Performing Basic Cut Edits

The most basic edit is a straight cut, like the ones performed with a razor blade on a piece of film. Basic cuts are described in this section, to help you in the rough editing process.

Cutting Clips in the Timeline

Each time you cut a clip in your sequence, it is split into two clips. You can make cuts with the Razor Blade tool, or you can make cuts during playback by pressing Control-V.

Figure. Tool palette showing the Razor Blade tool and the Razor Blade All tool.
  • Razor Blade: Adds an edit point to a sequence clip by cutting a single clip item, along with any clip items linked to it in the Timeline, into two pieces. This edit point is added at the frame of the clip item in the Timeline that you click.

    This can be useful for quickly rearranging pieces of your sequence, for deleting a section of a clip, for applying an effect to a specific part of a clip, or for moving a piece of a clip to the same location on another track.

    Figure. Timeline window showing the Razor Blade tool positioned over a clip.
    Figure. Timeline window showing a video clip cut in two.
  • Razor Blade All: Cuts all clip items on all tracks at the point where you click in the Timeline.
    Figure. Timeline window showing the Razor Blade All tool positioned over a clip.
    Figure. Timeline window showing a clip's video and audio tracks cut in two.

Using the Add Edit Command to Cut Clips

The Add Edit command in the Sequence menu (Control-V) is similar to the Razor Blade All tool, cutting all clip items in the Timeline at the current position of the playhead. However, only clip items on tracks with Auto Select turned on are cut.

It can be very handy to use the keyboard shortcut for the Add Edit command during playback of your sequence, so that you can make cuts as the playhead moves along the Timeline. Each time you add an edit during playback, a red marker appears at the position of the cut you just made. When playback stops, each of these markers is replaced by a cut.

To cut all clip items at the playhead position
  • Choose Sequence > Add Edit (or press Control-V).

    Note: Only clip items on tracks with Auto Select turned on are cut.

Joining Through Edits (Splicing Cut Clips Back Together)

Whenever you cut a clip item with the razor blade tool, the clip item is split into two pieces separated by a through edit. You can’t see a through edit when you play back your sequence in the Canvas because the frames on either side of the edit are from a continuous section of a media file. However, you can turn on through edit indicators—two red triangles above and below through edits—to see them in the Timeline. You can join through edits at any time, splicing the separated clip items back into a single clip item.

Joining the two items of a through edit reduces the number of edits in your sequence and simplifies Edit Decision Lists (EDLs). When you join two items of a through edit that have different properties (such as different filters, different opacity or audio levels, or different composite modes), the newly joined clip uses the properties of the item on the left only.

To remove a through edit
Do one of the following:
  • Select a through edit in the Timeline, then press Delete.

  • Control-click a through edit in the Timeline, then choose Join Through Edit from the shortcut menu.

    Figure. Shortcut menu showing the Join Through Edit command.

The clip items on either side of the through edit become a single clip item.