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How To Use The Dynamic Trim Tool in Resolve

Lewis McGregor

DaVinci Resolve has a unique take on trim functions. Learn how to maximize your workflow in this quick tutorial.

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If you’re considering trying out DaVinci Resolve, there is an important feature you need to know — this function is quite different in Premiere Pro. These are the trim tools. (If, on the other hand, you’re coming from Final Cut Pro, you may be more familiar with how Resolve handles the trim functions.)

In Resolve, the ripple, slide, slip, and roll edits are all under one function: the Trim Edit Mode.

How To Use The Dynamic Trim Tool in Resolve — Trim Edit Mode

(For more on trim tools functions in Premiere Pro, check out this article.) 

Dynamic Trim Edit

In Resolve, trim is a dynamic process. When you are in the Trim Edit mode, you can complete different trim edits depending on where you place your cursor on the clip. This is a much faster process for performing edit tasks. You no longer have to hit various keyboard shortcuts or find the particular edit tool icon. Let’s take a look at how you activate each edit mode. Remember, you need to be in the Trim Edit mode (T on the keyboard) to perform these functions. 

Ripple Edit

To perform a ripple edit, bring your cursor just in from the edge of a clip. The following icon will appear and allow you to proceed with a ripple edit.

How To Use The Dynamic Trim Tool in Resolve — Ripple Edit

As a side note, if the edge of your clip is highlighted green, that means that the clip still has unused footage — so you can extend it. If the edge is red, that signifies that there is no more footage to work from. As you can see in the still below, I’m trying to perform a roll edit, but I’m unable to do so because I have no extra footage in both clips to work with.

How To Use The Dynamic Trim Tool in Resolve — Roll Edit

Roll Edit

You can perform a roll edit by placing the cursor directly within an edit point or two clips. When the cursor is between both clips, the following icon will appear.

How To Use The Dynamic Trim Tool in Resolve — Roll Edit Slider

Slip Edit

It’s very easy to accidentally perform a slide edit instead of a slip edit, as the area from one tool to the other is very minimal. To perform a slip edit while in Trim mode, place the cursor on the frame thumbnails.

How To Use The Dynamic Trim Tool in Resolve — Slip Edit

You have to have the thumbnail previews activated on the timeline to be able to perform this dynamic edit. If, however, you prefer to edit without the thumbnail preview, you can also increase the track height to display an extra area of solid color to perform a slip edit. However, increasing the track height adds an extra step and diminishes the efficiency of the Dynamic Trim function.

Slide Edit

As you might have guessed, the slide edit involves placing the cursor underneath the thumbnail previews and onto the area with the clip’s filename.

How To Use The Dynamic Trim Tool in Resolve — Slide Edit

If you’re interested in dynamic editing in Resolve, I’ve created an easy-to-follow tutorial series that covers the basics of editing in Resolve 12.5. 

What are your thoughts? Do you prefer this method of using the trim tools, or do you have a different approach? Let us know in the comments.


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