Another Novice Question from a 4 Year User

mjroddy wrote on 10/18/2007, 10:45 AM
Sorry for the basic question. I've just developed a workflow that involves simple workarounds, so some simple stuff, I just don't know.
My question is: How do I get a clip to fit into an existing "hole."
Say I have a timeline, and trim an area so there is now a 1-2 second hole. Obviously I can highlight that area, but how do I place a clip in there (or photo, in this case) that fits my highlighted area?
I tried the Right-Click/Drag theory, but that wasn't it.

Also, another basic editing technique that I do the "hard way;" if I want to simply switch the position of two clips, typically what I do is move one clip Up or Down to another track, drag the other clip to the new position and then drag the first clip into the other's position. Is that really the best way? I know FCP and PP have short cuts for that, I imagine Vegas does too.

Thanks for refresher course in basic editing!


xberk wrote on 10/18/2007, 10:56 AM
#1 seems simple enough. Disable ripple. Enable snapping. Lay the picture into the hole and trim the picture on the timeline. One way to trim it would be to grab the right end and drag it left until it fits exactly in the hole.
xberk wrote on 10/18/2007, 11:03 AM
Regards #2 .. If the two clips are close together I usally disable ripple, enable snapping, and just drag the clip on the left right past the second clip, drag the second clip left to the hole, snap it in place and then grab the first clip and snap it into the remaining hole. But your tech works better for long distances. If there's a short cut I'm not aware of it.
Rosebud wrote on 10/18/2007, 11:41 AM
#1 disable Ripple Edit > Double click Timeline empty space > open clip in trimmer > Right click Trimmer > Sync Track view selection form cursor > Press ‘A’

#2 Right click first Event > drag over second Event > choose “Shuffle Event”
rs170a wrote on 10/18/2007, 12:28 PM
#2. Swap Events, a script from Johnny Rofrano. Works great!!

mjroddy wrote on 10/18/2007, 12:37 PM
xberk: Thanks. You and I have the same work flow.

Rosebud: Thanks much! That's what I was looking for.

Mike: is there advantage to the script over Rosebud's method?
xberk wrote on 10/18/2007, 1:14 PM
>>#2 Right click first Event > drag over second Event > choose “Shuffle Event”<<

Thanks Rosebud -- never knew about this one -- simple and useful.
Pays to read this forum.
rs170a wrote on 10/18/2007, 7:24 PM
Mike: is there advantage to the script over Rosebud's method?

If I want to swap events that are far apart on the timeline, I find that Rosebud's method doesn't work (for me, at least) while the script does do it.

Spot|DSE wrote on 10/18/2007, 7:52 PM
Open the file to be inserted into the "hole", in the Trimmer
Double click the hole on your timeline.
Park the cursor in the trimmer at the desired In point of the file
Press the "A" key.
Media from the Trimmer, beginning at the cursor point, will fill the hole, to the end point of the hole.