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  • John Spirou

    June 26, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    I think you haven’t understand what is storyline , connected clips etc…

    The main storyline (video track if you want) is the black track , Roll A.
    An you clip you connect in it , is connected in the clip in the main storyline (track A) and not to each other.

    If you want a second storyline (track B) , you have to select both clips (blue + green) and make them a storyline (by pressing command + G) .

    In this storyline , you have all the benefits of magnetic timeline !

  • Nate Weaver

    June 26, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Or put another way, those two connections green and blue have to orange, mean that each are going to stay glued to orange in JUST that spot on orange.

    If you “storyline” green and blue, then they are they’re own sequence so to speak and if you delete green, blue will ripple forward.

    Same thing John said, just with a little more “why”

    Nate Weaver
    Director/D.P., Los Angeles

  • Dale Robinson

    June 26, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Thanks guys. I am a long time FCP user and I am just trying some simple timeline stuff to get a handle on
    some basic rippling task.

    Here I have cmd-G green & blue and you are correct when I delete green blue ripples. I also cmd-G Red and red does not ripple. Red relocates straight down to track 2 with a space between blue and red.

    Any thoughts ? How are we approaching rippling, choosing when to ripple or not to ripple ? And in this case not to leave a track behind.

  • Dale Robinson

    June 26, 2011 at 11:32 pm


  • Jean-françois Robichaud

    June 27, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    In your latest example, note that RED is connected the main storyline (that connection link goes all the way from RED to the gap clip in the main storyline). Therefore, RED will ripple with edits in the main storyline, not with edits to any secondary storyline.

    If you want RED to ripple with edits to the secondary storyline (GREEN/BLUE), then it must be connected to it. But wait, you can’t connect a clip to a secondary storyline. What you can do is select GREEN/BLUE/RED with the selection tool and turn them into a compound clip (Alt-G). You can edit this compound clip by double-clicking on it in the timeline.

    The question though, is, do you really need that RED clip to be above blue? If you’re using some sort of blending mode or transparency, then it would make sense, but if it’s a straight cut anyway, it might be simpler to move it at the same level as BLUE and including it within the secondary storyline.

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