Pinnacle Studio: Split Editing in the Timeline

In Pinnacle Studio, the process of split editing is used to trim a clips audio and video separately. There are two different cuts that you can make when split editing. With an L-cut, the video comes first and with a J-cut, the audio comes first. While it can be hard to explain, when you perform an L-cut, the cut to new video comes before the cut in the audio. In the case of a J-cut, the new audio cuts in before the audio switches. This guideline will go over directions for performing both the L-cut and the J-cut.


Performing an L-cut in the Timeline

The first step in performing an L-cut in the Pinnacle Studio is to make adjustments to the Timeline. The Timeline needs to be adjusted in a manner that will allow you to locate the number of frames or seconds that you want to overlap.

The second step is to select the left-hand clip in the Timeline. With the left-hand clip selected, trim the right edge of the clip to the exact point of where you want the audio to end.

The third step is to lock the audio track. You can do this by clicking on the lock button, which is located to the right of the audio track. With the audio track locked, you will need to reposition the right-hand edge of the same video clip. You want to drag the edge of the video clip to the point where the following clips video should start.

The fourth and final step is to drag the video of the second clip to the left until it meets the original clip. Once you have done that, unlock the audio track and you will have performed and L-cut. The video will cut away to the second clip ahead of the audio.


Performing a J-cut in the Timeline

The first step in performing a J-cut in the Timeline is the same as the first step in performing an L-cut. The Timeline needs to be adjusted in a manner that will allow you to locate the number of frames or seconds that you want to overlap.

The second step is almost identical to the second step in performing an L-cut in the Timeline. You need to select the left-hand clip and trim back the right edge of that clip by the overlap interval. You need to trim back both the video and audio tracks.

As with performing an L-cut, the third step in performing a J-cut is to lock the audio track. You can lock the audio track by clicking on the lock button, which is located to the right of the track. With the audio track locked, select the same clip and drag the right-hand edge of that clip back to the right by the overlap interval.

The fourth step in performing a J-cut in the Timeline is to unlock the audio track. Once you unlock the audio track, the audio will cut away to the second clip ahead of the video.


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