Join Jason Osder for an in-depth discussion in this video Achieve precision with a traditional three-point edit, part of Premiere Pro Guru: Mastering the Timeline.
It's time for an oldie but a goodie. The good old three point edit and the old school editors are going to know exactly what I mean. But a lot of people that entered into nonlinear editing without ever experiencing linear editing might not know what I'm talking about and the three point edit is still a really great way to make an extremely precise edit on the timeline. Let's see how it works. The scenario I have here is I've got a perfectly fine B-roll shot, but it goes on a little long for me. Let's take a look. So between those two shots, I'd like to add another shot that sort of links them together.
And I've already picked out a shot here that has our farmer sort of interacting with customers, and I think it would make a lot of sense to go from the wide and put a medium in between before we go to the close-up of the cash register. So, take a look at shot. And I particularly like it cause it starts with people crossing through the frame, which makes a nice edit point and it ends with this transition happening. He is actually handing something to the customer. So, there's a couple ways to go about a three-point edit, but they always surprise, surprise include three points.
It can either be two on the timeline, one in the source, or two in the source, one on the timeline. And it really depends what your priorities are for the Edit. So, in this particular case, I want to start by marking my source. Because I sort of like both the beginning and the end point. So I want to start at the beginning while these people are crossing frame. And I put an in, in. I want to end right around where he hands over that change.
So right, let's try it there and I put in my out. Now, on the timeline, I want to establish where this is going to go but I want to use an out point. I am not quite sure where the shot is going to come in and start but I know I don't want to adjust the out point. So, I am going to go ahead and snap right to the existing out point and hit O 4 L. I've not set up my three point edit. I've got in and out that I want and I know that I want it to end here.
Now if I make the overwrite edit it's going to obey all of this and it will determine where the shot has to start in order to work out right. It might be too long, we'll have to see. There, I did the overwrite edit, and you'll see that I have exactly the part of the clip I want, timed exactly how I want it. That worked out exactly how I wanted it to. But I do want to show you a permutation that would be slightly different. So let me undo, and show you a different version, of the three point edit.
In this case, let's say I care more about the timing here on the timeline, than I do the exact timing on the clip. I could go in and out here on the timeline. That's going to determine my length. And now all I really need in the source is in or out, not both. So let me clear these out, Clear In and Out. Let's say it's more important to me to start on the people crossing. Then I would just put In. I still have three points, but in this case, I've determined the timing by the two points on the timeline.
And I've determined only the position saying start at the beginning, and use however much of this you need to fill the gap. The result is going to be similar. But it really does highlight how a three point edit works. So now I've filled exactly the gap between in and out. I have exactly the in point. But, the outpoint is determined by the length that I needed here on the timeline. So, just remember a three-point edit always uses three points.
Where you place them depends on what matters more to you. If you want to get certain content very specifically from the source. You're going to want an in and out on the source. If you want to be more specific in terms of the timing on the timeline, you're going to want to put your in and out on the timeline. Whichever one doesn't have an in and out only needs one point, an in or an out, to complete the three point edit. It's a very precise way to make an edit.
- Understanding how the Timeline "thinks"
- Creating and adding new content to sequences
- Controlling the Timeline: snapping, locking, linking, and more
- Saving and managing track presets
- Adjusting timing with Timeline markers
- Achieving precision with traditional three-point editing