Edit Tools and Workflow

Flowblade Movie Editor has 10 edit tools, 4 move tools, 4 trim tools and Cut tool and Keyframe tool .

Workflow configuration

Flowblade offers a configurable workflow with user selectable toolset and timeline behaviours.

Worflow is configured from the menu launched by pressing icon .

You can select 9 tools to be available and set the order the tools presented in with the first one being the default tool.

You can also further configure the workflow by selecting the drag and drop action, and make Compositors automatically follow their origin clips.

There are 2 preset workflows available.

Workflow presets

Standard

Standard workflow has the Move tool as default tool and presents a workflow similar to most video editors.

Tools: Move, Multitrim, Spacer, Insert, Cut, Keyframe.

Behaviours: Drag'n'Drop: 'Always Overwrite Blanks' , Compositors Autofollow: Off

Film Style

Film Style workflow has the Insert tool as default tool and employs insert style editing. This was the workflow in previous versions of the application.

Tools: Insert, Move, Trim, Roll, Slip, Spacer, Box.

Behaviours: Drag'n'Drop: 'Overwrite blanks on non-V1 tracks' , Compositors Autofollow: Off

Managing tool set

  1. Launch Workflow popup menu clip
    • Press icon .
  2. Turn tools on and off
    • Click Tool name -> Tool Active check menu item
  3. Set tool position
    • Click Tool name -> Sert Position -> Position number menu item

Setting timeline behaviours

  1. Launch Workflow popup menu clip
    • Press icon .
  2. Set drag'n'drop behaviours in submenu Behaviours -> Drag'n'Drop Action
    • If 'Always Overwrite Blanks':
      • Clip will overwrite available blank and empty space and will perform insert for the length of frames that would be overwritten.
    • If 'Overwrite blanks on non-V1 tracks':
      • On track V1 clip will be inserted on the track at the nearest cut.
      • On non-V1 tracks:.
        • Clip will be inserted if dropped on a clip.
        • Clip will overwrite available blank and empty space and will perform insert for the length of frames that would be overwritten.
    • If 'Always Insert':
      • Clip will be inserted on the track at the nearest cut.
  3. Set Compositor behaviour with check item Compositor Autofollow
    • If 'Off':
      • Compositors will not follow their origin clips.
      • Compositors can be freely moved and trimmed.
    • If 'On':
      • Compositors will follow their origin clips.
      • Compositors cannot be free moved and trimmed.

Worflow is configured from the menu launched by pressing icon .

Selecting Tools

Use Tool Switcher button drop menu or press key 1 - 9 to pick tool .

Use Keyboard Shortcuts! It is much faster to use keys 1 - 9 to change tools. Note that keys 1-9 only change tools if timeline has keyboard focus.

Move Tools

Insert

Splice out one or more clips and insert them at desired cut on any track.

  1. Select clip
    • Click Left Mouse on a clip.
  2. Select other end of clip range if moving multiple clips
    • Click CTRL+Left Mouse on the clip you wish to be the other end of move clip range.
  3. Drag Clip(s) to new position
    • Press Left Mouse on a selecetd clip and drag clip/s to a new position.
    • Yellow arrow displays insert point.
    • You can also move clips to a different track.

Drag clip ends to change clip length.

  1. Place cursor near clip end
    • When cursor changes to horizontal arrow with vertical bar you can start clip end drag edit.
  2. Drag clip end with Left Mouse.
    • Added clip length will perform overwrite on blanks and empty space
    • Added clip length will perform insert on other clips
    • Decreased clip length will perform splice out.

Move

Lift out one or more clips and insert them at any point to overwrite on any track.

  1. Select clip
    • Click Left Mouse on a clip.
  2. Select other end of clip range if moving multiple clips
    • Click CTRL+Left Mouse on the clip you wish to be the other end of move clip range.
  3. Drag Clip(s) to new position
    • Press Left Mouse on a selecetd clip and drag clip/s to a new position.
    • Red shadow clips show overwrite area.
    • You can also move clips to a different track.

Drag clip ends to change clip length.

  1. Place cursor near clip end
    • When cursor changes to horizontal arrow with vertical bar you can start clip end drag edit.
  2. Drag clip end with Left Mouse.
    • Added clip length will perform overwrite on blanks and empty space
    • Added clip length will perform insert on other clips
    • Decreased clip length will perform splice out.

