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Lesson 6. Adjusting Edit Points > Dragging to Reposition a Clip

Dragging to Reposition a Clip

In addition to sliding a clip left or right between its bordering clips, you may want to reposition a clip, or a copy of a clip, to an entirely different location in the Timeline. Since no new clips are added to the sequence, and you've only made a location change, the overall sequence length remains the same. Repositioning a clip to a new location in your sequence does not require any editing tool other than the default Selection tool.

1.
In the Browser, open the Intro Repo sequence, and play it. Then snap the playhead to one or more markers and look at the marker names in the Canvas. (Press N if snapping is not on.)

This sequence contains video clips of people in motion from the Intro and Canoe Club bins. The sequence begins with city shots and ends with nature shots. You will rearrange the order of these clips in this exercise.

There is a green marker for every four strong beats of music. The video clips were edited using these markers as a guide. You will learn to do this in the next lesson.

2.
Press A to choose the default Selection tool.

Note

To successfully reposition a clip, you must use precise key combinations at specific times. Follow steps 3–5 carefully, and release the mouse only when instructed to do so.

3.
Drag the canyon runner clip to the left between the healer walking and johnny runs clips, but don't release the mouse.

As you drag, the Overwrite downward arrow appears. If you were to let go at this point, you would overwrite the material beneath the clip you are dragging and also leave a gap at the end of the sequence, where it was originally positioned.

In the Canvas, look at the names of the clips in the two-up display. These are the frames that would appear on either side of this clip if you released it as an Overwrite edit.

4.
Drag the canyon runner clip to its final destination at the head of the sequence, but don't release the mouse. This time, press and hold the Option key.

When you press Option, the pointer changes to a hooked downward arrow, indicating that you will be inserting the clip at this point.

The two Canvas frames now display a new image in the right frame. This is the first frame of the tall buildings clip. This clip will be pushed down to allow room for the canyon runner clip to be inserted here. The left frame of the Canvas is black, because you are at the head of the sequence.

The next step is important to successfully reposition this clip.

5.
First release the mouse, and then release the Option key.

The canyon runner clip is now the first clip in the sequence, and the following clips have moved down to allow room for it.

6.
Drag the johnny runs clip left from the end of the sequence, and snap its In point to the In of the tall buildings clip. Make sure you're snapping to the edit point and not to the markers in the ruler area.

Tip

Look for the snapping triangles around the edit point to ensure you are at the correct location.

7.
Press and hold Option key. Release the mouse, and then release the Option key.

8.
Play the first few clips in the sequence.


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