A rough cut is a timeline-based sequence of video and audio clips that is used as a basic editing process of the various clips before the final sequence is completed. Editing processes include trimming, clips selection, and sorting and ordering the clips.
Create a rough cut
- Select File > Create Rough Cut.
- Enter a name for the rough cut (.arcutx) file, and click Save.
- Double-click the rough cut in the Project panel to open it in the Timeline and Monitor panels.
- Select the movie clips or subclips to add to the rough cut.
- Select File > Append To Rough Cut. The movie clips are added to the Timeline in the order in of their selection. Alternatively, drag the movie clips to the Timeline.
- Use the options in the Rough Cut menu to select or reorder movie clips in the rough cut.
- Save the project to save changes to the rough cut file.
To create a copy of your rough cut, select File > Save Rough Cut As, and save the rough cut file using a different name.
Prelude CC October 2014.1 and later versions save rough cut files with .arcutx extension. Previous versions of Prelude CC saved rough cut files with .arcut extension.
Add markers to a rough cut
Add Voice-over to Rough Cuts
You can record and add voice-overs to Rough Cuts. Although Prelude lets you add Audio clips separately, you can use the voice-over feature to record audio clips on the fly.
You can record and overlay voice-overs over video footages during the basic editing process, before the final sequence is complete. Adobe Prelude lets you add multiple voice-overs to a rough cut, as well.
To record voice-overs for a rough cut, do the following steps:
Choose the right audio hardware for the voice-over. Choose the right audio hardware for the voice-over. Source Option automatically detects all audio hardware connected to the system.
Countdown Sound Cues
Allow Prelude to provide sound cues before recording the voice over audio track.
Enable and specify preroll for the voice over. The pre-roll countdown is a visual cue to give you time to prepare and begin the recording. Recording begins after the countdown reaches zero.
Enable and specify postroll for the voice over. The post-roll countdown is a visual cue indicating the end of recording.
Click the button in the audio track's header to begin recording. Use the play-back controls on the monitor to pause/continue the recording.
When using a predefined In/Out range, you don't have to click the Voice-over Record button. Recording automatically starts when the playhead reaches the In point in the Timeline.
Open rough cut in other applications
If you have Adobe Premiere Pro installed on the same computer as Prelude, you can send the rough cut directly to Premiere Pro.
To create a file for use in applications such as Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro running on a different computer, use the Export option.