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In this movie we are going to learn about the Replace Edit. Now the Replace Edit is an amazing tool because it allows you to swap out one clip for another. Now this could be useful if you have a different take, or in this case I showed the rough cut to the producer and when I played it, they loved the idea of a light bulb turning on, but because this is all about solar energy and saving power, they wanted it to be a CFL bulb. So I actually have a shot of a CFL bulb and we are going to load that into our source monitor by just double-clicking it, and I want to swap out this shot with the shot that's already here.
And it's really easy to do if you know the modifier key to pull it off. Now what I can do is I can mark the in-point where I want this shot to start. I'm going to go ahead and mark the in-point right there and hit I, and I am going to grab it and drag it down to the timeline. And if I let go it right now, you see that it's not going to only replace the original bulb, it's going to blow away everything at the end. And I don't want to figure out exactly how long this clip needs to be by marking in points and out points and whatnot, I want to be quick.
So I can go ahead and hold down the Option key on a Mac, or the Alt key on a Windows machine, and if you notice, the icon stays the same, but it only selects the clip where my cursor is hovering over. If I let go at this point you'll see that bulb will change to CFL. So now I have just swapped out this clip and if I hit Play, it's perfectly timed because I matched my in point to my in point, and I'm good to go.
A lot easier than marking ins and outs. As a matter of fact, you can even do this by grabbing a clip from your Project panel, dragging it over, and holding down the modifier key to replace it. Now that's great, but there's even a faster and more efficient way to do something. Now in this case, I am going to go ahead and hit undo a couple of times to go back to our original bulb. What's more important than timing the beginning is sometimes timing a specific action, maybe you're going from a wide shot of the baseball game of the batter hitting the ball to a close-up of the batter hitting the ball.
And the key thing that's important is the moment the ball strikes the bat and that could happen in the middle of a clip. So there's another way to do a replace. I could park this right about where this comes to full luminance, and then what I'm going to do is select my clip in the Source Monitor and again park the playhead where it's at full luminance for the CFL. So this is the critical point where my playhead is parked, and this is the critical point in my timeline where the playhead is parked.
Now I simply right-click on the clip in the timeline, I get a dropdown menu and look at that Replace With Clip, and I have three choices. I can just grab the one in the Source Monitor, in which case it will use the in point, but that's not really what I want. I want it to not only grab it from the Source Monitor, but I want it to match the exact frame where I have the playhead parked. So I can select that. Now just for reference I can also select from the bin and again it will choose the in point or if there is no in point it will choose the beginning of the clip.
But this is the magic one. I simply click and select, and it swaps out the old clip with the new clip lining up that one key moment at exactly where I want it. The Replace Edit is my favorite tool when swapping out an old clip with a new clip.
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