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  • FCP7 workflow for feature film – nested sequences and render issues

    Posted by Anmol Mishra on July 31, 2012 at 3:48 am

    I am finishing off my first film. And each scene is its own sequence. Depending on the scene, it may have further nested sequences.

    I created a master film sequence and dragged each scene into it.
    So I have a series of nested sequences.

    However, I find that I have to do multiple renders. So if I render the bottom sequence first, I still have to render in the master film sequence.

    I am now trying an alternative with exporting to a QT ref file and bringing it into the master film sequence. This saves on rendering, however I am wondering what happens if I change the sequence that was render as a qt ref.

    Do I need to re-export a qt ref file and re-import into the master film sequence ?

    Nick Meyers replied 11 years, 11 months ago 3 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Shane Ross

    July 31, 2012 at 8:48 am

    You are going about this all wrong. Each scene is a separate sequence? Why? FCP can deal with sequences that are 90 min long…longer! Just fine. Edit everything on one sequence. COpy and paste all the clips from the scene sequences to the master. Don’t nest. Nesting will give you scads of trouble in this situation.

    I never have separate sequences for scenes. Reels maybe, but not scenes.

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  • Anmol Mishra

    July 31, 2012 at 10:23 am

    The main advantage is organization..
    I keep all my files, cineform rendered files and the project file in one folder.

    This way I can scrap an individual scene if I do not want it.

    I have way too many cuts and scene to be able to work with it in a single sequence.

  • Nick Meyers

    August 5, 2012 at 2:23 am

    Shane is right.

    and, sorry, Anmol, you are wrong.
    it is not hard to put in & out marks around a scene’s worth of edits and remove them,
    or move, them, or whatever you need to do.

    this is the way to do it.
    sorry, I’m being a hard-ass, i know!
    ok, so you have edited using the nest method, and now you are asking about finishing.

    as Shane says you will have no end of trouble working the way you are.
    in particular you will LOTS of trouble at the FINISHING stage, when you have to hand over to sound and gradings.
    it has to be un-nested for that.

    as shane says, you CAN work in one huge sequence,
    or work in smaller sequences that are easier for the finishing people to handle.
    talk to them if you have them and ask what they prefer.
    some like a whole film, some prefer reels.


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