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Chapter 3. Editing Fundamentals > Stacking Up Clips

Stacking Up Clips

If you have been to the movies or watched television recently, you have witnessed the results of some creative editing using multiple layers of video clips (whether you've realized it or not). Vertical layering of clips allows you to display multiple images onscreen at any given moment. This might be as simple as superimposing two different video clips or as complex as using a combination of superimpositions, graphics with alpha channels, text and titles flying by the camera, and Picture-in-Picture images floating smoothly across the screen. To layer clips in your timeline, do the following:

1.
Select the source footage in the Source monitor.

2.
Mark the in and out points in your timeline.

3.
Select the desired video track using the Target track selector located under the Program monitor, as shown in Figure 3.13, or click the track name in the timeline.

Figure 3.13. Use the Target track selector or click the track name itself to select the desired track where you want to edit the source material.


4.
Use one of the edit buttons (Insert or Overlay) to add the clip to the timeline.

5.
Go back and place in and out marks in the same positions as your previous edit.

6.
Select the desired video track using the Target track selector (generally a higher track than your previous edit).


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