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Slip Edits in Premiere Clip

Premiere Clip 2.0 brought us lots of great new features but topping my personal list is the Two-Finger drag, also known as a slip edit. If you’re not familiar with this term, have no fear! By the end of this tutorial you’ll be a pro. Slip edits are a popular trimming technique used in professional video editing applications such as Premiere Pro.


What is a slip edit? 

A slip edit changes the clip’s content, but maintains the position and duration of the clip in the sequence.


Here’s what the footage is like at the beginning of the clip…


The train has passed at this later part of the same video clip.

Why would I do a slip edit?

A slip edit is often used to select a more interesting section of a clip or to match motion or action between adjacent clips.

Another good case for using a slip edit is when your edits are synced to musical beats or words in a song and you want a different part of the clip, but you can’t alter the duration of the clip or else the edit will go out of sync. The slip edit is the perfect tool for the job.


How do I perform a slip edit (Two-Finger drag) in Premiere Clip?

Place and hold two fingers on the preview screen and slide left or right. While sliding your fingers across the screen you’ll notice the purple bars (In and Out points) move simultaneously and the video in the monitor is updating. The video in the monitor is showing you what your new In point will be.



A few extra thoughts and tips to help you be successful using slip edits. 

More ideas for when to use a slip edit. A slip edit can be particularly useful in combination with Clip’s new automatic video creation. Clip’s automatic mode creates a video synced to music and can produce awesome results with just a few clicks. There are times, however, when the segments auto-selected are not the segments you’d like highlighted. In this case, you can tap on the film strip icon in the upper right-hand corner (aka ‘Convert to Freeform Editor’) and quickly go through your sequence and modify your clip’s in and out points simultaneously.


Slip edit not working? If you’re trying to perform a slip edit and you’re not seeing any feedback in the monitor, it may be that you do not have media handles on both sides of your clip. In order to slip a clip, you need to have additional media on the head and the tail of the clip.



You can’t perform a slip edit if the handles are at the edge of the media– there’s no room to slip.


Now that there is media outside of the purple handles of the clip, you can perform a slip edit with a two-finger drag.


Fun tip! Once you’re in slip edit mode, you can release one of your two fingers and still control your slip edit by sliding a single finger on the screen. This can be especially useful when working on smaller devices with less screen real estate. Also, once in slip edit mode, you can drag your fingers anywhere on the device screen. You just need to start in the preview monitor.


I hope you find this post useful. Slip edits are a powerful tool that not only give you a lot of precision control but can really speed up your editing process. We would love to hear what you think about Two-Finger drag. We would also like to hear what other features you feel would help your editing in Premiere Clip be more effective or just something that sounds really cool! Share your ideas in the Premiere Clip forum.


Happy editing!

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