If you want to remove footage from your clip in Final Cut Pro X, and you don’t want to adjust its duration, the Blade tool is handy, any way you slice it. This tool lets you remove footage from your clip you don’t want to use or to adjust its duration. 

Here’s how it works.

How to cut your video clip

Step 1: 

Move the clip you want to cut to the timeline.

Step 2: 

Click the tools menu in the top left corner of the timeline and choose the Blade tool. For an easier way, just press the B key on your keyboard. 

Step 3: 

Move your skimmer over where you want to make your cut and then click.

That’s it! It’s really that simple. There’s a bit more functionality built into the Blade tool so here’s a couple of helpful tips.

How to get the most out of the Blade tool

Tip 1: 

If you want to just use the Blade tool momentarily, press and hold the B key while performing the cut. After you make the cut, the tool will revert back to the one you were previously using.

Tip 2: 

If you have multiple audio and video tracks on top of each other, you can cut them all at once by moving your skimmer to the location where you want to cut and then hitting Shift-Command-B on your keyboard. 

Tip 3: 

If you want to undo a cut you made, select the two clips you want to turn back into one and then go to Trim > Join Clips.

Now that’s cutting edge technology.

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