Setting Clip In and Out Points in the Viewer

When you set In and Out points for a clip in the Viewer, only the frames from the In point to the Out point will be edited into your sequence. If you haven’t explicitly set an In or Out point, Final Cut Pro uses the Media Start and the Media End points, respectively.

To set an In or Out point for a clip in the Viewer
  1. Double-click the clip to open it in the Viewer.

  2. Move the playhead to the location in the clip where you want to place the In or Out point.

  3. Do one of the following:

    • Choose Mark > Mark In, or choose Mark > Mark Out (or press I to set an In point or press O to set an Out point).

    • Control-click in the scrubber bar, then choose Mark In or Mark Out from the shortcut menu.

      Figure. Shortcut menu showing the Mark In and Mark Out commands.
    • Click the Mark In or Mark Out button.

      Figure. Mark In and Mark Out buttons in the Viewer.

For many editors, it’s much more intuitive to set the start (In) and end (Out) points of a clip while the clip is actually playing. This way you can set the In or Out point immediately when you hear or see the frame you want. With Final Cut Pro, this is easy to do.

To set an In or Out point while playing a clip
  1. Position the playhead at the beginning of the clip.

  2. Press the Space bar or click the Play button to start playing a clip in the Viewer.

  3. Do one of the following:

    • Press I once to set an In point or press O once to set an Out point.

    • Hold down the I or O key.

      The In or Out point is set at the location of the playhead when you release the key.

    • Click the Mark In or Mark Out button once.

    • Position the pointer over the Mark In or Mark Out button, then hold down the mouse button.

      The In or Out point is set at the location of the playhead when you release the button.

Specifying an Edit Point Using Timecode

After setting an In point, if you want a clip to have a specific duration, you can quickly define an Out point relative to your In point.

To set an In or Out point for a clip in the Browser using timecode
  1. Select the clip in the Browser.

  2. Click the In or Out point column of the clip in the Browser, then enter a new timecode number.

Tip: You can also make relative adjustments by adding or subtracting timecode from an existing In or Out point. For example, you can make a clip’s Out point 1 second earlier by clicking the clip’s Out point field in the Browser, entering “–1:00” and then pressing Enter.

To set an Out point by changing the duration of a clip
  1. Double-click the clip to open it in the Viewer.

  2. Use one of the methods in the previous task to set an In point.

    Note: If no In point is set, the Out point is set relative to the very beginning (Media Start) of the clip.

  3. Select the Timecode Duration field and enter the duration you want.

Final Cut Pro sets the location of the Out point by adding the duration you entered to the timecode value of the In point.

Setting In and Out Points to Include a Whole Clip

If you decide that you want to set In and Out points at the very beginning and end of your clip (the default), it’s easy to do.

To set In and Out points at the clip Media Start and Media End (the beginning and end of the clip)
  1. Open a clip in the Viewer.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Choose Mark > Mark Clip (or press X).

    • Click the Mark Clip button.

      Figure. Mark Clip button in the Viewer.

Reviewing Your Edit Points

When you’ve set the In and Out points you think you want to use, check your edit points to make sure that you’ve included all the frames you need for the clip you’re editing.

To view your clip from its In point to its Out point
Do one of the following:
  • Choose Mark > Play > In to Out, or press Shift-Backslash (\).

  • Click the Play In to Out button.

To view your clip from the position of the playhead to the clip’s Out point
  1. Position the playhead where you want to start viewing your clip.

  2. Choose Mark > Play > To Out (or press Shift-P).

To get a quick sense of what material is around a specific point in your clip, you can use the Play Around Current Frame option. This plays a section of your clip from before the current frame (based on a pre-roll setting) through the amount of time specified by the post-roll setting. (The preview pre-roll and post-roll settings are in the General tab of the User Preferences window. To change these settings, see Choosing Settings and Preferences.)

To view your clip around the position of the playhead
  1. Position the playhead where you want to view your clip.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Choose Mark > Play > Around, or press Backslash (\).

    • Click the Play Around Current Frame button.