Replacing the Source Audio in a Clip

Each audio clip in the Timeline has a set of properties specific to the clip, including duration, speed, and transposition. You can replace the source audio in the clip while preserving the clip’s properties. This feature has a variety of uses, such as letting you try out similar audio files (for example, music beds or sound effects) while maintaining the clip’s duration, position in the Timeline, and transposition.

For information about properties of audio clips, see Reconnecting Media Files.

To replace the source audio file for a clip
  1. In the Timeline, select the clip for which you want to replace the source audio.

  2. In any media tab, Control-click the audio file that will replace the selected clip’s audio, then choose Replace Selected Clips With [filename] from the shortcut menu.

    Figure. Search tab showing audio file shortcut menu.

    When you replace the source audio in a clip, the clip’s duration and offset stay the same. Only the portion of the new source audio file equal to the clip’s length plays. If the new source audio file is a music loop and it is shorter than the clip’s length, the clip loops when it reaches the end of the new source audio file. Notches appear on the clip to indicate the point at which the clip starts looping.

You can replace the source audio in all clips using the same source audio file with another source audio file by using the Select All Occurrences and Replace Selected Loops commands together.

To replace the source audio file in all clips using the same source file
  1. Select all occurrences of the clip for which you want to replace the source audio file, following the steps described in Selecting Audio Clips in the Timeline.

    Every clip using the same source audio file is selected.

  2. In the Timeline, select the clip for which you want to replace the source audio.

  3. In any media tab, Control-click the audio file that will replace the selected clip’s audio, then choose Replace Selected Clips With [filename] from the shortcut menu.