Premiere Pro Tutorial Part 58: 3-Point Edits

Adobe Premiere ProBy Andrew Devis (doodleNEWS)

3-point edits are the most common type of edits in Premiere Pro. However, even with these standard edits, there are helpful variations to learn.

So what is a 3-point edit?

First, it requires you to have selected 3 points. The first 2 points are usually the In and Out points of a clip you want to add to your timeline:

In and Out points on a clip
In and Out points on a clip

The third point, generally speaking, is where your playhead happens to be in Premiere Pro. Then, assuming you’re using keyboard shortcuts (, and .) to send the clip to the timeline, the ‘In point’ of the clip will fall at the playhead position, and go along the timeline from there.

However, there are times when, instead of using the playhead as your third point, you may want to set an ‘In point’ in your timeline simply by selecting the timeline (Shift + 3) and ‘I’ where you want the clip to start.

In Point in the Timeline
In Point in the Timeline

Now, when you use either , (insert edit) or . (overwrite edit) to send the clip to the Premiere Pro timeline instead of going to the playhead, the ‘In point’ of the clip will land at the ‘In point’ in the timeline, and play forward from there.

Instead of using an ‘In point’ in your timeline, you can also choose an ‘Out point’.

Out Point in the Timeline
Out Point in the Timeline

Now, when you use , or . to send the clip to the Premiere Pro timeline, the ‘OUT point’ of the clip will land at the ‘Out point’ in the timeline, and go back up the timeline from that point. This is helpful for when the place a clip finishes, is more important than when it starts (called back-timing).

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