Trim Clips in the iMovie Application

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You're watching VisiHow. In the previous tutorial, we worked with a Ken Burns effect. This is a tutorial on how to trim clips in the iMovie on the Mac. To do this, there are a few ways; and we will discuss all of them.

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Steps

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    First of all, you can trim the clip before importing it into the timeline
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    In this video, there is a clip that is 24 seconds.
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    Grab a small slice of it
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    Then, click and drag the slice to the bottom of the window
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    You can also click and select the slice
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    Then, click the "+" button to add the slice
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    Once the clip or clips are in the timeline, you can further edit its or their length using the slider on the left and right
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    You can also right-click the clip
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    Click "Show Clip Trimmer"
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    What this will do is it will allow you to set a specific time duration of the clip. You have the end point and the beginning point that you can set at whatever time you want. In this case, the time is 2.5 seconds.
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    Then, you can slide the footage to get to the desired area you want within the clip
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    Once you've finished, click "Close Clip Trimmer"
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    Another way of editing clips on the timeline is when there is an area to cut out; so, highlight the area
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    Adjust the length of it
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    Once you get the area that you want to cut out, click "Edit"
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    Then, click "Delete"
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    You can also use the backspace key on the keyboard. That will delete that portion of the clip.
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    If there is a certain area of the clip that you want to keep and delete everything else, you can highlight that area by selecting the clip
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    Then, click and drag to highlight the specific area
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    If you would want to keep just the 2.6 seconds like in the video, then click "Modify" from the top menu
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    Then, click "Trim Selection" This will delete everything on the left and right sides of that clip and leave you with the leftover area
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This has been a VisiHow tutorial on how to trim clips in the iMovie on the Mac. If you're having trouble trimming clips in the iMovie on the Mac, then simply leave your questions, comments, or suggestions in the area below; and we'll do our best to get back to you. Thanks for choosing VisiHow! Have a great day!

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