Split Edit Examples

The result of your split edit depends on the edit points you set. This section provides several examples of the combination of simple edit points and split edit points you might set up, along with their results.

Example: Split Edit in the Viewer and a Simple Edit Point in the Canvas

If you set up a split edit in the Viewer and set a simple In point in the Canvas or Timeline (or if you simply use the position of the Canvas/Timeline playhead), Final Cut Pro lines up the earliest audio or video split edit point set in the Viewer (whichever appears first) with the In point you’ve set in the Canvas or Timeline.

To set a split edit in the Viewer and set an In point in the Canvas or Timeline
  1. Set up a split edit in the Viewer, with the audio In point preceding the video In point.

  2. Set an Out point in the clip in the Viewer.

    Figure. Viewer window showing the resulting edit points of a split edit.
  3. Position the playhead in the Canvas or Timeline at the place where you want the audio of your source clip to start, or set a simple In point.

    Figure. Timeline window showing a sequence In point.
  4. Drag the clip in the Viewer to the Overwrite section of the Edit Overlay in the Canvas.

    The resulting edit looks like this:

    Figure. Timeline window showing a split edit in which the audio item precedes the video item.

The audio precedes the video and begins at the sequence In point.

Example: Split Edit in the Viewer and a Single Split Edit Point in the Canvas

If you set up a split edit in the Viewer and set a single split edit point in the Canvas or Timeline, Final Cut Pro matches the appropriate split edit point in the Timeline to the corresponding audio or video split edit point in the Viewer; audio to audio, or video to video. The other, overlapping media extends before or after this edit point as necessary. This method can be used to backtime a split edit, as well.

To set a split edit in the Viewer and set a single split edit point in the Canvas or Timeline
  1. Set up a split edit in the Viewer, with the audio In point preceding the video In point.

  2. Set an Out point in your clip in the Viewer.

    Figure. Viewer window showing the resulting edit points of a split edit.
  3. Set a single split video In point in the Canvas or Timeline at the place where you want the video of your source clip to start.

    Figure. Timeline window showing a split video In point.
  4. Drag the clip in the Viewer to the Overwrite section of the Edit Overlay in the Canvas.

The resulting edit looks like this:

Figure. Timeline window showing a new video item overwriting a video item at the location of the sequence In point.

Example: Simple Edit in the Viewer and a Split Edit in the Canvas

If you set simple edit points in the Viewer and a split edit in the Canvas or Timeline, Final Cut Pro lines up the In point of the clip in the Viewer with the corresponding split audio or split video In point that you set in the Canvas or Timeline. This method can be used to backtime a split edit, as well.

To set edit points in the Viewer and a split edit in the Canvas or Timeline
  1. Set an In point in your clip in the Viewer.

  2. Set an Out point in your clip in the Viewer.

    Figure. Viewer window showing an In point and Out point.
  3. Set up a split edit in the Canvas or Timeline at the place where you want your source clip to appear.

    Figure. Timeline window showing a split edit with audio preceding the video.
  4. Drag the clip in the Viewer to the Overwrite section of the Edit Overlay in the Canvas.

The resulting edit looks like this:

Figure. Timeline window showing a split edit in which the video begins at the split video In point and the audio precedes the video, beginning at the split audio In point.