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Another very useful edit is called an Overwrite edit. This is a situation where maybe I want to replace one or two clips in my Timeline or just part of them with another clip, and instead of going in and deleting them and leaving the space and bringing the new clip in, I just want to paste it over, just replace it with a new clip, and it's very easy to do. I can simply select the new clip that I want--let's go ahead and scroll down and pick a nice clip. I really like this Windmills and Moon shot, so we are going to load that in. And I want to put it over this mess right here, so I want to make sure that I am right on that.
And we learned earlier that I use the Up and Down Arrow keys, I can get precisely on my edit point. So with that covered, I am going to go ahead and select this shot, and we'll just Mark an In Point there and an Out Point here. And I can see this is a pretty long shot. It's about 12 seconds long. So I can go ahead and drag this over, and if I let go, it's going to perform an Overwrite edit. And take a look at what happens in my Timeline. It actually removes all of the clips that were there and replaces it with this 12-second clip.
Now, this is important for you to see. My clip was little over 12 seconds long. 12 seconds and 3 frames precisely. But the space for all those clips was a little longer, and if I zoom in with the Plus key, I've got a little piece of a clip of the plug hanging on there, so this is something you need to be careful of when you do an Overwrite edit that you really overwrite everything that you intend to. Let's go ahead and zoom back full screen on the rough cut. There is a great keyboard shortcut for that, it's the Backslash key. It's directly under the Delete key, and that will allow me to see all of the clips in my Timeline.
And I'm going to hit undo--once again, that's Command+Z on a Mac and Ctrl+Z on Windows. That's probably my favorite keyboard shortcut because I make a lot of mistakes. And this time I am going to actually make this a little bit longer. I am going to just grab the Out Point, and right there is good, so I can actually either hit the O key where the playhead is parked or simply drag it. Now if I go ahead and do an Overwrite, I'm going to cover up everything. And instead of dragging it from left to right, I am going to show you the other two ways of doing it.
Again, there is a button, and it's this button right here. As you see, it says Overwrite, and I love the fact that in Adobe Premiere Pro that I can hover over any button, and it gives me a tooltip that tells me what that button does and also the keyboard shortcut. If you notice the keyboard shortcut for Overwrite is the Period key, and we actually used that earlier on when we were bringing clips into the Timeline. We were actually doing Overwrite edits. But now that we have clips there and our playhead is positioned earlier, when I hit that Period key, I do perform an overwrite, and I replace all the other clips that were there with that one giant clip.
Overwrite edits are very useful for creating cutaways or replacing footage with shots that are different than you originally intended.
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