Performing Shuffle Edits
A shuffle edit (sometimes referred to as a swap edit) allows you to move a clip item to a
different position in a track without leaving a gap. When you perform a shuffle edit,
you insert a clip item from one position in your sequence to another, and all clip items
before or after the clip insertion point are rippled so that the gap left by the moved clip
is filled. Shuffle edits do not affect the length of the clips or the overall duration of your
sequence, and clips on other tracks are not affected.
Shuffle edits may only be performed with one clip item at a time, and they can’t be
performed on clip items with transitions applied.
Tip: You may want to turn snapping on to make it easier to align the clips you are
moving (see “
Snapping to Points in the Timeline
” on page 189).
To shuffle a clip item from one position to another:
Select a clip item you want to move in the Timeline with the Selection tool.
Drag the selected clip item to the beginning of the clip item you want to insert the
dragged clip item in front of.
If you have trouble aligning it with the edit point, press the N key to turn snapping on.
Arranging Clips in the Timeline
While continuing to hold down the mouse button, press the Option key.
The pointer turns into the Shuffle Edit pointer. The direction of the small arrow in the
Shuffle Edit pointer indicates which direction clip items will be rippled around the
insertion point of the moved item.
Â If the small arrow points right, all clip items to the right of the insertion point are
rippled to the right, filling the gap where the moved clip item was previously located.
Â If the small arrow points left, all clip items to the left of the insertion point are rippled
to the left, filling the gap where the moved clip item was previously located.
Release the mouse button to place the selected clip at the insertion point.
Shuffle edits are only possible if you move a clip item beyond the
boundaries of its original position. If you don’t move a clip item far enough, pressing
the Option key while you drag the clip item allows you to perform an insert edit, but
not a shuffle edit.
The cursor changes to the
Shuffle Edit pointer. In
this case, the small arrow
points to the right, so all
clip items to the right of
the insertion point are
rippled to the right.
Clip D moves here.
Clips A, B, and C move
right and fill the gap left
by Clip D.