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Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #2

Using markers to quickly edit a music video By Stephen Schleicher
Ever wish you could edit video to the beat of the music quickly and easily? In Apples Final Cut Pro 3, using markers to time out your shots makes editing a snap.

Begin by importing an audio clip into your timeline. It is up to you whether or not you want to turn the waveform display on or not. If you want to turn it on press command+option+w.

Make sure you are at the beginning of the timeline and press the spacebar to begin playing the audio back in real-time. When you hear a beat change where you want to place an edit, press the M key on the keyboard to place a marker. While markers are generally used for notes, chapter markers for exporting to DVD, or compression markers when preparing for the web, they also make great reference points.

To help speed the process along, open the bin where your clips are stored, and change the display type to medium or large icons. This allows you to quickly storyboard out your shots and makes it easy to select the appropriate clip and apply it to the sequence.

At this point it would also be a good idea to open all of your clips and set In points. Do not set outpoints, as they will be taken care of in a moment.

Now for the fun stuff. Place the playhead in your timeline at the beginning of your timeline and press Control+A. This Marks the Markers, or places In and Out points where you placed your markers previously. This is similar to Marking the Selection, but since we dont have a clip to select, we are marking this empty space.

From the browser window grab your first clip and overwrite it in the timeline. This uses the clips In point and the In and Out points set by the markers as the three point edit and it fits perfectly.

Use the Up or Down arrows on your keyboard to move to the next marker in the timeline and press Control+A again to select the next group of markers.

Drag your next clip in as an overwrite, and keep repeating these steps until you have completed you video intro.

Hope this Final Cut Pro 3.0 Quick Tip helps you in the edit suite!

Stephen Schleicher is the producer for www.digitalanimators.com and www.digitalwebcast.com. When not working deep in the labs of the DMN Central Division testing the latest and greatest software/hardware products he can be found at the local university teaching a few courses on video and web production. He can be reached at stephens@digitalmedianet.com

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Stephen Schleicher has crossed the country several times over the last couple of years going from Kansas to Atlanta , Georgia, and Southern California. In his time traveling, he has worked as an editor, graphic designer, videographer, director, and producer on a variety of video productions ranging from small internal pieces, to large multimedia
corporate events.

Currently, Stephen shares his knowledge with students at Fort Hays State University who are studying media and web development in the Information Networking and Telecommunications department. When he is not shaping the minds of university students, Stephen continues to work on video and independent projects for State and local agencies and organizations as well as his own ongoing works.

He is also a regular contributor to Digital Producer, Creative Mac, Digital Webcast, Digital Animators, and the DV Format websites, part of the Digital Media Online network of communities (www.digitalmedianet.com), where he writes about the latest technologies, and gives tips and tricks on everything from Adobe After Effects, to Appleā??s Final Cut Pro, LightWave 3D, to shooting and lighting video.

He has a Masters Degree in Communication from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. As a forward thinker, he wrote his Thesis on how Information Islands and e-commerce would play a major role in keeping smaller communities alive. This of course was when 28.8 dialup was king and people hadnā??t even invented the word e-commerce.

And, he spends what little free time he has biking, reading, traveling around the country, and contemplating the future of digital video and its impact on our culture. You can reach him at schleicher@mindspring.com

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