Trim Video In After Effects

Trim Video in After Effects

Adobe After Effects is a robust graphics utility, used to add high quality effects and graphics to videos. And while After Effects is generally used on a video project after the editing process, the program is also a full-featured editor in its own right. And if you need to adjust the length of a video clip or layer in After Effects, you won’t need to export the video or layer; you can trim them in After Effects.


1. Launch Adobe After Effects. Load your project into the program.

2. Select a video to trim. Double-click the video in the list of files below the “Project” heading; the video will load into After Effects’ preview window.

3. Drag the slider, in the timeline below the video, to the point where you’d like the video to begin. Click on the “{” icon, below the timeline, to mark the beginning or your video.

4. Drag the slider along the timeline, to the point where you want the video to end. Clic the “}” icon to mark the video’s end point and to complete your trim. Alternatively, you can trim your video in the After Effect’s video timeline.

5. Drag your video clip to the project timeline at the bottom of the program.

6. Drag the beginning of the video forward to adjust the video’s start time. Drag the end of the video backward, to adjust the video clip’s end point.

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