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A Tour of Adobe Premiere > Trimming clips in the Timeline window

Trimming clips in the Timeline window

In addition to trimming clips in the Monitor window, you can trim clips in the Timeline window using a number of different methods. To edit more precisely in the Timeline window, it's often easier to view a wider range of frames. By default, the Timeline window displays the frame at each second.

1.
From the Time Units pop-up menu in the lower left of the Timeline window, choose 8 Frames.



The Timeline window now displays every eighth frame.

First, you'll adjust the trim you made to the Boys.mov clip so that its Out point is synchronized with the first spike in the audio track.

2.
Select the ripple edit tool ( ) in the Timeline window.



A ripple edit trims the specified clip, but keeps the duration of all other clips the same. The trim, however, "ripples" through the project; other clips are pulled in or pushed out, depending onwhether you shorten or lengthen the clip. The duration of the entire video program, therefore,changes.

3.
Move the pointer across the line where the first two clips join. Notice how the pointer changes into the icon representing a ripple edit.

4.
Drag the ripple edit tool until it is positioned over the first spike in the audio track, and then release the mouse button.



Now you'll trim the Cyclers.mov clip so that its endpoint corresponds with an exact point in the Timeline. To trim the Cyclers.mov clip to this time, you'll use the Info palette.

5.
Select the Cyclers.mov clip and choose Window > Show Info.

The Info palette displays the name, duration, and the starting and ending points of the selected clip. In addition, it displays the current location of the pointer; you'll use the pointer information to help you trim.



6.
With the ripple edit tool still selected, move the pointer across the line where the Cyclers.mov and Fastslow.mov clips join.

7.
Drag the ripple edit tool to the left, until the position of the pointer in the Info palette reads 0:00:08:01, and then release the mouse button.



You have trimmed the Out point of the Cyclers.mov clip. Since you trimmed the clip using aripple edit, the subsequent clips have followed suit, shifting to the left.

8.
Select the selection tool ( ), since you are done with ripple editing.

Now you'll move on to applying a transition between clips.


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