Align Edits

When loading media, a common problem is that the various audio/video tracks do not always have exactly the same lengths. For example, you might load audio/video recordings from your camera and be dismayed to see that the audio for each segment is a half second longer than the video. If you load a large set of media clips by concatenation, the audio and video will be more skewed as more media is loaded. Align Edits makes it possible to adjust the edits so the audio and/or video align by adjusting the edits so that the track lengths are consistent. To use this feature, load all of the desired media and select a region which contains all of the edits to be aligned in the timeline. Now select the menu bar Edit Align Edits menu item to operate the change. The topmost armed track is used as a template reference, and the rest of the tracks are either cut or padded to align the edit boundaries. Besides aligning audio with the video, you can also align video with the audio if the first armed track is audio. The code performs the following algorithm:

The start time sequence of media and silence edits along the master track are collected as the target alignment boundaries. All armed tracks after the master track are modified so that if the next edit edge is too soon, it adds silence; if it is too late, edits are shortened or deleted past the point of the next target alignment boundary time. Align Edits works best if there are an equal number of Video and Audio sections. Also, it is better to use cuts instead of adding silence – if there are silence edits together, the algorithm will combine the silence edits into a single edit and results may not be as desired.

The first two screenshots in figure 5.11 show the Before, the Highlighted Edits to be manipulated, and the After results for the Align Edits. The third screenshot adds silence in the second section as noted in red letters.

Figure 5.11: Align edits
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