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Chapter 6. Editing in the Timeline > Understanding Trimming

Understanding Trimming

Making an adjustment to a clip’s In or Out point—particularly a small adjustment—is called trimming. Trimming in the timeline relies on using the mouse to move the edges of a program’s clips, thereby changing their In or Out point. 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.

By default, trimming a clip shifts clips in time, resulting in what’s called a ripple edit. In other words, extending a clip works like an insert edit; shortening it works like a ripple delete (Figures 6.78 and 6.79). Consistent with other editing techniques, pressing the Ctrl key lets you extend a clip into an empty gap without causing a ripple effect, or to shorten a clip and leave a gap (Figures 6.80 and 6.81).


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