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Replace Edit

The replace edit is one of the most powerful tools in Final Cut Pro, but for a beginning editor, it can be confusing since it breaks some of the general rules about three-point editing. You can apply a replace edit as easily as an insert or overwrite: It is one of the options on the Edit Overlay and is also available via . However, you need to understand when and why to use it before it will do you much good.

Replace is actually a variation on the overwrite edit, but rather than relying only on In and Out points, it allows you to define an additional point somewhere in the middle of the clip to use as the basis for the edit. This is wonderful, because often the element that drives the cut doesn't happen exactly at the edit point. For instance, although a good edit always provides new information, a great edit doesn't necessarily provide it right at the edit point. It's often more effective to make the audience wait for it to appear sometime during the shot (see “New Shot = New Information” in Chapter 2).


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