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Chapter 9. Editing Basics > Setting Edit Modes

Setting Edit Modes

Pro Tools has four edit modes: Shuffle, Spot, Slip, and Grid. These modes control how regions are moved and placed in the Edit window. Using the appropriate edit mode for a task can help make editing faster and more efficient.

To set the Edit mode:

  • Select one of the four edit mode buttons in the upper left corner of the Edit window (Figure 9.46).

    Figure 9.46. The Edit mode buttons in the upper left corner of the Edit window.


    Edit modes affect the movement and placement of regions as follows:

    Shuffle: In Shuffle mode, adjacent audio regions automatically snap together. This is useful for removing a segment from a continuous piece of audio—such as removing a section from a song. When a new region is created or placed on a track, it automatically snaps to the region to its left.

    In Shuffle mode, you can rearrange the order of regions on a track, but regions can’t overlap. When you change a region’s start or end time, the other regions on the track are moved accordingly.

    Spot: Spot mode lets you move a selected region to an exact time location. When you select a region in Spot mode, the Spot dialog box appears (Figure 9.47). You can then enter a precise start time for the selected region.

    Figure 9.47. The Spot dialog box.


    Spot mode is useful for precision tasks such as synchronization: You can enter SMPTE frame locations (TDM only) or another time format, capture an incoming timecode address, or use a region’s time stamp as a reference point.

    Slip: Slip mode lets you move regions freely in a track with few constraints. Unlike Shuffle mode, Slip mode lets you overlap regions or separate regions with space (silence).

    In Slip mode, you can use edit tools—the Trimmer, Selector, Grabber, and Pencil—without time restrictions. This freedom makes Slip mode ideal for use in most editing situations.

    Grid: Grid mode lets you snap selected regions to a user-defined time grid. This mode is useful for placing regions cleanly on the beat. It’s also good for making precise Edit and Timeline selections.

    To set the grid size, choose a time in the Grid Value pop-up menu (Figure 9.48).

    Figure 9.48. The Grid Value pop-up menu.


    To display grid lines in the Edit window, choose Setups > Preferences. Click the Display tab. Select “Draw Grids for Edit Window.” You can also enable and disable grid lines by clicking on the indicator dot of any Timebase ruler (Figure 9.49).

    Figure 9.49. Enable or disable grid lines by clicking on the indicator dot of any Timebase ruler.



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