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Learn how to build and refine your story with the redesigned editing toolset in Final Cut Pro X. In this course, author Ashley Kennedy focuses on getting you comfortable with each aspect of the editing process in Final Cut—from preparation and organization, to editing and refining, to audio and effects, to media management and exporting. Each stage of the postproduction workflow is explained thoroughly and concisely, and uses real-world examples from both narrative and documentary workflows.
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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.
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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