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Adobe Premiere Pro - Advanced Training

What is Sync Lock vs Track Lock in Premiere Pro

Daniel Walter Scott

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Have you ever wondered what these things do? You're like, "Oh yeah," there they go, Toggle Sync Lock, that description doesn't help, does it? Let me show you how they can be useful. 

So sync locks, they're on by default. Basically they are syncing all of these tracks together, they're locked together in synchronicity, that's my explanation. What it means is, when I insert edit, something into the track, they all move along together. 

So let's say I've found this clip, I've set an in point using the 'I' key, the 'O' key for my out point. I'm going to use my super duper shortcut for insert. You can see there, it's the comma. So I'm going to hit ' , ' and it's going to insert it. Keep an eye on the Timeline, boom, it worked, but these are all synced together. So they all get a big cut in them and all get pushed along. That's where Sync Lock can be useful, especially for music tracks or dialogues. 

I find that's always annoying, you're like, you stop getting pushed along, and you click on 'Sync Lock' to turn it off, so he's now no longer synced with his buddies. Let's do the same thing, use your other shortcut. I'm not-- click the button, you see that, they all moved along, and he stays the same, and if you're like, "What's the difference between just locking the layer?," so let's turn the Sync Lock off and just locking the track, nothing, it'll do the same thing, except I can't edit this now, I can't adjust the volume, I can't do anything, it's locked. 

So Sync Lock is like a soft version of a lock, that's a big old mean lock, this is just a little soft lock. So it means I can-- it'll insert edit, but I can still grab it, and adjust the volume and do other things to it. I find it's quite useful for adjustment layers. So let's create an 'Adjustment Layer'. 

Yes, yes, yes, in the wrong bin, fine. Stick it on there, I know that my sequence has to be 30 seconds long. So I don't want you to move, go like that, but because he's got sync lock on, and I hit my shortcut, the ' , ' to insert, it gets pushed along and cut up. So I can say, you have Sync Lock off. I get to click on my 'Adjustment Layer', adjust my, say Lumetri, or whatever I've applied to the adjustments layer, I don't have to keep locking it and unlocking it, but that's what it does. Often I just fall back on locking it, except for the music track. It's quite handy just to sync lock that one, or at least turn off the sync lock, does that make sense? 

Another good use for it is when you are, if you're a fan of using the Ripple Edit tool, we'll look at that later on, but if you click on this, and let's say, your dialogue, you don't want it to move, it's timed with things down here, but you want to trim this up a little bit, do you want to trim it up, but see, the audio comes along, you're like, stop moving along. It might be images or things up there, something else, but again, sync lock means I can still edit these, but they're not affected by the Ripple Edit, look at that, they just stay where they are, like a mini lock, but they remain editable. 

Now we know what a sync lock does. I've come back from the future, and I've come back from the captions video to add to sync lock, because this is a really good use as well, that I didn't think of when I made this video. So we've got captions along the top, which we'll discuss later on. So we've learned sync lock, is if I hit my insert from source monitor, enter here, I'm going to insert it, push everything along. You're like, not that, I want that to be broken as well, and if I insert it, it's going to push the captions along. You're like no, no, no, the captions need to stick along with the audio. 

So I'm going to say, you break the sync lock as well. So now when I hit my ' ,' it pushes them along, these stay in place without having to lock them. I can still lock them but it means I get to work on my captions, adjust them, without having to unlock them, block them again, you get what I mean. 

All right, I'm going back to the future, you carry on with the next video.