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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.
NOTE: This course and its exercise files are not compatible with Final Cut Pro X v. 10.1 or later. If you are running v. 10.1 or later, please watch Final Cut Pro X 10.1.1 Essential Training instead.
Adding Material to your sequence is only part of the story, among other things it's also important to be able to effectively move material around within the timeline. Let's take a look at the most effective ways to do this in Final Cut Pro X. All right, so I am going to go into 3.6. Okay, so I have a sequence here, and it's certainly coming along, but I think I'd like to try out a few things. And the first thing we want to try is to switching a couple of these interviews here. I want to switch these two interview clips here so that Justin comes before Owen.
And I can easily do this by just clicking on one of the clips and then dragging, in this case I'll drag to the left, like so. And we can see that Final Cut basically does all of the work for me. I just need to hover a long enough for the clip to get out of the way and move over to swap places. So, I'll just release, and I have swapped my shots. So you can do this for any clip anywhere in the sequence. They don't need to be adjacent. So, if want to John Downey's interview to come over here, I do the same thing, release, and that's all there is to it. But I think I'll move him back for now.
Now when we swap shots like this, the duration of the sequence never changes. We are just changing the position of clips, but not adding or subtracting anything. Now if I want to add some space between clips, I can't do it this way. So, let's say I would like to put some space before John Downey's soundbite. Maybe I want to include some B-roll of this restaurant before he comes on screen. But notice that when I grab onto the clip and move it to the right, like so. it snaps to right back into position. This is because Final Cut Pro X works in a magnetic timeline where in the default edit mode, everything remains attached and you cannot separate them.
So, if we want to introduce some space in between these clips, we have to switch edit modes. So, if we come up to this menu here, as you can see right now we are using the Select tool, whose keyboard shortcut is A. This is the tool we use most of the time for most editing. If I open this menu and switch to the Position tool, keyboard shortcut P, now things they are going to behave a little bit differently. So, I want to put up some breathing room in between these two clips, I'll just drag on to John Downey's clip, and drag to the right, like so.
and release, and notice that when I do this I create something called a Gap clip. A Gap clip behaves exactly like a regular clip. Now I am going to switch back over to the Select tool real quick so I can show you what I mean. So, I am just going to press A to switch back to the Select tool, and now notice I can take my Gap clip and drag it around and swap shots just like regular clips. Okay, I am going drag that back over to where I had it. If I had stayed on the Position tool, so I'll press P, and I drag around my Gap clip, something else entirely happens.
I'll drag it over, release, and you can see that I overwrote that shot, so that's usually not what you want, I'm going to undo that. So, in general, when you're finished workings with the Position tool, go ahead and press A right away to get back into the Select tool. If you forget to do this, you could end up doing something you don't intend, and frankly it's easy to forget, because the Position tool looks so much like the Select tool. So, bottom line, just make sure to re-enable the Select tool, every time you're finished repositioning your clips.
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