Using Snapping

When you move and resize clips in the Timeline, or select part of an audio file in the File Editor, you usually want them to start and end at a specific point in time. To synchronize clips with a video, you may want to position them in line with a specific frame. In a music-based project, you may want to align clips with measures and beats. Soundtrack Pro includes a snapping feature that causes clips, the playhead, and other items in the Timeline and File Editor to “snap” to the nearest Snap To position.

Snapping applies to the following operations:

You can use snapping to ensure that audio clips are synchronized to a measure or beat, that they begin playing back at a precise point in time, and that they are precisely aligned with other clips in the Timeline.

When you turn on snapping, the item you are moving snaps to the nearest Snap To position in the Timeline. The available Snap To values depend on the time format of the project.

For projects set to Time-based format, the available Snap To values are:

For projects set to Beats-based format, the available Snap To values are:

To turn snapping on
  • Choose View > Snap (or press N).

    A checkmark next to the menu item indicates that snapping is turned on. Choose View > Snap again to turn snapping off.

To set the Snap To value
  • Choose View > Snap To, then choose a value from the submenu.

    Figure. View menu.

You can temporarily reverse the current snapping state while you work in the Timeline.

When snapping is turned on and Markers is chosen in the Snap To submenu, clips in the Timeline snap to the playhead as well as to markers.

To temporarily reverse the snapping state
  • Select the item in the Timeline, then hold down the Command key as you drag the item.

    If snapping is turned on, Command-dragging lets you move the item without having it snap to the nearest Snap To position. If snapping is turned off, the item snaps to the nearest Snap To position. When you release the Command key, items moved in the Timeline follow the normal snapping state.