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Chapter 7. Refining the Program > Choosing a Trimming Method

Choosing a Trimming Method

Making an adjustment to a clip’s in point or out point—particularly a small adjustment—is called trimming. You can trim a clip by manipulating it directly in the timeline or by working on it in trim mode in the Monitor window. Although you can use either method to perform some editing tasks, each has its unique features.

Trimming in the timeline relies on using the mouse to move the edges of a program’s clips, thereby changing their in or out points (Figure 7.1). By selecting various tools, you can perform specialized trimming tasks, known as ripple edits, rolling edits, or simple trimming. You can also slip or slide clips—something that you can’t accomplish in trim mode. (See the section “Making Slip and Slide Edits” later in this chapter.) Like all timeline editing, trimming in the timeline is graphically clear and intuitive. The precision of the edit, however, depends partly on the detail of your view of the timeline. Also, this kind of trimming doesn’t permit you to preview the changes before you make them final.


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