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Weird things the timeline does in Premiere Pro

Daniel Walter Scott

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Hi everyone, this video we're going to continue on the weirdness, by looking at things down here in the Timeline, and the funny things Premiere Pro does in this little panel. The first one is snapping, it's really handy when you grab stuff, and it kind of locks into the end there. That's real handy, locks into the Playhead. Snapping is awesome, unless you accidentally hit the S key. You can try it now, tap the S key, and that all goes away. Where it's useful is, say you do want to line something up not quite at the end, but close to it, if I zoom in, you'll notice, with snapping on - tap 'Yes' - it snaps, you're like, "Stop it." So you can tap 'S' to turn it off, and most of the time though you're going to accidentally hit 'S' when you've tapped it by accident, and you're like "Oh, why isn't it snapping anymore?" 

So turn it back on by tapping the S key. The long way is, under 'Sequence', there it is there. You can 'Snap in Timeline'. So use it to your advantage, turn it off, but probably get frustrated, and hit 'S' to turn it back on. 

The next frustrating thing with Premiere Pro, is when you add, say a transition, and you try and move it. I'll show-- I'll give you a, for instance. Let's say, in my 'Effects Panel' here, I'm going to type in 'dip', because I want it to Dip to Black here. When you're at this zoom level you can adjust the end really easily. You can tidy it up, but if I zoom out and it gets quite small, and I try do the same thing, watch what happens. I go to in here, I'm like, "Okay, I'm just going to come in here and adjust the end." It can be really frustrating, and it's only because it has the transition on the end, it's not sure what to do. 

You can either just drag-- it's easy just to drag where the audio is. Does the same thing, doesn't really matter if you're dragging the video or the audio part of the clip, or just zoom in, and then it's a little bit clear about what you want to do. That bugged me for a long time, trying to work out what that was. 

Anyway, what's the next thing? Next thing is, let's say that I'm working with this footage, and I accidentally insert something, and it overlaps all of this, you're like, "Man, why is it overlapped?" okay, I'll just delete it. It's part footage, they're still linked and I'm like, "I'll just drag it out", and you're like, "They're all connected, what's going on?” You can either, obviously delete it and bring it back in, but the easier way for this, is to hold down the 'Option' key on a Mac, or the 'Alt' key on a PC, and you can actually drag these. So holding down the 'Option' key I can drag this one separately from the audio, you can tuck them in, separately, and I don't often use that, mainly just fixing problems, like I just showed you there. 

Now that happens a lot, the easiest way-- instead of overlapping it, I don't know, there's the proper way and then there's the way that I do. Most of the way, if I want to insert something, and it's going to be-- it keeps going into the wrong spot, I'm like dragging it, and I'm like, insert you, and it goes. "Oh." I could stop messing around, which I'll show you in a second, but I just do this. Zoom out, so I can see the edge, and I insert it, and then I just drag it to the layer that I want. 

The proper way is to say, this one here, Source Patching, we looked at this earlier, you could say, "I want to be on this layer here, please," and then insert it, and it goes wherever your Playhead is. So my Playhead there, I'm going to insert, and it goes on the right one. So that's Source Matching, that I never do. Also remember, dragging out these separately, is holding down the 'Option' key on a Mac, 'Alt' key on a PC. 

The next one is something that drove me mad for years, using Premiere Pro, and I never bothered figuring it out, just lived with it, is when I accidentally hit X key, and I get these in and out points. There's a couple of shortcuts that will give you your in and out points, but you just get rid of them, it's just this gray stuff. I'll show you what it does in a sec, but to get rid of them, right click it, click in and out, and "Phew." 

You use it on purpose, if you do use it on purpose, so I've got this clip selected, hit 'X', and I can do fun things, like render in and out, because I've set an in and out point by hitting 'X', and I can render just this, this chunk. So I could say, I want to go to this one, and I want to move my out point to here, just this little bit, and I want to hit 'Return' on my keyboard, just to render this chunk. So you can use it purposely, mainly I turn it on by accident. 

There's a shortcut for getting rid of them. It's, hold down the 'Option' key on a Mac, and hit 'X', or the 'Alt' key on a PC, to hit 'X', or just right click it. Clear in and out points. I'll show you this twice, because, yeah, drove me mad for a long time. All right, that's it buddies, it is time to get into our fun project Enough technical nerd stuff, and problems with Premiere Pro. We love you Premiere Pro, but now it's time to make some exciting things again.