Join Abba Shapiro for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating compound clips as an alternative to nested sequences, part of Migrating from Final Cut Pro 7 to Final Cut Pro X (2011).
In this next movie, we're going to take a look at compound clips. So go ahead and step into the project file. Now what a compound clip allows you to do is create a nest. Yes, you heard me right me right, a nest. You're probably used to creating nest in Final cut Pro 7. Well, that's exactly what a compound clip allows you to do. Group a bunch of clips together and work with them as a unit. If I wanted to nest these clips together, if I wanted to make them into a compound clip, I simply select all the clips that I want to put into my nest into my compound clip, right- click and select New Compound Clip.
The keyboard shortcut for this is Option+G. And you'll notice in my timeline, this looks exactly like a single clip. And if I wanted to, I could move this around. I'm going to grab it and drag it all the way to the beginning of my show just to see how it looks and it simply pushes everything else downstream. Now much like a nest, if I want to go inside and make changes, it's a simple as double-clicking and now I'm back inside of my nest or inside of my compound clip and I can go ahead and make changes. I can move this clip further downstream, maybe I'll grab the edge of this clip and I'll ripple it.
And then if I want to step back outside of my nest, I go to the upper left-hand side of my Timeline, click on the left arrow and I'm back inside my original timeline. Another really cool feature of a compound clip is I can copy it and paste it into another project. Let's go ahead and do that. I'm going to select the compound clip, hit Command+C, we'll step back into our project files and create a new project file. In this case, I'm going to simply hit the Plus. I'll hit OK, and now that I have an empty project file, I'll hit Command+V and there is my compound clip.
And once again, just like in a nest, if I wanted to get inside and make changes, I'll simply double-click. And to step back outside I'll use this arrow. As you see, a compound clip is a lot like a nest, so if you're coming from Final Cut Pro 7, Final Cut Pro X is not that different.
This course helps experienced Final Cut Pro editors understand new ways of performing traditional editing techniques. New terminology and new tools for performing editing functions are also clarified.
- Touring the X interface
- Running Final Cut Pro 7 and X on the same machine
- Importing and analyzing media
- New editing methods (including append and connected clips)
- Timeline editing (including ripple, roll, slip, and slide edits)
- Adding audio
- Fine-tuning with the Precision Editor
- Adding and adjusting transitions
- Creating titles
- Applying motion effects to clips
- Performing color corrections
- Archiving and collaboration