Chapter 4. Fine-Tuning the Sequence


• Move a transition point between two shots

• Fine-tune shot length

• Smooth the continuity of movement from shot to shot

• Create split edits

• Edit the picture to a musical beat, or establish other relationships between picture and sound

When editing a rough cut, you’re defining the general order and assembly of the various elements in your sequence. It’s usually a good idea to focus first on these big-picture items and then go back to fine-tune your sequence to get everything flowing exactly the way you want it. Passing over the sequence again to construct a fine cut allows you to focus entirely on the timing of shots and scenes. You can evaluate where a sequence drags, where you may want ...

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