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Preview Before You Edit with Gang

The great thing about computer-based nonlinear editing systems, especially ones such as Premiere that have multiple levels of Undo, is the fact that you can edit something to see how it looks and just as easily undo it if you don't like it. Another quick technique allows you to see how a source clip compares to your sequence. This feature is called ganging your shots. For instance, if you want to get an idea of where the source clip would be in relationship to where your shot would appear in your timeline (from given starting points), you would gang the two clips. To use the gang feature, do the following:

  1. Select the starting frame of your source clip.

  2. Select the starting frame in the timeline.

  3. Click the triangle in the upper-right corner of the Program monitor.

  4. Select Gang Source > Program from the pop-up menu.

Now, drag the jog tread or shuttle slider or click the Previous Frame button or the Next Frame button on the controllers to compare frames from the timeline to the source window. Each window, Source and Program, should update by the same number of frames that you move.


Using any controls other than the ones listed here turns off the gang feature.

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