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When it comes to editing in Final Cut Pro X, I feel like I just save the best for last and that's sub-clipping. If you're coming from Final Cut Pro 7 and going to Final Cut Pro X and you type in Subclipping in the Help menu, you won't find it, because actually it goes by a different name and a different workflow. But once you discover that workflow, you'll be amazed that how fast you can sub-clip. Let's step in to 03_09-Subclipping. Now I've intentionally started with a completely blank timeline because I want everything to be fresh and clear.
Now the first we are going to sub-clip is one of the dance clips. It's in the B-roll. It's called broll_dance_rehersal_25. I picked this because there are two different things happening. If I skim across it, I see this woman dancing, which I want to be one sub-clip and then I have Pablo dancing, which will be a second sub-clip. As a matter of fact, I even want to get rid of all this junk at the end of just the student standing around camera shaking, and this is how easy it is to sub-clip. I am going to select the part of the clip where the woman is dancing.
So she starts here. I am going to stretch the range because I am going to be very visual here. I could use in and out to just select my range just as easily. Now once I have the range selected that I want to sub-clip, I am going to use my Favorites button or my Favorites keyboard shortcut, which is the letter F. As soon as I hit the letter F, we see its this section is marked as a Favorite, but this is where it gets really cool. Instead of leaving it labeled Favorite, I can simply click on that and change the name to whatever I want the sub-clip to be called.
So I am going to label this Girl dancing. Now we are going to go ahead and pick the next section. But before we do that take note that there's a thin green line at the very top of this. Now this thin green line represents our favorite, but I'm going to use this as our sub-clip. Let's go ahead and create a sub-clip of Pablo dancing. So I am going to skim over to here and let's just pick up a nice range of him dancing. We see the spin. He finishes. He goes off to the side. Perfect! I am going to go ahead and hit the F key one more time.
You'll notice now if I scroll there is another favorite and I am going to label this Pablo Dancing. I am going to hit the Enter key and now we have a properly labeled favorite, which you can think of as a sub-clip. If I skim over to the end, and say, you know something, I'll never even want to use this footage. This is a something I want to reject. I can highlight its range and simply hit the Delete key and as you see I now have a red line above it. This is where it gets really cool. If I want to select the range of her dancing, all I have to do is click on the green bar and that range is selected.
I can do the same thing with Pablo. I can also keyword search any one of these elements and if I go over here to All Clips and switch from All Clips to Favorites, I can see specifically the two clips in my show that I want to work with. But it gets better than that. I am going to go over here and I am going to switch from my List view to my Filmstrip view, and there are my favorite sub-clips right there and I can quickly skim through them and find these elements. Now that's great! But let me show you another really cool feature of being able to sub-clip with the Favorites option.
We are going to go to an interview. Let's go ahead and pick up the interview of Pablo. Now if you take a look, it looks like this is empty and I am pointing this out because this is a gotcha. A lot of times people will click on a smart collection and see nothing. If you've been using the Favorites option or the Rejected option, make sure you go back and have All Clips selected. Now we can see everything inside that smart collection. What I want to do is sub-clip Pablo's interview and start cutting it into thetimeline. So let's go ahead and switch back to the list view, just so we can work exclusively with Pablo.
Now a lot of people working the Final Cut Pro X are surprised that if I cut a clip into my timeline, let's go ahead and drag that in, and then I go back to the clip and I jump to Jackie and jump back to Pablo, I don't know the part of the clip that I've used. I am going to use the same sub-clipping strategy and teach you a great trick to know exactly what part of the media is being used and what part is still to go. Let's go ahead and delete Pablo from the timeline. I am going to skim across and find his first sound bite that I am going to bring into my Timeline.
(Pablo: I think? (inaudible). Okay, so he starts here with "I think," and we will just pickup that one sound bite and we will bring it in. In this case I am simply going to hit the E key, but before I do that, watch what I do. I press F for favorite, and then I bring it into my Timeline. If I come back to this later-- let me jump over the Jackie's sound bite. Now when I return to Pablo's interview I can see right here what part of the interview I've already used and I know I can go ahead and I can pick up the sound bite later on.
So this is the section I want to use. Hit F first and then I can hit the Append key E, or if I want to do an insert or overwrite, I can use their respective keys W or D. Now I do want to point out something important. Let's suppose I have made a sub-clip. We are going to look at these sub-clips once again as a list. So I am going to go All Clips and switch over to Favorites. So there I have my Pablo sub- clips, and I say you know something, I don't really want to use this as a sub- clip, so I am going to simply delete it.
That's not what you want to do. If you press the Delete button you're not unfavoriting the sub-clip; you're actually rejecting that part of the footage as a rejected clip. Let me go ahead and show you how that works. I am going to press the Delete key and it appears as if the clip is no longer a sub-clip and my Event Library is a little cleaner. But I'd like you take a look at something. Instead of looking at Favorites, we look at Rejected. And if we go over here and when you look at All Clips, you'll notice in the Pablo clip, there is my Favorite. There is my Rejected.
So by hitting the Delete key, you're not removing a sub-clip; you're actually rejecting it. What you want to do and I am going to select this just like I could select the green area, is select this. I could switch it back again if I wanted to a favorite or, the key here, hit the open star and remove the rating from the clip. So as you can see, it's a very quick way to go through all your clips, mark them as favorites, label them, and sort them and also if you're editing interviews or back and forth between two characters, just hit the F key to make it a favorite before you bring it to your timeline and then when you go back to that clip later, you can see the part that you've used.
So keep in mind, the feature may not be called sub-clipping. It's called Favorites, but it works exactly the same way and actually a little bit faster.
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