As I show you in my books, you can override this "ripple" feature by holding down the Ctrl key as you add the clips to your timeline.
I must be missing something, when I hold the control key, the new picture will overlay the existing picture on the time line instead of inserting in front of it. The soundtrack and the audio 1 track doesn't shift but I don't want an overlay, I need to insert.
Unfortunately, you've got to decide whether you want the new clip to insert or not. You can set the ripple to insert on one timeline and not ripple the other timelines.
If you don't hold down the Ctrl key, the clip will insert where you place it -- but it will break your music track.
If you hold down the Ctrl key, nothing on the timeline will move -- but, if you try to place it where there is a clip already, it will overlay.
Thanks for the answer Steve, its seems unfortunate thats the way it is.
In CS3 Premire pro which my son uses there is a button that allows you to toggle off the sound track while you are editing if you don't want the soundtrack to move. I can't seem to find that option on Premiere Elements
I did not see your book on Premiere elements 10. I just saw version 9, is version 10 out???
With PrPro, one has much more control, on how Clips and Tracks behave. For instance, one can Lock, all but one Track, and edits to it, will NOT affect any of the Locked Tracks. Also, PrPro has Track Targeting, that will allow one to do similar editing, relegated to ONLY Targeted Tracks. PrE does not yet have Track Locking (a great feature), even though I keep requesting it. If it is something that you would like, then I suggest filing a Feature Request.
I did purchase the book and it has been quite helpful. One more question on pictures. One page 46 you talk about downsizing the pictures and unchecking frame to scale on page 48. My computer was crashing after putting in about 1 hour of video and few hundred pictures so I was pretty interested in this suggestion.
When I resize the pictures to 1000 x 750 and uncheck the frame to scale my pictures show up too large on the screen and crops off part of the picture. Of course if I go to 640 x 480 it looks OK. I am not really sure what the advantage of unchecking the frame to scale. It seems like a fail safe method.
I am using a project setting DV NTSC since that matches my mini DV tapes.
1. Better to resize to 640 x 480 and uncheck frame to scale?
2. resize to 1000 x 750 and leave the frame to scale checked?
3. Resize to 640 x 480 and change the project setting so future pictures will not be frame to scale?
I just want to have the system more reliable and quit crashing but still maintain the high quality. I am using a AMD Phenom II x 4 830 processor, 2.8 G Hz, Windows 64, 6 GB RAM.
The first option means I have to reload all my pictures. Changing the size in the same folder with Photoshop process multi files is easy, but I cannot change the frame to size without reloading everything since it was originally checked when I started the project.
If you will not need to Pan on a fully Zoomed out still, you can Scale to exactly the Frame Size of the Project. The slightly larger 1000 x 750 is to allow for a few extra pixels, should you need to Pan with the image fully Zoomed out.
Personally, I Scale to exactly what I need, which is most often 100% of the Project's Frame Size, and then when I DO need to Pan on a Zoomed out image, will calculate exactly the number of pixels, that I require and Scale to that. The 1000 x 750 just gives one wiggle room. The few additional pixels are not that great in the overhead department, so will not bog down the system much at all. If you have already Scaled to 1000 x 750, then just check Scale to Frame Size, and let PrE take care of that. Steve's recommendation to uncheck it was so that one could use the Fixed Effects>Motion>Position, and/or Motion>Scale, to animate the stills with Pan, and/or Zoom.
Hope that this helps and good luck,