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This month, the author will show you how to use the Replace Edit tool as well as some cool tricks you can do with Replace Edit when you combine it with other handy tools. FCP will take the frame that the playhead in the Viewer is on and line it up with the location of the playhead in the Timeline. Place your playhead in the middle of the clip you want to slow down in the Timeline. In FCP 7, it's much easier to do a trick. Simply right-click on the clip, and from the pop-up menu that appears, select Change Speed. In the new FCP 7 Change Speed window, type in the new speed of 25%, uncheck the Ripple Sequence box, and click OK. Hit F11 to perform the Replace Edit, which in this setup makes the frame that the author's playhead is on in the Viewer the last frame in the Timeline, and FCP backfills the content appropriately.

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  pro    tutorial                       Ben Balser

                                               USING THE REPLACE
                                               EDIT TOOL
                                              This month, I’ll show you how to use the Replace
                                                Edit tool as well as some cool tricks you can do
                                                    with Replace Edit when you combine it with
                                                 other handy tools. At its most basic, a Replace
                                              Edit is when we replace a clip that already exists
                                         in the Sequence (as viewed in the Timeline window)
                                      with a new clip, without disturbing anything else in the
                                    Sequence. The new clip fits in the exact same space, on the
                                   exact same track, as the original clip. That’s a nice feature to
                                  have, but it gets even better: When we combine the Replace
                                 Edit tool with other nifty tools, we can come up with some
                                really cool tricks that will help you change out and clean up
                               your edits quickly.
                                 Let’s start with a project where we’ve already done our rough
                               edit. We may or may not have gone through and refined the edit
                               points after that (see last month’s Cut Lines on editing
                               workflow for more detail on moving methodically from rough
                                edits to refinements). Upon reviewing what we have so far, we
                                see a clip that fills up a needed space in the Sequence, but it
                                 doesn’t have the impact we wanted. Maybe we know of a
                                  better clip, now that we’re looking at the Sequence as a
                                    whole, that would fill that space with more impact. In the
                                     accompanying screens, I’ve placed Markers at the edit
                                       points in the Timeline so you can see how the Edit Point
                                             locations are unaffected by a Replace Edit.

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 Replace Edit Basics

So here’s how you do a quick replace edit. In or Out points
are not needed. We’ll work strictly with the playhead
positions in the Viewer and Timeline windows. I’ll start by
opening the new clip I want to use from the Browser into
the Viewer. (Make sure that the patch tab in the Timeline
window is set to the proper track.) Then, I’ll place my
playhead over the old cli
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