Premiere Pro Tutorial Part 59: 4-Point Edits

Adobe Premiere ProBy Andrew Devis (doodleNEWS)

In the previous Premiere Pro tutorial, we looked at 3-point edits, but as well as specifying either an ‘In’ OR ‘Out’ point in the timeline, it’s possible to specify BOTH an ‘In’ AND ‘Out’ point in the timeline.

In and Out Point in Timeline
In and Out Point in Timeline

You can see the duration of your selection in Premiere Pro at the bottom right of the Program Monitor – in this case 6:03:

Selection Length
Selection Length

This means that we now have 4 points – 2 on the clip, and 2 in the timeline. Now, for this to work, you need to use the keyboard shortcuts to send the clip to the timeline – either the ‘,’ for insert or ‘.’ for overwrite. But this time, instead of just placing the clip in the timeline, Premiere Pro is going to throw up a dialogue box asking you what you really want to do:

Fit Clip Dialogue Box
‘Fit Clip’ Dialogue Box

This box is asking how Premiere Pro is supposed to deal with this action. As the ‘In’ & ‘Out’ points of the clip are a different duration to the ‘In’ & ‘Out’ points in the timeline, something has to give. So Premiere Pro is asking if you want to ignore clip (Source) ‘In’ or ‘Out’ or Sequence ‘In’ or ‘Out,’ so the clip can hit the timeline without any other changes. However, there’s also another option at the top – ‘Change Clip Speed (Fit to Fill)’, and this is what we’re going to select.

If I select ‘Change Clip Speed’, my 17:21 clip will be forced to speed up so that it fits in my 6:03 space. And, if my sequence ‘In’ & ‘Out’ were longer than the clips ‘In’ & ‘Out’, the clip would be forced to slow down to fit.

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