Join Amy Leland for an in-depth discussion in this video Drag-and-drop editing to the timeline, part of Smoke 2015 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 when you do this as well 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. And after that I'm going to mark an in point 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 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 here in the timeline are my Ripple setting and my Snaps 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 playhead the clip snaps to the playhead. It 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 playhead and will flow right past it and 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 let's 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'm going to take this section of the clip that I've marked the in's and out's. I'm going to drag down to the timeline. I will snap to the playhead 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 cut away 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 playhead to the end of the clip. I'm going to choose the opening scene portal master. If you already have some in's and out's marked you can either just use those or 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'm going to select this opening scene reverse. If I drag this clip down to the timeline to where the playhead 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 clip 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 playhead with the up arrow back to the edit point between these two clips. If instead I turn 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 playhead 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 that you are again limited to bringing down all of the tracks of the clip and targeting them to where you want them to go. For this reason, I tend do prefer the editing commands we're going to learn in the next lesson to drag and drop. And before we move on to the next lesson, I'm going to put some settings back to where I like to keep them while I'm working.
I'm going to change my mouse back to the select tool. You can get that either in this drop down or the shortcut is A. And I'm going to turn ripple back on and turn snap back on. And in the next lesson, we'll look at those other methods of editing.
- Creating a project and user
- Importing and organizing media
- Editing in the timeline
- Trimming in the timeline
- Connecting scenes with transitions
- Using timeline effects like 2D Transform and Action
- Color correcting
- Adding 3D objects to a scene
- Working with titles and 3D text
- Exporting your final project