… for Apple Final Cut Pro X
Tip #1493: How to Create a Split Edit
Split edits solve many editing problems.
(I discovered this tip while researching a recent PowerUP webinar presenting Audio in Apple Final Cut Pro.)
A split edit is where the audio and video edit at different places in the timeline. It is a workhorse in editing, where you want to linger on the video while hearing different audio (see screen shot). Or vice-versa.
To create a split edit:
- Double-click the audio portion of a clip in the Final Cut timeline (Shortcut: Control +S). This separates it from the video without unlinking it.
- Select the Trim tool (Shortcut: T) from the Tools menu.
- Click and drag the audio edit point to a new location. The audio edit point moves, without altering the video. (This type of edit is called a “Roll” trim.)
NOTE: You can do the same with the video edit point. Click and drag with the Trim tool.
You can move the selected edit point multiple ways:
- Type Control + [comma] / [period] to move left/right one frame.
- Type Shift + Control + [comma] / [period] to move left/right ten frames
- Type Shift + X to jump the edit point to the position of the playhead (assuming you have sufficient handles and are not jumping over other clips).
To remove a split edit, select the clip and choose Trim > Align Audio to Video. This trims (not moves) the audio to match the timing of the video for that clip.