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Lesson 4. Marking in the Timeline > Editing to an Audio Track

Editing to an Audio Track

Another reason to mark in the Timeline is if you want to edit new material on top of existing clips. For example, if you are cutting picture to an audio track, such as music or narration, you will need to mark certain portions of the audio track in order to know where the video clip should go. Whenever you mark in the Timeline and use a new source clip from the Viewer, the theory of three-point editing comes into play.

Three-point editing is the term used when you edit a clip to the Timeline using any combination of three edit points to determine the duration, location, and content of a clip. When you made edits to the Timeline in previous lessons, you identified the edit duration and content by setting In and Out points in the Viewer, and you identified the location of the edit by moving the playhead to a specific point in the Timeline. These three points—Source In, Source Out, and playhead position—determined the duration, location, and content of this edit. This is one example of three-point editing. But you can also use Timeline In and Out points to determine duration and location of a new edit.

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