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Almost all of the video files that you'll work with here in Lightroom, will need to be trimmed. So, let's take a look at how we can do that in the Library module. We'll be working with this file here, so let's take this to the Loop view. To do that, press the E key. Here in the Loop view, we have this playback component and in the clips that we'll be working on in this movie, these were captured of my daughters playing at the ocean, down at a beach near where we live. And what I want to do, is trim away some of the content that I don't want. So, here I'm going to play just a few seconds of this. We can see my daughter Sophie, there, jumping in the waves, and then next we'll see my daughter UNKNOWN trying to ride one of the waves, with her body board.
So here I'll go ahead and be quiet, so that we can play and watch a brief section of this clip. Here goes. (SOUND) Alright, well there you have it some fun down at a local beach and I captured this video clip with my iPhone, I was just having some fun. Yet still, what I want to do, is trim this, so that I can use a shorter segment of this particular clip. To do that, we want to click on the gear icon. When you click on the gear icon, it will open up this view which allows us to trim the content that we have here. Now, often what you'll want to do, is minimize the rest of the Lightroom interface, so you can really focus in on the task of trimming or editing this clip. To do that, press Shift Tab, that will then minimize the rest of the interface and if you want to get really precise, you can hover over either edge of the playback component, notice how the cursor changes, then click and drag. In doing this, you can find exactly where you want this clip to start. Well next what we want to do, is decide what we want to work with here. And what I want to work with, is just when my daughter Annie here, is catching this wave.
So, go ahead and scrub back to where this particular segment begins. (SOUND) Alright, well now that I found the spot, say where I want the clip to begin, next we hover our cursor over this little icon right here, and click and drag. In doing that, that will bring this up to this area where the clip will now begin. Anything which is grayed out in a sense, that will be trimmed away. Yet it's still there, if you make a mistake you can always go ahead and move that back, in order to change that area. Now, next we need to find the end point.
So, again I will scrub to the right. Alright, that's a pretty fun ending spot. So, again I'llclick and drag this icon over to the left, and so here now, I have a much shorter clip because we've trimmed off the beginning and also the end of this file. All right, let's take a look at this, with one more file. To do that we'll press Shift Tab, that will bring up the rest of the interface. Then I'll click into another clip that I have here, this one's a little bit longer. Again, I want to minimize the interface. Do you remember the shortcut to do that? It's Shift Tab. You want to find your beginning point, and often what you can do, is you can actually just hover over this and click and drag to the right. In doing that, you can find exactly the right spot. So here I'll go ahead and click and drag to the right just a little bit. Alright, now there I found the beginning spot, I'll scrub over, down to here, and then I'll go ahead and click and drag this to the left, to trim that. Now I have a clip that was about 50 seconds, now it's only six seconds. To bring back the rest of the interface, press Shift Tab, that will then, bring back the rest of our light room interface and here we can see we've taken a long video clip, we just focused in on one small area and often what we'll need to do is exactly what we've done here with our video files. In order to get to the good content because frequently when it comes to capturing video files, you want to shoot a little bit before you need it and also, after you.
This will give you the ability to add transitions and also to select the part of the video file which will work best for your project.
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