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Chapter 8. Fine Cut: Trimming Edits

Chapter 8. Fine Cut: Trimming Edits

What's the difference between performing an edit and trimming an edit? An edit adds new material to a sequence; a trim is an adjustment to previously assembled sequence material. The development of nonlinear editing has expanded the repertoire of trim edit types. Some of these trim edit types (like Ripple and Roll) date back to the tape-to-tape days of video editing; others (like the Slide edit) could not have existed until the advent of nonlinear systems. Certainly none of these trim edits were implemented in the same way in older editing schemes. You can perform a Slip-edit cutting on film—but it's more like “strip-snip-snip-slip; hand me the glue.”

In this chapter, you'll learn about the types of trim edits available in Final Cut Pro. Each type of trim edit can be performed in a variety of ways (with tools, with timecode entry, or with keystrokes) and in a few different locations (in the Timeline, the Trim Edit window, and the Viewer), so you'll learn how and where you can perform each type. This chapter also introduces the Trim Edit window, a specialized work environment for making fine adjustments to your edits.


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