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Chapter 6. Editing to Picture > Using Nudge Commands

Using Nudge Commands

Nudge commands are used to “bump” or push audio regions around the timeline by preset amounts. This is handy for fine-tuning audio placement to video by nudging regions frame by frame until they line up with the correct video frame in a QuickTime movie. When set to very small amounts such as one millisecond, nudging can finesse audio editing for more subtle effects. At the sample level, nudging can be used to offset tracks and compensate for very small TDM mixer delays induced by plug-in processing. This complex topic will be covered in Chapter 8, “Mixing to Picture in Pro Tools.”

Nudging is done by selecting one or more regions in the Edit window and using the plus and minus keys (+, -) on the keypad to move the region(s) forwards (+, to the right, later in time) or backwards (-, to the left, earlier in time). When you nudge a region, the QuickTime movie will update its location to reflect the new start position of the earliest region boundary in the selection. This happens very quickly so that you can repeatedly hit the plus or minus key to move through several nudge amounts and see exactly where you currently are in the movie. Pressing and holding the plus or minus key will activate key repeat, and the region will nudge rapidly through each value along with the QuickTime movie.


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