A standard editing technique is to take longer clips and chunk them up into smaller pieces called subclips. Often times you can subclip a long interview into shorter responses or a long B-roll clip into specific shots.
Remember, this is nondestructive editing. All of the original longer clips still exist. All you’ve done is create a pointer file to a smaller portion of the media (without duplicating the media on your hard drive).
Here’s how to create subclips right inside the Source panel:
- Load a clip by double-clicking it in the bin.
- Navigate the clip with the buttons or the J-K-L keys.
- Mark In and Out points using the I and O keys.
- When you have the desired region, choose Clip > Make Subclip. You can also press Cmd+U.
- Enter a name for the clip and click OK. The clip is automatically added to the same bin as the source clip.