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In this movie we are going to learn two new kinds of edits, a Slip Edit and a Slide Edit. If you take a look at the first three clips in my timeline--I am going to go ahead and play them back. We have the fan and the light bulb that we've been seeing as well as a shot of an iPad, and the fan looks great. The light bulb is just on, so that's boring, and we have some nice action on the iPad. Well, we know from the previous movies there is a really cool section of that clip where the light bulb actually turns on and that's what I want to see.
But my timing is perfect. I really want these edits to happen specifically at these cut points. Let's go ahead and zoom in a little bit closer. I am going to press the plus key so we can focus just on those three clips, and what I'll want to do is I want to simultaneously change the in point and the out point of this clip so we see the light turning on now. I'm going to go ahead and double-click on this clip and load it back from the timeline into the Source Monitor. This is actually now the clip that's in my timeline, and if I made any adjustments to it in the timeline it would reflect up here and vice-versa.
We are going to go into that in greater detail in future movies, but this is a really good editing practice to understand if you want to modify a clip that's already in your timeline. And I can see what the in and out points are. If I go ahead and hit Play, the light's already on. So what I really want to do is I could go up here and drag it out of the track and stretch this out to where the light turns on and then I got to slide it over and then make it shorter and then bring it back down. That's just a nightmare. Let me go ahead and hit undo.
We know that's Command+Z and Ctrl+Z on Windows, and we're going to leave it exactly where it is. But instead of leaving it on the selection tool, we're going to switch to a new tool that we haven't used yet and that's called the Slip tool, and the keyboard shortcut for that is the letter Y. Now take a look what happens when I click on the clip with the Slip tool, it's different than when I normally click on it with the selection tool. If I start to drag left or right, take a look in the upper right-hand window in the Program Monitor.
I actually see the first and last frame of the light bulb clip with time code showing me approximately what the time is on the original media, and I see the last clip of the fan and the first clip of the iPad just so I can get a sense of things. As I move my mouse left and right, I can actually change the timing of the clip just so that it turns on at the right moment. Now I haven't let go of my mouse. Take a look at what happens in my timeline when I release the mouse. Nothing changed in the orientation of how these clips are cut.
The timing is exactly the same. But when I go ahead and I play the clip I actually see the light turn on. I am going to quickly go ahead and do an undo and a redo, because I want you to look in the upper left window and the source window to see what happens to the green in and out selection on this clip. If I hit undo it's going to take me back to the original in and out point, which was much later on, and if you notice that the duration of the clip doesn't change.
And then if I hit redo-- and we haven't used redo yet. If you go onto the Edit menu, you can see there's an option to Redo, and this is important, because I'm pretty impatient, and I tend hit undo one time too many. So you can always redo. If you notice when I redid this it moved the in point back to that perfect timing. So the Slip Edit is an amazing tool. I use this a lot when I know that the timing is right, but I'm just looking at the wrong part of the media. I'd input quite the right in and out point that I want.
Another way you could do a slip is if you load the clip back into the Source Monitor. As long as you have the slip tool selected I can simply grab the middle of this clip, and I could move it left and right this way. So two ways to get to the same result, but it's a very, very powerful tool. Now complementing the Slip tool is the Slide tool, and if we scroll down a little further in our timeline--I am just grabbing the bar here and moving it to the right. I'll give you another trick, if you press the H key for hand, you can actually move left and right and slide your timeline to where you want it to be.
So let's go ahead and position the second set of clips directly in the middle of our timeline. Every time I switch to a new tool by habit without even thinking about it I always want to go back to my selection tool. Normally, I just press the V key without thinking, but I am going to show you here by clicking the button. Now if I play this clip we have this beautiful shot of the moon rising over these wind turbines. I have a shot of the person plugging in a power cable, and the timing is perfect. And then we cut to this fan. So I love the shot in the middle.
I mean, I won't want to ever slip this because I actually timed this perfectly and it cuts just at about the right time, but I want to get to it a little bit sooner. I'm looking at the windmills just a few frames too long. So I'd love to slide this whole thing back, and of course, if I just grabbed it and moved it, we know what the results would be. I'd end up probably deleting the clip at the beginning. I'm having this huge gap here. Let me go ahead and hit undo. So instead of just grabbing it with my selection tool I can go over here and choose the Slide tool, which is the keyboard shortcut of U.
With the Slide tool selected, you notice that my cursor now changes when I click on the clip and start moving either left or right. Again, I get a new pop-up window, and this looks a little bit like that slip window, just kind of inverted. If you notice on the top I have the first and last frame of the plug which doesn't change as I move left or right, but what I'm seeing now is the last frame of the windmills clip and the very first frame of the fan. So if I want this all to happen earlier I switch to the Slide tool, move this to the left, let go of my mouse, and as you can see I've deleted the end of the first clip, but I don't have that gap anymore that I have to stretch out of the following clip.
So the Slide tool is very helpful again, because it allows you to edit using just one action instead of using three or four separate actions. Slipping and sliding, two great ways to fine-tune your edit.
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