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Closing A Gap Via 3 Point Editing In Final Cut Pro

We have previously discussed a form of three-point editing in relation to a technique referred to as backtiming a clip, an edit that is used when the end of a clip is more important than its beginning. Three point editing is also efficient for when you need to fill a gap within the timeline.

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As an example, lets say that you have been waiting for your client to supply you with the proper pre-existing, whole screen graphic that you are to use in a thirty-second spot, but you have alaready built the rest of the timeline and just need to fill in that gap.

Editing A Clip Into A Gap In The Timeline

1 First of all, make sure that you lock your audio tracks so they won't be effected by the changes you are about to make.

2 Load the clip into the viewer by double clicking it.

3 Create an in point for the clip that you have loaded into the viewer.

4 Move the playhead in the timeline to the middle of the gap and press the X key to set the in and out points for the gap.

5 Perform an overwrite edit to insert the clip into the empty space inside of the timeline. The gap has now been filled.

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