How To Add a Video Clip To the Sequence Timeline in Final Cut Pro

In Final Cut Pro, the timeline can be used for many to perform many functions inside the program; however, the primary purpose of the timeline is to add clips, or sequences of clips, to projects created with the software. Adding clips to the timeline sequence is one of the first tasks you must master while learning to use Final Cut Pro. Fortunately, it is also one of the easier tasks to learn, and this step by step guide will show you everything you need to know. Let's get started.

What You Will Need

  • A computer with Final Cut Pro Installed
  • Video footage to add to the Final Cut Pro timeline

Step 1: Launch Final Cut Pro

From the dock on your Mac OS X Desktop, select the icon for Final Cut Pro. Double click the icon to launch the program.

Step 2: Create or Open a Final Cut Pro Project

If you are creating a new Final Cut Pro project, you will need to connect your DV camcorder or deck to the computer via a Fire Wire or USB cable connection and import the footage into the program. You can do this by selecting the 'File' then 'New Project' option on the menu bar. You will then need to select your device along with a scratch disk to use. Finally, you will need to create new bins and import the footage.

If you will be using an existing Final Cut Pro project, you will need to open the project by choosing the 'File | Open' option, and then you will have to browse to the drive and folder that contains the Final Cut Pro file. Double click on the file to open it in Final Cut Pro.

Step 3: Open the Project Viewer Window

By default, the Project Viewer window should open on launch, and you should be able to see any bins you have created for the project. However, if you have modified the default layout of Final Cut Pro, you may need to enable the Project Viewer windows. You can accomplish this by choosing the 'Window' option on the menu bar, and then enable the Project Viewer window.

Step 4: Browse to Correct File Bin or Folder

If you are working with a newly created project, you should create as many bins as you need to properly organize and separate your imported clips, so that they are easy to work with. When you have created the bin(s), browse to the bin in the project viewer and open it. Begin the import of the footage from your DV Camcorder into that bin.

If working with an existing project, simply open the bin that contains the clip you want to add to the timeline sequence.

Step 5: Select Clips to Drag to Timeline

Highlight a clip in the project viewer and play it in on the monitor window preview screen. If is a clip you want to add to the timeline, make sure the clip remains highlighted in the project viewer pane.

Step 6: Drag the Clips to the Timeline Sequence

Once the clip is highlighted, you can simply add it to any point on the timeline by left-clicking on the clip and continuing to press down on the left mouse button while dragging the clip onto the desired location in the timeline. When the clip is in the right spot on the timeline, just release the left mouse button. The clip will then snap into position within the timeline sequence.

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