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First editing: arranging edits
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How to move or copy a piece of video
You can move edits around the timeline.
If you want to move an edit in the space of your screen, the easiest way is to drag and drop it. Remember to set the Drag & Drop mode first.
If you want move an edit outside your visible portion of the timeline or if you want to move only a portion or more than a single edit, then you might want to select the area to move and use the _Cut and Paste buttons in the control bar. The selected area will be pasted at insertion point.
Cut, copy and paste operations can be accessed also from the Edit men.
How to delete a piece of video
To delete a portion of the video you have on the timeline is very easy. Just select it and press the `Del`key.
While this operation it might look very simple at first, it is not. If you want to understand all the deleting options Cinelerra offers, I recommend you read the How to understand SILENCE section.
How to set the mouse dragging behaviour
Dragging the mouse in the timeline can perform two different operations, depending on the editing mode you set.
To set the editing mode use the relative buttons in the control bar.
How to select an area of the timeline
You can select regions on armed tracks in many ways.
To cancel the highlighting click on the timebar.
How to set and cancel in/out points
In/out points are only one in point and one out point. They are set at insertion point by clicking on the icon [ and ] on the control bar or by pressing the keys [ and ].
In some cases it is quicker to select an area of the timeline and then clicking on [ and ]: in/out points will be set at the two ends of the selection.
To delete in/out points click on the point set on the timebar. This will highlight it. Then click on the icon or press the key.
To quickly get rid of in/out points, without caring about where they are or if they are set or not, just double click on [ and ] buttons. The first click will set a new point or reposition an old one at the insertion point; the second click will delete it.
How to understand SILENCE
Using Copy & Paste commands we are tempted to think like if we were editing text. Word processors use space for formatting, helping the meaning to become more accessible.
Unlike text, when deleting an edit we have two options:
You shouldn’t think to that space as a "hole" left in place of the edit. In fact it is not "void" but a solid blank screen with specific duration.
Silence occupies space/time and therefore can be edited (cut, copied, pasted, trimmed). It refers both to audio and video.
To add silence, select an area and select Paste silence from the Edit menu or use SHIFT+SPACE BAR keys as keyboard shortcut. The following edits will move to the right.
How to split an edit in two
Cinelerra can’t split an edit in two. Live with it.
If you are asking "why?" with horror, just accept that Cinelerra has her own editing logic. In fact splitting and edit in two is not a goal, it’s just a method for obtaining your goal (marking sections, moving edits, inserting transitions or clips…). Cinelerra obtains those with different methods.
If you just can’t live with it, try deleting a single frame: it’s the best workaround.
How to delete a single frame
The quickest way to delete a single frame is this: