I have a number of clips in the video editor, and I want to rearrange them.

Is there a way to grab and move a clip, so it'll push the other clips behind to make space for it?

E.g.: I want to rearrange clips ABC to ACB without the need to move B out of the way first, and to put it back in the end.

Change this: enter image description here

To this: enter image description here

EDIT: The "ABC to ACB" change is just an example. I have over 60 clips I need to completely rearrange.

  • $\begingroup$ I'm not quite sure what you mean by "push". I answered based on your image example, but based on your edit it sounds like this doesn't work for your use case.. Could you clarify? $\endgroup$
    – gandalf3
    Commented Jul 8, 2014 at 7:06
  • $\begingroup$ @gandalf3: Let's have V1,V2,V3,...,V60. I want to have V60 between V1 and V2. With your solution, I'd have to press Alt-Left 58 times. I'm hoping for something simpler. $\endgroup$
    – shinjin
    Commented Jul 9, 2014 at 2:30

3 Answers 3


You can use the "Expand to fit" option which is enabled by hitting G for grab and then you can hit G again to toggle "Expand to fit" permanently or hold down ALT to use toggle it temporarily.

When you have three strips with the new one selected but not yet in your final row:

Three strips

Just hit G to grab and then G again and place it "over" the existing strips:

Grab with "Expand to fit ON"

Confirm with left mouse button (LMB) or Enter and there you have the strip inserted in between the two existing ones:


Moving a single handle works with expand to fit as well (even though, the next strip is then moved and not trimmed in length).


For your particular case you can press Alt.

Alt and Alt swap the selected strip with the nearest strip in the direction of the pressed arrowkey.


To move a group at once, create a meta strip of the selected strips first, move them as suggested, then un-meta.


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