Refine using the Trim tool
Tidy up your cut using the Trim tool’s advanced capabilities
You’ve added ranges of clips to your project’s storyline to create a rough cut, but the decisions you’ve made aren’t final. The clips in the timeline are still linked to the longer source material from which they were selected, which allows you to fine-tune your decisions and enhance your work – often in subtle but important ways.
For example, the end of a clip may need to linger for a moment before you cut to a different scene for it to have the desired impact, or maybe the duration of two interior shots of a driver that bookend an exterior shot feels imbalanced.
Where the ideal edit point lies depends on your personal taste for timing, and it may only become evident while watching your film and listening to the dialogue (not to mention other films).
The Trim tool is the single most important tool for making these changes quickly. It has several modes, though some of them may pass you by at first because they are only available when the pointer is positioned somewhere specific on a clip, and while a control key is held down. You may even be missing some
The Trim tool is an important tool for making quick changes and finetuning your film
Getting your edits exactly right takes time, but can turn your film from being merely good to excellent.