Select and overwrite move all Timeline items contained in a box selection.

  1. Select an area on Timeline by dragging a box selection with Left Mouse around all items you wish to move and release mouse button.
  2. Press Left Mouse inside the box selection and drag the box into new position on timeline and release mouse.
  3. Box contents are overwritten on new position and Compositors are moved.

Spacer

Move all Timeline items after pressed frame on all tracks or on a single track

  1. Select a clip on Timeline and move it and all items to the right of it
    • Press Left Mouse on a clip.
    • Continue to Left drag clip and all clips and compositors to right of it into a new position
    • It is not possible to move items on top of clips. Items can only be moved on top of empty space
  2. Use Control button to only affect items on a single track
    • Press Control and use Left Mouse to move all items on single track to the right of the selected clip

Box

Select and overwrite move all Timeline items contained in a box selection.

  1. Select an area on Timeline by dragging a box selection with Left Mouse around all items you wish to move and release mouse button.
  2. Press Left Mouse inside the box selection and drag the box into new position on timeline and release mouse.
  3. Box contents are overwritten on new position and Compositors are moved.

Trim Tools

Trim

Make clip longer or shorter from either clip's end or from clip's beginning.

  1. Select trimmed cut and select new in or out frame
    • Press with Left Mouse on a clip near the side you wish to trim
    • Cursor change indicates the side of cut that will be trimmed.
    • Continue on to Left drag on clip to select new in or out frame
  2. View trimmed cut
    • Press Play button to loop view edit. Exiting trim tool allows free playback.

Roll

Move edit point between two clips so that their combined length stays the same.

  1. Select trimmed cut and select new in or out frames
    • Press with Left Mouse on a clip near the cut you wish to trim on the side you wish to view while trimming
    • Continue on to Left drag on the two selected clips to select in or out frames for both clips
  2. Select new trim from another clip
    • Click on empty space on the Timeline
    • Click with Left Mouse near the cut you wish to trim
  3. View trimmed cut
    • Press Play button to loop view edit. Exiting trim tool allows free playback.

Slip

Change the displayed area of media in a clip while keeping the clip position unchanged on the timeline.

  1. Select trimmed clip and change displayed media
    • Press with Left Mouse on a clip you wish to slip trim
    • Continue on to Left drag from clip area to display different area of media
  2. Select new trim from another clip
    • Click on empty space on the Timeline
    • Click with Left Mouse on the clip you wish to trim
  3. View trimmed cut
    • Press Play button to loop view edit. Exiting trim tool allows free playback.

Ripple Trim

Make clip longer or shorter from either clip's end or from clip's beginning and move items on other tracks to maintain position sync with trimmed track.

  1. Select trimmed cut and select new in or out frame
    • Press with Left Mouse on a clip near the side you wish to trim
    • Continue on to Left drag on clip to select new in or out frame
  2. Items after trim point maintain position sync with trimmed track.
  3. Trim range is limited so that no overwrites can happen on other tracks.
  4. View trimmed cut
    • Press Play button to loop view edit. Exiting trim tool allows free playback.

Multitrim

Do Trim, Roll or Slip tool edits based on cursor position on timeline.

  1. Cursor change indicates which type of trim edit is done when edit is initiated with Left Mouse press.
    • If cursor is right on the cut, a Roll edit is done.
    • If cursor is right on the center of clip, a Slip edit is done.
    • On other cursor positions a Trim edit on the closer clip end is done.
  2. Continue on to Left drag to complete the edit.
  3. Press Play button to loop view edit. Exiting trim tool allows free playback.

Other Tools

Cut

Cut single or multiple clips.

  1. Cut single clip.
    • Position cursor on the frame on the clip you wish to cut at and press Left Mouse.
  2. Cut clips on all tracks on selected position.
    • Position cursor on frame you wish to cut at and press Control + Left Mouse.

Keyframe

Edit Volume or Brightness filter keyfrmes on timeline.

  1. Click on the clip you wish to edit.
    • A Volume filter is created automatically if clip does not have one.
    • A keyframe editor overlay is displayed on timeline.
  2. Press and drag keyframe with Left Mouse to set its value and position
  3. Press on empty on overlay area with Left Mouse to create and drag keyframe.
  4. Delete key deletes the active keyframe.
  5. Press on Hamburger menu icon to change to Brightness keyframe editing or to access additional edit actions.
  6. Press outside overlay area to close overlay editor.