Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Trimming in the Timeline, part of Premiere Pro CS6 New Features.
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Now that you have the hang of selecting an edit point and choosing what type trim method you want to use, let's go ahead and try to use the keyboard to drive trimming. Personally, I find the keyboard much faster than dragging around with the mouse or clicking on buttons. True, powerful editing is often driven from the fingertips. So the good news is that the keys are pretty logical. The better news is if you don't like them, you could change them. Let's explore. In our Timeline here, let's select an edit point, and I am going to use a keyboard shortcut.
If I want to trim backwards--let's just do a simple ripple edit here-- I will press Shift+T to cycle, and now I am going to trim. Holding down a Ctrl key on a PC, I could tap the left button and trim backwards. If we want to go ahead and trim multiple frames at once, adding the Shift key will make that a super trim. And you see it's jumping.
If I zoom in there, you could see it even better, plus key to zoom in, and that allows it to jump. Let's talk about two types of edits that power editors use: slip and slide. With a slip and a slide you are essentially taking the clip and changing it without changing duration. Well, what do I mean? Well, in a slide edit you're going to go ahead and take the selected clip in the middle of a group and you're going to go ahead and move it down the Timeline.
Now, this could leave a gap or it can go ahead and shorten the clip in front and make the other clip longer so that essentially, you're moving it along the track. Think of it like having two clips, with one floating above that just shuttles left and right. Pretty easy. On the other hand slip edit is something I use all the time. In this case, slipping means slip in place. So you want the shot to be the exact duration that it is. You want to start and end at the point it already does in the Timeline.
However, you want to adjust the contents of what's being shown. Here is how they both work. In order to slip and slide you want to choose a clip. I will go ahead in lasso here, and I can go ahead and slide this clip. I will do Alt+Shift+Left Arrow, and notice in doing that, it moves it on down. Now in this case it's destructive and it left a gap. I will choose undo.
If I want to change simply where the shot begins, I could do the slip. So she is already in the frame, and I'd like her to start out of the frame. So I will hold down Ctrl+Alt+Shift and with the left arrow, I can move her through or the right arrow, I mover her so she starts before she crosses the frame. Notice the duration of the Timeline hasn't changed. The clip has not appeared to move down in the Timeline, but we've managed to adjust the contents of the shot.
So now, she starts clear and walks through the frame. And that works really well. I find the Slip command much more useful than the Slide command. There are two more edit types that I think will save you a lot of time. If you've cut a bunch of sound bites together, maybe a string out from an interview, you often want to go through and just delete away the parts that you don't find useful. Well, this is often done with a tops and tail edit where essentially you could park the playhead and delete away the parts you don't want.
To do this, however, you need to change your keyboard shortcuts. Up here in the search field, I will type in ripple, and we are going to take advantage of ripple here for Next and Previous. We'll set Next to R and Previous to W. Those are on the keyboard right next to the E key, which is used for Extent edit.
All three of those tend to behave in similar fashions. Let's load a simple sequence, and I want to show you how these come into play. Now that I've properly mapped the keyboard, I could start lopping footage off. So if pause right here and I press the W key, you'll see that everything to the left of the playhead is thrown away. Let's undo. If I pause right there, just as he crosses the door and I press the R key, you'll see that everything to the right of the playhead up to the edit point is deleted.
So, what just happened? Well, you could have done this the hard way, of pausing, setting an end point, jumping to the end, setting an out point, and pressing Extract. However, we've done a ripple delete based on the playhead, and with a single key we've performed four functions at once. Here it is again. As I go forward in the Timeline, I decide I want to stop right there. Pressing R will go ahead and pull that down. We'll go to the next clip. It looks good. I want to get out right there. R closes the gap.
I want to trim the front of this. W pull that up. So this tops-and-tails-type editing is extremely useful. I think you'll really enjoy it when you have a long string out of sound bites and you just want to go through and start purging away the parts of the clips you think are useless. This lets you watch in real time, and as soon as they finish the bite, you can go ahead and pause it and lop off the rest that you don't want. Or if you're pressing Play and you get past the question being asked by the director, pause right after that, just before the person starts in the good answer, and go ahead and press the W key, and it will go ahead and close that up, lift it, and do the extract.
So this tops-and-tail-type editing, really useful and really hidden. You're going to have to go into the keyboard shortcuts and turn it on. Just type in ripple and then remap those two commands.
- Customizing the Timeline
- Using hover scrub
- Working with the dropped frames indicator
- Ingesting and logging media with Adobe Prelude
- Transforming a selection with multi-cam editing
- Understanding how trimming has changed
- Applying effects with video adjustment layers
- Stabilizing footage with the Warp Stabilizer effect
- Using the audio track and audio channel features