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Chapter 5. Working in the Timeline > Additional Trimming Methods

Additional Trimming Methods

Back in Chapter 4, “Trimming,” I praised Avid Xpress Pro’s trimming capabilities. But I neglected to cover some of the strongest trimming tools known to any editor. These “tools” or better yet, methods of trimming, are what nonlinear editing is all about. The strength and beauty of these tools is their simplicity. These trimming methods are called slipping and sliding.

Slipping

Any material that you added to the Timeline can be trimmed as far as its length. If a clip has “handles” on the beginning and end, it can also be slipped. Slipping changes the material inside of the clip, but does not change its duration. Basically, slipping allows you to move the IN and the OUT points of a shot already edited in the Timeline. This effect happens totally in the Timeline. You cannot slip an edit until the clip is already in the Timeline.


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