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Nesting and breaking apart clips

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I'd like to address a useful organizational technique that can help clean up your timeline and make the editing process easier. This process is called Nesting with Compound Clips. We'll also explore how to Break Apart Clip Items into separate elements. Let's take a look. So I'm going to go into 7.1, and have a sequence here. This is Scene 1 of the Farm to Table film, right after the intro we have been working on. So we have several sound bites from BD and have lots of B-roll, telling the story, and we have got a lot going on.

Nesting and breaking apart clips

I'd like to address a useful organizational technique that can help clean up your timeline and make the editing process easier. This process is called Nesting with Compound Clips. We'll also explore how to Break Apart Clip Items into separate elements. Let's take a look. So I'm going to go into 7.1, and have a sequence here. This is Scene 1 of the Farm to Table film, right after the intro we have been working on. So we have several sound bites from BD and have lots of B-roll, telling the story, and we have got a lot going on.

We have some connected clips here, we have a secondary storyline here and here, a connected clip down there, and of course lots of material in our primary storyline. So a lot going on, and I thought we'd just clean everything up a little bit by condensing the number of visible elements. So let's say that we would like this first soundbite to all exist together, I'm just going to select these clips and then right-click and choose New Compound Clip, or Option+G. Now when I create a compound clip, it's going to put this group of clips into my Event Library so that I can easily use it in other projects.

So I just need to choose which Event I would like it to go into, so that's correct, I'll say OK. And now you can see that everything is collapsed into this Nest and things are a little bit easier to look at. Maybe I want to do it for this interview as well. So I have a secondary storyline and my primary storyline clips, I'll just select everything here, right-click, New Compound Clip, good, and again, we have cleaned it up and while we are at it, let's just do this section here, New Compound Clip, beautiful! So we have got a much easier to look at timeline and what we have done is essentially Nest multiple clips together into one container, which can make it easier to move and navigate groups of clips as you edit.

Notice that when I drag a compound clip around in the timeline, all elements move together, you can literally swap giant portions of your sequence very, very easily when you do this. Also we haven't yet explored effects, but just know that I'm able to apply effects to this entire compound clip at once, which is a very efficient way to affect an entire group of clips in the same way, we'll take a look at that a little later in the course. And if I come up to my Farm to Table events, you can see that I have my compound clips right here, you can see the icon in the upper left, identifying them.

So essentially I'm able to use these groups of clips together in any other project as long as I have access to my Event Library, so that's very handy as well. So what if you want to edit the elements inside of the compound clip? Fortunately that's easy too. All you have to do is double-click on your compound clip, and you have got everything back, you can edit as normal, add stuff, remove, trim, whatever you like, and when you do this within a compound clip, nothing is affected in the main part of the timeline.

If you want to go back to the main storyline, you just press this arrow here, and you're back. If you want to separate the clips in the compound clip back into the separate elements, you just select the Compound Clip and then come up to clip and Break Apart Clip Items, or Shift+Command+G. And as you can see, the Compound Clip breaks apart into its original elements in the main timeline. And also, as we have seen in a prior movie, you can Break Apart Clip Items even a step further. If you want to take a clip and detach the video and audio, you do the same thing, come up to Clip > Break Apart Clip Items, and now the video and audio are separate, and you could affect them differently.

I'm going to undo that. Command+Z. So, as you can see, cleaning up your timeline by creating Compound Clips can really help you stay organized by consolidating groups of clips together.

