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3. Acquire > Slate Your Cuts

Slate Your Cuts

Visually track each version of your video.

Every editing system includes a way to create text and place it on screen. You can use this feature to add a visual tracking system to your cuts. Much like you use a slate with raw footage [Hack #9] , you can use your system’s ability to add titles.

A slate is easy to create and takes only a couple of minutes. Yet, many people don’t take the small amount of time to do so, only to discover they are completely confused, after a few weeks of editing, as to which tape has which cut. To build a slate, you need to place text on screen:

Avid

Clip New Title…

Final Cut

Effects tab Video Generators Text Text

iMovie

Titles Centered Centered Multiple


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