Editing Controls in the Canvas

You can perform five basic types of edits in the Canvas to place a clip displayed in the Viewer into the current sequence. The clip is placed in the Timeline according to the In and Out points set in the clip and the sequence, following the rules of three-point editing. The basic edit types are:

Variations of overwrite and insert edits, called overwrite with transition and insert with transition, add the default transition when you perform the edit. This allows you to perform transitions such as dissolves in a single move. These edits are covered in much more detail in Three-Point Editing.

You can use the Canvas editing controls to perform edits. Once you’ve marked a clip in the Viewer with In and Out points defining how much of that clip you want to use, you can use the Edit Overlay or the edit buttons at the bottom of the Canvas to perform the edit.

Edit Overlay

The Edit Overlay appears only when you drag clips from the Browser or Viewer to the image area of the Canvas. The Edit Overlay appears translucently over the image currently in the Canvas.

Figure. Canvas window showing the Edit Overlay.

There are seven sections in the Edit Overlay. If you simply drag your clip to the image display area to the left of the Edit Overlay, an overwrite edit is performed. To perform any of the other edits, drag your clip to the overlay area for the edit you wish to perform.

You’ll know that the clip you’re dragging is over a specific overlay when a colored outline appears around the border of the overlay.

Edit Buttons in the Canvas

Instead of dragging clips to the Canvas, you can click one of the edit buttons to edit the clip in the Viewer into your sequence. (You can also drag clips to the edit buttons to perform the same edits.)

Figure. Edit buttons in the Canvas window.