On what computer operating system is your Premiere Elements 13 running? For now I will assume Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 64 bit.
There is no locked track feature in Premiere Elements (any version). If Windows involved, consider holding down the Alt key of the computer main
keyboard as you add a file to an existing Timeline. Some prefer to use the Ctrl key for this purpose, while I prefer the Alt.
The following link and its free video tutorial are being provided for informational (non promotional) purposes with regard to
Premiere Elements and keyboard modifiers.
Please let us know what worked for you.
thanks. Sorry, I didn’t mention the system - mac 10.10.1
Thanks for the reply.
I believe those keyboard modifiers will work on Mac, but
instead of Alt, try Option
instead of Ctrl, try Command
Please let me know if that works in your Mac computer environment to avoid disburbing the existing Timeline content when
files are added to it.
I'm not sure I understand exactly what you are asking. So, I will assume you have some sort of audio track, perhaps music, that you want to stay in one place and not be split up as you add video clips.
ATR's suggestion of the keyboard modifiers is part of the solution.
You might also try selecting all of your video clips and moving them to Video 2. Then move your audio to Audio 1. Depending on your use of the Alt/Option and Ctrl/Command keys you can do a lot on the Video 2 track without effecting the Audio 1 track.
If you project started with combined audio and video tracks straight from the camera. You can unlink the two allowing you to move the intact audio clip away from the video. You can then cut holes in the video for what you might want and still leave the audio alone.
It can be tedious, but it works.
The keyboard modifiers should work in most situations to avoid disturbances in the existing Timeline content when you add a clip to it.
However, the complexity of the Timeline content structure will dictate which maneuvers you will be forced into to get the task done.
Selecting clips in a block and moving them in a block can be one of those maneuvers. But, maybe the closest thing that we can get to a
locked situation might be turning that selection of clips in a block into a "Group" which can be grouped or ungrouped when necessary. See following
Adobe link for how to.
However, consider...if you ever get into a situation that is going to be complex in adding a clip to an existing Timeline content, you might want to make a copy of the project and work on the copy until you figure out your strategy for dealing with the task.
We will be looking forward to your results when your schedule permits.
Thanks everybody for your help.
If I pick up a clip from Organiser, drag it to the timeline, then hold down ALT (Mac keyboard) before dropping it in, then the soundtrack doesn't break.
The video mentioned above, by the way, is v good.
........The video mentioned above, by the way, is v good.
The video mentioned here is from Premier Elements 8. A major overhaul of the interface came with version 11. One of the Top Participants on this forum is Steve Grisetti. He has created the courses at that website for versions 11, 12 and now 13. Steve is both very knowledgeable and an excellent teacher. Without his course, I would be struggling with video editing.
The system at Lynda.com is to "subscribe" for the price of $25 a month. Steve's course contains 4 hours of content so it might take a week or two to complete. Lynda.com allows you to cancel your subscription and access will stop at the end of the 30 days you've paid for. In other words, for $25 you can quickly gain a full understanding of how PrE 13 works!
There is free help all over the internet, but none is organized into a complete, organized and comprehensive course like Steve's. I give my most enthusiastic recommendation to taking this course.
Like all the courses at Lynda.com, a few of the chapters are free to try as an evaluation. The whole Premier Elements 13 course can be viewed here: http://www.lynda.com/Elements-tutorials/Up-Running-Premiere-Elements-13/175719-2.html
Thanks for the follow up with the great news that all is sorted out. Great job.
Good Mac information to have about the ALT key on your Mac keyboard.
drag it to the timeline, then hold down ALT (Mac keyboard) before dropping it in, then the soundtrack doesn't break.
The Premiere Elements versions have been changing yearly. Typically the principles remain the same from version to version. However, often the features are
moved, changed, or discontinued from version to version. And, yes, there was a major workspace overhaul going from version 10 and earlier to version 11, 12, and 13. However, the user life saver for adding clip to an existing Timeline content without disturbing that Timeline content has remained using the computer keyboard modifiers.
If you have any questions about your Premiere Elements workflows, please do not hesitate to ask. We would be glad for the opportunity to be of assistance.