‘Trim’ or ‘Cut’ in Video Editing: What Is the Difference?

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To trim or to cut? This question sounds particularly relevant while you’re waiting at the barbershop or salon, but it is equally relevant for when you’re sitting at your desk, pondering on a clip on your video editing program.

Okay, maybe you don’t agonize over trimming or cutting a video clip like you would with your hair. But knowing the differences between the two is still crucial if you want to trim your video with the right amount of flair, making sure your output is a cut above the rest.

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Is It Considered a ‘Trim’ or ‘Cut’ in Video Editing?

Imagine you’re recording a video on your phone, and you want to upload it on social media. Let’s say you want to remove a few seconds from the first and last parts to make your video more coherent. You use a video editing application on your phone to accomplish your desired result, which you do successfully. At the most basic level, this is what you call trimming. 

Now, imagine the same scenario. Except this time, you want to section out the middle portion of your footage, either to remove it or to use it for later. This is what you call cutting.

One of NarraSoft’s professional video editors, Cee, defined cutting and trimming as follows:

Cutting is making sections in a clip while trimming decreases or increases the length of a clip. 

— Cee, Video Editor at NarraSoft —

To this definition, she added another technique video editors commonly use. Stitching, she said, is the process of “putting together multiple scenes.” The output contains a mix of scenes that transition from one to the next.

Clearly, video editing requires more than just trimming, cutting, and stitching. Still, knowing these concepts is vital for your video to result in its ideal form. 

So, if you’re learning how to edit videos, or if your goal is to hire a team of video editors, make sure you and your team have a fundamental understanding of the basics. 

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How to Trim or Cut Your Video on Premiere Pro 

Video editing applications have different user interfaces. In this article, we will look into the widely used video editing software Premiere Pro, one of the video editing applications NarraSoft employs.

What is Premiere Pro?

Adobe Premiere Pro is a video editing software application released by Adobe in 2003. It provides digital artists with a diverse range of tools they can use to seamlessly weave raw footage or animation clips into a coherent and compelling story.

Artists can also use Premiere Pro alongside other Adobe software applications, making importing and exporting important files effortless. This means editors can integrate art assets from Adobe Photoshop into Premiere Pro’s video editing environment.

Trimming and Cutting on Premiere Pro, According to One of NarraSoft’s Video Editors

Premiere Pro is undeniably one of the greatest tools a video editor could have. No wonder it’s widely used by industry professionals! 

At NarraSoft, our video editor Cee shares how trimming and cutting are done using this top-notch software application. According to her, video editors generally apply these techniques and tools in one go. 

So, how do you trim or cut a video on Adobe Premiere Pro? 

How to Trim or Cut Videos on Premiere Pro

Step 1: If you’re satisfied with the pieces that make up your video, sync all your clips and audio.

Step 2: Using the Razor Tool, cut into the sections you want to either eliminate or use in a different video. You can also use the Razor Tool to trim your entire video by sectioning out the front or tail portions.

Step 3: To eliminate the sections, use the Ripple Edit or Delete Tool. This allows you to trim a clip while keeping them stitched together on your editor’s timeline.

BONUS Step 4: Lastly, you can speed up or slow down the clips in your video by using the Rate Stretch Tool. According to Cee, this tool is the most commonly used among the basic tools, so keep this in mind during the video editing process.

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Is Video Editing Really That Important?

After learning these two basic techniques, you’ve probably arrived at the point where you’re wondering, “Is all this really necessary?”

Before we answer that question, we first need to inquire into the importance of videos.

In previous articles, we stated several statistics showing how effective videos are in piquing people’s interest. Here are only some results your video content can do for your brand, too:

  • People grasp a new concept better by 70% when it’s introduced in video format.
  • You can increase your conversion rate to about 10% with a novel product, as demonstrated by Dropbox in 2009.
  • You can potentially increase your visitors’ likelihood of returning to your website with video by 37%.

So, to answer the question, we strongly believe in the importance of video content. Even stronger is our belief that quality video content can achieve all these numbers and more.

How exactly do you get highly engaging and top-notch videos? The answer lies in professional editing. Through trimming, cutting, stitching, and other techniques, your videos can create impact, trigger the right emotions, and form special connections with your audience.

This is precisely why knowing the basics of video editing is important.

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To Learn Video Editing or To Outsource Video Editing Services? That Is the Question

Video editing is not for everyone. Aside from skill, patience, and a penchant for visual art, a well-edited video generally requires experience.

If you want to get into video editing for your sheer love of the process and piecing together quality output, then practicing and taking a course on video editing to hone your craft is definitely the way to go.

Conversely, if you need to consistently produce video content, then familiarizing yourself with the techniques we mentioned here just won’t cut it. You will need a good video editor by your side to accomplish this goal. 

In Summary

In video editing, trimming is the process of either removing your clip’s front or tail portions, or increasing the length of the same. 

On the other hand, cutting is when you create sections out of a clip. You may use these sections for a different video or delete them altogether.

To execute these processes on the popular editing software Premiere Pro, you need to use the following tools simultaneously:

  • Razor Tool
  • Ripple Edit or Delete Tool

You can use them on individual clips or on a video clip with all of its important parts already synced.

Decided you want to hire a good video editing team?

NarraSoft’s experience in rendering video editing services spans nearly a decade. Not only are we capable of editing videos with raw footage from your company, but we can also create your videos from scratch. 

We have amazing digital artists and video editors who can provide you with anything your company needs to get that high-converting, engaging content you’ve been looking for.

Message us on our chatbox or social media channels, or you can fill out the form on this page! You can also reach us through email at sales@narrasoft.com

Justine Jordan

Justine Jordan

Justine Jordan is a content and copy writer. She has written for a popular business daily in the Philippines and for various startups across the globe before transitioning to work for NarraSoft. She graduated cum laude from the University of the Philippines-Diliman with a bachelor's degree in journalism.