Trim/Split/Rotate/Crop/Join video

After your media files (videos, images, etc.) have been imported, it’s time to start editing. This tutorial will go over arranging clips in your timeline, cleaning up your footage, editing out unwanted parts, and more.

1. Selecting Clips in the Media Library

1. To select a single media file: click on its thumbnail.
2. To select multiple media files: press and hold [Ctrl], and then click the thumbnails of the media you want to select.
3. To select a sequence of media files: click the first thumbnail in the sequence, press and hold [Shift], and then click the last thumbnail in the sequence.

Note: You can locate specific media files using the Search bar.

search bar

2. Deleting Media from the Media Library

In the Media Library, right click on the clip you want to remove and select DELETE.

Note: When you delete a video clip or other piece of media from the Media Library you are only removing it from Filmora9 and not deleting it from your computer or storage device.

3. Adding Videos and Other Media to the Timeline

Here are two ways to add media to the timeline:

Method 1: Click on the thumbnail of the video clip, or other media, in the Media Library. Then, drag and drop it into your timeline.


Method 2: Right click on the thumbnail of the media you want and choose one of these options:

add clips option

Insert: add your media to the selected track at the playhead. Any media that is already in the track on the right side of the inserted media will move to the right by the length of the inserted clip.

Overwrite: add your media to the selected track at the playhead, and replace any media already occupying the space your added media takes up.

Append (add to the end): add your media as the last piece of media in the selected track.

Add to new track: add your media to a newly created track which has no other media.

Note: You cannot add media to tracks with Track Lock enabled.

4. Accessing Sample Colors and Sample Intro Video

Filmora9 includes several sample colors (still images of color) and countdown intro videos. To access these resources, click Media and choose Sample Colors or Sample Video.

 access sample colors

5. Deleting Clips from Timeline

To delete a single video clip or other piece of media from your timeline, right click on the media in your timeline and select Delete, select the clip and hit the Delete icon Delete in the toolbar, or select the clip and press the Delete key on your keyboard.

To remove multiple video clips or other pieces of media, press and hold CTRL, then select the target files. When you are done selecting, let go of CTRL and delete the items using the delete icon, the delete key on your keyboard, or by right-clicking and selecting delete.

Ripple Delete

Removing media using the methods above will leave a big gap in the timeline. If you want to both remove media and close this gap, use the Ripple Delete feature.

Right click on the clip you need to remove (or hold down CTRL and select multiple pieces of media, then right click) and then select Ripple Delete to remove that clip and have the remaining media in the track move over to fill the empty space.

 delete media with ripple delete

6. Trim Video Clips

If you need to trim from the beginning or end of a video clip (or other piece of media), hover your mouse over the left or right edge of the clip in your timeline until the trim tool trim icon shows. Then, click and drag the edge of your clip forwards or backwards to trim off the unwanted portion.

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If you need to cut out a section in the middle of a video clip, drag the playhead to the start point of the unwanted section and press the scissors icon to split the clip, then drag the playhead to the end of the unwanted section and press the scissors again. Now that the unwanted section is on its own you can select it and press the delete icon to remove it.

Filmora9 also has an option for you to ‘quick trim’ from the start or end of a clip. In the timeline, place the playhead on the frame you want to trim to, right click on the clip, and select Trim Start to Playhead or Trim End to Playhead depending on whether you want to delete what’s behind the playhead or in front of it.

quick trim in Filmora

7. Splitting Video Clips

To split a clip manually on the timeline: place the playhead at the position where you want to split the clip, right click, and choose Split.

To split a clip using the Scene Detection feature:

Right click on the clip in the Media Library panel and select the Scene Detection option. In the popup window, click the DETECT button. Scene detection may take a few moments. After the detection process is finished, select the unwanted scene and press delete to remove it.

scene detections

8. Rotating or Flipping a Video Clip

To rotate or flip a clip:

1) Double click the clip in the Timeline.

2) 2. In the popup Video panel, choose the Transform effect

3) To rotate the clip, drag the rotate slider to the right or enter a numerical value in the rotate section.

4) In the Flip section, click the Flip Horizontal icon to reverse the clip from left to right, or click the Flip Vertical icon to turn the clip upside down.

rotate media clips

Click Reset to undo your changes orOK to apply the effect to your video. You can also right click on the clip in the timeline and select Rotate 90 CW or Rotate 90 CCW.

9. Cropping Video Clips

Follow the steps below to crop out and zoom into parts of your video clips:

1) Right click on the clip in the timeline

2) Select the Crop and Zoom option from the menu or click the Crop icon crop to open the Crop and Zoon panel.

3) In the popup window, move and adjust the rectangle to surround the area you want to crop. You can also choose the preset from the following preset dimensions: 16:9, 4:3, 1:1 or 9:16.

crop zoom interface in Filmora

10. Joining Videos

The join feature is for when you have several video clips in a sequence and want to combine them into one clip. To join videos clips, place them in the Timeline in the order you want them sequential order and export them as one video.

11. Copying & Pasting Video Clips

When you copy and paste clips in Filmora’s timeline the spacing of the clips is kept. You can paste copies of clip at the end of your video or insert them at the location of the playhead.

