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Working With Clips

  • Editing with the Viewer Window: Timecode Field, Duration Field, Controller Buttons, Scrubber Bar, JKL Keys, Setting In & Out Points, In & Out Points On the Fly, Dropping Clips into Timeline, Drag to Viewer to Overwrite, Clips to In points on Timeline, Dragging Directly into Timeline.
  • The Timeline Tour: Arrow Keys, Home Keys, Expanding & Zooming, Option + or – To keep Playhead in one area, Com + Com -, All clips on Timeline Shift Z,  Video Track, Audio Track, Switches and Buttons, Track Targeting
  • Video Only Clips, Audio Only

Working With Clips

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Editing with the Viewer Window 0:05
    • Editing with the Viewer Window
    • Playhead
    • Viewing the Clip
    • Setting In and Out Point
  • The Timeline Tour 4:04
    • Adding Footage to the Timeline
    • Turning Your Footage Off/On and Locking
    • Clip Overlays & Track Heights
    • Quick Commands for Working in the Timeline
  • Video/Audio Only Clips 9:51
    • Video/Audio Only Clips

Transcription: Working With Clips

This next lesson is on working with clips.0000

Editing in the viewer window. 0004

So, here we are in Final Cut Pro and the viewer window is so powerful.0007

Like I said it is a mini editor. 0013

This is where you can really get your clip looking exactly how you wanted to look before you join the timeline with the other clips.0015

You are going to be going back and forth in here all the time.0022

So, there are different ways to really get footage into this clip.0024

You can just basically this drag and drop them into the viewer window.0029

Let us just talk about the viewer. Let us get a clip in here.0035

For this sake of argument I am going to double click this clip.0037

And it automatically by default will pop up in the viewer window.0041

You are basically saying hey, Final Cut I want to work on this clip.0045

You double click it and it pops right up in your viewer window.0048

So, while it is in there you have. Like I said you have the video, you have the audio.0052

We can apply filters for this clip. We can apply motion to this clip.0060

So, while we are in here and we have our time code field here.0064

And we have the length, the duration of the clip. Here is the duration field.0070

And, of course we have are controller blender along with mini play head.0076

So, this play head is separate from the actual timeline play head.0081

This is the play head just for this clip. You can play this clip here.0084

In this clip you can set in and out points. 0091

So, let us talk about these little buttons here.0098

You can press play. You can go to the beginning of the clip.0100

You can stop the clip. You have a toggle button here to go frame by frame.0109

You can view the clip in different ways. 0120

You can turn the sync off which we will get into later.0123

You can view this as an image with a wireframe. 0126

You can just use the wireframe only.0131

Sometimes you use that when the clips get too big, like you have hundreds of clips.0134

And you just need to see that one maybe your editing or just the audio in that clip.0140

You want to save up power in your computer.0145

You can view the clip in different size ratios over here. 0150

You can zoom in close. You can always go command plus or minus.0154

I am always going fit to window here. It makes it easier.0159

So, let us say we want to set an in and out point on this clip.0162

What we want to do let us say we want to stop it here.0166

You can drag this here. See how it shortens right in the timeline.0171

Or you can basically hit I for in.0177

And let us say we go down a bit hitting play and you hit O for out.0182

And if you look on your keyboard you have an I and O right next to each other.0188

So, would have found you?0192

And you can do things on the fly which is kind of nice.0200

You do not have to take this off here.0204

So, let us say I am viewing my footage and I think well, let us take a look at this.0208

And the guy says something amazing. I like that.0214

In, I like to playing, out. Right there!0219

So it is a pretty handy little tool. 0225

So, now you can see what it did to my clip down here. 0227

It just shortens it right in the fly there.0231

So it is a very nice little powerful window here. Again, this is the pre-editor.0233

