Fine-tune edits with the Precision Editor

You can fine-tune the edit point between two clips in the Timeline using the Precision Editor, which provides an expanded view of the clips on either side of the edit point as well as the unused portions of each clip. You can trim or extend the end of one clip and the beginning of the next, either separately or together. As you make changes, you can instantly see how your edits affect the cut or transition from one clip to the next.

You can see a “two-up” display in the Viewer as you trim edit points in the Timeline. For more information, see Show detailed trimming feedback.

Adjust the edit point between clips with the Precision Editor

  1. Choose either the Select tool or the Trim tool from the Tools pop-up menu in the toolbar, and double-click the edit point you want to trim in the Timeline.

    Selected edit point in Timeline

    The Precision Editor appears, presenting an expanded view of your outgoing and incoming shots. The edit point is represented by a vertical line in the center of the Precision Editor. The outgoing clip and the clips before it appear in the top part of the storyline. The incoming clip and the clips after it appear in the bottom part.

    The dimmed portions of clips to the right and left of the edit line are the unused portions of media that are available for trimming (called media handles). You can skim over these areas to view and play back the media to help you decide where to trim.

    Precision Editor open in Timeline, showing handle for adjusting edit point
  2. To adjust the edit point, do any of the following:

    • Move the edit line in the center of the Precision Editor by dragging its handle left or right.

      Edit line handle being dragged in Precision Editor

      Moving the entire edit line performs a roll edit.

    • Drag the end point of the outgoing clip or the start point of the incoming clip. This performs a ripple edit.

      Note: You can drag the edit line or individual edit points to the extent that there are media handles available. When you extend a clip to its maximum length in either direction, the clip edge turns red.

      End point of outgoing clip being dragged in Precision Editor
    • Skim over and click the outgoing clip or the incoming clip at any point.

      Outgoing clip being clicked at top of Precision Editor

      The clip’s edit point is adjusted to the frame you click. This is the equivalent of a ripple edit.

      Outgoing clip end point shown at frame that was clicked

      You can also enter a timecode value to adjust the edit point numerically. If you select either the end point of the outgoing clip or the start point of the incoming clip, a ripple edit is performed. Otherwise, a roll edit is performed.

  3. To navigate to another edit point, do one of the following:

    • To go directly to an edit point: Click the other edit point.

    • To go to the next or previous edit point: Press the Up Arrow or Down Arrow key.

  4. To close the Precision Editor, do one of the following:

    • Double-click the current edit point, or press the Esc (Escape) key.

    • Click the Close Precision Editor button at the bottom-right corner of the Timeline.