How to Control Clip Snapping in Avid

When editing in your Avid timeline, it is useful to know how to control clip snapping. Though this function can be quite useful, it can be annoying if it prevents you from editing freely.

Step 1: Default Snapping

First, select a clip in your timeline so that it is highlighted in either lift/overwrite or splice/extract mode. You will know that you have done so if the clip has turned bright purple, and either the yellow arrow or red arrow is highlighted at the bottom left part of your timeline window. Now, try to drag it to a different point in your timeline. You will notice that your clip automatically snaps to the next cut point. If you continue moving down the timeline, your clip will remain at that cut point until you get closer to the next cut point. You can also snap the clip to the end of a cut point. To do this, hold down "ALT" while dragging your clip.

Step 2: Timeline Settings

Though the snapping can be very convenient, you may want to drop your clip at a spot in the timeline other than a splice point. You can turn off this function by going into your timeline settings. Right click anywhere on your timeline background. From the drop down that appears, click on the "Timeline Settings". Go into the tab that says "Edit" and deselect the "Default Snap-to-Edit" option. Note that even when this function is turned off, you will still be able to snap.

Step 3: Modified Snapping

You can now drag your selected clip to any point in the timeline. However, you may need to make another edit which would benefit from snapping. Luckily, you do not have to go back into the settings in order to accomplish this. You can leave your system set without the snap-to-edit on and still get all the benefits. As you drag your clip across the timeline, hold down "CTRL" and your clip will again automatically go to the next edit. And if you want the back of the clip to jump to the splice point, hold down both "CTLR" and "ALT".

Step 4: Choosing Your Preference

Whether you leave the "Default Snap-to-Edit" function on or not is entirely up to you. If you find no reason to ever move a clip to any point other than a cut, then it could be advantageous for you to leave the function on. However, you could get more flexibility if you keep the "Default Snap-to-Edit" off.  The compromise is that you need to remember a few more commands. Further down the line, you may come to find that it really does not matter because you are using entirely different operations to move clips. But, at least you now have options to accommodate yourself with.

Avid provides you with plenty of tools to facilitate your editing. Clip snapping is a function that can save you a lot of time if you know how to control it.

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