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Chapter 10. Editing in the Timeline and the Canvas

10. Editing in the Timeline and the Canvas

The previous chapter introduced basic editing procedures in Final Cut Express; this chapter outlines your display, navigation, and editing options in the Timeline and Canvas windows. You’ll also learn about the Tool palette, a deceptively tiny floating toolbar that’s packed with editing, selection, and display tools. The Tool palette is key to efficient workflow in the Timeline.

The Timeline and the Canvas work together, but they present two different views of your edited sequence. The Timeline displays a chronological diagram of all the clips in your sequence; the Canvas is a monitor where you view playback of an edited sequence. That’s why the Canvas and Timeline playheads are locked together. The Canvas always displays the frame at the current position of the Timeline’s playhead.


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