Trimming in the timeline with transitions applied in Premiere Pro CC

Place trim cursors in the area above and below a transition to trim with transitions remaining intact

Place trim cursors in the area above or below a transition to trim with transitions remaining intact

Did you know that you can use the trim tools on an edit point even if a transition has been applied? It’s not readily apparent in Premiere Pro CC, so I thought I’d write a quick blog to show you the trick.

In Premiere Pro CC, the icon for a transition is now larger than it has been in past versions. In Premiere Pro CS6, for example, there’s plenty of room to grab an edit point with any of the trim tools. You could then ripple or roll trim an edit and the transition would remain intact.

With Premiere Pro CC’s larger transition icon, you can’t click and drag on top of the icon as you might expect. It won’t work!

So, here’s the trick: move the cursor toward the upper third or lower third of the transition. Note that the tools are enabled in these areas. It is only in the middle-third of the transition where the tools are disabled.

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One Response to Trimming in the timeline with transitions applied in Premiere Pro CC

  1. Adi says:

    Thanks Kevin, it’s so fiddly though, especially if I’m working on the move on just my laptop trackpad.

    Surely it wouldn’t be hard to make it available on the whole cut?!