the first two clips on the Timeline), using the Program Monitor split screen to find a better matching edit.

    Try rolling the edit point to the right to 00;20 (20 frames). You can use the Program Monitor timecode or the pop-up timecode in the Timeline (shown here, respectively) to find that edit.

  6. Select the Slide tool (slide-tool.jpg; keyboard shortcut U), and position it over the middle clip.
  7. Drag the second clip left or right.

    Take a look at the Program Monitor as you perform the slide edit. The two top images are the In point and Out point of Clip B. They do not change. The two larger images are the Out point and In point of the adjacent clips—Clip A and Clip C, respectively. These edit points change as you slide the selected clip over those adjacent clips.

  8. Select the Slip tool (slip-tool.jpg; keyboard shortcut Y), and drag Clip B left and right.

    Take a look at the Program Monitor as you perform the slip edit. The two top images are the Out point and In point of Clips A and C, respectively. They do not change. The two larger images are the In point and Out point of Clip B. These edit points change as you slip Clip B under Clips A and C.

The Slip tool moves a clip under two adjacent clips.

Using the Program Monitor’s Lift and Extract buttons

Next, you’ll do a lift edit and then an extract edit:

  1. Click the History tab, and choose New > Open to undo all the rolling, slide, and slip edits you just made.
  2. Move the Timeline current-time indicator to about midway on the first clip.
  3. Drag a viewing area bar handle (shown here) in the Program Monitor so its current-time indicator is roughly centered. This makes it easier to set In and Out points.
  4. Use the Jog, Step Forward, and Step Back controls in the Program Monitor to advance the current-time indicator to where the second bike lands after the jump. This should be at 00;00;02;18.
  5. Click the Set In Point button (I) in the Program Monitor.
  6. Drag the Program Monitor current-time indicator over the second clip to find a good matching edit point, such as timecode 00;00;03;25.
  7. Click the Set Out Point button (O) in the Program Monitor.

    As shown here, your Timeline now has a light blue highlighted zone between the In and Out points, as well as a gray area in the time ruler with In and Out point brackets at each end.

  8. Click the Lift button.

    That deletes the selected frames and leaves a gap.

  9. Press Ctrl+Z (Windows) or Command+Z (Mac OS) to undo that edit.
  10. Click the Extract button.

That performs the equivalent of a ripple delete. Play this edit to see how, by clicking only one button, you edited two clips.

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