Join Nick Harauz for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating compound clips, part of Final Cut Pro X Guru: Titles and Effects.
- You may be familiar with the term nesting if you come from another editing application. Nesting allows you to contain several clips and apply effects to all of them. In Final Cut Pro, compound clips are no different. Compound clips allow us to apply effects to several clips at once. They can also be used as a Utility tool when working with Generators so that we can apply certain effects that wouldn't be available otherwise. Let's see how we can set up a compound clip.
So I'm in my 5.7 keyword collection, where I've double clicked my project to open into the timeline. And what we would like to do is place all of the clips inside this project into a compound clip in order to just apply one effect onto the whole thing. And I use this in my own workflows a lot, when we deal with, let's say, giving a color look to the entire show at the very end. How i'm going to do this is first of all to basically all of those clips into a compound clip. A shortcut key to select all the clips in your timeline is to hit Command A, you can see now that right now all of my clips have become highlighted.
And what I'm going to do is from the File menu I'm going to choose New, Compound Clip, which we can also create by pressing Option G. Once I click on this it will ask me to give a name to this compound clip, and I'll call this Way Too Late With Effects. And you'll notice that compound clips are actually saved In Events, and I'm going to save this into my Footage so that compound clip, the Way Too Late With Effects will find in my Footage Event.
If I hit Okay, you can see that all of the clips that you've seen have now become placed into a compound clip. Now if you want to see the individual clips, all we have to do is double click the compound clip in the timeline. So I'm going to double click it, and now you can see all of your clips that were contained in the compound clip. Now if you want to get back to the project, all we have to do is click this left arrow and we move back into the Way Too Late project. And if you want to move back inside the compound clip, all we have to do is hit the right arrow in the timeline history in order to step inside of it.
So I'm going to hit that left arrow, just again, to see the compound clip now in my Way Too Late Effects project. So now let's apply an overall effect to our project here. And in the last video, we did this search for a simple border effect, I'm just going to clear my search results down here. And we're just going to apply a basic look to the overall project, so I'll go into the Looks category where there are several different types of looks based on your project, some of them that we've already worked with already.
And I think there is a look for Indie Red here, which I kind of like for the music video. I'm just skipping across it, and after I've skipped I'm going to select the effect and actually drag it onto the compound clip. Move my playhead over the compound clip, that again, contains all of the clips that were part of my project, the effect is applied to everything at once. I can, of course, adjust the effect in the Inspector, so adjust the amount of the effect. So I can apply additional effects and they will basically affect all the clips contained within the compound clip.
So compound clips can be great for working with multiple effects in your timeline. Now if you didn't want your compound clip anymore, there is a trick to sort of release all the clips and get them back to the timeline. So if you select the compound clip and actually go to the Clip menu, you'll see there's an option to Break Apart Clip Items. Once I select this, which we can activate by also pressing Shift Command G, you'll see all of your clips have been released into the timeline and the compound clip no longer exists, as well as the effect is also gone.
So just note that when you break apart your clip items you'll no longer have a compound clip. Since this is not what I wanted to do in this case, I'm going to hit Command Z to undo that command and you can see that my compound clip is back in my timeline with the the Indie Red effect from the Looks category that we just applied.
- Working with 2D and 3D titles
- Working and saving 3D styles
- Distorting and cropping clips
- Working with stills and the Ken Burns effect
- Changing clip speed
- Adding and animating effects
- Saving effect presets
- Creating titles and effects in Apple Motion
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: This course was updated on 10/05/2016. What changed?
A: We added 4 movies to cover changes in the transitions and other effects in the most recent version of Final Cut Pro X.