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How to Use DaVinci Resolve's Dynamic Trim Tool?

Trimming operations are approached differently in DaVinci Resolve. In this brief blog, you will learn how to improve your workflow.

There’s a crucial feature you need to be aware of if you’re thinking about attempting DaVinci Resolve; this feature is very different in Premiere Pro.

In Resolve, the Trim Edit mode contains all of the ripple, slide, slip, and roll edits. Let’s look at what they are and how they carry out various tasks.

Dynamic Trim Edit:

Trim is a dynamic process in Resolve. Depending on where you set your pointer on the clip while in the Trim Edit mode, you can finish various trim modifications. This method of conducting edit jobs is substantially quicker.

You no longer need to find the specific edit tool icon or press numerous keyboard keys. Keep in mind that to access these features, you must be in the Trim Edit mode (keyboard shortcut: T).

Ripple Edit:

To execute a ripple edit, move your cursor close to the clip’s edge. You can continue with a ripple edit by selecting the icon that will show up next.

The difference between a ripple edit and merely adjusting the length of a clip is that a ripple edit will simultaneously shift all the clips on the track forward or backward. A ripple edit will shorten or lengthen the beginning of an incoming clip or the end of an outgoing clip (depending on the direction of the edit).

When using the trim mode and choosing the clip’s edge, we advance the associated clip rather than eating into it. In addition to affecting the overall timeline’s length, ripple changes can also affect how well the various tracks are synced.

As a side note, you can expand your clip if the edge is highlighted green, indicating that there is still unused video in the clip. If the edge is red, there is no further film to use as a starting point.

Roll Edit:

By putting the cursor directly between two clips or an edit point, you may execute a roll edit. The next icon will show up when your cursor is situated halfway between the two clips.

By either stretching the entering clip or reducing the exiting clip, a roll edit can shift an edit point to the left or right. A roll edit doesn't alter the entire timeline's duration, in contrast to a ripple edit.

Slip Edit:

Due to the little space between one tool and the next, it is simple to mistakenly conduct a slide edit instead of a slip edit. While in Trim mode, move the cursor over the thumbnails of the frames to make a slip edit.

One of the favorite edits in trim mode is this one. The media will remain in the same location on the timeline after a slip edit, but the variety of media that appears there will vary. You can utilize the media data before or after the current edit points as a result.

The timeline’s thumbnail previews must be turned on to use this dynamic edit. However, you may raise the track height to display an additional area of solid color to do a slip edit if you’d rather work without the thumbnail preview.

Nevertheless, raising the track height involves an additional step and reduces the effectiveness of the Dynamic Trim feature.

Slide Edit:

As you might have imagined, the slide edit entails moving the pointer from the area containing the clip's filename beneath the thumbnail previews.

Similar to a slip edit, a slide edit moves the clip to the left or right while maintaining the same length of the clip's range of media. By doing this, the entering clip will be longer and the exiting clip will be shorter (or vice versa).

Dynamic Editing:

If you utilize the trim edit tools instead of manually shifting the media clips and lengthening them as you go, you'll quickly see that they are a practical approach to edit. This will save you a lot of time.

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