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QuickTime X in Snow Leopard offers a new way to edit your videos and I would say it's a significant improvement over the previous method found in QuickTime 7. I have opened up the movie SouthernUtah.m4v from the Exercise Files folder. Now there will most likely be times, probably most commonly after you have made a new movie recording or screen recording in QuickTime, when you want to clip or trim off parts of your movie, like at the beginning where maybe you cleared your voice before you started speaking, or at the end where it maybe had some empty space with no action while you were trying to stop the recording. Whatever the case may be, to edit your movie, choose Edit > Trim or press Command+T and that opens the Trim controls.
If you have an Apple iPhone 3GS or later, these Trim tools will look familiar to you. Now from here I can drag my Playhead across the video to find the footage I want to keep. Let's just say I want to keep this footage here of these fast moving clouds. I am going to drag the left Trimhead to the right until I see those clouds appear. Right there. So I can just keep dragging back and forth. Right there. And then I am going to drag the right Trimhead to the left until I see the end of that sequence. Right there.
Once I have made my trim selection, I just click Trim and now my movie has been edited. So that's just the portion of the movie that I have kept. Now this is a nice feature but it's still fairly limited. You can't use the Trim tools to edit out portions of the movie. All you can do is trim away from the beginning and end of the video. But it does work really well for cleaning up the videos you might record through QuickTime using the File > New Movie or New Screen Recording options.
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