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Moving Multiple Clips on the Timeline in Camtasia Studio 7

As a Senior Education Specialist for UITS IT Training at Indiana University, I use presentation tools and video editing applications almost daily. Because of this, it doesn’t usually take me very long to figure out how to perform a simple task in one of these applications. That is why I was so frustrated the other day when I couldn’t figure out how to select and move a large number of audio clips on my Camtasia timeline without pressing and dragging each one separately. Since the presentation I was working on had over 50 clips, it was going to require a lot of adjusting and I knew there had to be a better way.

When I need to do this in Adobe Premiere Pro, I simply select the Track Select Tool and then go to work. C’mon TechSmith… Give me a tool. I shouldn’t have to guess how to do such a common task!

After searching online for an answer, I realized there are lots of other users who agree with me. Consequently, I thought a nice, short blog post that answers this question would probably be appreciated. So here you are folks.

If you want to move multiple clips on a Camtasia Studio 7.0 timeline, press and hold down the Shift key on your keyboard, and then press and drag the left-most clip in the sequence (while the Shift key is still being held down). When you do this, the clip you are manipulating and all clips to the right of this clip will be moved.

Sounds easy, right? It is… Unless you don’t know how to do it.  (  :

7 Responses to "Moving Multiple Clips on the Timeline in Camtasia Studio 7"

  1. Patti Says:

    Hi Donna,

    Thanks so much for this post. You saved me lots of unnecessary fiddling. I can’t thank you enough.

  2. Melissa Says:

    Hi Donna,

    Thanks for sharing this and now we can say you made it easier and simplified to move multiple clips which is otherwise a total tedious task altogether.

  3. Jens Emil Says:

    Thank you very much, this is much apreciated! But I got a new problem: any suggestions on how to move multiple captions at once?

  4. Alexandre Rolim Says:

    THANK YOU SIR! Seriously, I was dragging about 12 short audio splits that I used to change the volume of the voices, just to figure out the video was again out of sync, you saved my time!

  5. buch Says:

    thanks! this saved me time and a headache!!! I appreciate you posting this to save others frustration

  6. Mariya Says:

    thanks so much! It wasn’t obvious at all! ))

  7. Alan Says:

    Thanks so much for taking the time to post this – I was in the same boat – no not obvious and bad design given how key a function like this is to editing.

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