Final Cut Pro: Setting Clip In and Out Points in the Viewer

If you want to edit your clips in Final Cut Pro, then a handy little system known as the In and Out Points can help you to get the best out of your software. By using these in and out points, you can mark particular places on the clip that need to be edited, which makes it easier to carry your work from the viewer window into the browser (or to any other part of the software). By using these In and Out points, you can make working on your film clip simpler and quicker than simply cutting these parts out by hand.

Materials Needed

  • Final Cut Pro
  • Computer
  • Video Clip

Step 1: Upload Your Film

Before you can make any start on putting the In and Out points onto your film, you will need to upload the media file onto Final Cut Pro. Make sure that your file is saved in a convenient location, under an easily recognizable name, and then open up FCP, and select the film that you want to use for this process. If you have never used the In and Out buttons before, it would be a good idea to practice on an old film that you do not want any more. This will help to prevent accidents in the future.

Step 2: Select Your Clip

You now need to select the clip that you want to edit. Move the playhead along your timeline until you get to the point where you can see the clip in the browser window. Select the clip that you want to use, take it out of the browser, and place it into the viewer window using the drop and drag method. The clip should now be visible in the viewer window.

Step 3: Add an In Point

Move along the timeline of your clip until you get to the point where you want the first In clip to appear. Press the I key on your keyboard where you want the clip to play from. You should see a small illuminated line where the In point is. You can repeat this for the end of the clip, where you should press the O key, which will show a line where the clip will stop playing.

Step 4: Move the Points

In order to change the position of the clips, go to the top of the window, where you will see two arrows: one for the In point and the other for the Out point. Click on the arrows using the mouse, and hold. You can then move the arrows along using the mouse, and release once you have the arrows in the right place. You are then ready to take the clip back to the timeline.

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