Insert Time Function (Insert Gap)
Add a feature called "Insert Time" or "Insert Gap"
It would work like this:
Set IN & OUT points in the timeline
Use Insert Time/Gap Function
Everything in the sequence from the IN point onward gets shifted down the timeline to the OUT point, leaving an empty gap in its place
Does not affect tracks with sync lock disabled
Obeys the preference "Shift clips that overlap trim point during ripple trimming" so that we can control if overlapping clips are moved or not
IN/OUT range stays selected afterward
James Clark commented
Hey Andrew, I've discovered a function within Premiere that's a bit like what you're requesting. It's not the same and has it's irritating foibles, but I'm going to start using this until an insert gap feature is implemented.
Turns out there's a couple of keyboard mappable commands called 'set all source video to gaps' and 'set all source audio to gap'. Load a clip in to the source monitor and press the key you've assigned to this command and you'll see that the icon for the source video tracks changes to a state of neither the typical blue for activated nor grey for deactivated, it instead becomes blue with a black box around it. It does what the name suggests, any thing you insert from the source monitor inserts as gap in to the timeline rather than as video (or audio if you it was the 'set all source audio to gaps' command that you pressed). You can set in and out points in the source for the duration of gap you'd like, or you can set no in points in the source and instead set them in the timeline and then perform an insert edit and voila you've inserted a gap. This gap satisfies your requirements in that you can set in and out points on the timeline if you want, it shifts everything down the timeline from the in point to the out point leaving a gap, and it doesn't affect sync lock disabled tracks. I don't know about the 5th condition, I think it probably doesn't satisfy that one.
It has major drawbacks though:
- You have to have something in the source monitor, if you've nothing loaded at the time, you can't set nothing to insert as a gap and thus would have to waste time loading any random clip for the sake of this feature which renders useless in such a circumstance.
- You can only toggle the insert as gaps state ON, not off, with the keyboard. To go back to normal, insert and overwrite behaviour, you to either click the source track selectors with the mouse, or use other key commands such as 'toggle all source video/audio' or maybe a track assignment preset. This is by far the weirdest thing about it, why would you make something that only has an on function, but no off?
- If you wanted a really long gap for some reason, and the source clip's entire duration is shorter than the length of your gap, this wouldn't work because that's as much material as can be loaded. (It's a bit like how Avid's insert filler, can only be a maxium of 32767 frames long)
- Much like the toggle all source video tracks and toggle all source audio tracks commands that are useful, this command lacks global all tracks button. It's either audio or video per key you assign. This is pretty annoying if you don't want to waste 2 separate physical keys, or have too many cumbersome modifier combinations, and I personally just mapped the video one, ignoring audio. But that's problematic if your source audio tracks are switched on because in Premiere, even if a given target track is switched off, source clips will still be inserted on that track, if the source track is on and assigned to that target track. For me this means having to remember to press my hotkey for disabling all audio tracks, which just adds another step in the process making it less useful.
but it's just about useful enough to be worth it for now I think.
James Clark commented
This is awesome. I was about to put up a feature request that works the same as Avid's load filler shortcut that loads filler in to the source monitor as though it were a clip and one could set in and out points to the desired length and then insert like a normal clip except instead of an adjustable timeline segment appearing, you just have gap of the appropriate length on the timeline.
Your suggested method of working is even better than this because you know exactly how long you're going to want it to be by setting the in and out points precisely on the timeline. At present the best worst workaround I have in absence of this makes use of my heavily mapped keyboard.
In case anyone wants to use my workaround in the interim (it's a lot less good than just having an insert filler shortcut) here's how I do it, I'll use the names of the commands rather than the keys because mine are custom but anyone can map them:
1. Select target tracks that I would like to move with the keyboard shortcuts for different track toggles (I map 1 to 8 for video and shift 1 to 8 for audio)
2. Clear any existing in and out points if you have them
3. Set an in point, but no out point, this essentially sets the out point to the sequence end
4. Press whatever key you have mapped to the command 'Select in to out', this will select all clips on the selected tracks just like if you'd lasso selected them
5. Move those clips around either with your mouse or using the 'nudge clip selection' shortcuts, or hit the plus or minus key on the numeric keypad to enter a time value by which to nudge the selection.
Though there are 5 steps listed an it's a bit convoluted I do find it's JUST convenient enough to be slightly better than the select tracks forward tool or zooming out and lassoing clips and deselecting the ones you don't want.
Alex Elkins commented
Love this idea. I'd also love a preference for a default gap length so that, say, 5 second gaps could be added with a single shortcut without needing to set in/our points. Basically Avid's 'add filler' shortcut.
Eric Sanders commented
Thanks for this, appreciate the 'rules' approach to the request.
Alex Valtchev commented
Thats great, love it! PLEASE DO!