Unit 04 - Building and Organizing Continued

Short Cuts List

Changes in Shortcuts

Trimming in the Timeline

An easy way to trim is to put the playhead on a clip at the beginning or end of a clip. Notice that the cursor turns into the trim tool. Click and drag to remove or add to the clip.

An edit point has three sides: Trimming between two clips, you can adjust the Out of the clip on the left, the In on the clip on the right, or both (one-sided and two-sided)

*Handles are essential for transitions and trimming.

Extend edits

Extend edit is a way to move the Out point of one clip and the In point of another at the same time. Click once between the clips to select the edit point, then move the placement of the play head where you want it. Click "E" to move the edit.

Razor Blade (keyboard shortcut "b")

The 6th button down on the toolbar is the Razor Blade tool. It is helpful for cutting clips anywhere in the Timeline.


Snapping can be helpful and I often use it in conjunplayheadon with the edit line. In other words, I put the playhead where I want to cut and then I put the razor blade on the editline (with snap on the blade tool will snap to the edit line.) You can turn on snapping by going to Sequence > Snapping (keyboard shortcut "n").

Targeting Tracks

Dragging to a track directy overrides other methods of placing clips on the track. Check out the video on the left.

Use the arrow up and down to move between edits and then with the shift key to select all track edits.

3-point editing continued

Try setting an In and Out point in the source panel and then set an In and Out on the Timeline with a duration of 3 seconds. Place the playhead outside of the In and Out. Then drag the clip from the Viewer onto the Overwrite overlay in the Canvas. Note that the In on the Timeline overrides playhead and the duration in the Timeline overrides the Viewer. (Add video of 3 and 4 point editing)


Track Gaps

track gap

Track gaps can happen and you often need to decide whether you want to delete the gap or trim the tracks. You can simple select the gap as if it were a clip and hit the delete key.

You can find gaps of at least one frame in a sequence or a particular track of a sequence.

Sequence > Go To Gap and then choose one of the following options:

  • Next in Sequence - Finds the next gap to the right of the playhead that spans all tracks.
  • Previous in Sequence - Finds the next gap to the left of the playhead that spans all tracks.

When one or more tracks are targeted.

  • Next in Track - Finds the next gap to the right of the playhead on the selected tracks.
  • Previous in Track - Finds the next gap to the left of the playhead on the selected tracks.


Delete Deletes selected clip and leaves a gap (lift)
Shift +Delete Deletes selected clip and gap (ripple delete)
Ctrl + D Displays duration of clip
Mac cmd + option to swap a clip when dragging a clip within the timeline and it ripple eventhing else
Win ctrl + option ditto
, insert
. overwright
/ set in and out of a clip on timeline
c razor tool
Shift + K Play around
option + X clear in and out ctrl + shift + x on pc

+ and - keys to zoom on timeline
Backslash to see whole timeline


Gather substantial content and bring in to the next class. Be prepared to work on your midterm during class next week.