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3. Intermediate Techniques  > Navigating Nonlinearly

Navigating Nonlinearly

Another beginner’s challenge is to not think linearly when jumping large amounts of time. Editors make a compromise and move at the speed of human comprehension in order to grasp a particular point in the material or listen to the performance. But what if you just want to get there as fast as possible? I see beginners actually dragging the timeline’s blue bar through their material or sequence to get to the end! It’s random access; get random. Jump to the end with the End key and jump to the beginning with the Home key.

Fast Forward and Rewind

The Fast Forward and Rewind buttons are useful if you just want to jump to the next or the previous edit, but these buttons are usually left to the user setting default of being “track sensitive.” This means that the default for the Fast Forward and Rewind buttons jumps to the next edit that uses all the tracks that are highlighted in the timeline. If video track 1 is highlighted, then you jump, in a sequential way, from cut to cut on video track 1 only. Turn on all the tracks (Ctrl/Command+A with the timeline highlighted). Now you jump to every edit where all the tracks in the sequence have a cut in the same place. No straight cuts on all your tracks in the same place? With all your tracks highlighted, Fast Forward jumps all the way to th....


  

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