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Final Cut Pro X: Cut clips with the Blade tool

Cut clips with the Blade tool

Once you’ve added clips to the Timeline, you can easily cut them to adjust their durations or to remove unwanted sections.

The most basic edit is a straight cut. The term comes from the film editing process of cutting a filmstrip with a razor and attaching a new “clip” with glue.

Each time you cut a clip in your project, it is split into two clips. You can cut one clip at a time or multiple clips at a time.

Cut a clip in the Timeline

  1. Choose the Blade tool from the Tools pop-up menu in the toolbar (or press B).

    Blade tool in Tools pop-up menu

    The pointer changes to the Blade tool icon .

    Tip:   To switch to the Blade tool temporarily, hold down the B key. When you release the B key, the tool reverts to the previously active tool.
  2. Move the skimmer to the frame in the clip where you want to cut, and click.

    Clip in Timeline being cut using Blade tool
    Tip:   You can also cut clips while playing back your project. To cut clips on the fly, press Command-B at any time while your project plays back.

    An edit point appears as a dotted line where you clicked, and the clip is divided into two clips. The dotted line indicates a through edit, in which the media content on either side of the edit point is continuous.

    Dotted line appearing at position of cut to indicate through edit

To remove a through edit, do one of the following:

  • Select either or both sides of the through edit point, and choose Trim > Join Clips (or press Delete).

  • Select the clips on both sides of the through edit, and choose Trim > Join Clips.

Cut all clips at once

You can use the Blade All command to cut all primary storyline clips and connected clips at the skimmer or playhead location simultaneously.

  1. In the Timeline, move the skimmer to the frame where you want to cut.

  2. Choose Trim > Blade All (or press Shift-Command-B).

    All clips at the skimmer position are cut.

Cut multiple selected clips at once

You can use the Blade command to cut selected primary storyline clips and connected clips simultaneously.

  1. In the Timeline, select the clips you want to cut.

  2. Move the skimmer to the frame where you want to cut.

    Skimmer positioned over multiple clips in Timeline
  3. Choose Trim > Blade (or press Command-B).

    The selected clips are cut at the skimmer position.

    New edit point appearing across multiple clips in Timeline
    Note:   If you don’t make a selection, this command acts only on the clip in the primary storyline.
Last Modified: Sep 16, 2014
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