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Chapter 4. Capturing Digital Video and M... > Previewing and Capturing More Clips

Previewing and Capturing More Clips

An unedited clip is also referred to as “raw footage”—a continuous video clip or clips usually shot from one angle. Sometimes, a raw clip can include zoom ins and outs and breaks in the continuous action. The moving back and forth of the camera to frame the shot just right or securing the camera into position for a prolonged period of time can also be part of the raw footage, but should never appear in the final work. This is part of the editing process: to clean up the raw footage in order to give the final work flow. All projects begin here: raw footage shot in one take with all errors, quirks, and faults intact.

Your raw footage should always contain more video than you need. In addition, it should be suitable for division into smaller segments. When capturing video, look for opportunities to insert new IN and OUT points into the clip. The entire project will eventually be composed of a sequence of clips. There are exceptions to the rule, such as working with time-lapse video or editing projects shots from several angles, but we cover that later. Right now, let’s preview the imported clip in your Project window. It’s a simple process: Click and drag the clip from the Project window to the Source screen of the Monitor window or double-click your selected clip. You can also preview a clip by clicking and dragging it directly into the Timeline window and previewing the work in the Program screen of the Monitor window.


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