Adobe Premiere: How To Use the Single-Track Editing Workspace

Adobe Premiere is one of the best non-linear editing software systems on the market. It's an extremely dynamic program that offers users a ton of control over how their projects turn out. This control is made possible through an easy-to-use interface that maximizes efficiency in the work flow. Part of that interface is the Single-Track Editing Workspace.

Step 1: Organize Your Video and Audio Clips into Tracks

An edited video project is composed of multiple video and audio clips that are blended together into the final product. These clips are organized into separate tracks that make managing an edit easy to stay on top of. For instance, you could have a video track devoted to green screen footage, a track devoted to the backgrounds that will replace the green when it's keyed out and another track of overlay titles. For audio clips, one track could be for originally recorded dialogue, one for sound effects and one for music.

Step 2: Collapse a Track

Every track has a triangle icon next to it that can collapse. This allows you to perform edits on this particular single track. The single-track editing feature allows you to delve into the details of your track. Through the timeline, there are five things that you can do with your single tracks. You can choose if the track is seen or heard, if the clips in the track will remain synced to other clips, if the track will be locked so that no changes can be made to it, the display style of the track, and you can add keyframes to the track.

Step 3: Track Output, Sync Lock, Track Lock

Track out, sync lock, and track lock are always visible and can be accessed anytime without having to collapse the track. Track output controls if the track is seen or heard. For video tracks, it is represented with an eyeball, and for audio tracks, it is represented with a speaker. Just click on the box to turn it on and off.

Sync lock keeps clips that are synced stay synced, such as the video and audio that is recorded from a camcorder. Track lock locks the track and keeps it immune from any changes made in the project, even if using the track tool for every clip.

Step 4: Display Style

The display style controls how a clip is visually represented in the timeline. For video clips, you can display them as showing the Head and Tail (first and last frame), the head only, every frame or just the name of the clip. For audio tracks, you can either display the audio as a waveform or just display the name of the audio clip.

Step 5: Keyframes

The tool in single-track editing that has the most influence over your final project that audiences will see is the keyframes. You can create keyframes that affect your videos opacity, motion (scale and position) and time remapping. For audio clips, you can create keyframes to change the audio's volume on the track.

Step 6: Moving on to Other Tracks

Once your done editing a track, click on the triangle to minimize the track's space and move onto the next one. Keep one track collapsed at a time so that you stay on top of your edits.

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