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Chapter 6. Editing in Final Cut Pro > Basic Editing Step by Step

Basic Editing Step by Step

Here's a step-by-step breakdown of a simple rough-assembly-style edit in Final Cut Pro. After you've reviewed this basic editing procedure, find out how to perform more specific types of edits in the sections that follow.

To add the first clip to your sequence:

1.
In the Browser, press Command-N to create a new sequence.

2.
Double-click the new sequence to open it in the Canvas and Timeline (Figure 6.16).

Figure 6.16. Double-click the new sequence's icon in the Browser to open it for editing.


3.
In the Browser, double-click the first clip you want to insert in your new sequence to open that clip in the Viewer (Figure 6.17).

Figure 6.17. Double-click the clip to open it in the Viewer.


Before you insert a clip in a sequence, you need to specify the target tracks (the destination tracks for your clip in the sequence).

4.
Set the target tracks for your first clip by clicking the target track controls in the Timeline (Figure 6.18).

Figure 6.18. To specify a target track, click the target track icon in the Timeline.


5.
Select the portion of the clip you want to use in the sequence by setting In and Out points on your source clip (Figure 6.19). (See Chapter 5, “Introducing the Viewer.”)

Figure 6.19. Marking an Out point in the source clip.


6.
Click and drag the clip from the image area of the Viewer to the Canvas window.

The Canvas edit overlay menu will appear.

7.
Drop the clip on the Overwrite edit area (Figure 6.20). (Overwrite is the default edit type in FCP unless you specify another type.)

Figure 6.20. Drag the source clip from the Viewer to the Canvas edit overlay; then drop the clip on the Overwrite edit area.


The clip will be inserted at the beginning of your new sequence.


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