In our previous lesson of our look at learning BlackMagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve, we started to take a look at trimming, and in this lesson, I want to talk about Trim Edit Mode, or as I more commonly refer to it as, Ripple Trim mode. This trim mode is a “destructive” way of working, and keep in mind that’s not a negative thing. It’s just something that you have to keep in mind when working. Alright, let’s jump in and get started.
Unlike the trimming we talked about in the last lesson, Trim Edit Mode (TEM) requires us to use the shortcut to get it going. That shortcut, assuming you’re using the standard Resolve Keyboard layout is, appropriately enough, “T” on the keyboard. With TEM activated, we now have a few tools at our disposal that we don’t normally have, and let’s take a look at what’s different by simply looking at the cursor. Once you hover the mouse over top of an edit point, it’s a little hard to notice that there is a slight difference between the TEM icon, and the default trim icon that normally appears, except if you take a closer look, there is a little film strip icon, sticking out of the icon. This icon will show you that you have TEM activated, and now when adjusting your edit points, you’ll notice that except when adjusting the edit point uniformly on both sides, any trim function you do will be “destructive”, meaning that it will push the other clips back or forward down the timeline, and potentially throw other edits out of sync.
TEM (Ripple Trimming)
Now, keep in mind that up to this point, we’re really only been dealing with video only, and audio really hasn’t been an issue, but if you have linked audio tracks (linked to a video channel), once you select one track, all the linked tracks will be selected as well. I have to say that TEM in DaVinci Resolve, is some of the smoothest editing you’ll be doing, as the process is so fluid, you’ll almost forget your actually trimming a clip!
With that being said, there is another fantastic feature you’ll use in here that you might not be aware of, and that is slipping and sliding, but we’ll save that for our next lesson!
Meanwhile, check out our entire catalog of tutorials for DaVinci Resolve here.