o Mark-in and mark-out points: As per video editors, “I” sets Edit In Point and “O” sets Edit Out Point. Should use zero-crossing accuracy. Doesn’t matter what you do between those two actions; once you press “O”, everything between “I” and “O” is selected. (8 votes)
Would the interface changes required be worth it when there is an easy solution now? Click where you want to “mark in” (can be in an existing point-label) and hold SHIFT while clicking where you want to “mark out”. Currently, the SHIFT-click can’t be in a label, it has to be in the waveform, but shift-clicking between labels could be added. The SHIFT-click draws a selection region between the two points.
That’s a very tight, restrictive subset of the problem.
Zoom into the beginning of a two hour show and catch the natural gap between a person saying “Welcome” and “to our podcast.” Press I. Zoom out full. Zoom into hour two, about 2/3 of the way through. Play/Pause/Click/Search until you find the introduction to the speaking guest. Zoom in until you find the natural gap between “…our newest musical mashup.” and “I want you to meet our guest speaker.” Press O.
It could be anything, but let’s pretend I wanted to hear “Welcome, I want you to meet our guest speaker.” 43 minutes of heavily labeled musical show in the middle, gone. That’s one reason you can’t use magnetic labels.
That’s 7/8 of the tool. The remaining eighth is to handle the error of accidentally getting the O before the I. It reverses them with an admonishing message not to do that again, and an offer to change your mind. I’ll settle for just the message. “Unable to place the out-point before the in-point.”
You can move either I or O by clicking somewhere else. You only ever get one of each, unlike labels. There is one keystroke to remove both (I don’t remember what that is in our editors. I’ve never screwed up an edit in that particular way. Control-Z?? UNDO??)