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Now that we have a handful of clips in our Timeline, let's take a look at how easy it is to move them. Now, a good analogy for video editing is like word processing, think of these four clips as four paragraphs, and I just want to move them around because I want to change the order of my story. I'm going to bring this full screen by pressing the Tilde key, and we are going to work exclusively in our Timeline. Make sure that your Timeline is selected and you can see this full screen now. I want to zoom in a little bit here, because why work with it so small on the left side? And to zoom in and zoom out very easily within your Timeline is just simply pressing the Plus key to zoom in and the Minus key to zoom back out.
So as you can see, we can zoom in a little bit. If you zoom in too much, it looks like we've lost our clips here, but what actually happened is we just need to slide this little slider over to the left. I can also use this bar here--be very precise at how zoomed in or zoomed out I am. So once you get to a comfortable zoom level, to move a clip you can simply click on it and drag it and reposition it where you want. Now, the reason you might want to do this is maybe you wanted to add some more footage before we cut to the avocados, so you want to create a space that you can drop another clip into, or maybe you just want to extend the beginning part of the avocado scene to part of the clip that we had trimmed out.
And we are going to actually look at how to extend that in a later movie. But right now I just want you to get comfortable with grabbing a clip and moving them left and right in your Timeline to reposition them. As a matter of fact, if I wanted to I could grab this clip called Plug and move it all the way to the end of my sequence, because maybe that's the last thing that I want to see. So as you can see, you can move these around pretty easily, but there is a couple of gotchas. First of all, if I grabbed a clip, and I placed it where there already is another clip, it's actually going to cut out part of that clip and replace it with a clip that it just dropped over it.
And you might want to do that, you might not, it can be a little bit dangerous. So let's go ahead and hit undo and just stick with simple moving clips around. Now, once again, I can drag this clip, and if I bring it right next to this one here, you see that it snaps directly to that clip. There's something called snapping, and there is a little button up here where you can toggle it on and off, and the keyboard shortcut for that is the letter S, which is pretty nice, because you remember S for snapping. So I am going to go ahead and I am going to snap all my clips back together so I don't have any big spaces.
I am really happy, but I just realized, you know what? I think this show should start off with something more natural. It should start off with the avocados. And the problem is if I wanted to bring that to the beginning, I'd have to move everything down and pop that in. Well, there's something called a Swap Edit which allows you to literally swap a clip's order. So I am going to go ahead, grab the avocados, and I am going to start dragging it where I want it to be. And if I let go now, it's actually going to delete the clip below it, and I know that because I see that down pointing arrow.
So what I really want to do is I want to hold down a couple of Modifier keys, on the Mac its Command and Option. If you notice, with these Modifier keys pressed, the image changes a little bit. I see a couple of things. I see little triangles in the upper left-hand corner of the clip, and I also notice that the yellow icon above the clip has now changed to where you kind of see a return arrow. If I let go at this point, avocados get moved to the beginning, and everything else slides down later in the Timeline.
I didn't cut anything out, and I didn't create any holes or gaps. So moving clips around your Timeline is pretty easy, just be careful not to accidentally step on another clip. And if you want to swap a clip's position, remember, hold down those Modifier keys of Command and Option, and you can do it in just one step.
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