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Now, in earlier movies you have learned to move clips around, even cut them in half, and slide them down so you could add clips into your Timeline to tell a slightly different story than maybe you originally intended. Well, I'm going to show you a way you can do a lot of that in just one step, and it's something called an Insert Edit. So for instance, if I wanted to drop a clip in between Avocados and Plug, and I'm going to simply drag my playhead and you see I'll snap it between these two. It doesn't quite stop there, so if I hold the Shift key down, it actually snaps right to that edit point.
I can also use the Up and Down Arrow keys to precisely jump to a cut point. So that's two ways to get there, but you want to make sure you are on the edit point, because if you are a frame or two early or late, you're actually going to get a flash frame after your cut of the previous shot, and that can be very distracting. So precision counts before you start doing an Insert Edit. Now, let's load a clip from our Project panel into our source window. I like this smartphone shot, so I'm going to go ahead, double-click it, load it into my Source panel. Just like before we can mark an In and Out Point.
I'm going to do this with a drag so I can actually see there is some good action. Always try to cut on action. It's a long shot. I'm going to go ahead and pull this back a little bit. I don't need to see all of this I want it to be about. I don't know, about that long. And that long is what? Well, I can go over here and see that's about 4 seconds, and 4 seconds is a good length for a shot. Now, there's a couple of ways to do an Insert Edit, again, depending on whether you like to drag, whether you like to hit buttons, or whether you like to use keyboard shortcuts, whatever works for you, you can do.
So we'll start off with one of the basic ones, which is a button, because my cursor is right here, and I can click this button here which says Insert. Now, watch what happens to my Timeline when I click the Insert button. It puts the clip exactly at the point where my playhead was parked and pushes the other clips after it down the Timeline-- or downstream is the jargon you might hear. So it actually will make my show longer, but I won't accidentally cut out any footage that I've already put into my Timeline.
I'm going to go ahead and hit undo-- Command+Z on a Mac and Ctrl+Z on windows-- and show you that I can also do that simply by grabbing it and dragging it over here. Now, what you see is it says Drop to Overwrite, and we'll discuss Overwrite in the next movie. But if I hold down the Modifier key-- and on a Mac it's the Command key--it actually tells me what the keyboard shortcut is, and when I let go it does the same thing. So if I'm in a rhythm of grabbing and dragging, grabbing and dragging, I can do an Insert Edit by just holding down a Modifier key.
Now of course, I like to edit quick, and I think keyboard shortcuts are the magic that allows me to do that, so let's go ahead and once again undo that with Command+Z, and instead of doing any dragging, once I've marked my In and my Out Point, I'm simply going to press the Comma key, and I can do my insert. Now, a word of warning: if my playhead is parked in the middle of a clip--and let me go ahead and choose the Time_lapse_Sunset shot, because I think this is absolutely stunning. And we'll leave the In Point just a little bit shorter.
And now what would happen if I do an Insert Edit with my playhead parked in the middle of this clip. Well, exactly what you expect to happen, it cuts it in half, and that's not what I want to do here. Now, there are times that you may want to do an Insert Edit and actually cut a clip in half. Maybe it's an interview and you want to cut away to what the person is talking about and actually see the video and hear the ambient sound and then return to the interview, and that's a perfect time to do an Insert Edit.
And that saves you the trouble of placing your playhead on a clip, finding the Razor Blade, cutting it in half, moving it down, dropping the clip in, closing the gap...as you can see, very time-consuming. The Insert Edit is an awesome tool when cutting your show.
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