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Learn how to build and refine your story with the redesigned editing toolset in Final Cut Pro X. In this course, author Ashley Kennedy focuses on getting you comfortable with each aspect of the editing process in Final Cut—from preparation and organization, to editing and refining, to audio and effects, to media management and exporting. Each stage of the postproduction workflow is explained thoroughly and concisely, and uses real-world examples from both narrative and documentary workflows.
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In this movie, I want to take a look at how to audition clips. Auditioning is a way to try multiple shots in your sequence without actually committing to one until you see how it works in the context of the surrounding shots. Let's take a look. All right, I'm going to go into 7.3, and I have my Castles sequence, and I think everything is looking good, but I'm kind of curious how a couple of lines might be delivered differently in another take. I don't necessarily want to edit them in, because I might not like it as well, and then I'd just have to remove it and edit the first shot back in if it doesn't work out.
So this is where we can audition to make things a little easier. All right, so the first idea I had was the first line, "So, how's the coffee?" I'm just going to zoom in here, Command+Plus, and let's go ahead and just take a listen to this line here. (male speaker: So, how's the coffee?) So we have Joseph's boss this in the long shot. Let's just see how this line is delivered in the medium shot.
So I'm just going to go into Castles, and here is the medium shot. I'm going to go ahead and get myself a little bit more space to work with here. And let's find it, he is about to deliver it, I'm just going to mark an In and an Out point around that line. (male speaker: How's the coffee? How's the coffee?) So I have got it marked. Same line delivered here and here. Now what I'm going to do is just drag this down.
Now you might be saying this kind of looks like a Replace edit, and you would be right, but when I release the mouse, instead of choosing one of the Replace Edits, I'm going to say add to Audition. Now right away it doesn't look like anything happened, but if you take a look at this little spotlight icon up here in the upper left corner, this is what indicates that the clip has an auditioned clip added to it. If I click on the spotlight, the Audition window opens up, and now I see the multiple shots I can try out.
All I need to do is select the next one that I would like to try out, you can see that it updates live in the timeline. So this line is shorter, and you can see here, and I can go back and forth. So let's try this one out, let's go ahead and press Done, and let's play through. (male speaker: How's the coffee?) And just as with any other clip, you can take an audition clip and ripple it. I think it needed a little bit more room. And I'll play it again.
(male speaker: How's the coffee?) And maybe I don't like it quite as well. So, no problem, I just go back into the Audition window, pick the first one, and say Done, and back it comes. You can add as many clips as you want into an audition. Maybe instead of two takes, I want to try out three or five or ten. All you do is mark the section that you want to add into the audition, drag it down, add it to the audition, and then you have it available. Let me open the Audition window once again, and I just want to mention the Duplicate button here.
This is most often used if you want to try out a clip with a specific video effect applied to it. So maybe you want to try out a clip as is and then also just duplicate it and then apply a video filter or effect to it. We haven't covered video effects yet, but you get the gist of what I mean here, and we will cover it later. All right, so let's close this. Now when you audition clips, you don't ever have to take the other clips out of the audition. But if you're sure that you want to keep one shot, and you know you won't need any others, then you can just right-click on the clip and choose Audition and Finalize Audition.
You can also press Option+Shift+Y. Now notice that when I do this, the Audition spotlight is gone, and this is now just a normal clip again. So, as you can see, auditioning clips is an easy and efficient way to try out different shots without the logistical slow-down of actually committing to the edit in order to see it.
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