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Final Cut Express HD for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide by Lisa Brenneis

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Chapter 9. Basic Editing

Everything up to this point has been preamble—by now you’re familiar enough with Final Cut Express that you can jump in and start the actual work of editing. But there’s more to it than just slicing and rearranging clips.

In this chapter, you’ll learn not only basic procedures for performing edits in FCE, including how to use the seven edit types available, but also the underlying concepts and protocols that govern editing: sequences, three-point editing, and multiple media tracks.

You assemble an edited sequence in the Timeline window, which displays a chronological view of a sequence. All the media elements you’ve assembled to create a sequence appear in the Timeline as elements that diagram the sequencing and layering ...

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