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Reynold050 [Avatar]
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I am using PD16. I am editing a rough cut into a fine cut. I have up to 3 tracks of video and stills, 2 tracks of audio, 1 subtitle track, and 1 title track. There is a lot of checkerboarding and L-cuts, with transitions, so the tracks overlap in various ways. In the middle of the project I decided to delete a couple of video clips on 2 tracks, which start and end at different times, and overlap in the middle. This left different-length open spaces on different tracks. I wanted to select all the clips on all the tracks, to the right of the open spaces, to the end of the project. And then to drag the whole collection, holding them all in sync, to the left. This way I could close up the open spaces manually. When I used the command Remove and Move all Timeline Clips after Removed Gap, the clips slid out of sync. Using this command, the subtitle clips do not move at all. When I drew a selection box to drag clips on multiple tracks, there was no way to get the box to extend all the way to the end of the project (about 15 minutes of material). And the subtitle clips were not included in the selection box. Even if I could select just one track at a time, all the way to the end, and drag it, I could line up the tracks and accomplish sync. There should be a command to make such a selection. Many thanks for advice.
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JL_JL [Avatar]
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Hit the double arrows to the left of the timeline to expose entire timeline, Then left mouse button in say track 1 at start of selection, drag and use the rectangular selection to select all the tracks and content that you want and move.

Jeff

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Quote Hit the double arrows to the left of the timeline to expose entire timeline, Then left mouse button in say track 1 at start of selection, drag and use the rectangular selection to select all the tracks and content that you want and move.

Jeff


Thank you. If I expose the entire timeline, the clips are so small that I cannot see the individual clips where I need to make the selection. My project is 45 minutes long and has hundreds of clips. In order to set up an example of my problem, I selected unaligned clips on 3 tracks, 7 clips in all, and dragged them to the right. This opened up a gap. All the clips to the right of the selected clips, to the end of the project, stayed in sync, using the command Insert And Move All Clips. Now I want to select all these clips to move them back, which is the condition where I have the problem. No way. The selection box works only on the visible part of the timeline. If you compress the timeline to show it all the way to the end, it is too small to work with. When the timeline is zoomed in enough to work with, and you make a selection, the box disappears and the clips are selected. You cannot move the timeline down towards the end and extend the selection. The selection box is gone and all you can do is select each additional clip manually. There are too many clips for that to be practical. If there was a feature such as Shift-Selection Box, that would allow you to make another selection that would add to the existing selection, that would work. I tried using the selection box at the beginning of the set of clips to be moved, then going to the end and selecting a bunch of clips there (by manual ctrl-click). I thought maybe by bracketing the clips in the middle, with selected clips at each end, the whole bunch would move. No luck, it's a mess!

I found a method that works but it is very finicky. You need a mouse with a wheel. Draw the selection box, and keep the left mouse button down while scrolling the timeline to the right and moving the wheel (ctrl-wheel). The selection box drags over new clips and selects them, while the previous clips remain selected. The lower edge of the selection box sometimes does not catch a lower clip, but moving the mouse forward and back will pull the lower edge on to a lower-track clip and select it. It took me about 6 tries before I got the whole thing. I dragged the selected clips to the left to close up the gap, but the subtitles all fell out of sync. They would have to be manually corrected.
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