The timeline is where you will spend most of your time editing, so it is essential to master the basics of editing. In this video, learn how to quickly navigate the timeline using your keyboard and mouse to ensure you're a master editor in no time.
- [Instructor] In this chapter, we're going to shift our focus to refining your story. By learning how to edit your movie with ScreenFlow. How this is where you're going to spend most of your time while you're working with this application. If you're following along, I'm in the timeline project. ScreenFlow arranges your media as clips in a stack of individual tracks. Think of these tracks as layers of glass that you're looking down through, from top to bottom.
Content on a higher track will appear in front of or on top of content that's on a lower track. A common organizational practice in most video editing programs is to arrange your tracks so that the visible media appears on the upper tracks. And any audio-only content appears on the lower tracks. You can change the position of a track by using the track grabber handles to drag a track to a new position in the stack.
If you're working with a lot of tracks it may be helpful to switch to short track mode by clicking the down arrow to shrink the track height. Or expand it to get a better view of an audio track by clicking the up arrow. If you want to temporarily disable the visual contents of a track, click the eye icon next to that track. Or click the speaker icon to turn off the audio. You can turn them back on by clicking those icons again.
This can be really helpful when working with multiple layers of content and you need to focus on a particular track. The key focus point while editing is the scrubber, or playhead. Clicking on this small bar above the tracks will jump the playhead to that location. Use the left and right arrow keys to nudge the playhead one frame at a time in either direction. If you press Shift and the arrow keys, then you'll jump your playhead down one second at a time in that direction.
If you press Command and the left arrow, you'll jump your playhead back to the beginning, and if you press Command and the right arrow, you'll jump your playhead down to the end of your project. If you prefer navigating with your mouse, then several of these next editing commands can be found up under the Edit menu in this section. To make these edits, let's select the clips. We'll select all the clips by pressing Command + A. Then we've already seen that you can press the T key to split the clips at the current playhead location.
And that will automatically re-select all of the clips on the left side of the split. But if we undo that, with Command + Z, and then press Shift + T, then the clips on the right side of the split will be selected. If you have a clip selected and you move your playhead down to where you want to make a trim edit, you can press the W key on your keyboard to trim the front of that clip to the scrubber. I'll undo that. And then if you press the E key, you can trim the end of the clips to the scrubber.
I'll undo that as well. These next commands can be found under the Mark menu. And it's marking In and Out points and then using them. You'll want to deselect your clips to perform these actions, by clicking on an empty region of a track. You can quickly set In and Out points for an edit by moving your playhead to a location you want to make the edit, and then pressing the I key to set an endpoint. Then move your scrubber down to another location and press the O key to set an Out point.
This acts as a selection that you can use to perform an action on. If you press the Delete key, then all of the clips under that selection will go away. And a gap is left in your timeline that you can either fill with other content or manually close by dragging those clips together. I'll undo that. And then set new In and Out points. This time, press Command + Delete and the selection will be deleted and the gap will be automatically closed.
This is called a Ripple Delete. Its menu item can be found up under the Edit menu. This type of edit can save you a ton of time. To intentionally create a gap in your movie, click to move your scrubber to the location where you want the gap to appear, then click and drag the small flag at the bottom of the scrubber to open up a space for your new clip to be inserted. Another way to set In and Out points is to use your playheads current position as one of those points.
And then move your cursor down to a point in the timeline where you want your other point to be. Then hold down the Shift key and click on the timeline. This will automatically create the In and Out points for you. This works from either side of your scrubber. If you have a selection that you want to get rid of, you can press Option + Z to clear the selection. With a clip selected, you can nudge the clips position on frame at a time by pressing the square bracket keys on your keyboard.
The left bracket key will move the clip one frame to the left and the right bracket key will move the clip one frame to the right. Can you guess what Shift + left bracket and Shift + right bracket is going to do? If you guessed, move the currently selected clip one second in that direction, you're right. Finally, when you drag clips next to each other, they'll automatically snap together. To get finer control over your clip placement, you can turn snapping off by toggling the snapping icon here in the lower right.
This will give you more precise clip placement. I prefer having snapping on, and only turn it off when I really need it. So I'll turn my setting back on.
- Working with the ScreenFlow user interface
- Customizing keyboard shortcuts
- Creating recordings
- Recording an iOS device
- Video and audio editing basics
- Creating accessible caption tracks
- Creating animations
- Adding motion to clips
- Using annotation
- Exporting and sharing your movies