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How to Use Video Editing Tools

Clips that gets added to the timeline used to come up with a substantial amount of additional resources. You might not want to add them to the final version of your video. To solve the issue, you can take the help of editing tools that is accessible from the upper left side of the Editor Panel, with which you can quickly refine the media assets that you had added to the timeline.

1. How Selection Tool Works?

selecting tool

Selection tool acts like a multi-purpose tool to edit the video settings to a myriad range.

Selecting the Clips

You can choose one or more than one clip using the Select Tool, each of the selected clip will get highlighted in blue color.

highlighted video clip

  • To select an audio or video clip, click on that. If you click on any new clip, then the previous one will get deselected.
  • If you like to select multiple clips, then continue holding the control button (Ctrl) while selecting numerous clips.
  • Once you are over with the selection of multiple clips, you have the option to drag the selection box to a new location on your audio or video track. The timeline will follow the direction in which you are moving/dragging the selection box. Vertical scrolling is also possible by holding the Alt button and dragging the selection box across the audio/video track in an upward and downward direction.

Moving Clips (Movement of the Clips)

You can quickly move all of the added media assets on the timeline by just clicking on them and then dragging to the desired location. While transferring the clip to a position if it overlaps with another clip then the Overlap Edit option will get activated by default. Now, the old clip where you want to insert a new clip will get sliced up, and the new clip will occupy the position in between the sliced clips. This way the new clips will hold the chosen position without deleting the old clip, but instead, relocate them to insert new clip at the selected location of the timeline.

To use the Insert Edit action, you need to hold the shift key and then move the new clip to another location which is already occupied by another clip. Once you left the mouse button, the clip on the timeline will get sliced and acquire place to the right side of the new clip.

You can also create a copy of clip, for that hold, Alt key on PC (while For Mac OS use Opt key) then drag the selected clip to some another location. This way, you can create a copy of a clip and place that to the desired site on the timeline.

Trimming the Clips

In a clip, the In and Out points can be changed using the Select Tool. Hovering the cursor on either end of a clip (that is beginning or end) will convert the mouse cursor into a trim pointer, at this point using the left click of your mouse you can drag the trim pointer to set or change the In and Out position.

trimm video

To note if you make changes in the In and Out points, then that will not going to affect the clip surrounding. Changing them will help you to reduce the clip length that might leave some space. Hereunder the viewer panel, you can preview the changed In and Out points.

trimm video in viewer

While moving the In and Out points of a Clip, you are not allowed to touch the In and Out Points of any other clip simultaneously. You cannot extend the In and Out points beyond the media asset of another track. Also, the In and Out points cannot go beyond the original track duration.

For a linked video and audio assets, trimming one will affect another one too. To avoid this, you can take the help of Alt key, while pressing Alt key you can trim the media asset of one track while excluding the another linked media track unaltered. This editing methodology popularly known as J and L Cuts.

You can open a clip from the timeline by just double-clicking it in the Trimmer section, now can set the In and Out point for that clip. Once you are over with adjusting, changes that you have made will get updated automatically.

2. Slice Tool

slicing tools in filmora pro video editor

Slice Tool is quite helpful in dividing the Media Assets from the timeline into two or more parts. For the purpose, select the Slice Tool and then click on any section of the Audio/Video clip, that will spit it in two parts automatically. You can slice a clip many times using this tool.

After you slice a clip, you can treat those two pieces separately. In short, you can remove or edit them from the timeline separately at your own pace. While you are slicing a clip, if you hold the Alt key, then a cut will be made at that position, which can apply to all tracks on the timeline.

3. Slip Tool

filmora pro slip tool

Slip Edit is useful if you want to change the In and Out points of a clip without altering the position or length of the clip on the schedule. While using the Slip Tool, will enable you to make changes in the In and Out points of all the added clips from the timeline. While using the Slip Tool you can take the help of Viewer section to get the detailed view of the clip with complete precision.

slip tool effects in viewer

Under the Viewer section, you will see the videos at the top right and top left end of the Viewer Show, that are the adjacent frames (before and after) of the selected clip. If during that duration you do any slip edit that that will not cause any effect on other media assets/or clips.

At the lower section of the Viewer display, the In and Out points are marked out for the selected clip. The frames will change their position as corresponding to the dragging of slip tool either left of the right direction. To preview the changes made by your end, click on the Play button. Just below the Viewer Panel, Timecode information reflects the slip change details as well as the In/Out points of the source media asset.

