Creating the Four-Point Edit

The four-point edit functions in a similar fashion to the three-point edit, and it is also used to either create cutaway shots or to replace the existing clip completely. However, it has an extra trick up its sleeve in that it also adjusts the mark-out point of the inserted clip to suit the gap you want the clip to fit into. You can do this by adjusting the overall speed of the clip; either to slow it down or to speed it up, making the clip fit inside the two points you have defined on the Timeline.

To create a four-point edit


To retain the audio for the clip on the Timeline, prepare it by right-clicking the clip and selecting Disband Clip(s) from the drop-down list.

Now that audio is disbanded, make sure the audio track is inactive by clicking it once to turn it gray. The audio track for this clip will not be unaffected by the added media clip.

If you don't need to retain the audio, you can ignore this step.


Load a clip into the Source Viewer and define its mark-in and mark-out points.

These are your first two points.


Now scrub the Timeline until you find a suitable place to insert the clip; then click the Mark-In Point button .

This creates your third point.


Now scrub the Timeline again until you find a suitable place for your mark-out point and click the Mark-Out Point button .

This creates your fourth point (Figure 6.58).

Figure 6.58. Adding a mark-out point to the Timeline and the fourth point in a four-point edit.


Click the Insert Source into Master button and the clip will appear at the mark-in point in the Timeline, overwriting the existing clip. A dynamic Timewarp is added to the clip to make it fit inside the points you have defined (Figure 6.59).

Figure 6.59. The inserted clip has been compressed to fit into a smaller gap.


  • Dynamic Timewarp is a non-real-time effect that must be rendered before it can be viewed. Clips with this effect applied to them will have a speckled black and purple band running along the bottom of the video section. More details on Timewarp can be found in Chapter 9.

  • If you want to retain the audio of the clip you are overwriting, you will need to disband the audio first. See Chapter 7 for details.

  • The inserted clip will retain audio up to a maximum of 200 percent and a minimum of 50 percent Timewarp, although the video is not limited to these speeds.

Filling a Gap

Trimming a media clip to close a gap on the Timeline is one way to stop your video from having lots of embarrassing black gaps in it. But what happens if the clip is not long enough to fill the gap and the rest of the Timeline cannot be moved down?

Again, this is where Timewarp can help.


Right-click the clip you want to stretch and select Linear Timewarp from the menu.


Check the Fit to fill (dynamic speed) box (Figure 6.60) and then click the check mark.

Figure 6.60. The Timewarp Fit to fill function.

The speed of the clip is automatically adjusted to fit the gap between the clip you are applying this Timewarp to and the nearest clip on the right.

Pinnacle Liquid Edition 6 for Windows
Pinnacle Liquid Edition 6 for Windows
ISBN: 0321269160
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2003
Pages: 245
Authors: Paul Ekert © 2008-2017.
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