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  • Trim tool doesn’t cut primary timeline by default?

    Posted by Marco Noe on January 30, 2024 at 10:10 am

    Hello! Trying to get better at using keyboard shortcuts over here and running into the problem with the trim tool where if in the example photo attached i hit Trim Start then the orange layer gets trimmed not the clip in the primary timeline.

    So right now in order to trim the clip I have to hit c (to select the clip) then Trim Start… This can’t be right can it?


    Marco Noe replied 4 months, 1 week ago 3 Members · 5 Replies
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  • Ben Balser

    January 30, 2024 at 11:13 am

    No, the primary storyline is not the default edit operation target. You see the ball on the playhead line, over the top orange clip? The playhead ball shows which clip is the targeted for edit operations. It is almost always the top most clip. If you hit C you’ll select the clip with the playhead ball over it, which in your case, would be the orange clip. You have to click on the clip below that you want to edit to select it.

  • Marco Noe

    January 31, 2024 at 1:31 am

    Thanks Ben! Do you think there’s a way of setting primary storyline to be the default edit operation?

  • Ben Balser

    January 31, 2024 at 2:15 pm

    Nope, no way to set that. You have to manually select which clip you want to edit.

  • Kent Wiley

    January 31, 2024 at 5:43 pm

    And the keyboard command to get down to the primary timeline is Command down arrow.

  • Marco Noe

    February 1, 2024 at 1:45 am

    thanks for your replies – the quest to get better at my keyboard short cut editing progresses!

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