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Now that you're comfortable with bringing clips into the Timeline, you've probably done something such as grabbing your playhead and scrolling back and watching your show by hitting the Spacebar. And your playhead may be sitting far out to the right or may be sitting somewhere in the middle of the clips that you watched. If you went ahead and did exactly what we did in the earlier movie--which is bringing a clip in from the Project panel into your Source panel and then editing it into your show by a simple drag or pressing the Period key--you'll notice that the clip doesn't go to the very end like it did before. It just lands wherever the playhead is.
I am going to go ahead and hit undo and move the playhead to an empty space later and do the exact same thing. As you see, depending on where that playhead is parked, when you perform an edit, that's where Adobe Premiere Pro is going to put the clip unless you actually mark where you want the clip to go. And you're going to use the same skill that you used earlier by marking In and Out Points, except this time instead of doing it in the source monitor, you are going to do it in your Timeline.
Let me go ahead and hit undo to remove that clip, and I am going to move my playhead a little bit earlier, but I'm not going to actually have it touch this clip, because I want you to see that it's going to put the clip exactly where I want it to be--not just where the playhead is left. I am going to press I for in, and it's going to mark an In Point in the Timeline. Now, no matter where this playhead resides--it could be all the way down here-- when I do an edit--I am going to grab and drag it this time--you'll see the clip lands where the In Point was marked.
To be precise about where you want to put a clip in the Timeline, don't always trust where the playhead is, because a lot of time that moves while you're editing. Go ahead, position the playhead exactly where you want and press the I key to mark an In Point. I am going to go ahead and undo my last edit. What I want to do is I simply want to have the new clip put in directly at the end of the fan shot, so I am going to go ahead and I am going to grab my playhead and drag it over to the very end. But look, it's kind of hard for me to see where the very end is.
So if I hold down the Shift key, it turns on snapping temporarily, and it snaps like a magnet to the very end of that clip. I can simply press I to my mark my In Point, and now no matter where that clip resides, when I drag this over or press the Period key, it lands exactly where I want it. Now, conveniently, the playhead snaps to the very end of that clip preparing me for the next edit. So it's good to keep an eye out where your playhead is as well as mark an In Point in your Timeline so you can put the clip exactly where you want it.
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