Final Cut Pro 6 - Using the Viewer to Adjust Sequence Clip In and Out Points

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Using the Viewer to Adjust Sequence Clip In and Out Points

Adjusting clip In and Out points in the Timeline is very intuitive. You simply drag the
boundary of the clip to make the clip longer or shorter. However, you can also open a
sequence clip in the Viewer and set an In or Out point on the exact frame you want.
Ultimately, the results are the same whether you adjust a clip in the Viewer or the
Timeline, but there are times when one method may better help you visualize
the result.

The advantage of working with sequence clips in the Viewer is that you can navigate
through the whole clip, even beyond the clip In and Out points. Making an edit in the
Viewer is a two-step process, but in some cases you may prefer the visual precision of
this approach over dragging clip boundaries in the Timeline. With this method, you
always know exactly which frames the In and Out points are set on.

In the Viewer, as well as in the Canvas and Timeline, the active tool, such as the Ripple,
Roll, or Selection tool, determines the result of the edit.

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Part III

Fine-Tuning Your Edit

To make a ripple, roll, slip, or duration change to a sequence clip in the Viewer:


Open the sequence clip in the Viewer.


Select the appropriate tool for the type of edit you want to do.


In the Viewer, navigate to the frame you want to use for the clip’s new In point.


Press I to set a new In point.


Navigate to a new Out point and press O to set a new Out point.

If the new In or Out point is not accepted, check to see if Final Cut Pro displays an alert
message. Some edits are not possible because they would cause other sequence clips
to be partially overwritten or moved out of sync. For more information, see

Understanding Alert Messages When Trimming

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