Handy new editing features: Skip Selection and Trim to Time

It’s been a while since we’ve posted, and we thought it’d be fun to start showcasing some of the features we delivered in Audition CS6. Today’s focus: Skip Selection and Trim to Time.

Both of these are features that Audition 3 users likely know and love, in large part because they help you work faster. But like so much with Audition CS6, we took those feature ideas and made them better. If you’re not using them today, check them out.

Use the Skip Selection option in the Transport Controls area to preview edits quickly and easily—in both the Waveform and, for the first time, Multitrack views. When this option is turned on, Audition skips over any selected portions of a clip or clips. You can finesse the selection as needed, and once you’ve got it right, simply delete the selected area by right clicking and choosing Ripple Delete > Time Selection in Selected Clips. It’s a good idea to turn Skip Selection off if you’re not using it to preview edits.

Want to control how long the pre-roll and post-roll plays when using Skip Selection? In Audition 3, you had to set a numeric preference. Now it’s easier and way more intuitive—just move the playhead to wherever you want the pre-roll to start, such as a pause between phrases in spoken word content. That sets the pre-roll, which the post-roll matches—and Audition will continue to use this duration until you specify something different.

Trim to Time was called in Adjust Boundaries in Audition 3. Use the Time Selection Tool to select the parts of a clip (or clips—you can select across as many tracks as you like) you want to use, then choose Clip > Trim to Time Selection (or press Option or Alt T). As you’d expect, you can always go back and un-trim the clips.

That’s a quick review of just two handy editing features—stay tuned for more!

Not using Audition CS6 yet? You can download a free 30 day trial (http://adobe.ly/IrXfBa). Or just go ahead and order a full copy or upgrade! (http://adobe.ly/HVJawr)

4 Responses to Handy new editing features: Skip Selection and Trim to Time

  1. natasha lewandrowski says:

    I am new to Audition and I am trying to figure out how to use the skip selection tool. Most of the time when I have a piece of audio selected the skip selection tool is grayed out and unavailable to use, and then sometimes it wont be. I can’t figure out what makes it available or not. Is there some other setting that affects this tool?

    • durin says:

      The button needs to be enabled while playback is stopped as it is disabled during playback. If it is disabled while stopped, can you send a screenshot to audbugs@adobe.com and we’ll troubleshoot further?

  2. Katie says:

    When I select a section to edit, click in the timeline (at the top) and click Skip Selection, nothing happens. Do I need to do anything for it to play back as it does not play back automatically like it says it should in the Classroom in a Book guide and this post. If I click the play button, the edited section disappears and it plays the original audio track.

    • durin says:

      Hi Katie,

      Skip Selection is a play mode toggle, located near the Play button controls. When it’s selected and you have a selection made, pressing play should automatically start from 3 seconds before the selection, jump over the selection, and continue for 3 more seconds by default. (This pre/post-roll duration can be modified by manually adjusting the playhead to a location before the selection then pressing play – it’s “sticky” so this new duration will be used for subsequent selections.)

      I’m not sure I quite understand what behavior you’re experiencing, so if you could go into a bit more detail, we can troubleshoot a bit better. Here are the steps I would take to demonstrate this feature:
      1. Open an audio file so it is visible in the editor
      2. Make a selection somewhere in the middle.
      3. Click the “Skip Selection” button so that it is enabled. It will light up green when enabled.
      4. Click the “Play” button (or press the Space Bar) to begin playback.

      These steps are all that should be necessary. If you can try them and let me know which step your experience differs, that may give us a clue as to what is happening.