Pro Keyboard Commands for Pro Tools 11

   By Lisa F   Categories: Audio SoftwareGeneral

Useful Keyboard Commands for Editing

 

Pro Tools provides a useful keyboard command that lets you ‘collapse’ an Edit (or Timeline) selection and simultaneously move the Edit cursor insertion point to the beginning or end of the selection. Pro Tools also provides several keyboard shortcuts for moving and extending or decreasing the range of an Edit (or Timeline) selection. The best way to learn how these work is to make a selection, as I have in the accompanying screenshots, and try these for yourself.

 

Take a look at the following screenshot ( Figure 6.25 ), which shows the Bar|Beats ruler above an audio track. Here you will see that I have selected part of a clip and you can see that the Timeline and Edit selection are linked, so the same four bars are selected in the Bar|Beats ruler. Notice that the Timeline Selection Start and End Markers are shown in red. Normally these will be blue, but when a track is record-enabled, these are shown in red to warn you. Notice also the small yellow flags positioned one bar before and one bar after the selection; these represent the Pre-roll and Post-roll amounts that are set in the Transport window and are yellow, as opposed to white, to signify that they are active.

Figure 6.25: A clip selected in the Edit window with Timeline Selection Start and End.

Markers shown in red in the Bars|Beats ruler (because a track happens to be record-enabled).

While the Transport is stopped, you can use the Down and Up arrows on your computer keyboard to place the Edit cursor at the beginning or end of the Edit (or Timeline) selection and collapse the selection.

To move the insertion point to the beginning of the selection, press the Down arrow, or to move the insertion point to the end of the selection, press the Up arrow. You will immediately ‘lose’ the selection, which is then said to have ‘collapsed’ – see Figure 6.26 – and the insertion point will appear at the beginning or end of the selection.

Figure 6.26: Selection ‘collapsed’, with the Edit cursor inserted at the end of the selection and the Timeline Selection Marker placed above this in the Bars|Beats ruler.

To halve the length of the selection, press Command-Control-Option-Shift-L (Mac) or Control-Alt-Start-Shift-L (Windows) – see Figure 6.27.

Figure 6.27: The Selection has been halved.

To move the selection forward by the selection amount, press Command-Control-Option-’ (single quote) (Mac) or Control-Alt-Start-’ (single quote) (Windows) – see Figure 6.28.

Figure 6.28: The Selection has been moved forward by the selection amount.

To move the selection backward by the selection amount, press Command- Control-Option-L (Mac) or Control-Alt-Start-L (Windows) – see Figure 6.29.

Figure 6.29: The Selection has been moved back again.

To double length of the Edit selection, press Command-Control-Option-Shift-’ (single quote) (Mac) or Control-Alt-Start-Shift-’ (single quote) (Windows) – see Figure 6.30.

Figure 6.30: The Selection has been doubled.

To align the start point of a clip to timeline position, select the Grabber tool and use the mouse to point at and click in the timeline ruler to position the Edit cursor at exactly the point at which you wish to align the start point of the clip. Then, while holding down the Control key (Mac) or Start key (Windows), click on the clip and watch it snap exactly to the timeline position that you have specified!

To align the end point of a clip to timeline position, select the Grabber tool and use the mouse to point at and click in the timeline ruler to position the Edit cursor at exactly the point at which you wish to align the end point of the clip. Then, while holding down the Command and Control keys (Mac) or Control and Start keys (Windows), click on the clip and watch it snap exactly to the timeline position that you have specified.

To align the sync point of a clip to timeline position, select the Grabber tool and use the mouse to point at and click in the timeline ruler to position the Edit cursor at exactly the point at which you wish to align the sync point of the clip. Then, while holding down the Control and Shift keys (Mac) or Start and Shift keys (Windows), click on the clip and watch it snap exactly to the timeline position that you have specified.

Excerpt from Pro Tools 11: Music Production, Recording, Editing, and Mixing by Mike Collins © 2013 Taylor & Francis Group. All Rights Reserved.

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