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The insert edit

An insert edit is a technique that lets you insert just the video portion of one clip into another larger clip, while using the background audio from the larger clip. It's a useful technique in a variety of circumstances. You might shoot an entire song, for instance, so that you can create a music video composed of the original video shot with the song, plus video scenes pasted in from earlier or later shots.

A good example of such a project is a music video I pieced together from footage from the aforementioned Fiddler's Convention, which I touched on in “Applying Basic Shot Composition” in Chapter 1. In this sequence, I introduce viewers to the entire spectacle of the event—from the acres of trailers and tents to the capacious grandstands with thousands of attendees watching, listening, and dancing—using the complete audio from one of the first songs I shot as the background music and video bits I shot later cut and pasted into the composite clip.


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