How to trim a video using the Timeline.
When you want to adjust the cut between two clips, you can use either ripple edits or rolling edits. By using these tools, you can make adjustments in a single action. When you’re working in the Timeline in Trim mode, the clips affected by your edits appear in the Program Monitor side by side. In Trim mode, the Program Monitor helps you decide on the content you want to use by showing you the last frame of the clip that you’re trimming and the first frame of the next clip. Click and drag on the clip in the Timeline to make adjustments.
After you make your adjustment, there might be a gap in the Timeline from where you did the video trimming. Close this gap by highlighting it and doing a Ripple delete, which will close the gap and shorten the overall length of the sequence. Clicking the edit point between two clips with the Ripple Edit tool chooses a Ripple In or Ripple Out edit point selection, depending on the side of the edit point you click. If you use Control-click (Windows) or Command-click (Mac OS) on the edit point with the Ripple Edit tool, the cursor shows the Rolling Edit tool.
To maintain the overall length of a sequence, do a rolling edit. This adjusts two clips at the same time — shorten one and extend the next by exactly the same amount. Move the In point or Out point of a clip in a sequence to the playhead, without leaving gaps in the sequence.
How to trim a video using the Program Monitor.
Precision cuts are best done using the Program Monitor. Double-click on the end point of the clip to change to Trim mode in the Program Monitor.
Click anywhere on a clip to trim. Using the Program Monitor gives you a much larger area for clicking to make precise edits. To adjust both clips in the Program Monitor, click between the clips and drag to adjust the length of both at the same time. Switch between ripple and rolling trimming in the Program Monitor by holding down the Control or Command key as you click.
The benefit of using the Program Monitor as a video trimmer is that there are precision adjustment buttons beneath the footage, allowing you to trim one or five frames at a time. Exit Trim mode to preview your work by clicking anywhere in the Timeline.
Whether you’re cutting together a sizzle reel, music video, or feature film, you can trim your video with just a few clicks in Premiere Pro. Remember that video editing can make all the difference for your project’s success.