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How to Cut Clips Efficiently in Premiere Pro

In this lesson from David Bode's free Adobe Premiere Pro Tutorial you will learn how to mark the in and out point of individual clips before you pull them into your sequences. This will really help speed up your workflow when you're editing in the timeline.

Defining the In and Out Points

When you're editing your video in Premiere Pro you'll need to master the art of cutting the exact clip you want from the raw footage. The best way to do this is to define the in and the out points of individual clips before you add them to your sequence. This is called marking.

Marking Your Clip in the Source Monitor

Open your video clip in the Source Monitor by double clicking the clip in the Project panel.

Hit the space bar to watch your clip in the source monitor to determine which segment you want to use in your sequence. Locate the mark in and mark out buttons at the bottom of the Source Monitor. Play the clip again and click the mark in button on the point you want the clip to begin and the mark out button on the point you want it to end. Alternatively, and a little more quickly, you can use 'I' on the keyboard as a shortcut to mark the in point and 'O' on the keyboard to mark the out point.

You can see in the example below that now there is an in and out point selection, which  shows the in and the out points of the entire clip. Working like this makes editing a lot easier because now, you don't really have to pull in a lot of junk that you don't need into your sequence. You can streamline your clips, to pull in just the stuff that you really need and thus create smaller clips.

Marking Your Clip in the Source MonitorMarking Your Clip in the Source MonitorMarking Your Clip in the Source Monitor

Note, you don't have to get really specific with the in and the out points in the source monitor. Just place your in and the out points in the rough areas that you want, and then you can get into the refining of the actual edit points once it's in your sequence. There you can see how well it flows from the previous clip and trim up the beginning and the end to make it really clean. 

Marking Your Clip in the Project Panel

You can also mark your in and our points in the Project panel in thumbnail view by playing the clip in the project panel and using the keyboard shortcuts 'I' and 'O' to mark the in and out points. 

Marking Your Clip in the Project PanelMarking Your Clip in the Project PanelMarking Your Clip in the Project Panel

This is just another way of doing the same thing you did in the Source monitor. It works really well for quickly marking in and out points because you can do it right in the Project panel, instead of bringing it up in the source monitor.

Marking Your Clip in the Project PanelMarking Your Clip in the Project PanelMarking Your Clip in the Project Panel

So that's how you mark your in and out points.  This will guarantee that when you move the clips into your sequence, they are all trimmed out for you and thus much easier to work with. 

In the next lesson, you're going to go one step further with this idea and learn how to create subclips from a longer clip.

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