How To Cut Video In Adobe After Effects

Adobe After Effects is widely known as a powerful video editing software, specifically designed to enhance videos with incredible effects. In addition, it also serves the purpose of trimming and cutting videos. You may wonder, “How is this possible?” Well, you have come to the perfect place. This blog will provide step-by-step instructions on how to cut videos using Adobe After Effects. Are you ready? Let’s get started!

Step 1: Import Your Video

The first step towards cutting a video in After Effects is importing the video file that you want to cut. To do this, go to File -> Import -> File.

Step 2: Drag Video to Timeline

Once the video is imported, you need to add it to the timeline. You can do this by simply dragging the video file down into your composition timeline.

Step 3: Determine the Part of the Video to Cut

Locate the part of the video you want to cut. You can do this by dragging the blue time indicator back and forth along the timeline.

Step 4: Cutting the Video

The actual cutting of the video is done by using the “split” command, which is achieved by utilizing the shortcut Ctrl+Shift+D (for Windows) or Command+Shift+D (for Mac).

But first, we need to move the time indicator to the desired place where you want to cut the video. After you have done this, you can execute the “split” command.

// For Windows
Shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+D

// For Mac
Shortcut: Command+Shift+D

After executing the command, your video will be split into two parts at the time indicator. If you want to cut out a part of the video, you need to execute this command twice, once at the start and once at the end of the part you need to cut out.

Step 5: Delete the Unwanted Part

Click on the part you want to delete to highlight it and then hit the “delete” button on your keyboard or simply right-click on the unwanted part and select ‘Clear’ from the contextual menu. Voila! You have successfully cut your video in Adobe After Effects.

Cutting video in Adobe After Effects might seem complex if you’re new to the program, but once you grasp the steps, it becomes a simple task. Happy editing!

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