How To Trim In Adobe After Effects

Adobe After Effects is a robust program that allows for the addition of special effects, editing, and compositing. It also has the capability to perform basic video editing functions such as trimming. Trimming a video can be beneficial in adjusting clip length or removing unnecessary elements. This article will provide a detailed step-by-step guide on how to trim a video.

1. Import your video into After Effects

The first step is to import the video file you want to trim. To do this, navigate to the menu bar at the top, select File > Import > File. Alternatively, you can simply drag and drop the file into the Project panel.

2. Create a New Composition

Once you have imported your video file, you need to create a new composition. A composition is a container where you can layer multiple files together to create a finished product. To create a new composition, select New Composition from the Composition menu or use the shortcut Ctrl+N (Windows) or Command+N (Mac).

3. Drag your video into the composition

With a new composition created, simply drag and drop your video file from the Project panel to the Timeline panel. The video will appear as a new layer.

4. Set the work area

To trim your video, you need to set the work area where you want the video to start and end. The work area bar is the light grey bar at the top of the Timeline panel. You can set the start and end points by dragging the ends of the work area to your desired points.

5. Trim the composition to the work area

Now you can trim the video to the work area. To do this, navigate to the menu bar, select Composition, then Trim Comp to Work Area. Your video is now trimmed.

6. Export your video

The final step is to export your trimmed video. To do this, select File > Export > Add to Render Queue. In the Render Queue panel, click on the text next to Output Module and Output To, set your export settings and output file location, then click Render.

That’s it! You’ve successfully trimmed a video in Adobe After Effects. As you can see, the process is quite simple once you get the hang of it. Happy editing!