November 10th, 2010 by shawnmontano
I’ve been editing on non-linear systems for 12 years.Â I know both Avid and Final Cut.Â Each time I learned the process of editing on these platforms I somehow skipped trimming.Â It wasn’t until I re-learned each NLE that I started to grasp trimming.Â Once you get clips marked and into the timeline you should never go back to the original clip.Â All adjustment should be made in the timeline.Â Other than undo, mark in and mark out, your next most used tool in your NLE arsenal should be ALL trim tools.
The first tool in you NLE trim arsenal is the Ripple Tool (Rool Tool in Avid).Â In both Avid and Final Cut the tool removes or adds frames to one side of an edit.Â The Tool allows you to adjust just one side of an edit.Â How about a video explanation for this?
This is a lesson in Final Cut.Â Ordinarily I don’t like to focus on one NLE in this blog, but the tool is a very important tool in editing. Plus the fact that in Avid and Final Cut the tool operates in the same manner I thought you could grasp no matter what your NLE is.
February 4th, 2010 by shawnmontano
I’ve been editing on non-linear systems for 12 years.Â With each passing year I’m happy to say I’m still learning.Â One of the tools that took me a while to really grasp was the trim tools.Â In fact it wasn’t until I had to learn Final Cut Pro about 7 years ago that I truly started to appreciate the power of the trim.
I use the trim tool daily, hourly, probably many times a minute.Â The trim tools make an editor’s life easier.Â Trimming is like the wax you put on your car.Â Sure you washed it and it looks good.Â But to get that extra shine without doing any more washing you put the polish on. Trimming is polishing your edits.
I think trimming is one of the hardest concepts to grasp when you’re learning about editing.Â I still get frustrated at times.Â With my frustration comes education.
What is trimming.Â I took this definition from Final Cut Pro HD Hands On Training by Larry Jordan.Â “Trimming is the process of removing, or adding, frames to the beginning and end of your shots so that the edits flow naturally, maintaining your story, without calling attention to your editing.
So why should you trim?Â What the great benefit?Â Why should You learn to slip and slide, ripple and roll?Â Because these are the tools that make your edits better and it’s quick.Â Eventually it’ll make you better.
I’m going to speak about trimming in general and why and how.Â I currently edit exclusively on Final Cut where I work and where I teach.Â But I’m still very familiar with Avid.
I used to edit on a non-linear system very linear-ly.Â Meaning I would mark an in and an out and place it into the timeline.Â If I didn’t like the edit I would undo and reset my in and out.Â That’s a waste of time.Â The material you want is already down in the timeline.
If you don’t like the in Trim it.
The Tool I used the most is extend edit.Â Both Avid and Final Cut have this function.
I’ll use the story, Swinging on the Trapeze on my Youtube site to show you how I utilized some trim tools in the edit.
At [:21] into the story you hear the beginning of a sentence from the gentlemen helping Kellie with the harness.Â He says “It’s gonna be…, then I show him.
I place the edit of Kellie and the gentlemen down on the time line.Â I then extend the video of the woman on the trapeze just over the this new edit.Â I made a J cut.
Extend edit in both Avid and Final Cut are the easiest way to trim this edit.Â Simply select the edit you want to extend.Â In this case the end of the clip that has the woman on the trapeze (ONLY THE VIDEO)Â I move the playhead to where I want to extend the edit and hit the extend edit button. It’s really that easy.
The roll tool also work just as well.
At [:35] I make another J cut.Â You see another women on the trapeze.
And you hear Kellie say, “So this’ll keep..”Â and then I cut to Kellie after that.
Between these to shots I select the edit.Â I select the Roll Tool and drag that edit forward to where I want it to be.
At [2:06] is a match action sequence of Kellie swinging on the trapeze.
The 2nd shot in the sequence is Kellie swinging from the platform and then all the way back to the platform.Â I’m confident the action is matched here.Â But maybe I want to tweak it a few frames.Â I like my duration of the clip (two seconds) I’ve laid down.Â I want to slip it a few frames.
Meaning I’m going to change the in and the out with one tool.Â I’m going to zoom in to the clip on the timeline,Â select the Slip Tool, and drag the clip forward and backward until I like my new in and out point while maintaining my duration.
The Slip tool works great for situation like this.Â Trying to help with your match action in a sequence.
Slip, Roll, Extend Edits are the easiest I think to try and explain.Â A ripple while isn’t any more complicated, It’ just a hard to to explain in a blog.
What do I want you to learn from this entry?Â The next time your editing and you want to change something, use a trim tool.Â Sometimes just playing around with the trim tools are your best way of learning.Â I still discover new uses for the ripple tool everyday.
Play and learn.
I’d love to hear your comments about this entry.Â Honestly this was the hardest blog I’ve tried to write in a long time.Â Explaining trimming without showing you is difficult.