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EASY (& simple) editing tool for driving videos ?

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  1. TTR

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    I basically video record some of my own leisure and client car test drives using a small onboard recorder (Sony HDR-AS300) from which I download the footage(s) to my iMac desktop, but would like to find an easy/simple-to-use editing "tool" (i.e. app or program ?) with which I can use for cutting down or off any uninteresting/-necessary footage sections.

    For example, I just downloaded something called iMovie and it has various editing features, like color/tone/etc changes or single still image cropping (none of which I need), but no apparent(?) option for cutting down deleting any (middle) sections of footage.

    A while back, I had something (free) called "adobe"(?) and I think it had a features allowing this, but they ceased operations.

    I see there are various monthly subscription based programs, but I my needs are quite limited or infrequent that I would prefer something either free or with one-time modest fee.

    Also, I do not wish to download my videos (or photos) to any external "hosting" site to get these types tasks done.
     
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  3. EastMemphis

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    iMovie does that. Adobe is very much in business and their video products are quite excellent but have a steep monthly cost.

    Here's a cut and paste I got from Google.

    Trim unwanted frames using the shortcut menu
    1. In the iMovie app on your Mac, press and hold the R key, and drag across a clip in the timeline to select the range of frames you want to keep.
    2. Control-click the clip, and choose Trim Selection from the shortcut menu. The clip is trimmed to the boundaries of the selection.
     
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  4. TTR

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    Well, thank you very much for that.
    I’ll definitely try it
     
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  5. TTR

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    I did try some of this earlier today and while it’s likely due to my lack of computer skills, I wasn’t able to find or figure out this “Trim Selection from the shortcut menu”.
    Without actually using “the R key and drag” method, I somehow managed to figure out how to move or select (narrowed) timeline perimeters, but that’s as far as I got.
    I’ll try tomorrow again, but…
     
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  6. TTR

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    Being that my wife is (a much) more computer literate, I asked her to come by the shop this morning and advise.
    After she stopped laughing at the old age of my iMac (which she bought for me years ago), she laughed at my overly complicated efforts of trying to get this editing/trimming done and proceeded to show me how easy it can be.
    Turned out, I didn’t need iMovie or other external programs.
    Everything needed and then some is/was already in my existing photo and video viewing programs.

    BTW, did I mention I (almost) hate computers, but thank you @EastMemphis for your suggestion (which would’ve work also, if I only knew how to coax needed details on to the darn screen).
     
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