Of course the Group feature links several clips together. That's what it's for. How is that not working?
Though Grouping also does some other things that may affect how your timeline is edited.
But, if you're editing several tracks of audio and one or more tracks of video on your timeline, you really don't need to link them at all. the tracks are designed to "ripple", so that, when you cut from or add to one track, the other tracks stay in sync relative to it.
Is that not what's happening in your project?
It does all of what you said (I do not know about the ripple thing), but my problem with groups is that when I use the cut tool on a group to trim it down it doesn't create 2 seperate groups, but instead only one.
I don't understand what you mean when you say " when I use the cut tool on a group to trim it down it doesn't create 2 seperate groups, but instead only one".
But as I've said, you don't need to Group your clips. The timeline is your group -- and as you add and delete clips from the timeine, the entire timeline will expand or contract, leaving all of the clips in the same positions relative to each other.
When you use the Split tool, make sure that no clips are selected on your timeline. As I show you in my books and in my lynda.com class, when a clip is selected on your timeline, splitting will split ONLY THAT CLIP. If you have no clips selected on your timeline, the Split tool will split all clips on all tracks at this spot.
Sorry for the confusion, I should probably explain why I cannot do that.
I have 4 (sometimes 5 tracks for sound effects) tracks of audio. and 1 track of video. 3 of those need to be linked to the single video track so that when I use the trim/cut tool they remain in sync with the video. I cannot use the method you have listed (as much as I am grateful that you're trying) because of the 4th track which does not need to be in sync with the video because it is the track that music is placed on.
The reason I do not use grouping is because when I go to trim/cut it all remains in one big group. Put it this way; I have an apple (1 group of tracks). When I divide that apple in half (use the trim/cut tool) I should have 2 halves of an apple (two groups). However, my 2 halves are still stuck together by an unknown force (the group tool). So I have to pull them apart myself (manually ungroup everything). Premiere Elements audio-video link tool does not have this issue, but instead is restricted to linking a single audio track to a single video track.
I realise the workaround is to manually ungroup everything but it interrupts the workflow, especially when doing multiple cuts in short span of time. Which is why I'm trying to find a solution that removes this interruption. If you still don’t understand feel free to say so and ignore this post.
Steve Grisetti he means that if you make a cut to a group it doesn't split it into two separate groups. You can't cut out the group in the middle.
00:10 - 00:20 Take 1. "Watch Out, Superman!"
00:20-00:50 Noise, director, reset, lighting fix.
00:50- 01:00 Take 2. "Watch Out, Superman!"
I want clips 00:10-00:20 and 00:50-01:00 on the timeline. I want to cut out from the original grouping and make them into separate, STILL SYNCED and TOGETHER clips on the timeline. I want to cut out 00:20-00:50 so my chief editor / director / whoever doesn't have to wade thru crap, or deal with markers, or whatever. They can just see the clips on the timeline.
If they stay GROUPED, it doesn't cut out the middle. If they stay UNLINKED, there's a risk of moving things out of sync. If I use RIPPLE EDIT, well, sure, but then the clips move. Maybe I don't want them too. Sure, no real bad, but that's not for Adobe to decide. That's my workflow, not Adobe's.
YES a SHIFT-C will split multiple tracks together. That's good. But the original OP can only use that if he locks the bottom tracks. Maybe he doesn't want to keep remembering to do that.. maybe there's a reason in his workflow why he needs to unlock, and it's dangerous to have to keep locking. As well, why can't I just LINK all clips on multiple tracks together? Why is this so hard to implement?
If I am missing something, If I am overshooting something, show me where I'm wrong and I swear I will apologize and fully admit WOOPS I was dumb - I have been dumb and jumped ahead plenty of times before. But it seems this is an annoyance that's been in this NLE for years, and I don't know why in 2017 it's still with us.
Thank you, and apologies for being snarky.