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Chapter 4. Editing Source Clips > Setting In and Out Points

Setting In and Out Points

Setting in points and out points is central to all editing. An in point is where you want the clip to start playing, and the out point is where you want the clip to stop playing. The length of time between the in and out points is called the duration.

When you edit, you can set in and out points for both the source clips and the program. In Premiere, you can accomplish this essential editing task in many ways. Though this section focuses on using the controls in the Monitor window to set in and out points for the source, you will apply the same techniques to setting in and out points for the program. In the chapters to follow, you'll learn many other ways to set and change in and out points.

To mark in and out points in the Monitor window:

1.
Do one of the following:

  • To mark edit points in the source, open a source clip in the source view or a clip window.

    or

  • To mark edit points in the program, activate the program view or the Timeline window.

2.
Cue the clip to the frame where you want the clip to start, and click the mark in button or press (Figure 4.49).

Figure 4.49. Cue the clip to the frame where you want the clip to start, and click the mark in button or press I.


An in-point icon appears at the current frame indicator in the shuttle slider part of the playback controls.

3.
Cue the clip to the frame where you want the clip to end, and click the mark out button or press (Figure 4.50).

Figure 4.50. Cue the clip to the frame where you want the clip to end, and click the mark out button or press O.


An out-point icon appears at the current-frame indicator in the shuttle slider section of the playback controls.

4.
To change the in or out point, repeat steps 2 and 3, or drag the in- or out-point icon to a new position in the shuttle slider track (Figure 4.51).

Figure 4.51. You can drag the in- and out-point icons in the shuttle slider section of the view's playback controls.


The duration display reflects the time between the in and out points (Figure 4.52).

Figure 4.52. In- and out-point icons appear in the controller, and the duration display reflects the difference between the in and out points.


5.
To preview your selection, click one of the following:

Loop button— to continuously loop playback from the in point to the out point.

Play Selection button— to play from the in point to the out point a single time.

Tip

If the source movie file contains both video and audio, you can set in and out points for video and audio separately. This technique provides one way to create split edits, also known as L-cuts. For more information about creating split edits, see Chapter 7.


Tip

When you change the in or out point of a clip that you opened from the timeline, an Apply button appears above the source view (Figure 4.53). Click the Apply button to cause the changes that you made to take effect in the timeline. If you do not open a clip in the program, the Apply button does not appear (see "Master Clips and Clip Instances" earlier in this chapter). For more information about editing in the timeline, see Chapter 6.

Figure 4.53. When you change the in or out point of a clip that you opened from the timeline, an Apply button appears above the source view.



Tip

Because clips merely refer to media files, the frames of the entire movie file are always available for use.


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