Final Cut Pro 6 - How Clips Appear in the Timeline

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How Clips Appear in the Timeline

Before you begin editing and arranging clips in a sequence in the Timeline, it’s a good
idea to look at how clips are represented when they’re first edited into a sequence.
When you edit a clip into the Timeline, an affiliated copy of that clip is placed in your
sequence. The clip in the Timeline looks like this:

In the example above, a clip containing one video item and two audio items was
added to the sequence. Each of these items is called a clip item.

The video clip item is placed in track V1 of the Timeline, and the two audio clip items
are placed in tracks A1 and A2, respectively. Each of these items is named after the
master clip in the Browser from which it came. All three clip items are linked together,
which is indicated by the line under each clip item name. Linking clip items together
keeps the items in sync with each other.

Video clip item

Audio clip items

An underline indicates
items that are linked.

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Chapter 6

The Fundamentals of Adding Clips to a Sequence



Since the audio and video items of each edited clip are linked, selecting the video clip
item also selects the audio clip items, and edits you make to one are automatically
made to the others. For example, if you move a video clip item from track V1 to track
V2, the audio clip items move from tracks A1 and A2 to tracks A3 and A4.

Video and audio clip items can be linked or unlinked at any time. For more information,
see Chapter 14, “

Linking and Editing Video and Audio in Sync

,” on page 213.

Video clip item on V1

Audio clip items on
A1 and A2

...the audio clip items
move as well because
they are linked.

When you move a video
clip item to a new

The video clip item is
now on V2.

Linked audio clip items
are on A3 and A4.

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Part II

Rough Editing