Overview of Ways to Add Clips to a Sequence

When you edit, there are two basic ways to add clips to your sequence. Once you determine how you want to add clips, you can specify what part of each clip you want to add. You can also add entire clips or groups of clips to your sequence for your rough edit.

Note: You can automatically conform a sequence’s video settings to the settings of the first clip you edit into the Timeline. For more information, see Working with Mixed-Format Sequences.

Methods for Adding Clips to Sequences

There are two basic approaches to placing clips into a sequence—drag-to-Timeline editing and three-point editing. Three-point editing can be more precise than dragging clips directly to the Timeline, but it requires a few additional steps. In the earliest stages of editing, you may prefer the simplicity of the drag-to-Timeline method.

About Drag-to-Timeline Editing

The faster, less precise way of editing content into a sequence is to drag a source clip from the Browser or the Viewer directly to tracks in the Timeline. This simple method is discussed more in Drag-to-Timeline Editing.

Figure. Viewer and Timeline windows showing a clip being dragged from the Viewer directly into the Timeline.

About Three-Point Editing

In three-point editing, you set In and Out points in both a source clip and a sequence to determine the duration and placement of an edit. You also choose the destination sequence tracks in which your source clip is placed. Three-point editing gets its name from the fact that Final Cut Pro needs no more than three In and Out points in the source clip and the destination sequence to perform the edit. Either the source clip or the sequence has both In and Out points set, while the other has only an In or an Out point set. The fourth edit point is inferred from the duration of the edit.

For example, if you set In and Out points in a source clip and an In point in a sequence, the Out point in the sequence is determined by the duration of the source clip. In this case, the sequence In point determines where the source clip is placed, and the source clip determines the duration of the edit.

Figure. Viewer window showing source clip In and Out points and the Timeline window showing the sequence In point.

However, if you set In and Out points in a sequence and an In point in your source clip, the Out point of the source clip is determined by the duration between the sequence In and Out points. In this case, the sequence In and Out points limit how much of the source clip is placed in the sequence.

Figure. A source clip In point and the Timeline window showing the sequence In and Out points.

For more details about three-point editing, see Three-Point Editing.

Determining What Parts of Clips You Want in Your Sequence

To specify what part of a clip you want in your sequence, you open it in the Viewer and set In and Out points. The In point is the first frame of the clip you want to use in a sequence, and the Out point is the last frame. For information about setting In and Out points for clips, see Setting Edit Points for Clips and Sequences.

If you like, you can also add an entire clip to your sequence, without setting In or Out points for it. For information, see Dragging Clips to the Timeline.

Instead of adding clips to your sequence one at a time, you can organize a group of clips in the Browser and drag all of them to your sequence at the same time. For information about adding groups of clips directly to your sequence, see Preparing a Sequence Order in the Browser.