The Difference Between Trim and Crop in Apple Final Cut Pro [v]

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Trimming and cropping are basic techniques in any video edit. In this video tutorial, Larry Jordan illustrates the difference between trimming and cropping a video clip using Apple Final Cut Pro.


The Difference Between Trim and Crop in Apple Final Cut Pro

TRT: 3:49 — MPEG-4 HD movie



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3 Responses to The Difference Between Trim and Crop in Apple Final Cut Pro [v]

  1. In 3:48, as succinct discussion of why I dislike FCPX (the NLE that calls a project an “event”, and bin a “library”.)

    That’s NOT a “trim”, that’s a “crop & resize/repo”.

    SO, what do the geniuses from Cupertino call Trim, as in trimming the length of a clip?

    • Guess I’ll sign up for the next ALA!

    • Larry says:


      Smile… You are welcome to dislike FCP, but let’s get the words right. An “event” is a folder, FCP 7 and Premiere call “events,” bins.”

      And a library is the master container for everything: media, timelines (which FCP calls “projects” and Premiere calls “sequences”), text, effects and metadata.

      And you are ALWAYS welcome to join an “Ask Larry Anything” session.

      Finally, cropping in both FCP and Premiere takes the cropped object and fills the frame with it. “Repo” is a print term, not one I’ve seen in video.


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