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Video:Final Cut Pro: How to Edit Video Clips in a Timeline

with Nick Richards

Having trouble with Final Cut Pro X? This video tutorial from About.com will teach you how to edit video in the timeline!See Transcript

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Transcript:Final Cut Pro: How to Edit Video Clips in a Timeline

Hi, I'm Nick and today for About.com, I'm going to teach you how to edit video clips in a timeline using Final Cut Pro X.

Steps for Editing Video Clips in a Final Cut Timeline

The first thing you need to do is insert your video clips into the timeline and you can do this in a number of ways. Underneath the Event Library are buttons that allow you to connect, insert or append selected clips into the timeline. You can also choose whether you want to insert video clips, audio clips, or both together. Inserting a clip will drop it straight into your timeline.

More Steps for Editing Video Clips in a Final Cut Timeline

You can also insert a clip into the timeline by clicking the 'File' tab and selecting the option of your choice. Keyboard shortcuts can also be used; connect a clip by pressing the 'Q' key, insert a clip with the 'W' key, append a clip with the ‘E' key anc overwrite a clip with the D key. Remember, each of these commands will add clips to the timeline in slightly different ways; for example, overwriting a clip into the timeline will overwrite an already existing clip. Of course, the tried and trusted drag and drop option is still available, too!

Final Cut Tools for Editing Video Clips

When editing in the timeline, you have a number of tools at your disposal, each with their own keyboard shortcut. The 'Select' tool is a traditional cursor and can be used to move, clips and do basic editing such as adding audio transitions and adjusting levels. The ‘Trim' tool allows you to adjust the edit point of adjacent clips, as very as adjust the in and out points of a single clip.

The 'Position' tool allows for more precise editing, allowing you to drop a clip wherever you want, even if there is no other clip to attach to. The ‘Range Selection' tool allows you to highlight a section of the clip that you want to review. The ‘Blade' tool is used to cut clips into smaller segments. The ‘Zoom' tool allows you to zoom into the timeline and the ‘Hand' tool makes it easy to examine different points of a large timeline.

Each clip in the timeline has a button that allows further editing options, such as color correction. Now you can adjust the exposure, saturation and color of your clip, in order to make it look exactly how you want.

Trimming and Enhancing in Final Cut

Above the timeline you have options including enhancements, retiming and effects. Many clip settings can be altered by using the inspector, including effect levels, scale, rotation, crop and distort.

By right-clicking on a clip in the timeline, you can enable or disable the selected clip, make the clip solo, or isolate it completely from the rest of the timeline. Here, you can do further editing, such as adjust the speed of the clip, without having to worry about the rest of the timeline.

Remember, these are just basic editing tips! For more help, tips and tricks, visit Compute.About.com.

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