Cutting Clips

A cut is created on a media clip usually for one of two reasons: the clip contained two scenes and both require individual trimming, or the middle of the clip is not wanted and needs to be deleted.

Liquid Edition uses the razor blade tool to cut a clip.

To cut a clip


Scrub through the media clip until you find the place where you want to create a cut. You can make the cut accurate by using the arrow keys to step through one frame at a time.


Click the Razor button or hit the period (.).

A cut is created, dividing the clip into two pieces (Figure 6.42).

Figure 6.42. The razor blade can divide a clip in two.

Active, Inactive, and Protected Tracks

Each track in Liquid Edition has three natural states: Active, Inactive, and Protected.

Only those tracks that are active can be affected by the razor blade. Active tracks are, by default, Name 5, Name 4, and Name 3.

Active tracks are always light blue; Inactive tracks are dark gray (Figure 6.43). You can change their state by simply clicking directly on the name track to change the color.

Figure 6.43. Name 5, 4, and 3 are active; the rest are inactive.

Clips can be dragged to either an Inactive or Active track, but the razor blade and the insertion of Dissolves (see Chapter 8) and Cross Fades (Chapter 7) will not affect or be applied to Inactive tracks.

A Protected track is one that can no longer be edited. To protect a track, right-click the track's name and select Protect from the list of choices. This turns the whole trackincluding the clip(s) on the Timelinelight gray and indicates that the clips are now fixed and cannot be altered or added to in any way (Figure 6.44).

Figure 6.44. A Protected, an Active, and an Inactive track.

To unprotect a track, right-click the name again and deselect Protect by clicking it.

Pinnacle Liquid Edition 6 for Windows
Pinnacle Liquid Edition 6 for Windows
ISBN: 0321269160
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2003
Pages: 245
Authors: Paul Ekert © 2008-2017.
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