Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Trimming to discard unwanted parts of a clip, part of Working with Video in Lightroom.
Sometimes when you bring in a video clip, it's going to have parts that you don't want, or maybe it's two shots in one. In this case, it's time to trim the clip, essentially adjusting the In or the Out point or maybe both. Here's how it works. I've selected a clip here, and if I play this, you'll see that it's really two shots in one. First off, I have a behind the scenes point of view of me snorkeling. And then, I flip the camera around and point it so it can actually see the action of the fish. Well, that's really two shots.
I want both the point of view shot, and the behind the scene shot, so I'm going to split this into two separate clips. First up, let's trim this one. If I click the gear icon here, I can click to trim. And this allows me to drag to set new in and out points. And I'll go right before I turn the camera around and then drag that in. Here we go. I often find that the first second or so of most clips is a little shaky as well. So, I'll trim that. If I press Play here, I can see the new shot. And that's a nice, reasonable duration shot of me snorkeling.
I'm working on some behind the scenes GoPro stuff. Now, when I close that there, the video has been trimmed, and you see the duration has been updated. This whole edit is nondestructive. By trimming, you've not actually gotten rid of the media. You've merely hid it. At any point in time you could undo this, or adjust it as you see fit. Now, in this case, I'm going to make a second copy of this clip to show the back end. By right clicking on the clip, I could choose to create a virtual copy. this makes a second instance in Lightroom, but does not adjust what's on my hard drive.
Clicking the gear icon, now, I can see the trim handles and adjust. And so, what I want to do is, go a little further in, to after the camera's been turned around. And we start to see good shots of the fish. Looks pretty good there. By the way, instead of dragging you can also just use the shortcut of Shift+I to set the trim point for the in point. Drag your play head to where you want to be or press Play to watch it in real time. And when you get to a good stopping point, you can press Shift+O to trim the end.
And that's an alternate way of trimming that may be a bit more precise than dragging those handles. Click to close, and there's the clip. So now I've taken that clip and I've made two copies. The first one is a shot that shows the behind the scenes and the second is a point of view shot. And what I've done is, I've gone through and gotten rid of some of the material that's not so useful in the shot. Trimming clips can be very important, particularly if you're going to put those clips into a slide show.
You also may choose to trim a clip because you want to remove some of the material that you don't want others to see. Maybe it's because you're posting an individual clip online or you're preparing it to hand off in a professional situation. It's not uncommon to trim away some of the fluff, or the mistakes that often come at the beginning or end of a clip. By trimming and working with virtual copies, you can easily manage to show only the parts of a clip, maybe it's one part or multiple parts, that you want others to see.
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- Adding video to a Lightroom catalog
- Controlling video playback
- Isolating stills from video
- Trimming clips
- Adjusting white balance, color, and tone
- Creating custom develop settings
- Building a slideshow
- Adding watermarks to video
- Exporting video files in a professional format