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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.
So, we know how to add material to the timeline, we know how to move material within the timeline, the last main operation we need to cover is removing material from the timeline. Now there are several methods of doing this which we will explore now. So, I am going to go into 3.7, and let's take a look at our removal methods. Now sometimes you'll just need to remove an entire clip from the sequence and then close the gap behind it. So, say for example I would like to get rid of Justin's interview altogether.
I am just going to click on the clip and then press the Delete button on the keyboard. When I do this, the clip is extracted and the downstream clips shuffle in to fill in the gap. The duration of the sequence shortens. Let me undo that, Command+Z, and now I'll show you the other basic way to delete material. Rather than extract a clip, which creates no gap, I'll now lift the clip out. So, let say for example, that I like the timing of my sequence, but I want a different shot here, but I am going to search for it later. So, I just want to lift it out.
I am going to select it, and this time I am going to press Shift+Delete, or if I'm on a full-length keyboard, you can just press the Delete key to the left of the Home and End buttons. So, as you see, lifting the clip removes the clip from the sequence and replaces it with a gap clip. When I do this, the Duration of the sequence remains unchanged. Now I can keep editing and then come back and maybe I want to go in when I have some time to find the clip that I'd like to replace there, and maybe I want this clip here of the orchard.
I can just mark it, perform a Replace Edit, and in this case I am able to perform this on my own time, which could be later in the day or even several days later. Well, that's easy enough. Now if I want to remove a partial clip or several clips, I do the same exact thing, but I first had to set in and out points. So I am going to play BD's interview here and like to get rid of the last part of what he says. So, I am going to forward with J, K, and L, and then mark with an in and out points the part I would like to extract.
(BD Dautch: --definitely a movement happening. It's not just here, it's worldwide.) Okay, I think I have got it. (BD Dautch: In a way, like I said, it's a renaissance.) So, I have just marked a portion of this clip, and now I'm going to press the Delete key to extract and just the portion that I marked is gone, and let's take a listen. (BD Dautch: --not just here, it's worldwide. So many people now are aware that getting it directly--) So, it needs a little bit of tweaking, but in general it's okay. Later on I can trim that to get it exactly perfect.
Now just one more thing about deletion, we have just gone over the extracting and lifting methods within the timeline, but what if you want to delete something that's in your event library? Well, if I click on the clip and then press Delete, what happens? It gives it a rejection. So, we have already gone over what a rejection is and that's certainly not deleting the clip. Let me undo that by pressing U or unrate the clip. So, if I want to delete anything in the event library, I right-click and choose Move to Trash.
Now this is actually going to move it to my system's recycle bin so you can get it there if you need it after you delete it. I am not going to delete this right now, but as you can see, it's a right-click, move to trash. Rather than pressing the delete button, you can also press Command+Delete. So, as you can see, removing material is an important process, and it's also very easy to isolate precisely the frames that you want to take away.
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