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Lesson 6. Adjusting Edit Points > Editing in the Trim Edit Window

Editing in the Trim Edit Window

There are different ways you can edit using the Trim Edit window. Some of these methods use the Ripple and Roll tool, and others use the J, K, and L keys to play a clip forward and backward.

1.
In the Trim Edit window, make sure the Dynamic box under the two images is unchecked at this point.

2.
Press the spacebar to see the loop of the current edit point. Then press it again to stop the preview.

You will trim this edit point so the outgoing clip stops before Amanda goes down the steps, and the incoming clip begins just before the man says, “Thank you, bro.”

3.
To change just the outgoing clip, click the left image area.

The green bar appears over just that image.

NOTE

You can also press the U key to toggle the highlight and selection of each side of the selected edit point in the Timeline. In the Trim Edit window, the green bar changes to reflect the active edit point.

4.
Use the J key to play the outgoing clip backward to locate the place before Amanda goes down the steps on the sidewalk. Press the K key to stop the playhead at this location, and press O to set a new Out point for this clip.

Tip

Use the J and L keys to rock the playhead back and forth until you find the best location for the new edit point.

In the Trim Edit window, the Out point is updated to the new mark. In the Timeline, the clip is trimmed to this new edit point.

5.
Click the incoming clip side of the Trim Edit window. Use the L key to play this clip forward to locate where the man says, “Thank you, bro.” Press K to stop the playhead just before the man says, “Thank you, bro.”

As before, the In point in the Trim Edit window is updated to the new mark. In the Timeline, the clip is trimmed to the new edit point.

6.
Press the spacebar to see a preview of this edit point.

7.
To make minor adjustments as you preview this edit point, click the trim buttons beneath the transport controls in the Trim Edit window.

If you click a positive trim amount, you will move the edit point forward by that amount. If you click a negative amount, you will move the editpoint backward by that amount. You can adjust the outgoing clip, the incoming clip, or both at the same time.

Note

The button with the larger number of frames is the Multi-Frame Trim Size and can be set from 1-99 frames in the Editing tab of the User Preferences window (Option-Q).

8.
Double-click the edit point between the first 98A-amanda clip and the 98B-man clip. Press the spacebar to see a preview of this edit.

To tighten this edit point, you will trim the tail of the outgoing clip of Amanda to after the man says, “Thank you, sister.” You will trim the head of the incoming clip to where the man says, “Nice suit. Armani?” But this time, you will work with the Dynamic check box selected to be able to trim on the fly.

9.
Under the transport controls, click the Dynamic check box to enable dynamic trimming.

With the Dynamic option active, simply pressing the K key will set the new edit point on the fly.

10.
Click the outgoing image on the left to make it the active trim side. Press the J key to move the playhead backward between the edit points. Press the L key to play forward. After the man says, “Thank you, sister,” press K.

A new Out point is created when you press the K key.

TIP

To stop a clip without setting a new edit point, press the spacebar.

11.
Now click the incoming clip image on the right. Apply the methods in the preceding steps to tighten this clip so it begins when the man says, “Nice suit. Armani?”

12.
To adjust the two edit points at the same time, click between the two images in the Trim Edit window, and use the trim buttons to roll both the Out and the In point at the same time.


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