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Trimming a video

From: Lightroom 4 Essentials: 01 Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module

Video: Trimming a video

With almost every video clip that we have, there will be a point where we're going to need to trim it, we are going to need to cut it down for size. And that's definitely the case here with this clip. I'm going to go ahead and scrub back to the beginning for a moment, just so we can watch this and so we can see what the footag is that we have. (video playing) Alright, so there we saw the clip. It's a fun moment at the beach with my kid, and my daughter Annie there has caught a wave on her boogie board.

Trimming a video

With almost every video clip that we have, there will be a point where we're going to need to trim it, we are going to need to cut it down for size. And that's definitely the case here with this clip. I'm going to go ahead and scrub back to the beginning for a moment, just so we can watch this and so we can see what the footag is that we have. (video playing) Alright, so there we saw the clip. It's a fun moment at the beach with my kid, and my daughter Annie there has caught a wave on her boogie board.

And what I want to do is I want to trim this. So basically, what I like is the point where she catches the wave to where she really comes up close to me. And I am able to capture a clip like this because I am using an iPhone and it's just kind of one of these spur the moment video clips that we have. So let's say that we need to trim it. The way they do that is to click on this icon here. This will open up this dialog so that we can see what we have. Now here we can scrub this and it's kind of get a little bit loud, but let me scrub this a little bit. You can see these different moments and you can see how it's dividing this video clip up in to these different pieces, giving me some visual cues.

Wouldn't it be nice of course if we could see a little bit more of the footage? Well you can do that if you minimize the interface. So if you really want to focus in on your video work, this might be a great shortcut for you. You press Shift and then Tab, and what that does is it minimizes the interface. Then we can hover over this little player here or this component which just gives us the ability to playback. You can see that as I stretch this, now I have many more keyframes. These keyframes can help me find how I might want to trim this.

Now in order to make the trim, it's really quite easy. Well here at the beginning, I know that she catches the wave right about here because I can see that, at least on my screen. So I can go ahead and click and drag this trim point, let's say to right about there. Now if you want to make sure it's right, we will just grab the Play Head needle and go ahead and bring it to the point where you want to start the action, that looks good right there and then drag that trim point to that spot. Next, we can do the same thing with our out.

Let's say we want to end right there with that nice big smile. We will go ahead and drag this one over here. So now this video clip is just made up of these elements. In other words, it was a little bit longer, it's become shorter. Now in order to bring back the interface, what you can do is press Shift+Tab one more time, that will automatically collapse things. Now in this view you can also change the size of the playback component, right. It's a same thing here. We can go ahead and increase or decrease this by hovering over the edge and then simply clicking and dragging this one way or another.

I just find that sometimes having a little bit more space can really be helpful. We can also change the size of our work area, by changing the size of the Filmstrip. If you hover over the top of the Filmstrip, you can then click and drag down, that sometimes can open up a little bit more space for working with that video file. Let's take a look at this with one more clip just so that we can make sure we have that. Here's another clip of Annie catching a wave, here we will go ahead and scrub. It really starts right here that's the good action point, and then it finishes about right here.

Let me scrub to that spot. Right about there. And I will go ahead and click and drag this to that point. So now I have successfully modified both of these frames. They're now a little bit shorter and they're just focusing in on Annie catching those waves. Keep in mind that this particular technique is going to work with any type of video format that you can bring into Lightroom, not just with clips like these. And what this can help us to do is really get to the core footage which is the footage that we really want to have and work with.

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    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 0s
  2. 13m 33s
    1. The broad Photoshop Lightroom overview
      3m 52s
    2. The photographic workflow puzzle
      3m 45s
    3. Why use Photoshop Lightroom?
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      3m 46s
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    1. Using Quick Develop
      3m 39s
    2. Synchronizing settings
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    3. Making incremental adjustments
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  13. 31m 41s
    1. Playing video in Photoshop Lightroom
      3m 50s
    2. Trimming a video
      4m 11s
    3. Editing the color and tone of a video
      5m 2s
    4. Using presets to edit the color and tone of a video
      1m 49s
    5. Setting the poster frame
      1m 35s
    6. Capturing a still image from a video
      3m 9s
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      2m 37s
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      3m 35s
    9. Publishing video to Facebook
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      7m 32s
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      5m 54s
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      1m 29s
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      5m 14s
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