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Lesson 5. Trimming Edit Points > Using the Ripple Tool

Using the Ripple Tool

Using the Ripple tool, like dragging an edit point, adjusts either the head or tail of a clip in a sequence in either a forward or backward direction, making the clip longer or shorter. Any change you make with the Ripple tool will cause a change in the overall length of the sequence.

In the Browser, duplicate the Amanda – Starting sequence, as you did earlier in this lesson. Name the new sequence Ripple Trimming, and double-click to open it in the Timeline.

This is the same sequence that was loosely cut. This time, you will trim the edit points using the Ripple tool.

In the Tool palette, click and hold the Roll tool (fourth from the top). When you see the Ripple tool icon, which looks like a single roller, click it. You can also press the keyboard shortcut RR to select this tool.

Don't click or drag, but just move your pointer over the middle of the 97F-man cu clip.

The Ripple tool has an X on it, indicating that the tool can't be applied to this area. You can only use the Ripple tool on an edit point.

Move the Ripple tool toward the clip's Out point.

When the Ripple tool gets close to the Out point, the X disappears, and the tail of the Ripple icon points toward the inside of the clip you will be trimming.

Move the Ripple tool to the clip's In point, and click the inside edge of the In point.

When the Ripple tool is positioned over the In point, the tail points inward toward the body of the clip you are trimming. This is a visual clue so you know which clip you are adjusting. When the In point is correctly selected, just the In point of this clip is highlighted.

Play this clip and stop the playhead just before the man says, “Hey, bro.” Now drag this edit point right to snap to the playhead location.

As you drag with the Ripple tool, an information box appears with just the trim amount. There is no gap left over, and all the clips in the sequence are pulled up by the amount of the trim.


Both the audio and video of a linked clip are trimmed together, just the same as when you dragged the edit point with the default Selection tool.

Play the previous clip in the sequence, the 97D-coffee stand clip.

This clip stops early before Amanda settles on watching the man. You will need to trim the Out point to lengthen this clip. Since you need to add more of this clip into the sequence, using the playhead for placement will not be helpful here.

Click the Out point of the 97D-coffee stand clip.

Now the tail of the Ripple icon points inward to this clip, not to the 97F-man cu clip.

Drag this Out point to the right about 4 seconds, but don't release the mouse.

As you drag, the clip boundary box in the Timeline expands to indicate the new length of the clip.

In the Canvas image area, you see a two-up display. The image on the left updates the new Out point as you drag. The image on the right displays the first frame of the clip that follows in the sequence.


When you drag an edit point to the end of the original source clip's limits, a note will appear in the information box, indicating you've reached the media limit on that clip.

Release the mouse.

The following clips in the sequence are pushed down the Timeline toward the right the length of the trim.

Move the playhead back to the 97E-man clip, and play this clip. Park the playhead just before the man says, “Thank you, bro.”

Notice that even though you have the Ripple tool selected, when you move the playhead in the ruler area of the Timeline, the default pointer appears.

Using the Ripple tool, drag the In point of the 97E-man clip to the right to snap to the playhead location.

When you drag a clip's edit point to make it shorter using the Ripple tool, the boundary box of the clip shortens to display a representative clip length. When you release the mouse, all the clips that follow are pulled up toward the left by the trim amount.



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