2 Responses to “The First Edit – Getting Started with Sony Movie Studio”

  1. perry October 19, 2013 at 3:33 pm #

    REF number 6. i find it very hard to fine tune cannot get it exact too much or too little

    • Drew October 25, 2013 at 10:24 am #

      Hi Perry,

      Thanks for the question. If I understand, you are having difficulty getting your playhead (the vertical line) on the exact frame in your timeline for splitting the clip. There could be a couple of reasons you are not getting the accuracy you need.

      The arrow keys I reference in #6 are the left/right/up/down keys on your keyboard. They may be hidden in your number pad or to the right of your space bar on an extended keyboard. The left and right arrows will move you forward and back one frame at a time.

      Another contributing factor could be that you don’t have “snapping” enabled for your edit. F8 will turn it on and off. What is snapping? Snapping helps you align items along the timeline when you move events, trim events, or work with markers and regions. It is as if your cursor has a magnetic attraction to your playhead. When splitting a clip in the timeline it will improve your accuracy significantly. You can see if you have snapping enabled by looking in the toolbar at the top of the application for a small icon with a magnet and arrow. If it is active the button will appear to be pushed in. It takes a little getting used to the magnetism, but I always have it on to speed up my editing and accuracy.There is great info in the application’s Help file on how to use snapping. Just search”snapping” for detailed instructions.

      One other tip that might help your accuracy would be to zoom in on your timeline to the region where you are working. One way to zoom into the timeline is to click on the plus and minus buttons in the Time Zoom Control at the bottom of your timeline. You can also control the zoom by clicking and dragging the end of the scroll bar.

      I hope this helps and please let me know if you have other questions.

      Thanks for the question.

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