Join Steve Grisetti for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding Vegas' Auto Ripple settings, part of Sony Vegas Production Workflow.
One feature in Sony Vegas that new users find particularly challenging, is the auto ripple tool. In fact, I've been using Vegas for years, and I still have to pause once in a while and figure out why the timeline is behaving as it is. Once you understand what the feature is doing, it's not hard though, to figure out why it's doing what it's doing and what to do to make it do what you want it to do. Now, the Auto Ripple control is right up here at the top of the screen, and you see not only can you turn it on and off, but it has various settings also.
Let's just turn it on. Basically, what Auto Rippling does, is that it ripples your timeline. Think of it as ripples in a pond, in other words. If I add a clip at a certain spot in my movie, say inserting it into my movie, everything to the right of it will ripple. It will move to the right to allow me to insert that file. On the other hand, if I remove a clip from a portion of my movie, everything will ripple the other direction, and it will close that gap. So let's demonstrate what it is.
I have it turned on right now, and you see my movie that's down here on my timeline. If I were to select this clip for instance, and press Delete, all the clips move in, sliding to the left to fill in that gap. I'm going to Ctrl+Z to undo that. If I turn off auto ripple, on the other hand, and I remove this event from the timeline, you notice nothing moves. So that's basically when it's turned on, things move, when it's turned off things don't move. But it's a little more complicated than that. Lets Ctrl+Z to put that clip back in there.
I want you to notice something. And, that is that when these clips slide to the left, how far they slide to the left. So, I'm going to turn auto ripple back on, and when I remove this clip, watch what happens. You notice that some clips moved so far to the left that they overlapped other clips. And, they formed what are called crossfades across this. That's what those little Xs mean. And you'll see that on the track where I deleted my one event, everything shifted until the other events on that timeline were to the point where the starting point was on the clip I removed.
Ctrl+Z. Show it to you again. So when I select it and delete it, everything moves over to to the left, Ctrl+z. Now there are other ways to control it, for instance, if I set it to Affected Tracks, you will see that now when I delete it, notice that only the track where I deleted my event from, that's the only one that rippled. So you can control it so that there's only a ripple on that particular track. If you happen to have markers on your timeline, regions, those sorts of things, you can select the effected track and any of the markers that are along the top of the timeline and we use those markers to create scene markers for our DVD or Blu-Ray discs.
Those will also shift to the left. Now here's where it gets a little bit tricky. That much makes sense to me. But what happens if I try to move this clip, I have auto ripple turned on and I just want to move this clip to the end of my movie. Watch what happens. When I try to move it, everything on that particular track to left of it, moves with it. If I set this to all tracks, markers, and regions, you see that I can't move one clip without everything to the right of it moving with it.
That's where auto-rippling gets a little bit perturbing, because you say wait, why is that happening? I'm just trying to move one clip, these aren't grouped together, why are they moving as a group? It has to do with the starting point. The starting point for each of these events, they're all part of that ripple. I usually keep auto ripple on, and I usually keep it set for all tracks, markers, and regions. However, very frequently, I turn it off to do a specific thing like move a single clip without effecting the other events on my timeline. And just one more footnote on Auto Rippling.
I'm going to Ctrl+z to put that clip back in there. I'm going to leave Auto Rippling off. Suppose I remove an event on my timeline like this, and then afterwards I say, oh, no, I meant to Auto Ripple that. Well, I can Ctrl+z and put the clip back in there, turn on Auto Ripple, and then delete it. But there's another trick. You notice there's a little blue line here at the top of the timeline? It's saving my last deletion, it's saving the memory of it essentially, and if I'd like, I can go to the Edit menu and select the option to Post Edit Ripple. And I can select whether it's just the effective tracks, or all tracks.
And when I select that, we'll get that ripple just as if I'd of had the auto ripple control turned on. There is a real logic to it, but I do have to tell you that it's a bit elusive at first. You'll learn to recognize why it's doing what it's doing and what you can do to make it do something else.
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