The other day someone was asking (again) about the reasoning behind the FCP X Magnetic Timeline. I started to (again) attempt an explanation, and then realized that about a year ago I wrote an article for The Creative Cow that explains it pretty well. So, because I’ve been busy working and stuff and have nothing new to post, I thought I’d regurgitate the link to the article here, in case it’s of any use to someone. Many of you have probably seen it, but it’s all I got right now. 😉
I just re-read it and it’s actually not bad. Maybe someone else wrote it. lol
Click Here or on the pic to check out the article.
Did you know you can set and adjust keyframes beyond the visible portions of a clip? I didn’t. 🙂 Pretty cool trick. Hope you find it useful!
Just another quick tip with which you may be familiar. If not, it’s very useful. As you probably know, holding the accent/tilde key down while dragging clips will “disable” clip connections temporarily. When you release the key, connections are enabled again. This tip shows you an easy, (and undocumented) way to “lock” connections off so you need not hold the key down.
If you don’t feel like watching the video… the trick is to press the accent/tilde key and, while holding it down, press the SHIFT key and then release both keys at the same time. To reenable clip connections, simply press the accent/tilde key again. Comes in handy…
So, ya know how you sometimes have a clip, usually a music ender or something, that you’d like to add a reverb tail out to? And how you have to put it in a Compound Clip, add some Gap, go back to the project and extend the clip so you’ll have some media for the ‘verb to tail out in? Or you set an I/O range that extends beyond the clip, export it, import the longer clip you made and add your reverb.
I’ve been doing that in every NLE I’ve used. Actually… I think Vegas might act more lIke a DAW and verb will tail out past a clip boundary. But… you gotta do the workaround in FCP Old, Pr or MC.
Well, in FCP X, turns out you don’t need to do that at all. There’s an easier way – using the audio hold frame “panhandling” trick. Check it out, and thanks to a viewer of one of my other videos for pointing this out, it’s an enormous timesaver…
I just had an article posted on the Creative Cow website. It’s basically an updated, and slightly less confusing version of my “Magnetic Timeline” posts. Check it out here. I hope they don’t mind me stealing this picture because, ya know, every post needs a picture right??