Trimming Clips in the Viewer
You can trim clips in your sequence by opening them in the Viewer and adjusting the
clip In and Out points.
To open a clip in your sequence in the Viewer, do one of the following:
Double-click the clip in the Timeline.
Select a clip in the Timeline, then press Return.
Double-click the clip in the Canvas. The clip currently beneath the playhead is opened
in the Viewer.
If the clip is in a nested sequence, hold down the Option key, then double-click the clip.
Note: If you just double-click the nested sequence, the nested sequence opens as a
sequence tab in the Canvas and Timeline, not as a clip in the Viewer.
When a sequence clip is opened in the Viewer, the scrubber bar shows sprocket holes
to indicate that the clip is part of a larger sequence. Always check the scrubber bar in
the Viewer to make sure you are working with a clip from a sequence instead of a clip
opened from the Browser.
When you open a sequence clip, it opens in the Viewer to the same frame where the
playhead is positioned in the Timeline or Canvas. If the Timeline playhead was beyond
the clip’s In or Out point, the Viewer playhead is placed on the clip’s In or Out point,
whichever was closest to the Timeline playhead.
The title area shows the name
of the sequence clip and
includes the name of the
sequence that contains it.
This is the Out point of the
The Viewer scrubber bar
has two rows of small
dots when a sequence
clip is open.
Learning About Trimming Clips
To trim a clip in the Viewer:
Open a clip from your sequence in the Viewer.
The scrubber bar shows virtual “sprocket holes,” which indicate that the clip is from
your sequence (not from the Browser).
Do one of the following:
Â Use the transport controls or the J, K, and L keys to move the playhead in the Viewer
to a new point in your clip. Then set a new In or Out point using the Mark In and
Mark Out buttons or the I and O keys.
Â Drag the In or Out point along the Viewer’s scrubber bar to a new point in your clip.
You can’t set a new edit point or drag a clip’s edit point so that it overwrites an
adjacent clip in the Timeline. If you do, Final Cut Pro warns you that the clip you are
trimming has collided with another clip in the Timeline, and the trim edit is not
performed. (See “
Understanding Alert Messages When Trimming
” on page 355.) If you
want to move a clip’s edit point so that it overwrites an adjacent clip, you should roll
the edit point between the two clips using the Roll tool. See “
Using the Roll Tool to
Change Where a Cut Occurs
” on page 334 for information about using the Roll tool.