Getting Clip Items Back in Sync

There are three ways to get clip items with out-of-sync indicators back into sync:

Moving a Clip into Sync

Moving an out-of-sync clip item back into sync means repositioning the item in the sequence so that it’s once again in sync with the video or audio anchor item to which it’s linked. You can only move a selected item into sync if there’s enough room on the track in which it appears. If another clip is in the way, the selected item moves as far as it can and then a message says “Unable to put item in sync. Another item is in the way.”

To move a linked clip item into sync
Do one of the following:
  • In the Timeline, Control-click the clip item’s out-of-sync indicator, then choose Move into Sync from the shortcut menu.

  • Select the clip item that is out of sync, then type the negative timecode offset value that appears in the out-of-sync indicator and press Return.

    For example, if a clip item’s out-of-sync indicator displays “4:12,” select the clip item and enter “–4:12,” then press Return.

    If the item is an anchor item (either the sole video item among linked items, or the topmost audio item if there is no video item), it moves into sync with the topmost out-of-sync audio item in the group, starting on track A1 and going down. Otherwise, the selected item moves into sync with the anchor item to which it’s linked.

    Figure. Timeline window showing a shortcut menu and the Move into Sync command.
    Figure. Timeline window showing a clip that had its video and audio items moved back into sync.

Slipping a Clip Item into Sync

This operation leaves the out-of-sync clip item in the same position in your sequence, but slips the In and Out points within that item so that the item is in sync with the corresponding audio or video anchor item to which it’s linked. This works in the same way as the Slip tool. For more information, see Slipping Clips in the Timeline.

To slip an out-of-sync clip item into sync using the out-of-sync indicator shortcut menu
  • In the Timeline, Control-click the out-of-sync indicator on a clip item, then choose Slip into Sync from the shortcut menu.

    If the item is an anchor item, it slips into sync with the topmost out-of-sync audio item in the group, starting on track A1 and going down. Otherwise, the selected item slips into sync with the anchor item to which it’s linked.

    Figure. Timeline window showing a shortcut menu and the Slip into Sync command.
    Figure. Timeline window showing that an anchored item has been slipped into sync.
To slip an out-of-sync clip item into sync using the Slip tool
  1. Select the Slip tool from the Tool palette (or press S).

  2. If Linked Selection is on in the Timeline, click the Linked Selection button to turn it off.

  3. Select the clip item you want to slip into sync.

    You can temporarily turn the Slip tool into the Selection tool by holding down the Command key.

  4. Type the negative timecode offset value that appears in the out-of-sync indicator and press Return. For example, if a clip item’s out-of-sync indicator displays “4:12,” select the clip item and enter “–4:12,” then press Return.

    If the clip item is an anchor item, the audio item is slipped into sync with it.

Moving or Slipping All Clip Items into Sync at Once

In cases where multiple audio items are out of sync by varying amounts from an anchor video or audio item, you have an additional option available to manage the sync relationships of all linked items at once.

To move all out-of-sync clip items into sync with the anchor item
  1. In the Timeline, Control-click the out-of-sync indicator on the anchor clip item—either the sole video item in a group of linked items, or the topmost audio item if there is no video item among the linked items.

  2. Choose Move Others into Sync from the shortcut menu.

    Figure. Timeline window showing a shortcut menu and the Move Others into Sync command.
    Figure. Timeline window showing a video item and multiple audio items moved into sync.
To slip all out-of-sync clip items into sync with the anchor item
  1. In the Timeline, Control-click the out-of-sync indicator on the anchor clip item—either the sole video item in a group of linked items, or the topmost audio item if there is no video item among the linked items.

    Figure. Timeline window showing a shortcut menu and the Slip Others into Sync command.
  2. Choose Slip Others into Sync from the shortcut menu.

    Figure. Timeline window showing a video item and multiple audio items synced and no longer showing out-of-sync indicators.