and TurboCube- Making an old editing box do new tricks
been editing non-linear for several years, and I'll always remember
my first. It was a beauty. I used and abused it. Expected so
much of it, and it rarely complained. My Mac 7100 did most of
the complaining. It's still chugging along with the TLC of another
editor, but I miss it. It was reliable and strong and a little
on the loud side. It was a TurboCube. If you've either inherited
one or are still plugging along with the original real-time
non-linear box, I offer these keystrokes of kindness that you
can bestow on your Cube.
LITTLE KNOWN KEYSTROKES
darn playhead. Every time I needed to zoom in to a particular
segment of video, I would lose track of where my playhead went.
Usually when this happens, I've selected a clip somewhere on
the timeline, and the zoom-in would center on the selected clip.
If you hit the enter key on the numeric keypad, you will automatically
center your playhead in the middle of the timeline.
concern I had when editing on the Cube was resetting the sliders
that controlled the various real-time effects. If I were moving
this slider and that slider in my Transforms palette and I needed
to reset just one of the those sliders, I would click on Unity.
When you click on Unity, it resets all of the settings in the
Transforms palette. Then you need to go back into Transforms
and start from scratch; a really frustrating experience. I could
always click and drag the slider back to 0, but that seemed
pretty tedious at times.
About a year or two ago, I met a Sphere editor who showed me
the light. If you put your cursor anywhere on the slider bar
you wish to reset and click once while holding down the Option
key, the setting returns to its default. This made me especially
happy since the default settings for cropping are neither 0
or a whole number. I was tickled. You'll be tickled. If you
use either a Cube, Sphere or Affinity, this nifty resetter is
available for your editing pleasure.
COPY THIS, PASTE THAT
of the pleasures I enjoyed on the Cube was its simplicity. The
Cube allows you to plug in numbers anywhere in your tracksheet.
You can easily highlight any of the Time fields in the upper
left corner of the tracksheet and type in whatever number value
you want. What you might not know is that you can copy and paste
Let's say you want Clip A to be the same length as Clip B. You
can either go into the Vaudio editor and trim that sucker right
on up or you could divide the clip until you get the proper
length. Those trimming options are all good and fine, but there's
an easier way. Highlight the clip that has the length that you
want, and you will see its length posted in the Duration box.
Click in the Duration box to highlight it, and copy the numbers
(Apple-C). Highlight the clip whose duration you wish to change.
Click in its duration box and paste (Apple-V). I think we have
a match! Woohoo! Exciting stuff!
You can copy and paste any of those numbers in the upper left
hand part of the tracksheet. You can also and add and subtract
frames, seconds, and minutes to each of those boxes. Let's say
I want to add 2 seconds and 15 frames to trimmed clip. I highlight
the duration box and type the number 2, a period, the number
1, the number 5 and a + sign and that will add the additional
length to my clip. I can also subtract that time by using a
minus sign. Try this technique when you want to precisely position
You can also cut and paste clips out of the Footage Viewer.
Simply open the viewer, select the clip or clips you want, go
back to your tracksheet, and paste. Mercy!
THE HOLE TRICK
say you were editing right along and you've got a nice sequence
of shots. There's a hole in between two of the clips that needs
to be filled with another clip. Chances are you'll put a clip
in the background track just below the hole created by the two
clips and you trim accordingly. Next time this happens, simply
move your cursor over the hole created by the two clips. If
you look in the upper left hand corner of your tracksheet you
will see "Hole" listed as the clip name. And if you look in
the duration box, you'll see just how big that hole is. Plug
those numbers into the duration field of your new clip, and
slip that clip into the space formerly known as "Hole." In fact,
as you move your cursor over any part of your tracksheet, you
are given feedback on what your cursor is touching, how long
it is, and its in and out points.
Cube and TurboCube are wonderful machines, and I hope the above
tips can help make them more wonderful for you. Occasionally,
late at night when the stars are out and the quiet of the evening
envelops me, I can still hear the faint roar from my TurboCube's