Let us go back over here. Let us take a little timeline tour here.0242

So, as you know here is your timeline. They all, kind of, work together.0249

This is your final output here. This is the canvas.0252

But, the timeline and the viewer window, kind of, work together.0255

So, you can space these out and you can edit directly in the timeline.0261

By dragging your clips, dragging and pulling and squeeze in here.0268

So, before we get into the timeline tour real quick.0273

So, again, there are different ways for you to add footage to the main timeline.0275

See in here, as I said there are many different ways. 0281

there are like 4 different ways to add footage into here.0285

So, here is one way. You have your footage.0289

You can drop your footage here to the canvas and Bam! it appears here.0293

It shows up there because that is where my timeline was. 0302

That is where my play head was so, let us delete that.0304

Another way is you can drag it directly into the timeline.0308

You can go button style and use your overwrite button.0321

So, it really just depends on how you like to edit.0327

OK, so let us take the timeline tour here.0331

So, in the timeline this is where all the editing is done.0334

So, before we build our story the next lesson let us just keep it simple.0338

So of course we have our audio track here. Here in the bottom.0343

And above here is the video track. 0348

Now, you can keep adding more and more tracks how you see fit.0350

You can add another track here, a track there, control click.0354

You can use the pull down menus by adding tracks here. 0359

Insert tracks, delete tracks. Undo those 2 moves. 0364

So, here is our timeline. Here is our time code.0372

You can turn your footage off and on here. 0379

You can just turn off the audio. You can turn off the video. 0384

You can look your footage here. Sometimes it is safe to lock your footage.0395

When you have big projects going on you do not want mess anything up.0404

One little nudge left or right and your time just turn off.0407

Over here we can set up the source points here which we will get into later.0412

Down here, at the bottom, let us say I am editing and I want to see the levels as I go.0417

I can turn on my level meter thing here.0423

And basically what is the proper name for that? Let us see.0429

You can sort of adjust stuff as you go. 0434

You can grab your audio, you can even pull down the opacity of your video.0439

So, you have got to want to make sure this is on or off. 0448

It gets tricky. It is easy to mess up the footage that way.0450

You can expand the size of your timeline, of your clips here. See that? 0453

Now, when you are working in the timeline it is good to know some of the quick command when you are working.0463

So, for instance like when you have your play head going and you have multiple clips.0469

I am going to add a few clips here. The same clip copy and pasting.0474

So here you go. So, when I want to expand and stretch or shrink the timeline.0480

The best way to do it is really just command plus or minus.0491

If you want to stay, if you want to see everything inside the timeline, to see every clip you have.0497

You would go option plus or minus. As you can see it stays selected in that one area.0503

But command plus or minus I use all the time.0510

Another way to do that of course you can expand your timeline.0512

This way you can move the dial on the side here.0516

You can even pull these handles out this way.0522

But, again a lot of times I am editing in those programs I have my left hand.0526

My left hand is kind of like the brain and it operates on its own.0531

So, my thumb is usually on command and my index finger is on plus or minus.0535

Because when you get a groove going it is very time consuming to stop and grab the dials here and move them up and down.0542

Let us see. Timeline is all the way to the left here.0551

But you can see how you can just keep going and going and adding more tracks.0556

So the play head, the switches. You can have track targeting.0562

Basically, like I said, the source on the side here you can direct the exact spot you want your clips to go to.0569

If you start adding more tracks here. I am going to add a track with control.0580

More tracks here. So, there are video only clips and audio only clips.0584

There is times when your clips only have. I would call them B roll, for instance.0595

Let us say, some of your clips. I know I have some in here somewhere.0602

Here is a clip that is just video and that is fine.0609

Let me just drop right on there. Sometimes it needs to be rendered.0613

I have audio clips you can add, just audio, if you would like.0618

Here is some audio. I am just going to drag directly into the timeline.0623

This audio has several channels going and do that.0627

So, the timeline it is where all the editing is going to happen here and that is it, really. 0634

So, thanks for watching I will see you in the next lesson.0642