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  • What’s the point of compound clips in events?

  • Tapio Haaja

    July 8, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Hi,

    I’m scratching my head. I understand you can create compound clips for syncing audio to video in event library. But the thing that you can actually copy paste your whole projects to compound clips in events is strange. Or is it? And what is the point that you can open every video clip in events in timeline and modify those, even break whole clips so you have to reimport them?

    Hmm…
    Tapio

  • Tapio Haaja

    July 8, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Actually I just realized if I’d like to I wouldn’t even have to create projects because I can choose create compound clip (from some clip) in events. Then cut all my material in it and export. No need to create project… Even stranger. I hope somebody figure this out.

  • Brendan Gibbons

    July 8, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Yes you are right… To emulate a fcp 7 task of creating a new sequence in X, simply create a new compound clip in the events browser, open it in timeline and edit into it.

    If you have a look back over the past 2 weeks on here you will find some really helpful discussions on the way people are using compound clips, and the pros and cons of it.

    Cheers,

    Brendan

  • Adam McCune

    July 8, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    There are no more “Sequences” anymore. Some are looking at “compound clips” as a replacement. You can work inside the cc and move things around, then, MOVE THE ENTIRE Compound clip (ie – “sequence”) around as one. For someone like me, who used multiple sequences, this is a nice work around…it actually would run smoother.

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  • David Battistella

    July 8, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Maybe another way to think of it is as a nested sequence. I see compound clips as nested sequences. More than anything I use them to be tidy or to give sections specific names.

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  • Chris Kenny

    July 8, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    [Tapio Haaja] “I’m scratching my head. I understand you can create compound clips for syncing audio to video in event library. But the thing that you can actually copy paste your whole projects to compound clips in events is strange. Or is it? And what is the point that you can open every video clip in events in timeline and modify those, even break whole clips so you have to reimport them?”

    These features let you create source clips that are more complicated than just raw camera clips. For instance, maybe you have a leading roller that you attach to the front of a lot of different sequences. This might contain several clips with effects applied and titles layered on top, of whatever. You can create this as a compound clip in an event, so it’s easily accessible from any project, and when you edit it into a sequence, you don’t have to see all of its internal complexity in that sequence.

    The ability to open even regular clips in their own timelines is useful for things like fixing audio sync problems.


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  • Simon Ubsdell

    July 8, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    It will be interesting to see if the third party EDL and OMF/AAF exporters will be able accurately to read the contents of compound clips – a problem that made nests such a menace in FCP7.

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  • Tapio Haaja

    July 8, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Very interesting thing. I think in future we’ll see more difference between projects and compound clips. For example my guess is that projects start to support Lion’s version feature. That way you can easily go back within your project. Maybe with XSAN (or other shared storage) all clients can read events but only one can modify that but projects are always ‘local’ so you can start editing with your project while assistant editor keeps adding keywords to event… I don’t know. Anyway at the moment for local one seat system it’s hard to find any reason to use projects.

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