I have found various explanations on how the warp drive works. And right now I'm confused. First I thought warp drive works by expanding space-time behind you, and contracting it in front of you. I thought that this expansion creates a sort of a space-time wave that then pushes the ship like a wave, the ship itself isn't moving, so no physics laws are broken. Later I found an explanation that says that warp drive simply lowers the distance the ship has to travel, and as I understood it, it would still have to use conventional propulsion to move, but the distance it would have to cover would be much smaller. So which one of these is true? How does warp drive work, exactly? And would the ship need to use conventional propulsion to move while inside a warp bubble or not? That's the only thing I don't understand.
I know warp drive is right now only theoretical, so this is also a theoretical question.