Using audio and video tracks

Using audio and video tracks

The Editor sequence consists of several tracks. At first you will only have two tracks, one for video and one for audio. You can add additional tracks as you work, if necessary.

How tracks work

Tracks are only found in the Editor sequence. They are different to the layers you user in composite shots, which we'll deal with in a later chapter.

A track can only contain video or audio, not both. In this context, 'video' can mean videos, images, planes or composite shots.

All the video tracks are displayed in the top area of the timeline, while the audio tracks are displayed in the bottom area. The amount of interface dedicated to each can be adjusted by dragging the splitter up or down. If you're working primarily on your video, you might want to move the splitter down to make more room for the video tracks, for example.

If you have lots of tracks or are working on a small screen some of your tracks might not be visible. There are individual scroll bars at the right of the timeline to move up and down separately through the video and audio tracks.

Clips and tracks

When you start a project your tracks will be empty. You can change this by adding clips to the timeline.

A single track can hold as many clips as you want. Clips are placed sequentially one after the other, either end-to-end or with spaces in-between.

Linked clips

linked clip

Some media assets include both an audio and a video track. In this case the media asset is represented as two separate clips on the timeline, one on a video track and one on a audio track.

Linked clips are marked with the chain icon.

Any editing changes you make to one will also be applied to the other. Clips can be linked and unlinked by selecting them and choosing Link or Unlink from the right click menu.

Basic track compositing

You can create simple composites even in the Editor sequence, without needing to create a new composite shot.

Video tracks that are above other video tracks will obscure them. This can be an easy way to add titles, watermarks, captions or simple picture-in-picture overlays.

You can't animate in the Editor sequence, so if you want to change settings over time you should create and work in a composite shot.

Re-ordering and renaming tracks

Tracks by default are called Video 1, Video 2 or Audio 1, Audio 2 etc. If you want to change these names to be more descriptive you can do so.

Right click the track name and click Rename to choose a new name for the track.

Renaming a track will not affect any of its clips.

You can drag tracks up and down in the list to re-order them. This will move the entire track's contents.

Creating new tracks

You can create a new track by right clicking anywhere in the track listing and choosing Insert track.

Deleting tracks

A track can be deleted by right clicking a track in the track listing and choosing Delete track. If the track contains any clips you will be warned before the track is removed.

Muting tracks

track toggle mute audio

Video and audio tracks can be turned on and off using the mute icons to the left of the track names.

Turning a track off does not lose any of its clips or properties.

RECAP Tracks are designed for video editing, with clips running sequentially from left to right.