Editing Clip and Track Properties

In Soundtrack Pro, you can easily view and adjust the specific details about individual clips and tracks.

Setting Clip and Track Colors

Soundtrack Pro allows you to set colors for clips and tracks. Setting a clip or track color is a useful way to differentiate a set of clips from the rest of the clips or tracks in the Timeline. For example, you could color-code your clips by category: dialogue, music, and effects. This helps you organize your project visually. By default, video clips are set to blue and audio clips are set to green, but you can change the color of audio clips and tracks at any time.

Figure. Timeline showing tracks and audio clips with multiple colors.

There are four ways to set the color of a clip or a selection of clips.

To set the color of a clip
Do one of the following:
  • Select the clip in the Timeline or the Bin, choose Clip > Color, then choose a color from the submenu.

  • Control-click the clip in the Timeline or the Bin, choose Color from the shortcut menu, then choose a color from the submenu.

    Figure. Timeline shortcut window showing Clip Color submenu.
  • Select the clip. In the Details tab, choose a color from the Color pop-up menu.

  • Drag the clip to a track that already has a color.

    The clip takes on the track color.

    Note: If you have already applied a color to a clip, the clip does not take on the track color.

You can set the color for a track, so that any clip you add to the track takes on the track color.

To set a track color
Do one of the following:
  • Select the track, choose Multitrack > Track Color, then choose a color from the submenu.

  • Control-click the track, choose Color from the shortcut menu, then choose a color from the submenu.

Enabling and Disabling Clips

In addition to muting entire tracks, you can disable (mute) individual clips in the Timeline in Soundtrack Pro.

To disable a clip in the Timeline
Do one of the following:
  • Select the clip, then choose Clip > Disable Clip.

  • Control-click the clip in the Timeline, then choose Disable Clip from the shortcut menu.

    Figure. Timeline shortcut menu showing Disable Clip.
  • Select the clip. In the Details tab, deselect the Enable checkbox.

To enable a clip in the Timeline
Do one of the following:
  • Select the clip, then choose Clip > Enable Clip.

  • Control-click the clip in the Timeline, then choose Enable Clip from the shortcut menu.

  • Select the clip. In the Details tab, select the Enable checkbox.

Locking and Unlocking Clips and Tracks

You can prevent any changes to a clip or a track by locking it.

Locking Clips

A locked clip cannot be moved, resized, or otherwise modified in the Timeline. A locked clip can be enabled or disabled. A clip can overlap a locked clip. The envelope points under a locked clip are locked based on the envelope mode: if attached to a clip, envelope points are locked; if not attached to a clip, envelope points are unlocked. For more information about attaching envelope points, see Adding Envelope Points.

To lock a clip in the Timeline
Do one of the following:
  • Select the clip, then choose Clip > Lock Clip.

  • Control-click the clip in the Timeline, then choose Lock Clip from the shortcut menu.

    Figure. Timeline shortcut menu showing Lock Clip.
  • Select the clip. In the Details tab, select the Locked checkbox.

To unlock a clip in the Timeline
Do one of the following:
  • Select the clip, then choose Clip > Unlock Clip.

  • Control-click the clip in the Timeline, then choose Unlock Clip from the shortcut menu.

  • Select the clip. In the Details tab, select the Locked checkbox.

Locking Tracks

When an audio track is locked, the clips on the track cannot be moved, resized, or otherwise modified in the Timeline. Clips and effects cannot be added to or removed from a locked track. Effects and other parameters (such as pan, gain, and output) are not editable on a locked track.

To lock a track
Do one of the following:
  • Select the track, then choose Multitrack > Lock Selected Track (or press F5).

  • Control-click the track, then choose Lock Selected Track from the shortcut menu.

    Figure. Track shortcut menu showing Lock Selected Track.
To unlock a locked track
Do one of the following:
  • Select the locked track, then choose Multitrack > Unlock Selected Track (or press F5).

  • Control-click the locked track, then choose Unlock Selected Track from the shortcut menu.