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  • Compound Clip: Reference New Parent Clip is disabled

    Posted by Bill Rabkin on January 22, 2022 at 11:12 pm

    I have a custom lower third implemented as a compound clip. I need two of these in my project, so in the Browser I duplicate the original one. I know that both now refer to the same parent clip, so changing the text on either will change it in both.

    To overcome this, I select the second one (the duplicate) in the Browser or the Timeline. I then want to select Clip > Reference New Parent Clip, but that choice is disabled in the Clip menu. Why? How do I “divorce” the duplicate from the original, so that I can change them independently?

    I’d appreciate any suggestions.


    Bill Rabkin replied 2 years, 4 months ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
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  • John Fishback

    January 23, 2022 at 3:02 am

    I think if you select the CC in the timeline, then > Reference New Parent Clip and the new CC appears in the Browser.

  • Bill Rabkin

    January 27, 2022 at 6:10 pm

    Thanks, John. That’s the way FCP is supposed to work, but unfortunately in my case when I copy a CC in the timeline, paste the copy elsewhere in the timeline, and then select the copy, one of two things happens:

    1. Clip > Reference New Parent Clip is disabled (greyed out) and cannot be selected, OR
    2. I click Clip > Reference New Parent Clip. FCP makes a new clip in the Browser, named “Oldname copy”. I modify the copy, which should have no effect on the original CC. However, when I then display the original CC it has the same modifications as the copy that supposedly has a new parent clip.

    I guess this is a bug in FCP, which I will report.

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