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Insert and Overwrite Edits

Let’s look at the difference between insert and overwrite edits from the perspective of a common problem. As you can see in a_icon.jpg, the “Moscow tour – take 2” sequence starts with the Day 1 title, and then has multiple clips from Red Square. After inserting these clips I realized that I had forgotten to start with a shot of Red Square’s entrance gate. I want to insert that clip and push all the subsequent clips on V1 back by the length of the inserted clip. This is a classic insert edit, where the inserted footage pushes all footage located after the insertion point to the right for the duration of the inserted footage.

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a_icon.jpg I need to add the clip in the Source Monitor to V1 after the Day 1 title. I want to push all clips on V1 back, but I don’t want to move the Red Square title on V2.

Just to complicate things, I want the Red Square title on V2 to stay in place—a perfect opportunity to use the Sync Lock feature.

To perform an insert edit by dragging

  1. If there are any clips that you don’t want to move with the inserted clip, disable Sync Lock Image for those tracks b_icon.jpg (see the tips for a keyboard shortcut for this).
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    b_icon.jpg Disabling Sync Lock for tracks that I don’t want to adjust.

  2. Drag the clip from the Source Monitor to the target location and track in the Timeline grey_a_icon.jpg. Notice that once you drag the clip to the tracks, the pointer turns to the overwrite pointer Image and a vertical line appears at the insert point grey_a_icon.jpg.

    When you drag the clip to a track with content, this content appears in the Program Monitor. The last frame before the inserted file is shown on the left, and the first frame after the inserted file is shown on the right.

  3. Press the Control (Windows) or Command (Mac OS) key c_icon.jpg. The overwrite pointer changes to the insert pointer Image and the vertical line shows arrows pointing to the right.
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    c_icon.jpg Press Control (Windows) or Command (Mac OS) to convert the overwrite pointer to the insert pointer.

  4. Release your pointer. Premiere Pro inserts the clip, pushing back all subsequent clips on that track, and any other track on which Sync Lock was not disabled d_icon.jpg.
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    d_icon.jpg Mission accomplished: clip inserted, all clips on V1 pushed back, title on V2 stays in place.

To perform an insert edit via button controls or keyboard shortcuts

  1. Drag the source track indicators to the desired track e_icon.jpg.
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    e_icon.jpg Setting up for the insert edit: tracks targeted, playhead in the desired position, ready to click the Insert button.

  2. Navigate the playhead to the desired location. Use the Up and Down Arrow keys to move the playhead to the precise intersection between the two clips.
  3. In the Source Monitor’s Tools panel, click the Insert button insert.jpg, or press, (the comma key).

    Premiere Pro inserts the clip at the selected location.

Overwrite edits

In contrast to insert edits, overwrite edits push no content back on the track on which they replace footage. We can use the same basic setup as the insert edit task, with a different goal: to replace footage on V1 rather than push it back. Note that because an overwrite edit doesn’t push any tracks back, there’s no need to worry about Sync Lock.

To perform an overwrite edit by dragging

  1. Drag the clip from the Source Monitor to the target location and track in the Timeline f_icon.jpg. Notice that once you drag the clip to the tracks, the pointer turns to the overwrite pointer overwrite-pointer.jpg and a vertical line appears at the insertion point.
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    f_icon.jpg Drag the clip to the target edit point.

    When you drag the clip to a track with content, this content appears in the Program Monitor. The last frame before the inserted file is shown on the left, and the first frame after the inserted file is shown on the right.

  2. Release your pointer.

    Premiere Pro overwrites content on the target track up to the duration of the clip in the Source Monitor g_icon.jpg. No other tracks are affected.

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    g_icon.jpg Here’s the result.

To perform an overwrite edit via button controls or keyboard shortcuts

  1. Drag the source track indicators to the desired track h_icon.jpg.
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    h_icon.jpg Setting up for the overwrite edit: tracks targeted, playhead in the desired position, ready to press the Overwrite button.

  2. Navigate the playhead to the desired location. Use the Up and Down Arrow keys to move the playhead to the precise intersection between the two clips.
  3. In the Source Monitor’s Tools panel, press the Overwrite button overwrite.jpg, or press. (the period key).

    Premiere Pro inserts the clip at the selected location, overwriting the existing content.

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