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Aperture 3 Supports Video

Trimming Video Clips

Just as you'd crop a photo to hide unwanted portions, trimming allows you to remove the top or tail of a shot to get to the best parts. You can easily edit the length of a video clip right in the Viewer by using some simple controls:
1. Select a clip in the Browser. The video then appears in the Viewer.

2. Move the pointer over the clip until the video controls appear. Click the player controls to view the clip. Decide on which portion of the clip you'd like to keep.

3. From the player controls, click the Action menu (gear icon) and choose Trim.

4. Drag the Start and End points to define the beginning and end of the clip.

5. Click the Trim button to apply the trim to the clip. The video clip is trimmed. But the original is still there.

Exporting Video Clips

Once you’ve organized your footage, you may want to edit it using a video application. There are several ways to do this depending on your needs. We recommend that you first place your desired clips into a new album. You'll then need to decide in which application you'd like to edit the clips in order to choose the right export method.

Access in iMovie

If you’re editing your video in iMovie, there is no need to export your video clips first. You can switch to iMovie and open the Event Library. Selecting Aperture Videos in the source list will show all videos in your Aperture library. iMovie may take a few minutes to build thumbnails and preview files for recently added content.

Exporting Footage

If you've trimmed or organized your footage, you can export clips from the Browser to a targeted folder. This is useful because it allows you to create a new instance of the footage without touching the originals that were imported into your library. Follow these steps to export your clips:
1. Select a clip (or multiple clips) in the Viewer.
2. Choose File > Export > Version (Command+Shift+E). A new dialog box appears.
3. Specify a destination for your footage to be copied to.
You can also use the following options to help organize a large export:

  • Click the Subfolder Format menu to specify how the clips should be stored on your drive.
  • Click the Name Format menu to use a custom naming option.
  • Select the “Show alert when finished” check box to be notified when an export is complete.

4. When ready, click the Export Versions button. You can check the progress of an export by choosing Window > Show Activity. The files are written with the same codec and frame rate as the original clips.

Drag and Drop

If you need to just drag a quick clip, you can do just that. Aperture lets you easily drag and drop clips into Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, After Effects, and many other apps. Here are a few ways you can drag and drop a clip:

  • You can drag a clip from the Browser in Aperture and drop it onto an application icon in the Dock. Depending on the application, the clip will either open in a Viewer or be added to the project window.
  • If an application is already running, you can drag a clip and hold it over an application icon in the Dock. If you hold for a few seconds, all the windows in the targeted application become available, which allows you to drag the clip to a specific window or event bin. Hold the pointer over the bin until it becomes active, and then drop the clip.
  • You can arrange the Aperture window and the target application so both are visible onscreen. Clips can then be dragged from Aperture to the new application.

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