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As an editor, you’re going to hear the term trim thrown around often, but what exactly is a Trim, and what can you do with it? You’ll learn the answer to both of these questions in this guide for Adobe Premiere Pro.
What is a Trim?
Take a look at the example timeline below, with a sequence of four clips back-to-back. The Trim is the line in between the two clips, or the connection point between them. On the left side of the trim is the A side, and on the right side of the trim is the B side. Trims are really interesting because they control a lot of how your timeline actually functions.
If you move your mouse over a trim, grab the red icon and drag it to the left, that’s moving the trim – you’ve cut the back of the shot. In other words, what you’ve basically done is made a cut before the end of the A side, selected the piece in between the cut and the end of the shot, and removed it, creating a small gap.
The main function of the Trim tool is to reduce or extend the shot length. In the example below, you can see the shot of Brian sitting on the couch, and the next clip is of him working on the computer. If you wanted to use less of the first shot, you would drag the trim to the left, and then fill the gap by dragging the trim of the second clip to the left. When you play this section of the timeline back, you will see the A side is reduced in length, and the B side is extended.
Using the Command Key
However, the problem with that whole process is it’s quite slow for a simple edit. Fortunately, there’s actually a faster way to do that. If you hold the command key and move your mouse over the Trim, you’ll notice the icon is different.
If you keep holding the command key, grab the trim and drag it to the left, what you’ve effectively done is the exact same thing but in one movement. When you use the Trim tool, the program monitor shows you the last frame of the A side, and the first frame of the B side. So, as you move the Trim while holding down the command key, the program monitor displays what you are removing from one shot, and adding from the other.
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