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Multiple selection in edition mode

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Hi, I know that if I type the "a" letter I can select all the clips in the timeline. But I can't group them with that kind of selection.
On the other side, I can click on every clip I need to select by clicking one by one and afterwards, if I shift+click on any of the selected clips I can group them.
Unfortunately my editions have a lot of clips (twenty or more cuts) and going one by one to select and group is very tedious and prone to error.
My question is: Is there a way to select all clips in edition mode, so I can group them all?

Any help will be very welcome.


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Unfortunately, neither GG or I could come up with a way to currently do this.  I have logged a ticket to possibly provide this capability in the future with the suggestion of using the "a" type selection and then some other keypress to "create group in the selected area".  Ticket number is 494.  GG says this may be possible, but not sure when it can be worked on.


Thank you, Phyllis. 

I hope, GG works on this pretty soon. Anyway, wonderful software.




The newest release now has a way to do this as explained in ticket #494 but here it is for all to see and checkout:

You can select the area to be made into a group in 3 different ways:

1) set the cursor in the position on the timeline where you want edits to be included and all edits on that track and those below, then use the middle mouse button option on a track of "Select edits"
2) use the [ and ] brackets to define a region in which to include the edits and use MMB/Select edits
3) highlight an area by dragging the mouse on the timeline (with the I-Beam / Cut&Paste) and then MMB

Disarmed tracks will not be affected.
PLUS, if you miss an edit that you want included, the same method can be used to add it. It is an additive operation.

And, it will include the partial edits in the selected area, thus making it easy to dis-include ones you do not want.

It will include silence also but you can remove that or any other edit with Ctrl-left mouse button.

Diese r Beitrag wurde geändert Vor 4 Jahren von PhyllisSmith

Hi, Phyllis. Thank you so much. You're the best. Ever.

Method 2 and Method 3 works like a charm.

Method 1, at present, I can't make it work. Perhaps missing something.

Anyway, I'm more than happy with methods 2  and 3.

Thanks again.  🙂


Just a short followup.  A "Drag Select/Deselect" method is now also available in the October 31 new builds.

Drag Select edits, hold down the Alt+Left Mouse Button (LMB) and drag over the selection area. Releasing the mouse results in selecting.
\Drag Deselect edits. hold down the Alt+Ctrl+LMB and drag over the area to be desected. Releasing the mouse results in deselecting.

If using certain operating systems (for example Ubuntu and Arch) that might field the Alt key before it gets to Cinelerra, you can use the following for both Select and Deselect instead:

1 Press and hold down Ctrl+Alt+LMB on an edit
2 Drag on the edits you want to select
3 Release the Ctrl key
4 Release the LMB
5 Release the Alt key



In my ubuntu studio 20.04 the alt key (as expected) drag the entire window, so...

The keys that work to drag select are: shift + alt + LMB to select

To deselect: Control +shift + Alt + LMB  and drag the clips to deselect.

One caveat: the so called lasso selection in other softwares doesn't work. So...

To begin the selection the cursor must be on the first clip and from this you can begin to drag.  If you can try to  "draw" an rectangle outside the video tracks that contains the selection, you will see nothing. That confused me for a while.


The goto command now is great, and the svg plugin (with transparency) + rotate + proyector movement has a lot of possibilities. It easily allows to recreate whiteboard animations... inter alia, of course.



Thanks for your feedback. It may take some time until Phyllis answers, as she has some private matters to take care of at the moment. We will answer in due course.



Yes, thanks for the feedback.  It has been documented in the manual (the latest version might not be on the website yet) that for Ubuntu and Arch and maybe others, you can use the following instead based on other user feedback.  But it looks like you already found a way to get drag select to work.

Select and Deselect instead:

1. Press and hold down Ctrl+Alt+LMB on an edit
2. Drag on the edits you want to select
3. Release the Ctrl key
4. Release the LMB
5. Release the Alt key

Unfortunately, the "lasso" effect that you are used to would not work in CinelerraGG because of the way the keys are fielded.   But, again, you found the way to get it working anyway. I will try to clarify this in the manual so thanks for passing that along.