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  1. 6m 16s
    1. Welcome
      1m 0s
    2. Using the exercise files
      5m 16s
  2. 23m 30s
    1. Understanding the world of nonlinear editing
      5m 2s
    2. Understanding how FCP X works: A new take on story creation
      1m 48s
    3. Taking a tour of the FCP X interface
      8m 59s
    4. Accessing additional tools
      6m 23s
    5. Getting to know the projects for this course
      1m 18s
  3. 24m 41s
    1. Creating and organizing events from scratch
      5m 20s
    2. Organizing footage with keywords and ratings
      8m 19s
    3. Performing searches and creating Smart Collections
      4m 59s
    4. Displaying event data
      6m 3s
  4. 42m 11s
    1. Playing and marking clips in preparation for editing
      7m 16s
    2. Understanding different types of editing tools
      6m 20s
    3. Making the first edits: Using Insert and Append edits
      7m 31s
    4. Changing shots: Using Overwrite and Replace edits
      5m 54s
    5. Performing video- and audio-only edits
      3m 45s
    6. Moving clips within the primary storyline: Swapping shots and creating gaps
      3m 28s
    7. Removing material from the primary storyline
      3m 44s
    8. Understanding timeline navigation: Snapping, skimming, zooming, and panning
      4m 13s
  5. 23m 58s
    1. Trimming clips: Using the Ripple tool
      9m 9s
    2. Manipulating transitions: Using the Roll tool
      5m 36s
    3. Changing clip content and position: Performing Slip and Slide edits
      5m 40s
    4. Using the Precision Editor for fine trimming control
      3m 33s
  6. 14m 2s
    1. Connecting clips to the primary storyline
      7m 0s
    2. Understanding the features and limitations of Connected Clips
      3m 40s
    3. Working with secondary storylines
      3m 22s
  7. 31m 23s
    1. Adjusting the audio level and channel configuration via the Inspector
      8m 47s
    2. Keyframing audio in the timeline
      4m 57s
    3. Repairing audio problems automatically
      5m 25s
    4. Adjusting audio EQ
      4m 46s
    5. Recording audio
      4m 4s
    6. Syncing audio from multiple sources
      3m 24s
  8. 25m 6s
    1. Nesting and breaking apart clips
      4m 1s
    2. Performing quick extractions using Top and Tail edits
      6m 16s
    3. Auditioning clips to try multiple editing options
      4m 9s
    4. Working with markers
      4m 57s
    5. Customizing the keyboard and workspace
      5m 43s
  9. 14m 28s
    1. Syncing your multicam group clips
      6m 47s
    2. Performing a multicam edit
      3m 53s
    3. Refining the multicam edit
      3m 48s
  10. 1h 26m
    1. Working with basic motion effects: Transform, Crop, and Distort
      10m 32s
    2. Using motion effects with still photos and graphics
      6m 25s
    3. Adding and adjusting transition effects
      7m 46s
    4. Adding and adjusting video effects
      6m 26s
    5. Adding and adjusting audio effects
      4m 30s
    6. Keyframing video and audio effects over time
      6m 18s
    7. Copying and pasting effect properties
      4m 15s
    8. Creating and adjusting titles
      7m 18s
    9. Working with generator effects
      6m 46s
    10. Adding animated themes
      4m 7s
    11. Creating freeze frames
      3m 51s
    12. Using speed effects to retime clips
      8m 2s
    13. Working with layered Photoshop files
      6m 19s
    14. Understanding rendering options and preferences
      4m 4s
  11. 36m 15s
    1. Analyzing footage for problems
      3m 49s
    2. Following a proper color correction workflow
      10m 29s
    3. Apply multiple color corrections to clips
      3m 41s
    4. Using color correction templates
      3m 11s
    5. Using automatic color correction tools
      6m 15s
    6. Performing secondary color correction with color masks
      4m 30s
    7. Performing color correction adjustments using shape masks
      4m 20s
  12. 18m 54s
    1. Taking a closer look at the import and analysis options
      5m 56s
    2. Importing from cards and file-based cameras
      4m 14s
    3. Importing iMovie projects and events
      1m 58s
    4. Capturing from tape
      3m 18s
    5. Making a tape archive
      3m 28s
  13. 16m 13s
    1. Managing events between different drives and destinations
      6m 13s
    2. Managing render files
      2m 56s
    3. Collaborating and archiving
      7m 4s
  14. 34m 38s
    1. Sharing projects using presets
      7m 41s
    2. Exporting a hi-res QuickTime movie
      3m 46s
    3. Using Compressor to export with custom settings
      7m 54s
    4. Exporting a still image
      1m 22s
    5. Exporting to DVD or Blu-ray with chapter markers
      5m 33s
    6. Exporting stems out of the timeline using roles
      8m 22s
  15. 14m 1s
    1. Solving offline media problems
      10m 29s
    2. Troubleshooting data and settings corruption problems
      3m 32s
  16. 3m 28s
    1. Next steps
      3m 28s

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