Final Cut Pro: 3 Tips for Breaking Large Clips into Subclips

If you have a very large clip on your video file, then you may consider breaking it down into several small subclips. This can be done easily in Final Cut Pro, as you only have to touch a button, and the clip is cut into smaller portions. The benefits of having smaller clips to handle, particularly if you are fairly new to working with video software, far exceeds the benefits of keeping the clip together. Creating subclips will help you to get the best from your Final Cut Pro system without damaging too much of the large clip.

1. Divide up Clips

If you are working with a large master clip, you may find that you are struggling to find the frames that you want, or that you have repeatedly made a mistake (and need to change the whole of the clip in order to correct it). Both of these factors can be very depressing, so dividing up the larger clip into several small, completely separate clips, helps you to manage the video software much better. With a small clip, for example, you can move from frame to frame, rather than having to slide along the whole timescale trying to find one place. You can also combine the clips in a different order to the main clip, meaning that you have more opportunities to fix the clips in any order that you want.

2. Make a Backup

Before you start cutting down your large master clip, make sure that you have a permanent back up, preferably on another system, which will not be affected by the changes you are about to make. Keep this copy safe, as you may need to restore the large clip if anything goes wrong. It is also a good idea to back up as you go along, in order to preserve any good work that you do; there is nothing more annoying than working hard on a piece only to find that it crashes the computer when you are trying to save it, and you have to do the whole thing from scratch. Save your work as you go along. Save each change in a different file, so that if you need to restore part, you do not have to go back to the beginning and get the whole piece again.

3. Use the Viewer

The best way of managing your subclips and master clips is to repeatedly use the Viewer window. In this window, you can cut down any clips to the size that you like, and you can also take one particular subclip, and move it back into the Viewer (and add markers, compression or any special effects that you choose). When you make these subclips, you will not be affecting the masterclip. The viewer will also allow you to do things such as remove the subclip limits, and add new in and out points.

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