Put the CTI (Current Time Indicator - the vertical line that moves when playing the video) where you want the cut. For fine work use the left/right keys to move a frame at a time.
Press [Ctrl+K] or click the Split Clip icon in the monitor window.
Note this creates two 'clips' in the project but does NOT physically turn your original clip into two separate pieces. You will need external software if you are trying to physically split or join original video files.
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Thank you! =)
But that's the first thing I need to do!
I have a 1½ hour compilation of home movies from 63 years ago. I need to split this up into separate clips so that I can re-organize them. Also, I need to apply different effects to different parts of this epic.
I thought I was doing that when I split the BIG clip, and saved the result. I've spent several hours breaking it into pieces. But now, I can't retrieve the individual clips. What I get in each project is the whole movie, with my miniclip on the timeline.
Seems like a pretty fundamental operation for any video editor. So I have to buy more software to separate the clips? Any suggestions?
You don't necessarily need to separate the file into individual clips. When you do a cut on the timeline, this is a virtual cut, leaving the original file untouched but determining what will appear in the output. You can split the clip into multiple pieces, delete the bits you don't want, add transitions, insert new bits, whatever you want, all without affecting the original file in any way. Once you're happy, you output a new file using the Share options, and you get a new video file, with your original files still untouched.
If you want to split your file into multiple individual files, you can use the sliders on the time scale, and export (Share) using the Share Work Area Only checkbox. If you're doing this for purposes of reassembly, it would be better to save the individual clips in as lossless a format as possible, the default AVI format taking considerably more space but not losing quality. Hint: the sliders can be positioned to the time marker using Alt-[ and Alt-]. Once you've done this, note that your original file will still be there, untouched.
There is also VideoRedo Plus, a cheap program which gives frame-accurate selection and allows rapid subdivision of a piece of footage. It doesn't re-render as PE9 would (this is where loss of image quality creeps in using compressed formats such as MPEG), copying the original frames. You can then reassemble the bits using your video editor.
Thanks! That really helped me correct some major misunderstandings.
In the Adobe "Classroom" book, it's assumed that the reader knows what "render"means. I don't.
- What is rendering?
- Why is it necessary?
- When is it necessary?
Your edits amount to a collection of actions the editor must take in order to produce your desired output. This means taking the original sound and audio and performing a sequence of actions to transform them into what you have specified. This can take quite a lot of processing. The process is what is known as rendering.
It is necessary very definitely to produce your final output. It is also necessary to produce the image you see when previewing, and is done on the fly within the capabilities of the processor, and the result can be jerky as the frames are rendered "on the go". This can be extremely unsatisfactory. The situation can be improved on by rendering a segment of the video purely for preview purposes. If you press the enter key, the portion of the timeline currently bounded by the sliders on the timeline will be rendered to a work file, and then that region will be previewed, smoothly. You have already mastered the work area bounds, I think.
If you look at the timeline, you will notice a thin, coloured bar at the bottom of it. If this is red, you need to render it for optimum preview.
Sorry, Steve - I have no book to peddle! I'm sure you explain it a whole lot better, though ... I offer a basic and minimalist introduction, Thor.
The important thing is that we all have the same goal of helping people out, Durbs!
Steve, I'm ordering it today. I'm sure it's much better than this Adobe book I have. That would not be difficult
DurbsLad, you've been very helpful. Thanks.
This ARTICLE goes into detail on Rendering, what it is for, and how to both do it, and then limit it, to just one portion of the Timeline.
Hope that this helps, and good luck,
PS - Steve's books go into even more detail.
If you do wish to Export/Share to intermediate files, for later editing, this ARTICLE might be useful. Note: the WAB (Work Area Bar) can be used to limit the Export/Share, just like it can be for Rendering.