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The Selector and Grabber tools are probably going to your most used edit tools for editing, manipulating and playing back track material in Pro Tools. Just click the Selector button or press F7 button to activate the Selector tool, then you can move the Selector tool to any point in the track and just click once and Pro Tools will begin playback when you press the spacebar. (Music Playing) Obviously, with the Selector tool you can select an area to play. So if I click and drag, we've selected this area and that's the part that will playback.
Similarly, if I click once, press Shift and click again, this area is selected. If you double-click on a clip it'll highlight the entire clip. And if you triple click on a track, it'll select all of the material on the entire track. Let's move on the Grabber tool, go up here, choose the Grabber tool. And the Grabber tool actually comes in three different flavors. The Time Grabber, Separation Grabber and Object Grabber. If we right-click this, you'll see all three of these. Now you will probably use the Time Grabber most, and we'll choose that one here to start with.
You can also press F8 to choose the Grabber tool, and if you hit F8 multiple times, it will cycle through the different Grabber tools. Now the primary function for the Time Grabber is to actually select and move things. So we will go down here, and I'm going to click once on this clip and it selects the entire clip. And now, if I click once and drag, I can just move that clip. Another thing the Time Grabber is good for, is for moving actual events like MIDI events.
So if I change the Track view attracting here to notes, I can see individual notes. When I mouse over a certain note, I can see that it turns into a pointy finger there. I'm clicking once on it and now I'm just dragging to move that note around. We can also use the Time Grabber to move conductor track events around. So if I actually wanted to move our start position here, I could click and drag on it, and move it wherever I want. And the last thing you can do with the Time Grabber is to go the automation lanes and insert an edit automation breakpoints.
Here if I click on the volume automation line, I can insert breakpoints, and now if I click and drag any of the points, I can move them around. So now I am editing the volume automation. Now I want to talk about the Separation Grabber, but first, I am going to go to the selector and select an area on this track. Note that the selection that I made is not already a pre-existing clip, it's within this clip. And that's important, once we go up and we choose the Separation Grabber, because now I can come down to the selection and simply click and drag it, and it'll automatically separate it and move it to this new location.
Now let's go the Object Grabber, I'll choose that, and I am actually going to change this tracks view back to clips. And now with the Object Grabber I can actually click on clips and I can highlight multiple ones, even when they're noncontiguous. So I am going to press the Shift button now and I can click on these different clips and highlight multiple ones, and now if I click and drag, I can move all of them together. As you can see here the Selector and Grabber tools enable you to manipulate clips, notes and automation till your hearts content.
Get to know them well and you will become very efficient at editing in Pro Tools.
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