First, we should not lose track of the complications Techsmith developers have made simple for us as we begin quibbling over modifier keys! :D
What I would like to see is consistency between all four actions when performed on a single object or multiple objects from the same timeline. Specifically:
- Using the modifier key “Shift” shifts objects to the right of the insertion point otherwise the object is inserted on the specified track if room is available.
- When dragging-and-dropping from both the clip bin and timeline and room is unavailable, then the current actions when dragging from the timeline should be adopted.
- When cutting/copying and then pasting from the timeline or when Add to Timeline at Playhead is performed and room is unavailable, then the current actions when adding from the clip bin should be adopted.
If you want to know my reasoning or you wish to disagree then keep reading. The myriad issues of handling objects from different timelines have purposely been excluded.
There are essentially two actions from two sources to consider. Drag-and-drop from the timeline or clip bin are considered the same. Adding to timeline at play head is considered the same pasting a cut, or copied, object from the timeline.
Drag-and-drop from clip bin and timeline both currently allow placement on a specific track at a specific timeline. When the source is the clip bin, then objects to the right are always shifted even if there is room. When the source is the timeline, then objects to the right are never shifted; instead we MUST select another track as the action may not be cancelled. It would be nice if both allowed shifting of objects, or not, depending on our needs at that time. It would be nice if the modifier key were the same. The other option would be to always ask, but avoidance of complaints is also important. :D
Add to Timeline at Playhead and cut/copy-and-paste both limit placement to a specific timeline. The track placed is different in multiple ways.
- When the source is the timeline, the object is placed on the top most track with space. E.g. if 4 tracks exist and the only track where it would not fit is track 4, then the object is placed on a newly created track 5. If 4 tracks exist and the only track where it would not fit is track 1 it will be placed on track 2. This methodology makes perfect sense when choice is not allowed.
- When VIDEOS are added from the clip bin they are always placed on the top most EMPTY track.
- When IMAGES are added from the clip bin they are added in the same fashion as objects are added when the source is the timeline.
To me, it makes sense to use the shift modifier key to shift objects although Control/Command or Alt/Option make more sense if avoidance is the goal.
I think the why and how it would benefit are obvious.