Learn how the Option modifier can be used to reverse the function of the Zoomer and Trim tools.
- [Instructor] Earlier we looked at how to use the tools in the edit window to make changes to a session including zooming in for a better view and removing unwanted audio at the start or end of a clip. At times, you may need to go beyond standard zooming and trimming to quickly get the results you're after. Let's explore some additional trimming and zooming options. After trimming the end of the clip on the drums track, I think I may have cut off the end of the wav form. So I want to get a closer look. Using the zoomer tool, I can click and drag across an area that I want to zoom in on.
Let's just get a closer look at the last bar or so on this drums track. or so on this drums track. And yeah, looks like I've cut off the decay. Let's take a listen. For this we're going to use the selector tool to position our playback and solo the drums so we can hear them in isolation. (music plays) Now if you listen carefully right at the end there you may hear that the decay on that final hit cuts off. (music plays) Fortunately, when we're editing in Pro Tools the work that we do is nondestructive, meaning that we haven't changed the underlying audio file.
Using the trim tool, we can simply click and drag to the right, to recover the natural decay of the drums. Now the trick is to click within the wav form before you begin trimming. Now that looks better so let's take a listen. (music plays) And that sounds much more natural to me. Now let's navigate to an earlier location, in this case I want to jump bar 6. A quick way to do that is to click in the counter area and type in the numerical value that you want to jump to.
Here I'd like to make a change to the second clip on the organ track so that it ends at bar 7. But first I might want to zoom out a bit to see better. Now earlier we used the zoomer tool to zoom in, we can also use it zoom out. When active the zoomer tool shows a magnifier with a plus sign inside of it and each click zooms in. But we can reverse the direction using the option modifier on Mac or alt on Windows.
When I hold down the option key, the zoomer tool icon changes to a magnifier with a minus. In this state, each click zooms out a level. One method we can use to shorten the organ clip is to trim off the end with the trim tool. You might've noticed earlier that when the trim tool is in the front half of the clip, the cursor displays a left bracket and it trims the start of the clip. Once the cursor moves past the mid point of the clip, it changes direction and allows you to trim the end of the clip.
So we could scroll, click in the back path of the clip and trim back to bar 7. Let me show you what I mean. Let me scroll the page a bit. And we're looking at this clip on the organ track. When I get past mid point, the trim tool reverses direction and I could click and drag my way back to bar 7. But there's an easier way. Let me undo that. Which would allow us to avoid scrolling and then clicking and dragging.
Once again we can hold the option key or alt on Windows to reverse the tool direction. So I'll position the tool at bar 7, and then hold option and click to trim off the end, easy. and then hold option and click to trim off the end, easy. Now to see the effect of my changes, I'd like to zoom out to see the entire session. A quick way to accomplish this is simply to double-click on the zoomer tool button. This operation zooms the session to fit the longest track within the edit window so we can see the full length of each track.
The simple operations we've covered here will make zooming, navigating, and editing in your session much simpler and will help you remain productive.
- Getting started with Pro Tools menus, windows, and edit tools
- Creating a session
- Creating a click track
- Recording audio
- Importing audio and video
- Recording, viewing, and editing MIDI data
- Selecting and navigating within tracks
- Adding markers
- Editing clips
- Creating fade effects
- Mixing tracks and adding automation
- Backing up a session
- Bouncing a mix to disk
Skill Level Beginner
Q. This course was updated on 03/23/2017. What changed?
A. Challenges and solutions were added to chapters 3–10 and three videos were updated in the first couple chapters.