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Applying Specialized Editing Tools in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5

Using Sync Lock and Track Lock

In a typical editing project, you will have multiple layers of video clips. When you edit a sequence by doing ripple edits or inserts, you’ll want all the video tracks to stay in sync. This means if one track moves, all the other tracks move the same amount.

However, sometimes you may want one track not to move when you’re performing ripples or inserts. Adobe Premiere Pro provides two methods of protecting one or more tracks from being moved: Sync Lock and Lock Track.

Using Sync Lock

Let’s start by trying the Sync Lock feature:

  1. Open Lesson 08-03.prproj. Note that this sequence has four video tracks with a gap between clips.
  2. Right-click (Windows) or control-click (Mac OS) the gap between clips on the Video 1 track, and choose Ripple Delete.

    The clips on the right move left to close the gap.

  3. Press Ctrl+Z (Windows) or Command+Z (Mac OS) to undo the ripple delete.
  4. Switch the Toggle Sync Lock icon (sync-lock-icon.jpg) off on the Video 4 track. Notice that by default all tracks have Toggle Sync Lock enabled.
  5. Right-click (Windows) or control-click (Mac OS) the gap between clips on the Video 1 track, and choose Ripple Delete. All tracks stay in sync except the Video 4 track. This is because you turned Toggle Sync Lock off on this track.
  6. Press Ctrl+Z (Windows) or Command+Z (Mac OS) to undo the ripple delete.
  7. Select the Ripple Edit tool, grab the right edge of the first clip in the Video 1 track, and drag it an inch or so to the left. All tracks ripple except the clips in the Video 4 track.
  8. Grab the right edge of the first clip in the Video 4 track, and drag it to the left. Notice that the clips are still editable in this track. Turning Toggle Sync Lock off does not prevent the clips in the track from being edited or deleted.

Using Track Lock

Now let’s try editing with the Track Lock feature:

  1. Press Ctrl+Z (Windows) or Command+Z (Mac OS) a few times until the project is back to the start point.
  2. Make sure all tracks have Toggle Sync Lock on.
  3. Click the Track Lock icon (track-lock-icon.jpg) in the Video 4 track. Diagonal lines appear through the track header.
  4. Try doing a ripple delete as you did earlier, and notice the locked track is unaffected.
  5. Try to edit or move clips in the Video 4 track. Notice that you cannot do anything to the clips in the Video 4 track.
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