Sometimes there just isn’t enough time….
Looking for a faster way to trim clips in Final Cut Pro X? Here are three keyboard shortcuts that will make your editing MUCH faster!
IF SKIMMING IS TURNED ON
Position the skimmer at the point of the trim.
To trim from the beginning of a clip to the position of the skimmer, type Option+[
To trim from the end of a clip to the position of the skimmer, type Option+]
This trim is blindingly quick – position the skimmer, press the keys, done. No razor blade. No removing clips. Simple. And the magnetic timeline automatically removes the gap.
IF SKIMMING IS TURNED OFF
If the skimmer drives you nuts in the Timeline, this trick works equally well, if not quite as fast. The keyboard shortcuts are the same.
Position the playhead at the point of the trim.
To trim from the beginning of a clip to the position of the playhead, type Option+[
To trim from the end of a clip to the position of the playhead, type Option+]
If the skimmer is active and in the Timeline, the skimmer determines the point of the trim. If the skimmer is not active, or not in the Timeline, the playhead determines the point of the trim.
TRIMMING A SELECTION
Whether skimming is turned on or off makes no difference for this next tip.
To trim to a selection, use the Range tool (R) to select a range within A clip, or across MULTIPLE clips on the same layer, and press Option+
The cool thing about this tip is that you can select more than one clip on the same layer and trim them all at once.
Notice that these three shortcuts work with three keys that are grouped together on the keyboard: [ – ] –
NOTE: You can also access these three options from the Edit menu, but that isn’t nearly as much fun.
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