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Trimming Clips

Lesson 13 from: How to Edit Video in DaVinci Resolve

Casey Faris

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13. Trimming Clips

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The lesson is about how to edit video in DaVinci Resolve by trimming clips. The instructor explains that by adjusting how much of each clip is included, we can control the story in the edit. They provide examples of different ways to trim clips and highlight the importance of selecting the right amount of each clip to effectively tell the desired story.


Q: How can we control the story in the edit by adjusting how much of each clip we include? A: By trimming the clips, we have the flexibility to show different portions of a scene, which can alter the narrative and the message conveyed to the audience.

Q: Can we choose to include only a portion of a clip? A: Yes, we can choose to cut earlier in a clip to show only a specific part, or we can include the later part of a clip to focus on the conclusion of an action.

Q: Is it possible to show different perspectives or emphasize specific elements in a clip by trimming it? A: Absolutely. Trimming allows us to select which parts of a clip to include, which can help showcase different perspectives, highlight specific actions, or emphasize certain elements within a scene.

Q: How can we determine the amount of each clip to include? A: The decision on how much of each clip to include depends on the story we want to tell. It is important to consider the message we want to convey, the pacing of the video, and the overall narrative flow when deciding the amount of each clip to include.

Q: Does trimming clips affect the order in which they are placed in the timeline? A: Trimming clips does not impact the order in which they are placed in the timeline. It only affects the specific portion of the clip that is included in the final edit.

Q: How can we navigate the timeline in DaVinci Resolve? A: By clicking and dragging with the middle button of the mouse, we can move back and forth on the timeline, allowing us to easily navigate and position clips within the edit.

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Trimming Clips

The next major way that we can control the story in the edit is by adjusting how much of each clip we include. For instance, this pepper shot, he cuts up half a pepper. We could cut earlier to where he only cuts a little bit of the pepper. We could even, if we wanted to, we could just include the later part of him cutting to show him just finishing cutting the pepper. The shot of him tossing these vegetables and the flames coming up, we can choose how much of this to show. So I can put this down here in the timeline, and I'll zoom in a little bit. By the way, you can move back and forth on the timeline by clicking and dragging with your middle button on your mouse, and kind of lets you grab and move it around. In this shot, I can show him throwing the vegetables in the air or we can cut in right after the vegetables land and just show the flames. It really depends on what we want to do. We could even cut out of here before there's too many flames, if we for some reason don't wanna show...

fire. As a general rule, you always wanna show fire. (chuckles) If there's fire available, use the fire. Fire makes better videos. Science. Here where he's spreading the sauce, we could have him just spread the sauce and make it look really easy. And we can cut out right there. So he just spreads the sauce around. He knows what he's doing. And this is going to communicate something specific, because if he stops right there, then he obviously knows what he's doing. He's moving quickly and he can go on to the next step. But if we add a little bit more of this, we could maybe show that he really cares and that it takes a little bit more work than just throwing sauce on there. Again, it's all dependent on the story that we want to tell. In addition to the selection of clips that we actually add to the timeline and the order, selecting the amount of each clip gives us a lot of freedom in telling the story in one way or the other.

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This is a great class! Probably my favorite Creativelive class so far. I've been a fulltime photographer for 13 years now, I guess it's about time I get back into video. I love that Resolve has a free version to learn on. The pace of this class was perfect, can't wait to watch the rest of Casey's DaVinci classes.

Simona Geneva

Thanks to Casey Faris for the interesting study material. I have been looking for a creative life course for DaVinci Resolve for a long time and I am very happy that one has already been created on your platform. I look forward to the other pieces. Thanks again for the shared knowledge!


I've seen many DaVinci tutorials that seem to just make things more confusing but Casey's tutorial really took a simple step-by-step explanation to really show how powerful and yet simple it is to use Davinci. The tools Casey covered in this course gave me the confidence to edit the ton of videos I have collecting dust on my hard drive. Great job Casey and a great sense of dry corny humor...lolol highly recommended!!

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