Step 1: Select one or more clips in the sequence, right-click, and choose Copy

Step 2: In the timeline, position the playhead at the point where you want to paste a copy of the clips.

Step 3: Right click and choose ‘paste’.

Note: If there are clips in the track before you paste, they might be overwritten by the pasted clips.

12. Enhancing Video Clips

Enhance your video clips by adjusting the white balance, tone, color, light, and HSL and by adding vignettes.

Double click the target clip in the timeline to enter the Edit panel, and select Color menu, the window will show as below:

color correction in Filmora

Drag the sliders respectively to adjust your color temperature, tint, contrast, saturation and brightness. You can also enter a numerical value if you know the exact adjustment you want to make. There are also 3D LUT effects available if you want to change the entire look of your video at once. Watch the Preview Window to see how the new settings affect the look of your video.

Click Advanced to enter the Advance Color Tuning panel where you’ll find presets as well as options to customize your colors, lighting, hues, saturation, luminance, vignettes, etc.

manually enhance a clip

You can also enter the Advanced Color Tuning window by right clicking a clip and then selecting Color Correction or clicking on the Color icon in the toolbar.

13. Changing Video Playback Speed

Right click on your clip in the timeline and select Speed and Duration to open the Custom Speed window. Drag the speed slider to adjust the speed of the video clip. You can also enter the precise speed you want in the speed field, or change your speed by changing the video duration. You can make your video up to 100x faster or 0.01x slower.

change video playback speed

In the custom speed panel, you can tick the Play video clip in reverse option to play your clip backwards.

You can also click the Speed icon speed chaning in the toolbar to see options for adjusting your video’s speed.

Filmora9 offers speed control presets so you can quickly slow your clip to 0.5x, 0.25x, 0.1x, 0.05x or 0.01x the speed or make it up to4x, 8x, 20x, 50x or 100x faster.

change speed Filmora

Want to learn how to change the playback duration of an image? Learn here>>

14. Creating Freeze Frames

A freeze frame is a still image representing a single frame of your video clip. Usually, freeze frames are used to make it seem like time has stopped at a specific moment in your video. Here’s how to create a freeze frame in Filmora:

  • In the timeline, move the playhead to the frame you want to freeze.
  • Click the speed icon speed chaning in the toolbar and select Freeze Frame.
  • create freeze frame Filmora
  • Set the duration of the freeze frame by dragging its edge. You can also change the default duration freeze frames by going to File -> Settings-> Editing.
create freeze frame Filmora

15. Zooming in and out Timeline

To zoom in or out and see more or less (in more detail) of your timeline, use one of these methods:

  • Find the Zoom in/out slider in the top right corner of the timeline. Drag it forwards to zoom in on the timeline and drag it backwards to zoom out.
  • Click zoom out timeline to zoom in the Timeline or zoom out timeline to zoom out.
  • Click automatically zoom to fit Timeline to automatically adjust the zoom to fit your entire timeline.
  • Use the shortcut Ctrl + plus sign [+] to zoom in and Ctrl+ minus sign [-] to zoom out.

16. Resizing video clips

If you need to resize a video clip, drag and drop it into the timeline to cut out part of the video. Or, you can change the resolution, frame rate, and bit rate in the export window to lower the file size. If you need to change the display size of a video, use the Scale slider.

To access the Scale slider, right click on the video clip you need to resize in the timeline choose Show Properties (Edit), and click into the Video tab in the popup window. Go to Transform and drag the Scale slider to the right or the left to resize the video clip. You can also enter an exact value if you know the exact percentage you want to scale to.

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Click to check the details of how to resize video files. .

17. Adding watermark/logo to the video

After importing a video clip and watermark/logo image to the Media Library, drag and drop the video clip to a video track (i.e. Track 1) and the watermark/logo to a track above it.

You can drag the watermark/logo image in the Preview Window to move it to where you want it. To adjust size of the watermark or logo, drag the small circles and squares at its edges in the Preview window.

To adjust the opacity or blending mode of your watermark or logo (i.e. make it transparent), double click the logo image in the timeline to open the Image panel and go to Composition. From there you can choose a composition mode (i.e. darken) and use the Opacity slider to adjust your transparency.

add logo to video Filmora

18. Playback Quality

You can adjust the playback quality of the Preview window for a smoother editing experience. For example, you can improve the performance of your preview by playing your video at a lower resolution than you want for your finished project or by creating proxy media files to edit with.

Proxy files are more manageable versions of your clips that are easier to edit with because they are smaller in terms of data (i.e. they are at a lower resolution). You can edit with a proxy file in Filmora, then export with your full-sized original clip.

Setting Playback Quality

Reducing your playback quality can eliminate lags and save you time. Click the Display icon in the lower-right corner of the preview window, then click Playback Quality and choose from these options:

change playback quality Filmora

Full: preview your video without changing the original resolution

1/2: preview your video at 1/2 the original resolution

1/4: preview your video at 1/4 the original resolution

1/8: preview your video at 1/8 the original resolution

1/16: preview your video at 1/16 the original resolution

Note: the reduced playback resolution only applies to the video preview and will not affect the export settings.