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Davidk101 [Avatar]
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I want to cut a clip into parts. Not trimming - but into parts, eg 2 halves. In the first instance, a music clip. But I imagine the same method could be applied to all clips.

What I want to do is apply a music performance as mutable background to parts of a project that are just photos, not video with component audio. The photos are scattered in groups (min 1 but usually 3-4 at a time) throughout the project. So, import the music file, position it on the music timeline at the start of one photo section, and at the part where the photos end and the next video clip begins, cut it so that the original music file is now in 2 parts. Be able to drag the second half of the cut file to the place in the music timeline where the next photo section starts, and repeat. Doing it this way avoids clashing audio between the music and the video audio component.

But in PD18 I can't seem to do that. Selecting the music clip, sliding the time marker to the place I want the cut to be, and selecting the scissors to cut the clip, I do not get a music clip now cut into 2 parts, but a smaller screen with it's own timeline and the music track in sound amplitude terms. A bit surprised at that the first time - the other editors I've used just cut the clip where the marker is. But reviewing the panel, moved the marker in the track to where the clip should be cut and Ok's. Nothing happened - no cut music clip in any form. Very repeatable: I must be doing something wrong

So reviewed the user guide for cutting a clip: search on key 'cut' and see what there is in the whole document And it's not very informative for what I want to do.

Can anyone suggest a simple way to do what I want with a music clip as outlined above?
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You're using the wrong tool. What you're trying to do is split a clip so you need to use the Split tool:



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Quote I want to cut a clip into parts. Not trimming - but into parts, eg 2 halves. In the first instance, a music clip. But I imagine the same method could be applied to all clips.

What I want to do is apply a music performance as mutable background to parts of a project that are just photos, not video with component audio. The photos are scattered in groups (min 1 but usually 3-4 at a time) throughout the project. So, import the music file, position it on the music timeline at the start of one photo section, and at the part where the photos end and the next video clip begins, cut it so that the original music file is now in 2 parts. Be able to drag the second half of the cut file to the place in the music timeline where the next photo section starts, and repeat. Doing it this way avoids clashing audio between the music and the video audio component.

But in PD18 I can't seem to do that. Selecting the music clip, sliding the time marker to the place I want the cut to be, and selecting the scissors to cut the clip, I do not get a music clip now cut into 2 parts, but a smaller screen with it's own timeline and the music track in sound amplitude terms. A bit surprised at that the first time - the other editors I've used just cut the clip where the marker is. But reviewing the panel, moved the marker in the track to where the clip should be cut and Ok's. Nothing happened - no cut music clip in any form. Very repeatable: I must be doing something wrong

So reviewed the user guide for cutting a clip: search on key 'cut' and see what there is in the whole document And it's not very informative for what I want to do.

Can anyone suggest a simple way to do what I want with a music clip as outlined above?


The word you are looking for is "split" and it is the button that's next to the trim button. Clicking split will cut the clip at the timline marker position.

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