Media Composer editing tips | tutorial

so in the early part of this chapter we were dragging and dropping clips into the timeline what affected the way the clips got added into the timeline was at timeline settings and that's because we had our smart tools switched off like they are currently right-clicking in the timeline in the timeline settings my default segment tool earlier in the chapter was segment insert I'm now going to switch it to segment overwrite because I find that far more convenient when I start to use my smart tools to have this as the default in the background if the smart tools get turned off so click OK and then the other thing I'm going to do is I'm actually just going to remove this material that we add it as an example on the end of our sequence I'm just going to use the extract button there and now we just have the first part of our sequence followed by interview clip 2 this time I'm going to start using my smart tools to be more precise in the way that I add my clips to the sequence so right now if I grab the interview 3 clip and drag it over to the sequence without the smart tools active you can see that I'm defaulting to the red segment overwrite mode if I wanted to now override that I'd activate segment extract splice in now drag my clip over you can see I get the yellow arrow this time now as I drag down my timeline you can see I've got freeform positioning but if I hold down the command key now I can snap to important points in the timeline for example the head of this clip or maybe I could snap to the timeline cursor itself or maybe snap to the very end of the timeline incidentally if I were to hold down the option key as well then now I'm actually able to snap to the tail of my clip two important points in the timeline now I'm snapping the tail of my clip to the timeline cursor or the tail of my clip to the head of interview 2 for example let's release option go back to just snapping with command which is snapping the head of my clip and let go at the end of the sequence and interview three is added on appended to the timeline now one other thing I should point out when we're moving Clips around in the sequence when we grab them and move them left or right or up and down we can use the motion mode indicator to tell us what we're doing and show us some more accuracy you can see down here there's a motion mode indicator it's actually blank at the moment but if I were to pick the clip back up again and use a constrained button like command you can see that I'm actually given an indicator that tells me if I'm snapping to the head in this case if I hold down option you can see it's now pointing to the left so it's indicating the tail or if I use shift and command at the same time then it's actually constraining vertically instead so that's how to use the motion mode indicator to show us what we're doing in the timeline let's say I wanted to add some b-roll clips to my sequence over here in the 6:02 subfolder I have a b-roll bin if I this time switch to segment overwrite mode and grab my little clip 19:47 here and bring it over into the timeline I'm going to use command to snap it to the timeline cursor in this particular case now I've got a b-roll clip in my sequence let's go and get another clip 9 9 8 8 this time I'm going to drag the clip over into the sequence and want to drag and drop immediately after the other b-roll clip that I just added however this time you've probably seen that I've got audio associated with this clip as well and by default it wants to add itself onto a 1 and a 2 but I already have material there so to get around that what I'm going to do is I'm going to drag and drop a clip to the end of the sequence this enables me to now reselect the clip but via the audio tracks this time now I can not only move the clip but I can also repacked the audio down to a three and a four at the same time okay finally I'm going to add a third b-roll clip 19:52 drag that over and drop that my other two b-roll clips like so now if I start moving clips around in the timeline using these arrows I can get some different behaviors if I were to drag this clip now and drop it over the top of the third b-roll clip that we just added I'm going to remove that clip from my sequence entirely now contrast this with if we have the material all down on the same track here let's just drop that down let's swap arrows and this time let's do a similar thing let's drag this clip and drop it but this time we've swapped the order of our Clips rather than overwriting the clip I'm going to switch back to my overwrite arrow for a second as I start to drag Clips around in the timeline now just the changes that take place in the interface – up top in the composer window area now we actually have a display which is showing the tail of the previous clip the head of the next clip and then the head and tail frames of the current clip in my timeline I also get a time indicator showing me how many frames I'm moving up or down the timeline if I move towards the head of the sequence I get a negative number if I move towards the tail of the sequence I get a positive number okay so that's how to use gestures to add and move material in your sequence

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