Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video Use a sequence as source, part of Media Composer 8.7 Essential Training: 110.
- [Instructor] While you would normally open sequences in the timeline window, there's nothing to stop you using sequences as source material to add to an existing sequence, or for that matter, opening a sequence in the source monitor. I've got a sequence here that I've called sequence as source. I'm working on the complete version, and there's a starting version here in the bin. And I'm going to take this sequence I've just created, sub sequence really all tracks, and I'm going to double click to open this up just to take a look at it.
And I can see that I've got my audio and my music. And I'm ready to add this to my existing sequence. I'm going to go to the reason item menu here in my composer window. And I'm going to choose my sequence as source complete sequence. And I'm going to take this sub sequence, which by the way is just a sequence, I've named it sub sequence but the name is purely coincidental. And I'm going to drag this into the source monitor or player monitor. When I do that, immediately I get all of the available tracks in that sequence listed in my track selection column on the timeline.
Of course, this content was taken from the same original sequence, so these numbers all match up. And you can guess where we can go from here. I can now use in and out marks in my player monitor to specify a part of this sequence that I want to incorporate into what I'm now going to call my master sequence. And I can also selectively include or exclude particular tracks. Just to make clear what happens here, I'm going to zoom out a little, in fact let me go out a little further.
And I'm going to position my timeline play head right at the end. So you can see we're adding content on. I'm going to select all of my tracks. And here my music tracks are locked, so I'm going to unlock those. And I'm going to override. And you can see that although I'm viewing the sub sequence of this sequence in the player monitor as one continuous clip, what I've edited into my main sequence is actually two separate clips.
I'll just zoom in so you can see these. So when you edit one sequence into another, you don't get a single clip element, a single flattened, combined item representing the output or the contents of that sequence. Instead you get each of the component parts. This means you can use sequences as a kind of store into which you place a number of different clips. I'm going to switch at the bottom of the timeline window here down to viewing my source, and now it makes a lot more sense.
This tiny, little button in the timeline window is very powerful when you're working with sequences as source material. I'm going to clear my marks here, and now I can see all of the clips that make up this source sequence. So maybe I'll choose the first three. I'm going to press the home key on my keyboard to jump to the beginning. I'm going to press the "I" key on my keyboard to mark an in, and then I'm going to hold command or control in Windows and alt and snap to the end of this third clip. I'm going to mark an out, and now I know, because I'm viewing the contents of the source monitor or player monitor in my timeline that I've got exactly the right parts of the clips I want.
And in fact I realize now, I don't want the music, I don't need that. I'm going to switch back to viewing my sequence. Let's jump to the end and override. And there I've got exactly the parts that I wanted. And of course, not that I need to now, if I wanted to, I could easily change the track patching and switch around which track on the timeline receives which track from my source sequence. So, using sequences as source is a powerful way to manage particularly more complex projects.
- Importing and transcoding media
- Creating a group clip
- Syncing picture and sound clips
- Making quick edits such as stringouts
- Recutting a scene
- Creating subsequences
- Pacing a scene with Media Composer's trim tools
- Mixing sequence audio
- Working with high-res media
- Retiming video
- Nesting effects
- Keying video
- Animating titles and graphics
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 10/13/2017. What changed?
A: New videos were added that cover what’s new in Media Composer 8.7, 8.8, and 8.9.