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Re: The Magnetic Timeline – What’s The Paradigm?

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Michael GissingRe: The Magnetic Timeline – What’s The Paradigm?
by on Jul 8, 2011 at 12:03:08 am

If only Apple had taken a good look at how audio DAWs have tackled the same issue. The big problem is destructive overwriting. A magnetic timeline just pushes things out of the way. In audio DAWs (good ones like Fairlight) you can stack clips on top of each other on a track. So your other edits are safe underneath. You always hear the top layer.

Furthermore you can have interaction between layers on tracks - simple case in point is a crossfade to the lower layer. This is the same concept of top to bottom layering in video, just on a single track. So Apple could have done the same thing. Non destructive overwrite and complex layering WITHIN tracks and between tracks. This would solve nesting messiness as well.

Instead Apple have tried a new paradigm which is functionally messy. If it is a hybrid between a linear approach and a node style then lets see where they goes and if it it is more powerful than stacked layers within tracks which retains the good old linear time feel.


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