After you create a project in Rush, you can start editing your project in the timeline. Generally at this stage of editing, you trim clips, move them around, add more video clips, delete clips - basically narrowing down the footage to the key areas that you want your video to cover. For example, if you are editing a travel video, you can remove boring footage showing repetitive videos of the same area.
At this point in your editing workflow, the focus is not as much on enhancing your video (using techniques such as adding transitions, text, or color correction). The aim here is to make sure your video follows a particular narrative in the order you want and that all extra footage is removed.
Here are some common tasks that you will perform while editing your video in the timeline:
Before you start editing, take a minute to understand a bit about the Rush timeline and its capabilities.
The Rush timeline is a Non-Linear Editor (NLE). The timeline allows you to add, trim, or split, arrange, and duplicate clips – basically manipulate the video, so it looks, sounds, and feels the way you want it. The nonlinear part means that you don’t have to put the media onto the timeline in linear or sequential order. You can arrange the media in any order and use additional tracks to stack or layer clips.
The Rush timeline consists of one main video (V1) track. When you import video footage, still images, or graphics they are all by default arranged on this V1 track.
If you import audio files or add titles, those clips are placed in separate tracks on the timeline.
In Rush, you can have a maximum of seven tracks on the timeline: four video tracks and three audio-only tracks. Video tracks support video (with or without audio), images, and graphics. Audio-only tracks support audio only clips such as music and voiceover recordings.
The main V1 track is gapless - When you import footage, Rush automatically assembles all clips in this track next to each other with no gaps in between clips. It is lighter in color than the other tracks, as a visual indicator to you that this track is your main video track and has special gapless properties.
Clips placed on tracks V2-V4 and A1-A3 are associated with clips in the main V1 track, keeping your clips in sync.
When you select a clip on the V1 track, clips that are associated with it on tracks V2-V4 and A1-A3 display a yellow line along its bottom edge and a vertical yellow line showing the connection point to the clip in the V1 track.
Click a clip that you want to move in the timeline; an orange border appears around the clip to indicate that it is selected.
To select multiple clips, place your cursor and hold down to lasso multiple clips. Press the Ctrl or Command key and click individual clips to select multiple non-adjacent clips.
For multiple, adjacent clips that are selected, you can drag the selected clips to a new location in the timeline to rearrange them. You can also move those clips to other tracks.
TIP: You can use this technique to create cutaway shots (for example, where you show two different perspectives of a single event).
You can fine-tune the duration of a clip in your timeline by moving the clip’s start point or end point. This is called trimming.
Trimming clips does not trim the original video. You can drag the thick yellow line to the right to extend the trimmed clip at any time.
Splitting is useful if you’ve added a clip to your timeline, but don’t want to use the entire clip all at once.
To split a clip in two, select the clip in the timeline and drag the playhead to the place you want the split to occur (you can also use the < and > keys or zoom into the timeline to get a precise cut) and then click Split (the Scissors icon in the left toolbar).
After you split a clip, you can rearrange the two clips and move them around separately within your timeline.
Duplicating a clip before editing is a great idea as you can retain the original clip and do before and after comparisons while editing.
Select a clip on the timeline, and click the Duplicate icon in the left toolbar.
If the selected clip is on the main V1 track, then Rush duplicates the clip and adds the new clip after the original clip on the timeline.
If the selected clip is an audio clip, or a title, then Rush duplicates the clip and add the new clip at the exact spot as the original but in a new track.