Trim Tool Tutorial and Review

About two weeks ago I came across a tool, while I was editing my 360 video, that I believe could be helpful for anyone who creates VR videos. It is called the “trim tool,” and it can be found on Mac and PC software. The trim tool allows anyone with raw footage to cut the scenes they want to use in their final video before inputting it into Adobe Premiere. This approach can help make the editing process go faster, and this is how you use it.

First, pull up a piece of raw footage that you want to use. Watch the full clip a few times before deciding where to make the cut.

Then, after you figure out which part of the clip you want to use, go to the edit tab at the top left corner of your desktop or laptop.

Then, move your mouse over the tab in order for it to view all the options it provides.

Then, if you look towards the bottom of all the options, you will find an option called “trim,” and select it.

Then, after you select the tool, it should take you back to your raw clip. However, the timeline should now be highlighted. The highlighted timeline will enable you to cut your clip by dragging both ends of the timeline to the desired location of your clip.

Then, once you drag both ends of the timeline to where you want to cut your clip, it should look like the clip you want stand out in color while the rest of video looks like it faded out. From there you can cut the clip, but if you are not sure about the cut you made you are able to watch the cut clip by pressing play. Pressing play at this stage will allow you to play the clip you are trying to cut and start it from where you dragged the timeline. This will allow you to be sure of your cut before actually cutting it. Then, when you feel sure of your cut, you can go ahead and press the “trim” button so the tool can officially cut the video.

Then, after you press the button, it should take you to your new cut clip. Don’t worry, it doesn’t make your original clip disappear. All it did was make another version of your first clip. If you want to change the cut you made, you can still access your old clip from wherever it was saved to make changes.

Lastly, with your cut clip, you can input it into the stitching software you use and it shouldn’t take as long to stitch compared to stitching your original raw footage. Once stitched, you can repeat the same process to all your videos. Once, you’ve cut all your desired clips, you can input them into your Adobe Premiere project for further editing of your video.

A pro with his feature was that I found it extremely helpful while editing because it did make the editing process go by faster. When stitching raw footage, it takes quite a few minutes to process, especially if your video is a few minutes long. However, after using the trim tool, it shortened my desired clip and it made stitching a lot faster than would’ve been with my original clip.

One con I did notice with the tool was that after trimming multiple clips, it does become annoying to constantly drag the timeline to your desired spot versus using the cut tool in Adobe Premiere. However, it was not a complete game changer to not use this tool.

One tip I would say to keep in mind with this tool is after you cut your clip, pay attention to the clips name and where it will be saved. It is easy to lose your clips on your laptop or desktop if you don’t know where it is being saved. With that said, I suggest you click on the “file” tab. Clicking on it will allow you the rename your clip to a name that is easy to navigate. You do so by clicking on the “save” option and it’ll take you to a window where you rename the clip while also give you the option to save it where you want.

Overall, discovering this tool made editing a lot faster than it would’ve been using my original clips.  Inputting a cut clip into the stitching software made the the process so much faster and it’ll make editing in Adobe Premiere easier.   I highly recommend using this tool for anyone creating 360 videos, but I especially recommend it for people who are beginners at VR or beginners at Adobe Premiere.

If you want to watch a video version of how to use the “trim” tool, select the video below.