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Clip Snapping with Overlap and Transition

Probably one of the places I spend the most "wasted" time when editing videos is zooming in to where I'm abutting two clips together in order to overlap them by a set amount—which I have to do by eye—to create a smooth transition.

What I'd like is a way to edit the clip-snapping behavior to force a given overlap length and chosen transition (though the transition could just use the default choice that's set in the preferences). That way, I don't have to zoom in to know that I've got exactly half a second of cross-fade every time.

Of course, holding down Command would suppress this just as it currently suppresses end-to-end snapping. Maybe Option could suppress the overlap but still snap clips end-to-end, as well.

I right-clicked the magnet icon and checked the Preferences to see if such a feature existed already, so those are where I'd suggest implementing any GUIs needed to add this.

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  • That's certainly an interesting feature request. Sort of snap to transition length. Please do fill out the form and make it and link to this thread so they can read the details.

    ScreenFlow Feature Request Form

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  • That is definitely a great idea, I also spend most of my time moving cut clips with the mouse to overlap them with the end of the previous one.

    Beside the automatic snap with crossfade proposition, is there any current way to quickly snap 2 clips together using the keyboard ? I've tried the "nudge clip" commands ( [ and ] ) but if you try to overlap 2 clips, the previous one is moved on the track bellow instead of overlapping.

    Thanks!

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  • I was reading about the B-roll technique this morning so looking at this I wondered whether that concept could help here as well. Without knowing something about the content being edited, it would be hard to guess.

    I've seen generic B-rolls that simply take a company logo with cross-fades and possible some  animation too. Just plop one of those between any scene change you don't want to spend a lot of time on and it's done.

    Not only does this by-pass tedious overlapping, it also avoids obscuring something important that may appear at the end of a clip. Another approach is to do a Freeze Frame adding your default start/end transition. These are independent samples that default to two seconds duration but can be made longer or shorter. Just stick them in between.

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  • Maxime Britto a keyboard command that would overlap clips with a transition is an interesting idea. Please fill out the form I posted previously and make that Feature Request.

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  • Done :)

    Here is the relevant part from the form I sent :

    During Editing, when we need to remove some part of a video so here is how we do it now :  
    - move to the cut start point with arrows and SHIFT-arrows
    - hit SHIFT-T to split and keep the second part selected
    - move to the end point using arrows and SHIFT-arrows
    - hit W to remove the part from the split to the current cursor position

    - then we need to grab the mouse to snap the remaining part to the left until we reach the split point 
    We do this all the time and we feel that losing the keyboard to grab the mouse is frustrating, time consuming and less accurate.

    Tried solution :
    - used "nudge commands" with [ and ] to slide the remaining part with the keyboard :
    This could be great but if we go one bit too far so the 2 clips overlaps, the previous one is moved on the track bellow instead of overlapping/crossfading.

    Here are some ideas on how this could be done : 
    - change to behavior of [ and ] to overlapp/crossfade instead of creating a new track.
    - if we want to keep this behavior, we could add another shortcut to [ and ] to be able to overlapp 2 clips. Maybe ALT-[ and ALT-] so it can still be combined with the SHIFT to do ALT-SHIFT-[
    - add a "snap to previous/next clip feature" (with a keyboard shortcut)
    - allow the W and E shortcuts to trim and snap to previous/next clip (ALT-W and ALT-E for example)

    Thanks!

    Max

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  • Maxime Britto Your ideas would also dovetail nicely with my enhancement request for SF automation (AppleScript, Automator). These and many other such repetitive operations could be automated. Please consider making a similar request so that the developers will escalate the importance of these requests.

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  • Thanks all for the request and details.

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  • After purchasing the upgrade to version 7, I sadly noticed that this 1-year-old-interesting-idea has never landed in the final product. I still have to grab the mouse for every cut I make :(

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  • Maxime Britto Follow up with your case number and as for a status update. Some things may still be work in progress.

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  • I am here looking for a similar feature.  I am using Screenflow 9.  Does it exist yet?

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  • A feature like this would be very handy!

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      Marc Larochelle Don't forget to vote for it. The developers watch the vote counts as they consider development priority.

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    • CraigS Thank you and good idea.  I upvoted it yesterday as a result.

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      Marc Larochelle 👍

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