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Add frames to a shot. (no freeze or time remap)

Explorer ,
Jan 18, 2024 Jan 18, 2024

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I would like to add or remove a few frames at the beginning or the end of a shot, already present in a long sequence.

 

If the sequence isn't too complex, I sometimes have succes making shots shorter with Q and W.
Sometimes it screws up everything (for a reason I can't find) but most of the time it does exactly what I want: remove frames towards the playhead and not leave a blank space. 

However, I can't find a solution for adding a few frames to a shot at the front or end, without having to use the A tool, nudge the entire line from where I want to work, and then make the shot longer. And I most certainly don't want adjacent shots to change at all in out or in points: annoying character of many "tools".

 

I would like to be able to click a shot and make it longer with one key press: extend it to the playhead whilst nudging the entire bunch of shots behind it to the right.
Even better would be just ONE tool that allows for making shots shorter AND longer with the arrow keys. Moving in and out points of one shot without having to use any other tool, without worries about blank space or destroying adjacent in and out points.

I tried using Shift Q and Shift W which would be ideal but it resuses to work like that: adjacent shots block the extention of embedded shots.

Any bright ideas? Avid can do it and soon we want to leave that platform but not if this function doesn't exist.

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Community Expert , Jan 18, 2024 Jan 18, 2024

It sounds like you're describing the Ripple Edit tool, which is exactly what Q and W do, but in reverse of the behavior you're after. When you select this, the cursor will turn yellow instead of red, and you can ripple an edit by dragging. You can also hold a modifer key to switch between the Trim and Ripple tools, but I prefer to have this happen automatically. In Preferences > Trim, there's a box that lets you enable this feature. When your cursor is directly over an edit, you'll see the red T

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It sounds like you're describing the Ripple Edit tool, which is exactly what Q and W do, but in reverse of the behavior you're after. When you select this, the cursor will turn yellow instead of red, and you can ripple an edit by dragging. You can also hold a modifer key to switch between the Trim and Ripple tools, but I prefer to have this happen automatically. In Preferences > Trim, there's a box that lets you enable this feature. When your cursor is directly over an edit, you'll see the red Trim tool, but when the cursor is just in front of or behind an edit, it will switch to the yellow Ripple tool.

 

Shift+Q/W should do what you want, but your comment at the top about how your timeline sometimes gets screwed up makes me think your tracks aren't properly targeted. It can be a bit confusing, but the when your track numbers are selected in blue, they have an effect on how the Ripple keyboard shortcuts work. Additionally, the little icon to the right of the track name is called "Target Sync Lock." This is an often overlooked, but incredibly handy tool. if Sync Lock is disabled then a track won't move when the Ripple tool is used. This can help you perform Ripple edits even when there would be a conflict on another track that would prevent the whole move. 

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Jan 18, 2024 Jan 18, 2024

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Nice summary @davidarbor! I also like to use Trim Mode for Ripple Edits, especially fine trims that include dialog. Info: https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-pro-next/edit-project/trim-clips/about-trim-mode.html

 

Cheers,
Kevin

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