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Lesson 3. Drag-and-Drop Editing > Preparing the Project

Preparing the Project

To get started in Lesson 3, you will launch Final Cut Pro and open the project for this lesson. You will also create a new sequence to begin editing.

Launch Final Cut Pro.

Close all open projects by Ctrl-clicking their tabs and choosing Close Tab from the shortcut menu.

The Canvas and Timeline windows close when there are no sequences to display, and the Effects tab is the only tab in the Browser.

Choose File > Open, or press Cmd-O, and choose the Lesson 3 Project file from the FCP5 Book Files > Lessons folder on your hard drive.

This project has three bins: Canoe Club Audio, Canoe Club Video, and Sequences.


When you save a project with all sequences closed, neither the Canvas nor Timeline window appears when you open the project again. This is because the sole purpose of these windows is to display open sequences.

Display the contents of each bin. In the Sequences bin, double-click the Canoe Club – Finished sequence to open it. You may have to scroll down to see that sequence.

The Canvas and Timeline windows open to display the open sequence.

Play this sequence to see what you will create in this lesson.

This sequence has five audio tracks. On A1 and A2 is a stereo sound effect, which was recorded on a separate system at the original film shoot. This clip has been duplicated several times to continue the sound effect underthe other video-only clips. Track A3 contains mono (single-channel) narration or voice-over clips, and Tracks A4 and A5 have a stereo music track.

In the Sequences bin, double-click the Moving Clips sequence to open it. Then click each two sequence tab in the Timeline.

The Moving Clips sequence contains six clips that are part of the Canoe Club – Finished sequence you viewed in the previous step. The first three clips are positioned in the same place in each sequence. The other three video clips have been moved down in the Timeline away from their original position. You will work with all these clips to learn the basics of moving and selecting clips in the Timeline. Also, this sequence has only four tracks of audio. You will add the other track later in this lesson.

Play the first three clips.

Notice that the rowing sound clip does not appear at the head of the sequence because the canoe is still at a distance. Instead, it is aligned to the end of the video clip. The narration, or voice-over clip, VO_01, does not have a restriction about placement. It could be positioned at the beginning of the video clip, at the end, or in the middle.



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