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In the previous movie we learned how to put video and audio onto video track 2 and audio track 2. And if we went ahead and we played these clips, you'll notice that the audio is a little bit distracting. (male speaker: --through this pipe is 35 gallons of mineral water that's taking care of my avocados and my home. This is being pumped--) Now what's really distracting is more the farm noise as opposed to the sound of the water. I almost expect to hear the water. So I want to do is I want to delete just the audio from the Avocado clip and leave the video.
But if I select either the audio or video-- you have to be careful when you click on a clip because sometimes they jump, you'll notice that both are selected. These clips are linked together and this is the default of the editing application, because you want to make sure that your video stays in sync with your audio. Now I could ultimately turn down the volume on the Avocado clip, but what I really want to do is I want to replace that maybe with that pumping sound of the water, just to give it a smoother edit.
So how do I break this link? Well, there are several ways to do it. I can select the clip, and I can either do this from a pulldown menu or since I have already selected the clip it's a lot easier for me simply to select Unlink. As soon as I click on Unlink, you'll notice that there was a little line here and it's gone, and now when I click on Avocados in the audio track, that's all I select in and the same thing goes for video. So because they're no longer linked, I can select it and simply press the Delete key on a Mac, or the Backspace key on Windows, and remove that clip, and now I don't have to hear the sound of the farm machinery.
Now I want you to keep hearing the sound of the pumping water, and I hope I have enough media to do this. So I am going to go ahead and grab the edge and stretch it, but I can't. If you notice there's a pop-up window that says the trim is blocked by the video on V2. So I need to somehow break the relationship here of the video and the audio. And once again, I can unlink it, but that gets a little bit dangerous because I could actually put the water out of sync with itself. Now water is water, but there are many times where if you unlink something, you could get into trouble.
As a matter of fact, I am going to show you exactly how much trouble you can get into. If I right-click on this, and I select Unlink, now my water is out of sync with everything, and if I don't remember to put it back together, I'll notice 20 minutes later that everything is messed up in my timeline. So let me go ahead and undo that. I am going to hit undo once to bring it back and undo a second time to re-link it. As you see, it's now underlined and instead of unlinking it permanently, I can hold down a modifier key, in this case it's the Option key on a Mac and the Alt key on Windows and simply extend or drag just the audio.
What I'm doing by holding that modifier key down is temporarily breaking the link so I can make one of these clips longer than the other one. But you'll notice they're still linked together at this point. If I remove my finger from the modifier key , and I select pumping water, they're linked. If I move one, the other one moves too. Let's go ahead and play it back and hear how much smoother the edit is. (male speaker: --through this pipe is 35 gallons of mineral water that's taking care of my avocados and my home. This is being pumped--) So that's great. It sounds like it's the background sound of when he is talking and then we can eventually lower the volume of the pumping water, but being able to unlink two clips to delete part of it or being able to temporarily unlink a clip are very useful tools when editing.
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