Selecting Edits and Clips to Trim

Regardless of where you actually trim your clips, you almost always select the edit points in the Timeline. Selecting an edit point is a lot like selecting an entire clip, except that you are only selecting a clip’s In point or Out point, or the Out point and In point of two adjacent clips. If linked selection is turned on, any edit points or clips that are linked to the one you select are selected as well.

Tools for Selecting Edit Points

There are two tools in the Tool palette that can be used to select edit points in the Timeline—the Selection tool and the Edit Selection tool.

Selection Tool

You can select individual edit points by clicking them with the Selection tool. Select the Selection tool by clicking it in the Tool palette or pressing the A key.

Figure. Tool palette showing the Selection tool.

Figure. Edit point in the Timeline, showing how the Selection tool's arrow pointer changes to show that the tool can be used for trimming.

If you double-click an edit point using the Selection tool, the Trim Edit window appears, showing the clips on either side of the edit point.

Edit Selection Tool

Instead of selecting individual edit points by clicking them with the Selection tool, you can select multiple edit points (on multiple tracks) at once by using the Edit Selection tool, designed specifically for selecting edit points. The Trim Edit window appears as soon as you select edit points with this tool, showing the clips on either side of the edit point. You can select the Edit Selection tool by clicking it in the Tool palette or pressing the G key.

Figure. Tool palette showing the Edit Selection tool.

Press a key when you click the Edit Selection tool to add these functions:

  • Command key: Allows you to add and subtract edits from the current selection.
  • Option key: Temporarily turns linked selection on if it is currently off, or off if it is currently on.
  • Shift key: Temporarily turns the Edit Selection tool into the Ripple tool, until you release the Shift key.

Selecting Single Edit Points

A single edit point refers to a single clip item’s In point or Out point, or two adjacent clip items’ Out and In points, respectively.

To select a single edit point in the Timeline
Do one of the following:
  • Select the Selection tool in the Tool palette, then click an edit point to select it in the Timeline.

    Note: You can double-click the edit point to open the edit in the Trim Edit window. See Trimming Clips Using the Trim Edit Window for information.

  • Press V to select the nearest edit point.

  • Select the Ripple or Roll tools and then select an edit point.

    For more information, see Performing Slip, Slide, Ripple, and Roll Edits.

  • If an edit point is already selected, you can do the following:

    • Press Single Quotation Mark (’) or the Up Arrow key to move the playhead in the Canvas and Timeline to the next edit point, which is automatically selected.

    • Press Semicolon (;) or the Down Arrow key to move the playhead in the Canvas and Timeline to the previous edit point, which is automatically selected.

Selecting Multiple Edit Points

You can select edit points on more than one track. Only one edit point can be selected per track.

To select multiple edit points in the Timeline
Do one of the following:
  • Select the Selection tool in the Tool palette (or press A), then Command-click the edge of each clip.

    Figure. Timeline window showing multiple edit points selected in a sequence.

    Note: If you have trouble selecting specific edit points with the Selection tool, you may be zoomed out too far. Use the Zoom slider to get a more detailed view, then select your edit again.

  • Select the Edit Selection tool in the Tool palette (or press G), then drag to select edit points on one or more tracks.

    As you drag in the Timeline, this tool selects one edit per track. The edits don’t have to be aligned in time. When you release the mouse button, the Trim Edit window appears.

    Figure. Timeline window showing an edit point selected in each track.
  • Select the Ripple or Roll tool in the Tool palette, then click the edge of the clip. Command-click to select multiple edit points. (See Performing Slip, Slide, Ripple, and Roll Edits for information about the Ripple and Roll tools.)