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Editing out mistakes without fragmenting all of the clips

I'm brand new to ScreenFlow (I'm on v10.0.3), and I feel like I'm editing my videos wrong. I'm making screencasts for online training, so I record my camera, screen, and iPad all together. When I edit out my mistakes, umms, pauses, and so on (mark in->mark out->cmd+delete), all of my tracks end up sliced into hundreds of little clips. This fragmentation makes it very difficult to then do things like show the iPad for a few minutes to draw a diagram, and then hide it again, or zoom into a portion of my screen recording for a while and then zoom back out. I have to use the track selection to select all clips forward in the timeline every time I want to do one of these operations. I can use video actions for the zooming and stuff, but I can't use a snapback action if it's in a different clip fragment. I'm having to write down all of the video scale/position/etc numbers and manually enter them to "undo" the video action at the right time.

What am I missing in my editing workflow? The only solution I can think of right now is to make sure I add all of the video actions and snapbacks for my entire hour-long video first, and leave the removal of mistakes and pauses for the very end of the editing process. But this doesn't seem like a realistic workflow.

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    • CraigSModerator
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    • CraigS
    • 9 mths ago
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    Randy Cox said:
    all of my tracks end up sliced into hundreds of little clips.

     Yes, that's what editing does.

    Randy Cox said:
    This fragmentation makes it very difficult to then do things like show the iPad for a few minutes to draw a diagram, and then hide it again, or zoom into a portion of my screen recording for a while and then zoom back out.

     Sorry it's hard to know how you're editing. You can edit the audio-only and leave holes to keep sync or you can ripple your edits and have fragments but pull them up. You still have fragments though.

     

    Randy Cox said:
    I can think of right now is to make sure I add all of the video actions and snapbacks for my entire hour-long video first,

     Yes, some do that. Keep in mind if you split a clip where an action is you lose part of the action.

    You do have to think strategically when you edit. 
    You can leave audio editing to do last.
    You can do audio editing first and then pull up the gaps.
    You can do audio editing first and leave the gaps to keep sync.
    You can edit out the video bits with the matching audio bits and decide to ripple everything or not. 
    What is best, depends on the project.
    Of course some people will just redo the portion with the problem to get a good recording.

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  • Randy Cox  As Craig mentioned there are several ways to do this. When I'm creating videos they are often between 10 and 40 minutes long. For me the simplest and sanest workflow is:

    1. edit video & audio content at the same time using ripple delete. Simple and keyboard centric

    2. I then have a completed edited video with no obvious issues. In some cases I may then export the audio to do some special work in an audio app and then reimport. Many times I don't do this, but sometimes I do.

    3. finally I add in special bits: text annotations, highlights, etc. Typically I don't have a ton of these. I just write down the location of the spots where I want to add annotations so they are easy to find later. But the use of markers would work well also. 

    So that's my workflow. It feels natural and easy to me. But, as Craig mentioned, they might be a workflow that's more ideal for you. Just wanted to give you one option to consider. 

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      • CraigS
      • 9 mths ago
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      Mathew Mitchell thanks for giving a specific editing workflow example.

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  • Randy, hello.  I am having the same issue.  After using the program for a while, have you found a good workflow to bridge actions across multiple clips?

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      • 4 mths ago
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      Anthony Gilbreath Not really. Now I do all of the editing from the beginning of the video to the end. I snip out mistakes, add actions, and everything in one pass of the video. This is probably a more typical workflow instead of snipping out all mistakes in one pass of the video, then going back to add actions and stuff in additional passes.

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      Randy Cox Thank you for explaining your workflow which can help others.

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    • Randy Cox Thank you very much!  I'll do that.  

      I assumed (as a novice) that it would be possible to rejoin clips after you snip parts out, but it looks like that just isn't possible.

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