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Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #4

Nesting helps manage longer projects By Stephen Schleicher
If you have used Final Cut Pro 3.0 for a while, you should be familiar with nesting. Nesting allows you to "flatten" video tracks into a single sequence that can be imported into any other sequence. Final Cut Pro 3.0 gives you up to 99 video tracks in a project, but with nesting, you have an unlimited number of tracks to work with.

If you are working on a lengthy piece (i.e. feature film), you can actually use nesting to your advantage to help manage the project.

What I like to do is create a new sequence for each scene of my project. This allows me to quickly jump to any scene in the project to make corrections. Even better, I can take each one of these scenes and nest them in a master sequence.

A very good thing about nested sequences is once you render a sequence, you can take that sequence and nest it, or move it around in a master sequence without having to rerender. Pretty cool!

Now what happens if the client comes in and needs to lengthen or shorten a scene you have already placed in the middle of your master sequence?

Open the Master Sequence and take note of the length of the project.

Double click the Scene Sequence (nested sequence) where the changes need to be made to open that sequence in the Project Timeline. The changes you make can be anything from shortening a clip, to adding in additional content.

Once you make your changes, click on the Master Sequence tab in the timeline and note that the changes you made in the Scene Sequence have rolled over into the Master Sequence and have not left any gaps in the timeline.

The key to this Quick Tip is to always open the sequence that needs changes from the Master Sequence timeline and not from Browser window. I have noticed that sometimes if you open the scene from the browser window, the changes do not always roll over into other sequences that contain the nested scene.

Hope this Final Cut Pro Quick Tip helps increase your productivity in the edit suite. If you would like to check out the previous Final Cut Pro Quick Tip, click here.

Stephen Schleicher is the producer for www.digitalanimators.com and www.digitalwebcast.com. When not working deep in the labs of the DMN Central Division testing the latest and greatest software/hardware products he can be found at the local university teaching a few courses on video and web production. He can be reached at [email protected]

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Stephen Schleicher has crossed the country several times over the last couple of years going from Kansas to Atlanta , Georgia, and Southern California. In his time traveling, he has worked as an editor, graphic designer, videographer, director, and producer on a variety of video productions ranging from small internal pieces, to large multimedia
corporate events.

Currently, Stephen shares his knowledge with students at Fort Hays State University who are studying media and web development in the Information Networking and Telecommunications department. When he is not shaping the minds of university students, Stephen continues to work on video and independent projects for State and local agencies and organizations as well as his own ongoing works.

He is also a regular contributor to Digital Producer, Creative Mac, Digital Webcast, Digital Animators, and the DV Format websites, part of the Digital Media Online network of communities (www.digitalmedianet.com), where he writes about the latest technologies, and gives tips and tricks on everything from Adobe After Effects, to Appleā??s Final Cut Pro, LightWave 3D, to shooting and lighting video.

He has a Masters Degree in Communication from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. As a forward thinker, he wrote his Thesis on how Information Islands and e-commerce would play a major role in keeping smaller communities alive. This of course was when 28.8 dialup was king and people hadnā??t even invented the word e-commerce.

And, he spends what little free time he has biking, reading, traveling around the country, and contemplating the future of digital video and its impact on our culture. You can reach him at [email protected]

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