Dynamic Trimming in FCPX – Video Tutorial

With all of the negativity around FCPX, I figured it was time to really look closely at how trimming can be performed in FCPX and Avid.  This walkthrough of using the trimming commands during playback shows that maybe FCPX isn’t so bad after all.  Look forward to another video coming soon on how similar trimming is in Avid to FCPX.

Dynamic Trim in FCPX from Chadwick Shoults on Vimeo.

Shortcut References:

shift + x = extend edit (edit during playback, dynamic)
; and ‘ = go to prev and next edit
[ and ] and \ = selects the type of trim operation (single roller, dual roller)
, and . = nudging 1 frame (use shift to x10 the change)
option and [ = top edit
option and ] = tail edit
command + b = add edit (cut)
t = only really used for slip and slide (not changing durations)
x = selects range between 2 cuts

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  1. Your mode of explaining all in this paragraph is really good, every
    one can easily be aware of it, Thanks a lot.

  2. Finally someone not hating on FCP X! I’m so glad to see a good explanation of how to do trimming in the timeline.

  3. Solid stuff Chadwick. Thanks for taking the time to make it look simple.
    Speaking as someone whose edited with 35mm film, 2-machine tape, 1-inch multi machine, Lightworks, Avid and FCP 7, I think I’m qualified to say this is a really powerful editing paradigm. But I’m only discovering that power through guidance like this blog, and others like it.

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