I often have an album of 10-12 clips where the audio files need to be replaced in all clips, due to remixes, and especially instrumentals and tv tracks. I do this by duplicating the original track(s) (so I can see the original file sync) and manually replacing all the audio files. Oftentimes the replacement files are shorter or longer due to different lead-in or lead-out. Usually the clips have volume envelope moves. When I do this with a longer new file, it’s ok. The volume envelopes dont move, and I can slide the audio source in the clip to line up with the original. But if the new file is shorter, the clip shrinks and the volume envelopes move. The various clip lock functions have no effect on this. I wanted to ask if this behavior could be changed. I’d like the clip to stay exactly as it is, so I can slide the audio to where it should be, and not have to move all the volume points, or clip edges.
Possibly the only way to do this is to add empty crosshatched space at the end of the source when it’s inserted?
I don’t see any benefit in having it as it is, because the envelope points always move.
I’ve attached a screenshot of an extreme example of the way it is now. Original track on top, duplicate track with replacement files on the bottom (first replacement file is longer, second is shorter). Usually the shorter file difference is much much less than this, but even so the volume points usually move enough to be a problem, and the file can’t be slid until the left clip edge is pulled in. It’s a bad example because the replacement files are not musically related at all, but I did it quickly as an illustration of the envelope point movement.
Also, I think it has been asked before, but it would be great if there was a way to do all the replacements at one time in one window, possibly a two-pane window with source files on the left, and clips on the right, dragging the source files to the appropriate clips.