Join Jeff I. Greenberg for an in-depth discussion in this video How editing is different with connected clips, part of Migrating from Final Cut Pro 7 to Final Cut Pro X (2015).
- So, connected clips are vastly different than when you work with just regular clips. That other story line concept is what we're coming back to. And we're going to explore that, and particularly look into three-point editing. To do that I'm going to look at a particular timeline I have built, called Three Point Editing. And before I do it, I'll do a Command D duplicate, just so I have an extra copy of it. I'm going to go ahead and open up three-point editing. Here it is on my timeline. It's essentially a lot of the soundbites of my main character here, Ron. And I just want to show you some of the ideas with connected clips.
So, I'm going to go ahead to the Ojai Olives. I'll go to my, let's go specifically to the olive clips, because he's talking about olives here. Once again I'll take this down to about five seconds. Of course, use Command+, Command-. Here are these clips. He's talking about the different olives. I just want you to see this idea that I can click and drag a section and pull it on top as a connected clip. And when I release, it goes there. Just as equally, I could take a section. And it's the letter Q. And the way I think of the letter Q is just the shape of that connected clip.
If you look at this connected clip on the timeline it sort of looks like a P, but it looks like a shape with a curlicue at the bottom. That's that little curlicue, that pin. When I hit the letter Q, or I press this button right here, it comes down to the timeline. Based on again where my playhead is. Cool part about this stuff is that if I choose to move this clip, it's going to keep that connection, making it easy for me to swap sections and things get out of the way quickly and easily. This means that anytime that I've put of piece of B-roll like this, it just keeps the B-roll with it.
Well, maybe you don't want the B-roll to move with it. If you needed to, if you hold down the accent grave, it's also known as the tilde key, you can grab the clip with that key down. Notice I get that little pin look right there. When I grab the clip and I move it, it leaves the piece of B-roll, it leaves the connected clip in place. It allows me to move around my primary storyline clip without the connection being involved. You may want to move where the actual connection is.
I'm just going to zoom in Command+ a little bit closer here. If you hold down the Command and Option keys and you click on the top clip, the little pin is moving. This clip is now connected to this shot, no longer this. If I move around this clip you'll see it still keeps the connection in place. Meaning that it's always going to be connected to this clip here, to this clip directly underneath it. It means it's going to stay as a group because it's connected at that spot, not up here. Command Option click the top clip. I've just once again moved the pin.
Now, as an editor, the big thing I'm looking for always is what's known as a three-point edit. And I find that, maybe nobody taught this to you, maybe somebody did. I'm just going to do a quick three-point edit on this shot here on the timeline. I'm going to do a Command+ and a Command + and I'm just going to select this clip. Now, I could use the up arrow and hit I and the down arrow and hit O. That actually is the first frame of this shot here. Instead what I would like is the letter X, X marks the spot. It perfectly marks the clip. You should know Option X gets rid of that.
I'll hit the letter X, I'll come to a clip up here. I'll mark an in point, I. At this point I have three points. One up in my source, two on my timeline. I hit the letter Q and it perfectly puts that clip on top. This works with everything, this concept of three-point editing. It's just one of those things that I wish more editors knew about. I hit X to mark the spot perfectly. I'll go grab a title, and whatever the title is I'll click on the title, I'll hit the letter Q, and it goes perfectly on top. I'm not fighting with my editorial system. I'm just going to delete that.
But this is this idea, three-point editing. I'm going to delete this clip. Again, it does not have to be directly on a clip. I can put an in and an out around, say, a cut here. This is to cover my jump cut. And again up here I could hit the letter Q for a three-point edit. The only thing that you want to ever know about this three-point edit, this connected clip in this manner, is sometimes you want the action at the end, not at the beginning, to be more important. I'm just going to come through here. I believe I've got a clip, camera pushes in. There it is right there.
I'm going to, instead of making an in point, make an out point. I like this shot, but I want the shot to finish right on this moment. I'm going to hit an out point. I'm going to do one thing to help you see this. I'm going to put an M for our marker, M. And you can see now there's a marker right here at the top of the clip. If I do a three-point edit, I'll just mark Ron right here, I'll hit the X key. If I hit the letter Q, it's going to take from the beginning of the clip. I hit the letter X and it brings in the clip, which you'll notice there's no marker. I'm going to do an undo. If I add the Shift key to that Q, Shift Q, instead of it taking the beginning moment it's going to take the last moment.
Particularly right from there, and you'll see that marker show up. Shift Q. It came in and you can see that marker right there. This is a back time edit, and back time edits are huge if you're doing anything with action and the end action is important.
- Touring the Final Cut Pro X interface
- Running Final Cut Pro 7 and X on the same machine
- Ingesting footage
- Browsing and organizing media
- Adjusting metadata
- New editing methods (including working with connected clips)
- Timeline editing (including trim, split, slip, slide, and nudge edits)
- Mixing audio
- Adding and adjusting effects and transitions
- Creating titles
- Applying motion effects to clips
- Performing color corrections
- Compressing and exporting video