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In the previous chapter, we have talked about importing clips to the Timeline, but what if you don't want that entire clip? I mean rarely are you going to use an entire clip that you shot. You are going to need to fine-tune it. That's where the Preview window comes in. So with my footage in here selected, I can double-click. It opens up this Preview monitor. I can also right-click on it and say Open in Clip Monitor. So within this monitor, I can create in and out points. Where do I want the video to begin and where do I want it to stop? So let's just take a look.
I am moving to Current Time Indicator. I am going to find some dancing here, maybe right there before they start to roll, and I am going to press this SetIn point. And then we are going to go ahead a little bit. When they stop to roll and little spin, I am going to press the SetOut point. Now, I have created a clip that I may want to use for a certain part of my movie. Now you can see this blue area and the handles I have here. This is my area that I have just cut. So let's Command+Z and Ctrl+Z out of this, and it's back to where it was.
So if I want this to be the end, I can once again click SetOut point, press the letter O if I want, or click and drag. And let go. And then we'll back up a little bit, and that's where I want it to start. I can press the SetIn point or hold my mouse here and click and drag. And now this little gray area is the part of the clip that I am going to use, and I am just going to click on it, drag it down into my Timeline, and let go, and there it is.
Now the clip is also in the Sceneline as well. I'll close out the Preview window and you see if I play it, that's the clip of them rolling and spinning and stopping. Go back into the Timeline, press the spacebar, there they are. So by using the Preview window, you can really fine-tune your clips as you begin editing.
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