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How to Trim & Cut Video in Adobe Premiere Pro 2020

Author by Kevincy Berel

Jan 8, 2020

As you know, Adobe Premiere, an industry-leading video editing tool acknowledged by video editing enthusiasts and filmmakers, is one of the indispensable programs for special-effects production and post-editing in many movies and TV shows. Regarding the video cutting, of course, it's a cinch, so in the next article, I'll introduce how to cut video in Adobe Premiere Pro.

Well, generally speaking, every filmmaker and video editor should be on top of a crucial skill, that is, video cutting and trimming. It's taken for granted that everyone will inevitably remove unwanted scenes and discordant moments from the recorded footages. Adobe Premiere undoubtedly provides one-stop solution to video post-editing, which of course includes the video cutting. In the next paragraph, you'll learn the basic skill to cut video in Adobe Premiere.

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How to Cut Clips in Premiere Pro 2020: 5 Steps (with Pictures)

Create a New Project in Premiere ProCreate a New Project in Premiere Pro

Before we get started to cut video in Adobe Premiere, make sure you've installed both Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Media Encoder on your PC.


Step 1. Launch Adobe Premiere Pro 2020, create a new project, then name your project and select a location where you want to save the Premiere files. You can make other settings below or just keep default. Press OK to enter the editing interface.

Load Footage to Adobe Premiere ProLoad Footage to Adobe Premiere Pro

Step 2. In the bottom left corner of Premiere, add your footage by right-clicking the blank section > Import, or you can simply drag it here. Next, directly drag the footage from the Project Panel to the timeline on the right side. Then you are able to preview the video in the upper part of Premiere.

Trim Video Premiere ProTrim Video Premiere Pro

Step 3. Now, it's ready to make Adobe Premiere trim videos. Drag the blue slider over the start point you want to cut, go to Sequence > Add Edit, or simply press the shortcut keys Ctrl + K. You'll find a dividing line that cuts the footage into two parts. Similarly, move the blue slider to the end point and press Ctrl + K again. To locate the exact timestamps, you can input the time manually in the upper left corner. With the same steps, you're able to cut videos into parts.

Remove Unwanted PartsRemove Unwanted Parts

Step 4. Select unwanted part, press Delete on your keyboard which will leave a gap between clips, instead, you can right-click on the unwanted part and choose Ripple Delete to auto-fill the gap and join the rest parts automatically. If you want to merge the remaining clips together into one video, you have to drag each clip to arrange the order and remove the gaps, then go to next steps. But if you want to save individual clips, move the blue slider to each clip, press UP arrow key to locate the beginning of the clip, click on Markers > Mark In or shortcut key I. Then press DOWN arrow key to go to end position, click on Markers > Mark Out or shortcut key O. So one clip will be highlighted. Now let's go to the final step.

Export Video Cuts in Premiere ProExport Video Cuts in Premiere Pro

Step 5. Do not select Save option, it will save your editing as a .prproj project file. Go to File > Export > Media, you are able to select the output format, name the video, change bit rate, captions, etc. on the Export Settings window. To export individual clips, click Queue for each snippet until all of them are queued in the Adobe Media Encoder. Premiere can batch export all of them with the help of Adobe Media Encoder by clicking on the green Play icon at the upper right corner. To export one combined clip, just hit Export. After a while, you'll find your footage snippets in your destination folder. So that's all about how to cut clips in Premiere Pro.

Fairly Simple Alternative to Cut Video in Adobe Premiere Pro 2020

Still confused with the complicated GUI and operation in Adobe Premiere Pro? Well, if you don't tend to invest too much energy on it, there is still a fairly simple solution if you only focus on video cutting. WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro provides an immediate method to trim video into parts without foot-dragging. It's not the lip service, let's see how efficient it is.

Only 3 Steps to Cut Video Clips in HD Video Converter Factory Pro

Load Video Files

Before start, please free downloadfree download the software.

Step 1 - Load Your Footage

Initiate HD Video Converter Factory Pro and open Converter module. Navigate to Add Files button to load your footage, alternatively, just drag it into the interface. Then press the scissor-shaped icon on the toolbar.

Cut Video into Parts

Step 2 - Trim Footage into Parts

On the Trimming window, drag the 2 blue sliders to determine which part you want to save, then hit the green Trim button on the right, and a Clip 1 will be generated in the blank space below. To accurately cut a video clip, just enter the precise time in Start/End boxes. Furthermore, you're allowed to split multiple clips on one video by repeating previous steps. Then press OK to get back to the main interface.

Start Video Trimming

Step 3 - Start Video Cutting Process

Open output format list on the right side, there are 500+ preset profiles of formats and devices for your choice. The default MP4 is recommended because of its excellent compatibility. Click on the inverted triangle icon on the bottom to assign a destination folder to save the video clips. Finally, hit the Run button to cut video clips.

At last...

You got it? I hope you've figured out how to trim videos in Premiere Pro even though it's a bit complicated, but you know how to do it well when you get familiar with it. Instead, HD Video Converter Factory Pro is an entry-level utility that is more user-friendly for average users, especially for beginners and novices who have a single requirement of video cutting. Choose the right one based on your needs. Finally, don't forget to share this post with your friends and family.

Not Just a Simple Video Cutter, More Practical Features Provided

HD Video Converter Factory Pro

HD Video Converter Factory Pro

1. Merge multiple video clips into one.

2. Compress large video file to smaller size.

3. Convert video to 500+ mainstream formats and devices.

4. Record screen and make GIFs from images and video.

5. Download video/music from YouTube, Facebook, SoundCloud, etc.

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