Join Amy Leland for an in-depth discussion in this video Drag-and-drop editing to the timeline, part of Smoke 2013 Essential Training.
Now that we've looked at how to navigate in the source monitor, let's actually start some editing. I'm going to begin with drag and drop editing, in other words, selecting the clip in the source monitor or even in the media library and dragging it directly to the timeline. I want to show you some of the settings you want to be aware of when you do this as well as some of the limitations. When I do a drag and drop edit, I can, of course, choose ins and outs, in other words, what is the first frame of the clip that I want included in the timeline and the last frame.
I'm going to play forward in this clip until I hear the director say action >> Action. >> And after that, I'm going to mark an endpoint by hitting I. And then I'm going to shuttle quickly through the clip by hitting L multiple times until I see the portion of the clip where she finishes her video conferences. And then looks over to her right, and then I'm going to hit O to mark an out point. That's the section of the clip that I will bring down. And again, by hitting I to mark an in point and O to mark an out point, I have changed those values in the in and out field, as well as the duration of the clip.
That now reflects the duration between the in and out mark. When I'm ready to drag and drop a clip, the two settings that I want to pay the closest attention to over here in the timeline are my ripple setting and my snap setting. We're going to look at how both of those affect drag and drop editing. Let's look first at the ripple setting. When I drag a clip into the timeline, I need some way of indicating to smoke whether I intend to do an insert edit or an overwrite edit.
We're going to get more into inserts and overwrites in the next lesson using the normal insert and overwrite commands. But what I do want to point out is that here in the toolbar, my insert button is yellow and my overwrite button is red. Those colors will be very useful as reminders through many of the things we'll do in the timeline. So in the example of drag and drop editing, if I click in the source monitor and begin to drag a clip down to the timeline, you'll notice that as I get down to this timeline the indicators there are yellow.
If I were bringing this clip to the timeline and placing it between two other clips, those yellow indicators would tell me that I'm going to make an insert edit. The reason that insert edit would happen is because my ripple setting is turned on. When your ripple edit is turned on, your drag and drop edits will be inserts. If, on the other hand, I'm going to drag this back up rather than dropping it in the timeline, if, on the other hand, my ripple setting is turned off, when I click and drag that clip down to the timeline, the indicators are red.
That tells me that, in this case, I would be performing an overwrite edit. The other setting we want to pay attention to with drag and drop editing is the snap setting. Here's my play head in the timeline. That's a very natural place to want to snap and edit to. With snapping turned on, when I click and drag down to the timeline, when I get near the play head, that clips snaps to the play head. It's makes it easy for me to get that clip positioned in a specific spot. If there were other clips in the timeline, I could also snap it to the edges of those clips.
If snapping is turned off, then this clip will not snap to that play head. It will flow right past it, and it makes it a little harder to position it specifically. But in some cases, it also makes it easier for you to put it where you want it, without being limited by it snapping to other things. So lets put these things together and do a couple of drag and drop edits. So I'm going to turn Ripple and Snap back on. I am going to take this section of the clip that I've marked the ins and outs. I'm going to drag down to the timeline. I will snap to the play head and my indicators are yellow for an insert.
I also want you to notice that all the tracks for that clip are coming down, and there is no way for me to target them to specific tracks or eliminate certain tracks from that drag and drop. The most I can do is move my mouse up a little bit to perhaps make this a cutaway edit versus going into track one on the video and track one and two on the audio. But other than that, I am limited to bringing all the tracks down. And you'll notice that there are also marks there for any audio that doesn't have tracks to go to will be placed in new tracks.
And when I let go, I now have that clip in the timeline with all of its audio tracks. With that clip in the timeline I'm going to hit the End key to move my play head to the end of the clip. I'm going to choose the opening scene portal master. If you already have some ins and outs marked, you can either just use those or even drag down the entire clip. We're just using this to see how the drag and drop works. Again I'm going to leave ripple and snap turned on and click and drag that one also down to the timeline. So I now have two clips in the timeline with an edit point between them.
And I want to show you the difference between the insert and the overwrite. So I am going to select this opening scene reverse. If I drag this clip down to the timeline to where the play head is between these two clips that are already here, with ripple turned on, if I bring this clip down to the timeline, you'll notice again my indicators are yellow. And when I let go, if I hit my down arrow to go to the next edit point, there's the other that was there before.
It was pushed aside to make room for that drag and drop edit. This third clip made an insert between the first and second clip and pushed the second clip out of the way. I'm going to hit Cmd+Z to undo and move my play head with the up arrow back to the edit point between these two clips. If instead I turned ripple off and bring this clip down, you'll see that I have the red overwrite marks. And when I let go, that clip has overwritten the other clip.
And because it's longer, the other clip is now gone. So again, when you drag and drop, if ripple is turned on, you will do an insert edit. If ripple is turned off, you will do an overwrite edit. If snap is turned on, you'll be able to snap that clip to the play head or to the edges of other clips. If snap is turned off, it will flow more freely and not snap to edges. And with that drag and drop edit, you are again limited to bringing down all of the tracks of the clip and not targeting them to where you want them to go.
For this reason I tend to prefer the editing commands we're going to learn in the next lesson to drag and drop.
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- Creating a project and user
- Importing with MediaHub and the Media Library
- Drag-and-drop editing in the timeline
- Adding cutaways with three-point editing
- Creating dissolve and wipe transitions
- Keying green-screen media
- Performing primary and secondary color corrections
- Composing in ConnectFX
- Importing layered Photoshop files
- Using 3D text
- Editing and mixing audio