Final Cut Pro: Creating a Rough Edit

If you are working on a video file in Final Cut Pro, you should be able to find use for the Rough Edit. Final Cut Pro enables you to make your finished film look like a professional product, but you can start out by simply removing all of the obviously unwanted clips and errors before you begin. This is how a rough edit can be useful, as it allows you to turn a number of very disorderly clips into the sequences which you need to put together the finished film. You can use rough edit as much as you like, and once you know how to use it, it can be a very handy tool.

Materials Needed

  • Final Cut Pro
  • Computer
  • Media files

Step 1: Put Your Movie into Final Cut Pro

Insert the media file with your movie on it into the hard drive of your computer, and then run Final Cut Pro. You will be able to import the media file by opening the File options in FCP, and then clicking on the correct name. Once the file is uploaded into the browser, you can work on finishing the film as best you can. Edit the individual clips so that they look as good as they can. When you have done this, you are ready to start using rough edit to transport some of the clips into a sequence.

Step 2: Convert Your Clips

Take the clips that you want, and place them in the viewer window of your Final Cut Pro screen. Move the playhead along the clip until you find the point where it should begin, and then use the In marker to signify this point. Repeat for the Out marker where you want the clip to end. You can then move them to the timeline, and place them in the order that you would like.

Step 3: Remove Gaps

Once you have put the clips together in the sequence, you will find that you can see small gaps, which are empty spaces created by putting the clips together in the sequence without fitting them together perfectly. The small gaps will appear during playback as black spaces, or black flashes which interrupt the flow of the film. Black spaces or gaps show up as signs of bad editing, and you need to get rid of them. Look for them by pressing Shift and G in the timeline. When you find a gap, highlight it, and then press delete, or use the sequence button. Then, click Close Gap.

Step 4: Use the Lift Edit

Lift Edit helps you to remove clips from the sequence without having to replace it with another. It is particularly useful if you want to take out more than one clip from a sequence without disrupting the flow of the other sequences. Highlight the clips that you want to delete, and then go to the Sequence box. You can then click Lift to remove the clips you have marked. You can then add more clips, or simply delete the gaps between the remaining clips.

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