Final Cut Pro: Replace, Fit to Fill and Superimpose

When you are using Final Cut Pro to edit your films, you should be aware of particular editing sites which can get you the best for your needs. Using the Replace, Fit to Fill and Superimpose tools on your canvas window can help you to make the most of your particular clips. These tools are available for items which are in the timeline, but have been placed into the canvas window, so you need to make sure that you manage your clip correctly before you can use these tools. If you want to use any of these tools during the editing of your clip, it is a good idea to learn what they all do.

Materials Needed

  • Final Cut Pro
  • Movie Clips
  • Computer

Step 1: Putting the Clip in Canvas

The first step in getting your Final Cut Pro to open up the Replace, Fit to Fill and Superimpose buttons is to place your clip into canvas. There are usually two ways of bringing the clip into the timeline, but only by dragging it directly into the canvas window on the far right can you use the tools that you will require. Pick up the clip from the viewer window, and begin to drag it towards the canvas window. As it passes over the latter, you will see a series of options which will be offered to you, including the buttons for Replace, Fit to Fill and Superimpose. Decide which of the buttons you wish to use, and then drop the clip on top of them.

Step 2: Using the Replace Button

Dropping the clip onto the replace button will affect where the clip appears in the timeline, and it will also replace any other clip in the timeline with that which you have just dragged from the viewer window. In order to get the canvas window to replace one clip with another, you will need to highlight the clip to be replaced before you drag the other towards the replace button. The button will then replace the highlighted clip with the one dragged to it.

Step 3: Using the Superimpose Button

As with the replace button, you will need to ensure that you highlight the clip that you wish to use in the timeline. Highlight this clip, and then drag the one in the viewer over to the superimpose button. This will then place the dragged clip onto the top of the highlighted clip, giving you a layered effect.

Step 4: Using the Fit to Fill Button

In order to use the Fit to Fill button, before you use the clip in the Viewer, you will have to indicate to Final Cut Pro where you want the clip to go. Do this by clicking the correct point in the timeline, and then drag your clip over to the Fit to Fill button in the Canvas window. Final Cut Pro will modify the clip speed to fit the space available, so make sure that you leave enough room, but not too much extra.

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