4-Point Editing – Which Option to Choose

4-Point Editing – Which Option to Choose

You may have heard of the concept of 3 point editing which states that when performing edits in the timeline at least 3 points need to be established. For example, 3 points could be the in point and out points of the source clip and the position of your playhead in the timeline. But what happens when you have 4 points? Unlike any other NLE, Adobe Premiere Pro CC gives you a list of options for handling the edit.

  • Use Change Clip Speed (Fit to Fill) when you want to fit the contents of the clip from the source monitor into the area you defined in the timeline by slowing down or speeding up your clip (ie: time remapping it).
  • Use Ignore Source In Point when the length of the area you defined in the timeline takes priority. This function will ignore the in point of the clip in the Source monitor. The out point takes priority essentially backtiming your clip.
  • Use Ignore Source Out Point when the length of the area you defined in the timeline takes priority. This will ignore the out point of the clip in the source monitor. The in point takes priority.
  • Use Ignore Sequence In when the length of the clip you marked in the source monitor is more important than the length specified in the timeline. This function will ignore the in point marked in the sequence.
  • Use Ignore Sequence Out when the length of the clip you marked in the source monitor is more important than the length specified in the timeline. This function will ignore the out point marked in the sequence.

Nick Harauz: I’m an Adobe Certified Trainer, producer, editor and author.
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7 comments

  1. Leo

    I choosed the option, remember next time. It´s the check box in the bottom of the window Change Clip Speed (Fit to Fill).
    Now it doesn´t show this option when i make 3 or 4 points edit.
    Can you help me? How can i “turn on” this option.
    Thks

    1. fredphoesh

      Leo, a stupid and unhelpful answer.

      Beth, the answer is to go to Preferences > General and at the bottom SELECT “Fit clip dialogue opens for edit range mismatches”

      Done.

    2. fredphoesh

      OOPS, my apologies Leo, I thought you were being nasty to Beth, but you were actually correcting yourself…
      Anyhow, I’m glad I could answer Beth :)

  2. Tim Kane

    The ignore source outpoint only works if source duration is greater than your duration on timeline. If it is less you get the dreaded “insufficient media warning”. I can’t for the life of me understand how basic editing could be so over thought on this. Why can’t it behave like every editing program ever made going back to linear tape editors. The timeline (record side) should always take priority and over ride source outpoint and there should be a dedicated hot key for fit to fill for 4 point edit mis matches. If the ignore source outpoint would work the way it should regardless of durations as referenced above that would be another story. Furthermore when you load a still for the first time it automatically has in and out points so you are constantly getting the media warnings if you don’t clear your points before making an edit.

    1. Dave Ryan

      Agree completely. I would use ignore source out point about a thousand times before needing the next most useful choice. When I see the mismatch dialog box come up with “Ignore Source Out Point” grayed out, it makes me crazy.

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