Community Tip - Solution To Hitting The Y key By Mistake

11-23-2013 10:00 AM

With the support of iLok, more tips & tricks from the community. Here is winner from Podcast 91 from Roman Strack…
Pro Tools has some left-overs from the time we used to work with video from TC linked VCRs. To be specific, these are the timecode commands mapped to the Y, U,I and = (equal) keys in Command Focus Keyboard Mode. While U,I and = don’t have any function when no external TC is present, hitting the Y key moves a selected clip to the start of the session. If you’re like me, editing all day, sometimes with your hands faster than your brain, chances are good that by the end of the day, you’ll find a couple of clips at the start of your session and you have no idea where they belong to.
I’ve found a solution for that. I call it: the Bumper. Put an empty, edit-locked clip group across all tracks of your session. Make this clip group one frame or one bar or one second long, it does not matter, but it has to be at the very start of the session. Now when you accidentally hit the Y key while a clip is selected, Pro Tools will present a dialog, warning you that this will affect an edit-locked region. Just click cancel (or hit Command+period) and everything is good.
Put this in your session template and remember to copy a portion of the edit-locked clip group to a new track if you create any. You can do this without unlocking the group.

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