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This tutorial grew out of a question in one of my classes: How can I trim several clips at the same time?
His specific request came when we were talking about the need, for instance in a documentary, to trim clips on several tracks at once. There are a variety of ways to do this, so here are some examples.
This technique is a good choice when you need to ripple the In, or Out, of a talking head, while still keeping the B-roll in sync. A Ripple adjusts the In or the Out, but not both. I use this to adjust the timing or placement of a clip.
This technique is a good choice when you need to adjust the Out of the first clip and the In of the second clip at the same time. Most often, I use this to adjust the timing of when an edit point occurs.
You can’t ripple trim just the audio or the video, it would throw everything out of sync, so Final Cut prevents it. (If you do find yourself confronting a whole flock of red “out-of-sync” flags, Control+click on a red flag and select Move Into Sync.)
However, you can Roll just the audio or video. In fact, this is the trimming technique that I use the most. This allows me to change picture without affecting audio, or tweak the audio without changing video. However, doing this for clips on multiple tracks is a bit tricky, so follow closely.
This technique works equally well at adjusting video, audio, or both. The key is using the Option key with the Edit Selection tool.
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