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Skill Level Intermediate
- [Jeff] Hey, it's Final Cut Pro Ten Weekly, I'm Jeff, Nick's not here, and I'm going to talk about split edits and how they can help you elevate your storytelling. Split edits are a hidden edit where the sound of the next shot precedes the cut. It can work in either direction. This shot can bleed into the next, as well. But it is used to make the cut invisible. The example I kind of help everybody remember is when they were a little kid in Kindergarten, you'd be sitting back watching the teacher, you'd hear the fire engines and you'd rush to the window.
The sound of the fire engines precedes you seeing the fire engines. It kind of allows you to change the focus, to emphasize reaction to make the art of editing actually invisible. It's also know as a J Cut or an L Cut or split edits. The concept is the video edit is split from the audio edit, which is why it's called a split edit. It's a roll the video only, not the audio. To do that, we're going to look at the following controls. We're going to expand and collapse the audio with Control+S.
We're going to us the Trim tool, that's the letter T, and we're going to roll just the video. The \ key will select the Roll capability and we can add the Control with that slash to select only the Video portion. Shift+? will Play around our cut and Shift+X will let us do an eXtend edit. All right. Looking at this timeline here. I'm just going to hit a Shift+Z. I'm just going to play the last moment. This footage, by the way, is provided to me through EditStock, editstock.com.
They're really phenomenal friends of ours who happen to sell complete and finished material for you to edit, and you can even use it on your reel. They allow you to practice film editing, and I have to tell you, it's really inexpensive. Let's take a look at this edit, here, and let's pay attention to where the girl says no at this spot where my mouse is. - Time to do both. - Oh. - I totally understand if you don't want to.
- No! It's fine. - [Jeff] This is what's called a radio edit. It's a bunch of straight cuts and I'm picking the best performance of each actor to show on screen. Problem is, is that we see our first guy on screen and then we cut to her as soon as she speaks. That's where the idea of split edits can improve this. I'd like the video of this to cut after she says the word no, here. To do that, I can double-click on the audio tracks to open them up.
If I click in the center, I need to have the Trim tool selected. T for Trim tool. Right here. I can select the video together and I can adjust that. And let's play that back, let me put my playhead here. Let's back it up just a little bit. Hit Play. - Want to. - No! That's fine. - [Jeff] Feels like a much more natural cut. That's the basic idea of a split edit. Let's Undo that. Let me collapse both of these. I've selected them. I did it with a double-click. This time I'm going to come up and I'm going to choose to take these Clips and I'm going to Collapse their audio.
That's a Control+S. I want you to be faster than this with this tool. So, I'm going to hit a down arrow to get to this edit. And the \ key selects a Dual Roller. I would need to be in Trim mode need to be able to do everything I want to do. But, the \ key gets me there, and if you add the Control key, Control+\ it immediately pops it open and gets you right in the right selection for a split edit. If you wanted to, at this point, you could use the period and comma keys, adding the Shift to go faster, to change it in either direction.
You can use the Shift+? key to Play around that to see how it feels. - You don't want to? - No! It's fine. - You don't want to? - No! It's fine. - [Jeff] Because I've Looping on, Final Cut continues to play and play that. If I even wanted to, I could, while the loop was going on, use that period and comma key. - You don't want to? - It's fine. - You don't want to? - No! It's fine.
- [Jeff] And I can even drag it in either direction. The last thing to make this really fast is to know that Final Cut has the ability to Shift to Extend a cut, that's Shift+X. I could decide, hey, I want it to be right here, Shift+X and it gets to that point. The way that I'll work down a Timeline is this, A for the Arrow, Shift+Z, to see my entire Timeline. I'll lasso all my clips in a scene that I'm thinking of doing this on, and I'm going to expand them all with a Control+S, and I'd work from edit to edit, making splits.
So here, Play around the moment. - Hi, Max. - Thank you, so much. - Hi, Max. - [Jeff] I might want to make this a split, but a split his direction, an earlier one, an L Cut rather than a J Cut. I'll go ahead here and hit Control+\, I've got the Video only. I'll use J+K+L to back it up. Maybe right there. I'll say Shift+X. I've got my split to that point, and I'm going to hit Shift+? to Play around that.
- Hi, Max. - Thank you. - [Jeff] I realize it's not what I want, I'd really like to be more on her, maybe right to there, Shift+X. Play around that moment. - Hi, Max. - Thank you, so much. - [Jeff] Works much better. And that's Split Edits. This has been Final Cut Pro Ten Weekly.