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  • Matthew Woods

    June 2, 2021 at 2:13 pm

    What is the official Apple name for the “envelope”(my word) that encompasses a clip or clips that you put above the storyline and put dissolves on? These “envelopes” have some interesting rules as to how they behave, and I would like to learn a little bit more about how they work, but no one seems to talk much about them and I don’t know the word to google.

  • Bill Rabkin

    June 2, 2021 at 3:05 pm

    It sounds like you are referring to a “Connected Clip,” which is a clip that you “connect” to a clip on the primary storyline. If you then put dissolves on that connected clip, it becomes a “Connected Storyline.”

    If you move the primary storyline to which your connected clip or connected storyline is connected, all of the connected clips and storylines move with it.

  • Joe Marler

    June 2, 2021 at 3:48 pm

    The term for the envelope that contains clips in a secondary storyline is the “shelf”.

    Individual clips above the primary storyline are simply connected clips, or anchored clips. When one or more of those connected clips are placed in a secondary storyline, a visual shelf is created to contain them. Way back in 2012, Ripple Training discusses this in MacBreak Studio #183:

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  • Matthew Woods

    June 2, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    “Secondary Storyline” turns out to be the buzz word I was looking for. That video was very helpful. Thank you!

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