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Lesson 4. Marking in the Timeline > Using a Source Duration

Using a Source Duration

A third way to use three-point editing is to set an In and Out point in the Viewer and set just an In point in the Timeline. In this situation, you are giving priority to the source clip duration.

Note

If you have In and Out points in both the Viewer source clip and the Timeline, and they represent different durations, the Timeline edit points will always take priority, and the Out point in the Viewer will be ignored.


1.
Use the up or down arrow to move the playhead to the first empty frame in the video track, and set an In point at this location.

Without an Out point in the Timeline, the edit duration will default to the source duration in the Viewer.

2.
In the Browser, open the plowing fields clip, and play it. Set an In point when the man plowing is fully in the frame. Set an Out point when the man is directly in front of the animal in the middle of the image.

Note

This is another image where a camera shade was used to block the sun's glare from the lens. The final version of this film was output in widescreen format, and this shade is not visible in that format.

3.
Edit this clip as an Overwrite edit, and play the clip.

Although the clip covers this portion of the narration nicely, it might go a little too long. This is easily corrected by overwriting the tail of the clip when you make the next edit.

4.
Play this clip in the sequence again, and stop the playhead before the narrator says, “Trekking through the streets of Manhattan.” Set an In point at this location.

Tip

Editing is a subjective process. When editing to audio in these exercises, set the edit points based on what feels and looks right to you as an editor.

5.
In the Browser, open the city street clip, and play it. Set an In point after the man in the white shirt lowers his arm, and set an Out point when the image goes blurry.

6.
Edit this clip as an Overwrite edit, and play the clip.

The marked source clip is edited into the Timeline at the In point. Again, when you listen to the narration, the clip seems to play a little too long.

7.
Play this clip in the Timeline again, and set a new In point just as the voice in the music track begins to sing. You may have to turn up the volume on your audio monitor to hear this clearly.

8.
In the Browser, open the ruin steps clip, and play it. Set an In point before the tilt up begins, and set an Out point where the tilt ends. Edit this clip as an Overwrite edit, and play the new clip in the sequence.

Note

You can also set an In point in the Timeline and enter a duration in the Canvas Timecode Duration field to determine the Out point.


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