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Split Edits: Audio Cross-Fades with Linked Video Clips

I covered creating split edits, or L-cuts, in Chapter 4, “Fine Tuning Using Trim Mode,” but I think this topic pertains here as well. Besides using split edits as an editing technique for transitions, you also use them to create audio cross-fades when you have two sources where the video and audio are linked. Linked files occur as you digitize audio and video source material at the same time.

If you've used standard editing techniques, most likely your video clips are placed one after another, cut together with the outgoing frame of one clip edited up against the incoming frame of the next clip, with no space between the edits (see Figure 8.23). As discussed in the preceding section, you need to overlap audio clips to create a smooth fade between them. With linked audio/video files, you must take a few steps to create the split edit that's necessary for creating an audio cross-fade. Separating the audio onto different tracks is the first step, but it is not enough when you're trying to trim linked audio/video clips. You cannot drag an audio clip's starting or ending frame to get the clips to overlap if they are linked with video.


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