Join Nick Harauz for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating compound clips, part of Final Cut Pro X Guru: Multicamera Video Editing.
- Compound clips are very similar to nesting sequences, if you come from another editing platform. Let's see how creating a compound clip can assist us when adding effects to our multiclip. I'm here in my 5.3 keyword collection, with my project that's been double-clicked and opened up in the timeline. If you were with us in the last movie, we actually opened up the Effects browser over here. How we did that was, we can click this little button to bring up effects. Because we're going to want to add some effects onto these clips.
In fact, I want to add one effect for everything. I want to kind of add a Color effect or a mix of a Color effect. So the trick, to first of all, place everything in one "bundle," we can call it. Or we can even call it a "nest." In Final Cut, they call it a "compound clip." We can just make sure our timeline is selected and hit cmd + a to select everything. So now that all of my clips are selected, I want to place it in this compound clip. So I'll go to File. I'll go to New. And choose Compound Clip...
Once I do, just notice that we can decide where to save it. Which event, in which PROJECTS. I might want to save this with my actual MUSIC VIDEO events. So I'll go to the MUSIC VIDEO. And I'll name this compound clip 'Jason Music Video with effects'. I'll hit OK. Now you see that everything has become one in the timeline. Now, very similar to how we went into a multicam clip, You can go into a compound clip by double-clicking it.
So now that you can see that all of my editing decisions are still in here, and it's just contained within that compound clip that now exists in my project. If I want to go back, I click the arrow. That's this arrow over here to go back in my timeline history. I'm able to see my compound clip. So here is my 'Jason Music Video with effects' compound clip. And keep in mind, we've saved it into the MUSIC VIDEO event. You can see that compound clip is identified with this upper left-hand corner icon.
Which we can access from there as well. Now, the great news is, I can throw on a bunch of effects and it will effect all my clips at once. So let me go into my Looks category. Under Effects, I'm going to go to Looks. And you can see that there are a ton of looks available for you. If you want to make this look like a dream sequence, there you have it. And just another tip, if you wanted to hold down the opt key you can kind of mix it back and forth, that Dream look effect. So I'm going to apply one of these looks to the entire piece.
I like the Indie Red type of look for this. So I'm going to select it. And I want to apply it to my compound clip in the timeline. And just notice, all of your clips have been affected by it. Now if I wanted to, I could make changes to this effect. So I'm going to click the compound clip. And it loads up in the inspector. Make sure you're in the Video tab. At the top where it says Effects, here's the Indie Red effect. I can turn it on and off to see before and after. I'll also just bring down the Amount. And maybe try to protect these skin tones.
So there's my effects. And even better, if I made changes to this, and maybe I could make some changes in Scale to my overall clip, I can now save this in 10.2 as an Effects Preset that would be stored under my Effects browser. If I choose Save Effects, It says, "Which effects do you want to save?" I can save that Indie Red effects and Scale. I might choose to call this 'My Favorite Music Video Look'.
Under Category, I'm going to go into my Looks category to save it there, because it is kind of like a look. And I'll save it. Now if I go into my Looks category, and I look here, that effect is saved as a preset. So now when I work on my next music video, I can easily apply it.
So join Nick Harauz in this course as he covers organizing media, creating multicam clips for interview and music video-style projects, and working with the specialized multicam options in Final Cut Pro X. With these tips and tricks, you'll be able to pull together your multicam footage into dynamic videos that maximize the impact of every shot.
- Explaining the multicamera process
- The benefits of optimized or proxy media in a multicam edit
- Importing, organizing, and naming clips and angles
- Exploring the various syncing strategies
- Working with the Angle Viewer and Angle Editor
- Adding, cutting, and switching between angles
- Working with effects
- Exporting a multicam project