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Lesson 2. Marking and Editing > Marking Single Edit Points and Durations

Marking Single Edit Points and Durations

When you spend a lot of time editing, saving a few keystrokes here and there can be very useful. As you continue marking clips, it may be helpful to know you can use just one edit point or sometimes no edit points at all. And sometimes, when working with sound effects, or static video shots, you may choose to enter a duration to define the length of an edit, rather than find a specific In or Out point.

Open the 97F-man cu clip and play it until you hear the man say, “Hey, Bro, how're ya doin'?”

Set an In point at the beginning of this line, and click the Play In To Out button.

With no Out point, the clip plays from the In point to the end of the clip.

Open the 97C-back slo-mo clip, and play it.

You will use this clip from the beginning, so you will not need to set an In point.


This clip, along with the 97B-walking slo-mo clip, has had a slow-motion effect applied to it. You will learn to change the speed of a clip in a later lesson.

Play the clip, and stop a beat after the woman with blonde hair leaves the right side of the frame. Set an Out point at this location. Click the Play In To Out button to view the marked portion of the clip.

Without an In point, this clip automatically starts at the beginning and plays to the Out point.

From the Audio bin in the Browser, open the city sounds.aif clip, and play a few seconds of this sound effect.

In this clip, an In or Out point isn't as important as the length of time you will use the sound effect.


Audio clips created using Apple's Audio Interchange File Format have an aif suffix. However, many AIFF audio clips do not have the suffix attached to their names.

To create a 4-second duration, click the Timecode Duration field in the upper left portion of the Viewer, and type 4:00. Press Return to enter this duration.

An Out point is automatically created in the scrubber bar 4 seconds from the head of the clip. Having an In point at a different location would create a duration from that point. In this situation, it doesn't matter where the playhead is located when you enter the duration.


You can also type this number without a colon (400), or with a period following the 4, such as 4., to represent zero frames. Substituting a period for double zeros is used throughout Final Cut Pro.

Let's change the duration to 7 seconds. Enter 7. (number seven followed by a period) in the Timecode Duration field, and press Return.

The Out point adjusts automatically to create a 7-second duration.



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