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Trimming

The no-trim method I described in the last chapter works fine to get your scenes assembled, but it's far too slow to accommodate the kind of rapid-fire, high-powered editing that I just described. The trim tools are the key to fast editing. They enable you to control both sides of one edit point at the same time, or even modify two or more edits at once. And working fast is not only efficient, it's exhilarating.

You can define trimming as anything you do to your sequence after the initial clips have been laid down. While that's an accurate definition, under its terms, plenty of the slowpoke techniques I described in Chapter 5, “Basic Editing,” would qualify as trimming. So let me refine the meaning here to refer specifically to the advanced techniques experienced editors use to edit quickly and confidently with Final Cut Pro's trim tools: Roll, Ripple, Slip, and Slide.


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