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Lesson 3. Basic Editing > Dragging clips into the Timeline

Dragging clips into the Timeline

When you want to quickly assemble a series of clips with little or no trimming (usually called a rough cut), you simply drag clips from the Project window directly into the Timeline. For this project, you'll use this method to assemble three clips as a way of evaluating an opening sequence. In a later exercise, you'll trim these clips to remove portions of them.

1.
In the Project window, position the pointer on the Logo.mov clip icon and drag it into the Timeline, positioning it at the beginning of the Video 1 track. To drag files from the Project window, you must drag the file icon, not the filename.

2.
In the same way, drag Field.mov from the Project window to the Timeline, snapping it to the end of the Logo.mov clip.



This time, you'll drag a clip into the Timeline and insert it between the two clips you just added.

3.
Drag the Trot.mov clip into the Timeline, positioning it between Logo.mov and Field.mov so that a bar icon appears between the two clips.

When you release the mouse button, the Trot.mov clip is inserted between the other two clips. Using the same method, you can also insert a clip at the beginning of the Timeline, in front of a previously inserted clip.



4.
Choose File > Save to save the project.

You've just assembled a short rough cut. Next, you'll find out how to preview the cut.

Tip

A clip in the Timeline can include the clip name, but it may not be displayed if the clip is too short or if you select the track format that does not include a name. To see the name of a clip in the Timeline, click the Timeline title bar to activate it, if necessary, and then simply position the pointer on the clip.


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