Q: Where are the different settings for the Auto Ripple Tool in Vegas Movie Studio Platinum ?

Answer: The three different modes for the Auto-Ripple Tool are now set under the Options Menu.

What does the Auto-Ripple Tool do ?

Auto-Ripple when turned on, allows you to add or subtract media from anywhere on the timeline and have ALL the other media on the timeline shift in sync to the left or right. So if you make a change anywhere on the timeline, you don't have to re-position all the other files manually.
Please read this article here for a better explanation.

Auto-Ripple in Version 13 of Movie Studio Platinum

This is definitely one of the ridiculous changes that was made to version 13 of Movie Studio Platinum. A tool that was already difficult to understand for a brand new user, has now been made even more confusing because of the "new toolbar" design. To use the Auto-Ripple Tool, you now have to do three steps in two completely different areas of the desktop.

How the Auto-Ripple Tool use to work in older versions ?

If anyone reading this has an older version of Movie Studio (pre version 13) or is a Vegas Pro user, you will be use to the Auto-Ripple Tool icon being located in the top toolbar and looking like this. Pressing the drop down arrow reveals three modes. This is simple and logical.

Auto-Ripple Tool - Movie Studio Platinum 12, 11, 10, ....

Instructions for Movie Studio Platinum 13 users

Step 1

In the new version of Movie Studio Platinum 13, you first have to press Config in the bottom toolbar underneath the timeline and then select Auto Ripple to turn it ON.

Config - Auto-Ripple Tool

Step 2

Before you can safely use the Auto Ripple Tool, you first need to set the mode.
Go to Options - Ripple

I really hope that this tool can be simplified in a free update to the program. Please bring back the controls to be fully linked with the icon !

Auto Ripple Mode Settings

 

Instructions for Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 14 and 15 users

In version 14 and 15, the Auto-Ripple tool is located here:

auto ripple tool vmsp1415

Please always remember to turn Auto-Ripple OFF when you are not using it ! Otherwise you will create a giant mess with your project.

 

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    mbyrd · 18:04 25/07/2016
    There are honestly days when I think they want to make this as confusing as possible.

    All I want to do is to sync several stills -- in syncopation with a track of music -- but I want to sync them in time to the music's [i][b]beats.
    [/b][/i]
    So I want to put my markers in the audio track [i]first[/i], on the downbeats (and sometimes on the eighth notes, but I'm starting to wonder if that's even possible even if the timeline moves at hundredths of a second, which seems kind of ironic to me from a SONY product).

    Then, I want to sequence the stills to them, in order, sometimes syncopated (to the 8th notes, as previously stated).

    But if there are 300 stills, and I make a mistake and one of them is out of sequence, I want to be able to cut and replace it [i]without putting everything else on the video timeline out of sequence.[/i]

    You'd think it was rocket science.


    Sheesh!


    Has anyone else done this? Has our mighty Zen mentor? Suggestions ...?
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      Derek
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      · 20:15 25/07/2016
      This information on this page, is the answer to your final question.
      Turn Auto-Ripple on and then everything will shift when you make changes to the timeline.
      I suggest you save a COPY of your project and experiment first, so you don't make a mess of things. I also suggest you probably set Auto-Ripple to the 3rd highest setting.
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        mbyrd · 04:56 26/07/2016
        [quote]>> This information on this page, is the answer to your final question.[/quote]

        I think this is why I came here to this sub-forum first; it seemed to address the question, but I wanted to make sure I understood.
        Thank you for that.


        Do you use the metronome when snapping your video to audio?
        Do you find it helpful?


        And when you say “3rd highest”, do you mean “most granular”, or “least granular”? I’m thinking you want “most”, but I don’t want to jump to conclusions or make assumptions before you clarify.

        (I also think all this is why I wish audio-prominent and video-prominent people would communicate more regularly more often …. B) )

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          Derek
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          · 14:59 26/07/2016
          I never use the Metronome personally.
          The Auto-Ripple settings need to be set to [b]All Tracks, Markers and Regions[/b], if you want EVERYTHING in the project to shift. If you only want media on one individual track to shift, use [b]Affected Tracks[/b] only.
          Auto-Ripple is a very powerful tool, but it can also destroy everything, if you forget to turn it OFF.
          I suggest you watch and follow the advise of this tutorial, before you make a mistake you regret.
          https://www.moviestudiozen.com/free-tutorials/sony-vegas-pro/558-sony-vegas-zen-tips-8-different-versions
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    Rob · 18:17 29/10/2015
    Unbelievable they would hide ripple, event grouping, lock envelope to events, etc. And to hide the choice of tracks to ripple under Options!!! What were Sony thinking? The GUI must have been designed by a non user. Thanks for posting, I couldn't find the info after upgrading 12-13
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      Derek
      • Moderator
      · 20:02 29/10/2015
      Thanks Rob
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    Robert · 07:27 25/01/2015
    I find it easiest to turn auto-ripple on and off using "cntrl - L", but I'd like to see some indicator on the screen so I can tell with a quick look whether it's on or off.

    Are you aware of any?
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      Derek
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      · 13:50 25/01/2015
      I agree with you.
      The program controls for Auto-ripple should not be hidden, so you can tell if it is turned on or off.

      The Version 13 release was obsessed with making the program compatible with touch screen editing, which no one actually does. Hopefully version 14 will make the controls visible again.
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        RavingMad · 03:08 05/09/2015
        So true, Derek! The auto-ripple is one of the most powerful tools available to a serious editor and I'm constantly turning it on and off based on the edit I'm making. I can't believe Sony hid the indication as to whether it's on or off. It is a seriously boneheaded design decision -- especially when there's acres of unused space to the side of the Config button that could be used for a simple visual indicator of auto-ripple's status.

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