To assemble source files for editing on the Blackbird timeline, there are several methods available. This tutorial will focus on dragging sources from the Blackbird files window or library to the timeline.

Drag and Drop a Single Clip

  • Simply drag and drop a clip from the files window to the timeline to begin the assembly process.

  • Any in or out point marks on the sources or timeline are ignored, and the entire clip will be used.
  • This allows you to see the entire clip used in the assembly, which can be rearranged and trimmed later.

Adding Multiple Clips

To add multiple clips to the timeline, you can select them through various methods:

  • Last-click selection (by clicking on each clip individually)

  • Shift-selection (to select a range of clips)

  • Control key (for a variable picked selection)

  • Drag the selected clips from the files window to the timeline.

  • You can assemble them by date order, alphabetically, or auto-sync them into a syncmap or multi-camera group.

Sequence Name

When you add the first clip to the timeline, the name of that clip automatically becomes the sequence name.

You can change the sequence name at any point in time.

Additional Tracks

With additional tracks enabled on the timeline, you can assemble clips in a checkerboard manner for video and audio, with audio and video auto-patching based on the mouse draw position.

Please note that when using the drag and drop method from the files window, you cannot overwrite a clip already in the timeline. This is to protect you from unintentionally chopping off part of an existing clip.

In an upcoming video, traditional edit styles like marked insert, overwrite, and replace edits will be discussed.

In the next tutorial, dragging folders will be explained as another method of assembling source files on the Blackbird timeline.

By utilizing these assembly methods, you can efficiently organize and arrange your source files for seamless editing in the Blackbird Editor.