4. Slide Tool


If you want to change the position of your clip without making any changes to In/Out points and duration of the clip, then use Slide Tool for the purpose. Thus to accommodate the positioning of the slide clip, the adjacent clips will adjust them accordingly. Given below, the preview of example that explains the new location of a clip.

slide tool effects

In the above preview example, the brightly blue colored highlighted media asset area can be slide to the right of the area that is highlighted by the lighter version of blue color. Further, with the Viewer Panel you can check and see the adjustment you made while using the Slide Edit Tool.

slide tool effects in viewer

The top two videos under the Viewer panel show the start and endpoints for the chosen clip. If you slide the clip to another location that will not affect the beginning and parameters of the clip. At the bottom side, the given two videos reflect the frames of the clips that are adjacent to the sliding clip. And if you change the clip location, then these frames also get changed.

5. Ripple Edit Tool

To trim the In/Out points of the clip and to make the necessary adjustment to avoid any overlapping or gap in the timeline, you can use the Ripple Edit Tool.

ripple edit tool

After performing Ripple Edit, the clips that are to the right side of the selected clip will get shifted automatically to remove any space in between of them. It is useful to make you sure that no such space between the clips is left out in the final version of the video. You can check all the required information related to Ripple Edit under Viewer Display.

ripple edit in viewer

If you use the Ripple Edit tool to adjust in the In point for a clip, then the selected media asset under the Viewer Panel is visible on the right side. The left-sided clip is the previous clip of the selected clip. On the other hand, if you try to set the Out point, then the videos under Viewer panel will get reversed since the selected one is visible on the left side and subsequent one on the right side. This way, the Review section of the selected clip will keep on updating itself while you are working on Ripple Edit processing.

Ripple Insert Mode gets activated if you hold Shift button during Ripple Edit. Then to make space for the edit, clips that are at the right side of the selected one will move down on the timeline.

Ripple Delete processing

Ripple Delete gives you the option to remove the clips or any existed gap. Once you delete them, rest of the objects that are on the right side of the deleted clip will move automatically to fill the gap.

To apply Ripple Delete, you need to right-click on the selected clip and then choose Ripple Delete Object from the given menu. Doing so will remove all the unwanted video clippings that you are not interested in using in the project. Further, to remove the gap (if any) right-click on it and then choose the Ripple Delete Gap option. But, if there is a certain kind of obstruction in the track, then Ripple Delete will not delete the gaps completely.

Roll Edit Tool processing

Roll Edit tool will enable trimming off any of the two neighboring clips. Where the Out point from 1st clip and In position from 2nd clip will get trimmed at the same time. Here, the duration gets changed, but still, the positioning does not get affected.

roll edit tool

If you put the cursor at the point of connection of two clips, the Roll Edit option will appear. At this time left-click the mouse and drag the cursor either left or right to change the In or Out points of 2nd or 1st clip. Making such adjustment will not cause any effect on other clips of the timeline. Preview option is available under the Viewer tab.

roll tool in viewer

On the Viewer tab, the Out point of 1st clip is on the left side while the In point of 2nd clip is on the right side. Both the previews will get updated as soon as the Roll Edit function gets completed to reflect the new In and Out points of the selected clips.

Rate Stretch processing

Speed change of the clip is possible with Rate Stretch, with which you can make a clip longer or shorter while keeping all the content of the clip intact. It is done with the help of Rate Stretch and changing In/Out points. It improves the playback speed of the clip to meet the defined space requirement on the timeline.

rate stretch tool

Let's take an example. If you double the video size by dragging Out point to a new location, then the playback speed will reduce by half. To access this option right-click the selected clip, then you can either increase or decrease the rate of the clip with better accuracy. Given below, the example to explain the Speed/Duration of the clip through a sample window.

speed and duration tool

The two options given are Speed and Duration. You can either link or unlink these options using the chain like icon available on the mid-right side of the window.

If you unlink the given options and adjust the speed, then the playback speed of the clip will get change, but In/Out points will remain unaffected. And when they are unlinked and adjustment made in the duration, then the Out point will get moved, and the speed will remain unchanged. On the other hand, if the given options are linked, and you change the speed value, then the duration will adjust itself automatically, and Out point will move to match according to the playback speed. For example, if you change the speed value of a 2-sec clip to around 50 percent, then the duration will get extended to 4 sec. Similarly, changing the length of the clip will make the necessary changes to the speed simultaneously to fit according to the duration change.

6. Snapping Tool Technique

To launch the Snapping Tool you need to click on the Snapping icon available under Editor Panel. The tool will streamline all the clips from the timeline next to each other to remove open spaces between them.

snapping tool

Clips can be snapped to the playhead or towards other clips. Also, you can utilize Up and Down keys to move or jump playhead at Start or Endpoint of clips.

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