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Chapter 5. Basic Editing > Making Basic Edits

Making Basic Edits

Final Cut Pro uses a three-point editing paradigm. Four points need to be determined to command any edit to be performed, but if you determine three of them, the fourth becomes a default calculation. The four points are the source clip's starting (or mark in) point, its ending (or mark out) point, and the In and Out points you set in your sequence that determine where in time this element is to be added to your sequence (the edit point).

You need to determine any three of these points. Final Cut Pro determines the fourth by using a bit of math. If you want a new source clip to start on a certain frame and end on a certain frame from the Viewer window, you only need to determine an In point or an Out point within the sequence and let the edit fall where it will be on the calculated fourth point. If you must keep a certain duration of an edit to be absolute in the sequence, you set that duration's In and Out points in the Canvas or Timeline window and set an In or an Out in the Viewer window.


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