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Chapter 6. Editing in the Timeline

Chapter 6. Editing in the Timeline

As you saw in Chapter 5, “Creating a Program,” you can view the edited program in two ways: in the program view of the Monitor window or in the Timeline window. The program view shows the frame at the current time, much as it would appear on a television display; the Timeline window graphically represents all the clips of the program arranged in time. The edit line of the timeline directly corresponds to the current time displayed in the program view.

In the timeline, the program looks a lot like edited film. Like film, the timeline lays out the instances of clips before you. Unlike film, however, the timeline allows you to view any segment of the program instantly or to view the entire program. Yet the timeline isn’t simply another way to look at or navigate through the program; it’s also a way to edit. Editing in the timeline can feel almost as tactile as editing film, but can be far more flexible and efficient than using razors and tape. You can select, move, rearrange, trim, cut, copy, and paste clips in the timeline. To help you find your way through longer programs, you can use the timeline’s companion, the Navigator window.


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