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Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #17

Marking clips correctly By Stephen Schleicher
When you mark a clip in your Timeline for replacement or removal, how are you setting those In and Out points? If you are doing it by pressing the I and O keys, you could be doing more damage than you think.

The navigation and intuitiveness of Apples Final Cut Pro 3.0 is great. So many keyboard shortcuts to get you around and allow you to perform tasks without having to use the mouse. One of the easiest ways to jump from edit point to edit point is to use the Up and Down arrow keys on your keyboard. The Up Arrow moves you back one edit, while the Down Arrow moves you forward to the next edit.

When marking a clip for replacement, many might just use the Down Arrow to move to the beginning of the clip, press the I key to set and In point, then press the Down Arrow again to move to the end of the clip and press the O key to set an Out point. The thinking behind that process is good, and would work if only you werent including a portion of your next clip in the selection.

If we zoom into a marked region of the Timeline, we can see that the Out point actually includes the first frame of our next shot. In this world of frame accurate editing where being off by one frame could make your director break down in fits is really not acceptable.

Placing and Out Point using the Up and Down Arrows will actually select the first frame of the next clip as part of the selection.

One solution would be to use the same arrow technique outlined above, but instead of pressing the O key after moving to the next edit point, you would press the Backward Arrow key once to move back one frame in the Timeline and then press the O key to set the Out point.

Following this suggestion will allow you to retain the first frame of your next clip, but to be honest, I think that the steps involved take too long. Being one for brevity, there is a faster solution.

Move the Timeline Indicator anywhere over the clip you want to replace. Then press the X key on the keyboard. This will select the clip and set In and Out points automatically (and correctly). You can then use the Overwrite, Replace, or Super Impose tools to add in the new clip.

Use the x key to mark a clip the right way.

There are a great number of super useful keyboard shortcuts found in Final Cut Pro 3. Learn what they can do and they can improve your speed considerably.

Here is a current list of the Final Cut Pro Quick Tips to date:
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #1: Texture Treatments to Enhance Video Productions
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #2: Using Markers to Quickly Edit a Music Video
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #3: Import Your Music the Right Way
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #4: Nesting Helps Manage Longer Projects
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #5: Keying Explained
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #6: Configuring Your Scratch Disk
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #7: My Favorite Effects
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #8: De-Interlacing
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #9: Color Correction workflow tips
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #10: Locating files in the Timeline
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #11: Backing up at project end
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #12: Exporting to After Effects
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #13: When is title safe, not title safe?
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #14: Storyboard your edits and then edit in an instant
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #15: Join Through Edits
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #16: Exporting to Pinnacle Thunder XL

When not working deep in the labs of the DMN Central Division testing the latest and greatest software/hardware products Stephen Schleicher can be found at the local university teaching a few courses on video and web production. He can be reached at
schleicher@mindspring.com. You can also visit him on the web at www.mindspring.com/~schleicher

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Stephen Schleicher is a well known writer, visual effects artist and media guru! You can see more of Stephen at
www.majorspoilers.com and www.stephenschleicher.com
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