In this tutorial we will look at the basics of cutting and moving video clips in Blender. This tutorial is focused on doing so in Blender 2.8, the latest release of the program.
We thought it would be a good time to revisit or reboot our Blender tutorial series. They recently released a new version of Blender – Blender 2.8. We want to look at the video editing portion of it because that’s what we had done in the past.
Make sure you download the latest release of Blender.
Cutting Video In Blender – shortcuts
Cutting video in Blender 2.8 is just as easy as it was in previous versions. Much like other programs, the best way to do this or anything is by using keyboard shortcuts. For this tutorial we will be primary using the G and K keys. The G key is used to grab and move and the K key is used for cutting the video in a couple of different ways.
Cutting Video In Blender – G key
After clicking on a video or audio strip in your work space or multiple clips by holding shift while selecting, you can use the G key to grab those clips and move them freely about in said work space. Simple enough.
Cutting Video In Blender – K key
Once you come upon an area of your video that you would like to cut or snip in half, you can do so by placing the scrub marker or timeline marker over the exact place you would like to do so. Then pressing the K key on your keyboard will perform a soft cut.
Both sides of the cut clip can now be independently edited and even pulled to create identical full length clips. This becomes useful later on when performing crossfades and other effects.
Another option is to create a hard cut. You can do this by holding shift while pressing the K key. When doing this the two separate files will no longer be able to be pulled from the cut end of the strip. This becomes useful when you want to adjust the speed of the video, which we will cover at another time.
I hope this video was helpful in your endeavor to learn Blender 2.8 and to use it for video editing. Please consider visiting our YouTube channel for more content like this or check out some of our DIY content on this website.