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Inserting Clips into the Primary Storyline

You have added clips to the Timeline to build your rough cut. Like any rough cut, this one is a work in progress. So far, you’ve laid a strong foundation by editing and then reordering the interview clips that give this project its face, personality, and energy. Now it’s time to insert other shots that show or demonstrate more of the racers’ story and passion.

But rather than append these clips to the end of the project, you will use the insert edit to place, or insert, them between existing clips in the primary storyline. When you insert a clip, a space for the new clip opens up in the storyline similar to the way the clips opened up when you repositioned them using the Magnetic Timeline.

In this exercise, you will work with media from the B-Roll Keyword Collection. In Lesson 2, Final Cut Pro used the existing media folder structure for that project to create a Keyword Collection of clips that were already organized in a B-Roll folder. Let’s start by picking three shots to mark and insert into this rough cut.

  1. In the Event Library, select the B-Roll Keyword Collection. In the Event Browser, from the Filter pop-up menu, choose All Clips. Take a moment to change the thumbnail view so that all clips are visible in the Event Browser.

    When you first select the B-Roll Keyword Collection, no clips appear in the Event Browser because the Favorites filter is still active from the previous exercises. By choosing All Clips, you can see all the B-Roll clips in this collection.

    As you look at the clip thumbnails, you will see a few audio-only clips. You won’t be inserting audio clips at the moment, so let’s hide those audio clips by choosing a media file type in the Filters window.

  2. In the search field, click the Filter (magnifying glass) button to open the Filter window, or press Command-F. From the Add Rule pop-up menu, choose Media Type. Then, in the Media Type rule entry, from the Type pop-up menu, choose Video With Audio.

    Only those clips that have both video and audio now appear in the Event Browser. In the Search field, notice the filmstrip icon that indicates that a search is active based on media type.

    To help place your audience at the scene, let’s find some racing and crowd shots to insert into this project.

  3. Close the Filter window. In the Event Browser, skim the wall low angle clip. To select the action portion of this clip, drag a selection from the head of the clip to the point where both cars are out of frame, at about 1:28 in the clip. Use the Viewer as a guide.

    You could edit this selection immediately, but to preserve the range of this material for later use, rate it as a Favorite.

  4. To rate the selected clip range as a Favorite, click the Favorite button, or press F.
  5. Skim through the crowd ots clip. To select the latter part of this clip, press I to set the Start point when the red racing lights come on, just before the man with a camera turns. Press F to rate this selection as a Favorite.

    When you set a Start point by itself, a selection automatically appears from the Start point to the end of the clip. Likewise, when you set a single End point, the selection appears from the head of the clip to the End point.

  6. Skim the crowd wide clip. Notice everyone in the crowd moves their heads together at the same time. Mark a Start point before the heads turn, and press F to rate the selection from here to the end as a Favorite.
  7. To view the Favorites you just created, from the Filters pop-up menu, choose Favorites.

    The three Favorite selections you just created appear. Now that they are marked, it’s easy to insert them anywhere in the project. To set the stage for this project, let’s insert them at the beginning. To do this, you must first specify the edit location.

  8. Press Command-2 to switch to the Timeline, and press the Home key to move the playhead to the beginning of the project. Make sure the skimmer is not in a different location.

    To review, an append edit automatically places a clip at the end of a storyline no matter where the playhead is located. For insert and connect edits, you must first position the playhead or skimmer where you want to place the clip.

  9. In the Event Browser, select the wall low angle clip. In the toolbar, click the Insert button. Then play the first few clips.

    In the Timeline, the wall low angle clip now appears before the Tony Schumacher clip.

  10. In the Timeline, snap the playhead between the first two clips. In the Event Browser, select the crowd ots clip, and click the Insert button, or press W.

    After you perform any type of edit in the Timeline, the playhead repositions to the end of the newly edited clip. If you want to insert a shot to follow the clip you just edited, the playhead is already in position.

  11. To insert the crowd ws clip as the third clip, select it in the Event Browser, and press the insert edit keyboard shortcut, W.
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