Doing Simple Insert and Overwrite Edits in the Timeline

When you drag clips to the Timeline, you can perform insert or overwrite edits. (For more information about insert and overwrite edits, see Performing the Different Types of Edits.) Each track in the Timeline is divided into two areas by a thin gray line. The region of the track you drag the clip into determines whether an insert or overwrite edit is performed.

Figure. Timeline window showing the Insert edit area and Overwrite area of a track.

As you move the pointer from one region of the track to the other, it changes to indicate the type of edit—a right arrow for an insert edit and a down arrow for an overwrite edit.

Note: If you are dragging clips from the Browser, the corresponding edit button is also highlighted in the Canvas window.

To drag a clip from the Video tab in the Viewer, click anywhere in the video picture in the Viewer and drag. To drag a clip from the Audio tab in the Viewer, click the drag hand and then drag.

Figure. Viewer window showing the Drag hand positioned over the Audio tab.

Note: To drag a multiclip from the Viewer to the Canvas or Timeline, you need to hold down the Option key while you drag in the Viewer.

As you drag your clip into the Timeline, a two-up display appears in the Canvas to show you the sequence In and Out points for the edit you’re performing. What appears in this display depends on the kind of edit.

Note: If the Caps Lock key is engaged, the two-up display is disabled.

To do an insert edit
  • Drag the clip to the upper third of a track in the Timeline.

    Figure. Timeline window showing a clip being dragged to the upper third of a track to do an insert edit.
To do an overwrite edit
  • Drag the clip to the lower two-thirds of a track in the Timeline.

    Figure. Timeline window showing a clip dragged to the lower two-thirds of a track to do an overwrite edit.

    Note: If you drag a sequence clip to another location within the sequence, an overwrite edit is performed by default. To perform an insert edit instead, hold down the Option key after you begin dragging the clip.