cut vs stitch

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I'm wondering what the difference is under the hood between cutting out a section and moving the leftover sections together versus using the cut-and-stitch operation to do it all in one action.

Does one of them get rid of the deleted portion entirely and the other keep it around in case you choose to undo the removal?

I'm wondering since I plan to do a LOT of screencasts and I don't want deleted portions hanging around in my project file taking up disk space if I can help it.

Thanks!
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Rick Stone

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Hi there

I believe the difference is seen when applying perhaps a zoom effect. If you just cut, then apply a zoom to magnify part of the screen, the zoom only affects the media up to the cut point. So if your playhead moves ahead to beyond the cut, the media abruptly returns to the scale it was before the zoom occurred.

But if the media is stitched, the zoom stays put as the playhead reaches beyond the stitch point until you adjust the zoom again. So it makes the playback more seamless.

Perhaps someone else will chime in and offer a better or easier to understand explanation.

Cheers... Rick :)
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@ri:
I'm wondering since I plan to do a LOT of screencasts and I don't want deleted portions hanging around in my project file taking up disk space if I can help it.
This is not something you have to worry about.  The timeline is just a reference link that points to specific portions of the recorded source.  So the video is actually stored only once, when recorded.  When you cut, you are just changing the reference links.

Make sense?

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That does make sense.   So, I was planning to take one of two approaches.

1) Record a screencast in one or more long takes and cut out all of the bloopers

2) Record in many small segments that are all good quality

It seems like approach 1) could take a lot more space on my disk since all of the footage is there, it just doesn't make it into the final video.  Does that sound correct?
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Just something to note here since the thread title is cut vs stitch. Stitching and cutting ONLY apply to a single piece of recorded media. You cannot make perhaps three different recordings and expect to "stitch" the three together. Stitching only applies to a single piece of media that has been cut.

Cheers... Rick :)
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@ri:
It seems like approach 1) could take a lot more space on my disk since all of the footage is there, it just doesn't make it into the final video.  Does that sound correct?
While technically correct, I would point out these considerations:
  1. The amount of space saved by #2 might be small, depending on how much you actually end up cutting.
  2. External disk drives are very cheap these days, even SSDs.
  3. Approach #1 gives you the most flexibility.  Stop/Start of #2 means you might miss some important video
  4. So, if it were me, I'd buy a fast multi-TB (6+) external drive and just use Approach #1.
Good luck.  Remember, nothing (except retaking, which are expensive) can replace missed opportunities.