Undo Record Events Only

It doesn’t happen often, but running out of undos can be pretty frustrating. MC 4.0 makes that a lot less likely by increasing the number of undos from 32 to 100. (And of course it allows you to jump through multiple steps using the  Edit menu.)

One problem that many people encounter is how easily the redo list can be cleared. Just about any action (any “do”) will wipe out the list. That includes making a mark, or even just loading a clip into the source monitor. You’re working away, you undo a series of steps, thinking you can always redo them. And you load a clip, or make a mark. Bye, bye redo list.

But it turns out that there’s a setting for this. You can force the system to remember only record-side events. This makes the redo list significantly more resilient — making a source mark or loading a source clip will not clear it. The trade off is that you won’t be able to undo anything you did in the source monitor, but I find that I rarely need that. I haven’t used it extensively yet, but I’m optimistic that it’s going to work out nicely in practice. It’s called “Undo Only Record Events.” It’s in the Edit Tab of Composer Settings.

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5 Comments on “Undo Record Events Only”

  1. REPLY Says:

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  2. Brian Says:

    There’s only one issue I potentially see with not being able to undo anything on the source side. When I’m combing through hours of footage, I tend to use In Points as a way of temporarily bookmarking a shot or a take I like as I play through the clip or group. If I find something I like better down the road from the in point, I reset the in point. I tend to use this method when working under the gun or under pressure to throw in more or better broll of one kind or another.

    Sometimes I change my mind and choose to “undo” the last in point and go back to that previous shot. It’s a minor thing, to be sure, but it just popped into my head while reading this entry. The trade off is probably worth it, though, as the redo queue winds up being a bigger loss when it goes away.

  3. Steve Says:

    Well, you can create two settings, one with “undo record events only” turned on and the other with it turned off — and then use the one that’s appropriate for the task at hand.

  4. John Says:

    The “undo only record events” setting has been in the software since 1998. It’s knows as the “Anne Coates” setting, since she requested that I contact Avid and have them write the code for her to undo only record events. Just a little bit of trivia…

  5. John Says:

    The “undo only record events” setting has been in the software since 1998. It’s known as the “Anne Coates” setting, since she requested that I contact Avid and have them write the code for her to undo only record events. Just a little bit of trivia…


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