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Editing size of clip

Posted: Wed, 24th Jun 2009, 12:18am

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FXhomer51950

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I know this is a stupid question, but I am having a lot of fun with the program, but am having a hell of a time doing two basic things...

1) Cutting out the first 10-30 seconds of a clip that I imported.

2) Seeing the timeline in an easier way (more of it on the screen).
Posted: Wed, 24th Jun 2009, 12:39am

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Axeman

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Hi there. You might find the video tutorials helpful for getting a hang of the basics of the program.

To edit the end of your clip, there are several ways you can proceed. the first is to set the in point where you want it in the media browser. After you have imported the clip, click its thumbnail to select it in the media browser, and it will appear in the preview player at the top of the Toolbox. There you can scrub or play to find the in point you want to use, and use the In Point button (looks like a left bracket) to set the in point. Use the Out Point button to set the out point, then add the clip to the timeline.

The second, is to use the Knife tool (on the top left of the timeline; it looks like a knife) to cut the clip where you want, then delete the part you don't want from the timeline.

The third is to use the crop tool (top left of the timeline, looks like two arrows pointing away from each other) to drag the front end of your clip to the right, to remove the portion you don't want to include.

You can't zoom in on the timeline, though there is a scroll bar at the very top of the timeline that can be used for moving over large areas more quickly. As far as seeing more of the timeline vertically, there is a handle at center between the timeline and canvas that can be used to drag the timeline taller or shorter, and each layer has collapse arrows that can be used to reduce the amount of screen it takes up when you aren't using its controls.
Posted: Wed, 24th Jun 2009, 1:36am

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Terminal Velocity

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I know Axeman got to it first, but I'll say it anyway. I had a bit of trouble understanding him myself, and I knew what he meant already. wink

Put your clip on the timeline.

Now, you have two options from here.

If you're stringing together more than one clip, use the Crop tool (near the top left of your timeline) to drag the individual in/out points of each clip to where you want them. Finally, set the in/out frames of the entire project (top bar on the timeline) to your preferences.

If you've just got one clip, set the in/out points of the project.

to see more of the timeline, grab the little handle on the top of the timeline and drag it. You can go up to 24 tracks or down to 8.

+1 Axeman.
Posted: Wed, 24th Jun 2009, 2:36am

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Axeman

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Hehe, are you saying I'm hard to understand, Richard III? I actually anticipated that a bit, which is why I linked the video tutorials first. Learning new tools and so forth is much easier when you can see what is being talked about. I didn't have time to screencap the icons and upload pics to link to though.

But anyway, thanks for the clarification.
Posted: Wed, 24th Jun 2009, 8:44pm

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FXhomer51950

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Thanks everyone. Found my issue. I was trying to crop and slice from the keyframe are on the top (on the right of the toolbar). Once I read your comments and looked, it all made sense!

One quick question, on the demo for Composite studio, there is an AWESOME virtual set, do you know where I can get a couple freebies to play with to make sure that I am able to utilize them once I make purchases? Looking for cool studios both for seated and non-seated actors (actually me and my son goofing off to make something for my wife).
Posted: Wed, 24th Jun 2009, 9:19pm

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Axeman

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The virtual sets seen in the demo are a combination of stuff they filmed themselves, setting up a desk and so forth, and some stuff they bought, though I can't recall where. There aren't any virtual sets available from FXhome currently though. For free stuff your best bet is probably to set up a desk on front of a greenscreen and film it.