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Written by Susanne Kraft, susanne.kraft@austin.utexas.edu

A subclip is a clip that appears in a bin like any other, it functions like any other, but it's really representative of just a piece of a master clip. They're very easy to create and great for organizing select clips from a long master clip. If you'd like to watch a Lynda.com video, sign onto your UT Lynda Portal and navigate to this Subclip tutorial.

When you mark footage with IN and OUT points, you can either save the entire clip along with the new marks, or you can create subclips based on the marks you set to break up longer master clips into smaller segments of selected footage.
This is similar to creating circle takes of all of your best footage before editing. Subclips do not directly reference the original media. Subclips remain linked to the master clips from which they are created, and the master clips, in turn, reference the recorded media files located on your storage drives. As a result, none of the original footage is lost.
Subclips do not limit your access to the original, recorded master clip material when trimming. Therefore, if you must trim beyond the marked IN to OUT points of the subclip to make it longer or shorter, your system accommodates the adjustments during the trim. For more information on trimming,
You can create subclips directly from the marked section of material in the monitors using one of the following methods. To use the Alt key (Windows) or the Option key (Macintosh) to create a subclip:
1. Press and hold the Alt key (Windows) or the Option key (Macintosh).
2. Drag the picture from the monitor to the bin in which you want to store the subclip.


To use the Make Subclip button to create a subclip:

1. Click Tools on the top navigation bar and select the Command Palette drop down option.


2. Click the Edit tab and the Make Subclip button is on the right side. Select the Active Palette radio button to activate the button. You can also click on 'Button to Button' Reassignment to drag the button onto an empty tool bar slot. 

3. Click the Make Subclip button to create the subclip and place it into the active bin by default.

 

4. If you press the Alt key (Windows) or the Option key (Macintosh) while you click the Make Subclip button, a dialog box allows you to select the destination bin for the subclip. The new subclip is listed in the bin, preceded by a subclip icon and identified with a numbered. Sub.n file name extension, as shown in the following illustration