Learning About Split Edits

Final Cut Pro allows you to set separate video and audio In and Out points. These edits are known as split edits. Split edits are useful for conversation scenes, where the video and audio of two actors overlap. You can also use split edits to introduce the sound of a new scene before cutting to the video.

For example: You are editing a sequence in which a man and a woman are talking to each other. It’s common during a conversation scene to cut to the video of one person listening while the audio from the other person continues. You use a split edit to achieve this effect. This is how you would achieve the effect:

The resulting edit would look something like this:

Figure. Timeline window showing a video edit point and an audio edit point.

Split edits can be used in many different situations—in dialogue scenes, like the one described above, when cutting to illustrative B-roll footage during an interview, or when transitioning from one scene to another.