Join Abba Shapiro for an in-depth discussion in this video Quick trimming techniques, part of Premiere Pro Guru: Cutting with Music.
- Now in this part of the sequence, I just threw some clips that I thought were kind of fun into my timeline but there was no thought to ins and outs or even thinking about my markers. This is a perfect opportunity for some quick, as in fast, trimming techniques. So first I want to trim the boring part off at the head of this clip. (video noise) I'll position my playhead where I want the cut to be and I'm going to press the "q" key and when I press the "q" key, it deletes everything to the left or at the beginning of the clip and does a ripple delete all the way back to my edit point.
Now if I click later on in the clip, maybe I want to cut right to this marker, I'll use shift + m, so I'm right on the perfect spot, I'm now going to go ahead and press the "w" key. The "w" key will trim everything after where the playhead is parked. So very quickly, I've been able to mark an in and an out and get rid of that extra stuff. Now there are times when you want to be able to trim a clip, but you don't necessarily want to do that rippling and have it move it around the timeline.
Let's take a look at this next clip and now I think I want to start just as he's coming across the sun. Instead of hitting just the "q" key, I'm going to press ctrl + alt + q and on a Mac that would be just opt + q, and it trims off everything at the head of the clip but it leaves the space and I can move further down the timeline and now if I want to trim off everything to the right without doing a ripple, I can use ctrl + alt + w or on a Mac just opt + w.
Very easy way to trim the heads and tails off a clip that's already in your timeline. And don't forget what we learned at the beginning of this chapter, and that is shift + q will trim the previous clips outpoint to where your playhead is parked and shift + w does the same thing for the following clip. So this is a great way to extend the end of a clip to where my marker is and then lead the beginning of the following clip to the same marker.
What I love most about these shortcuts is all I have to do is position my playhead. No need to select an edit point. They're some of the fastest and most efficient ways to trim clips.
- Changing the duration of the music with editing
- Placing markers
- Cutting to the beat vs. cutting with the beat
- Preparing images for import
- Adjusting image size
- Editing to markers
- Trimming sound bites
- Adding effects
- Mixing audio levels
- Retiming music
- Changing pitch and key