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Chapter 7. Fine-Tuning Your Edits

Chapter 7. Fine-Tuning Your Edits

Trim mode is especially helpful for finessing dialogue scenes and making matching action cuts seem invisible, by making careful frame-by-frame adjustments to existing Timeline edit points. For example, you can use single-roller or double-roller trims to overlap character A's voice with character B's action or to cut smoothly from a wide shot to a close shot of matching action. Or you can use slip trims to reposition the In and Out points of a Timeline clip segment and slide trims to readjust the positioning of a clip segment in relation to other Timeline material.

Xpress Pro gives you multiple means of performing the same trim techniques, whether you like to click trim buttons, drag rollers on edit points, or stick with the keyboard. Those familiar with past Avid Xpress incarnations will be relieved to know that Trim mode now allows dynamic J-K-L trimming with the Play Reverse, Pause, and Play Forward keys, as its big cousin the Avid Media Composer has done for years. By experimenting, you can discover what best suits your personal philosophy for turning choppy, rough cuts into smooth, invisible cuts.


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