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Michael Paul
"Edit" generator in FCPX - even possible?
on Oct 11, 2016 at 12:24:22 pm

Is it actually possible to edit a generator I have created in motion in FCPX? I would say the answer seems to be NO. Generators are the way they are and there is no way to "break them apart" and treat them like a video clip. Still there might be a way so I felt like asking.

Here is what I've got inside ONE generator(for a video where different people get introduced):
Intro animation- animation to introduction panel (with a drop zone, where I still don't know how to change it's resolution. I've noticed FCPX adjust the drop zone if I "drop" something into it but if I remove this FCPX still remains the proportions of the previously removed clip causing problems when I decided to drop some other clip into it afterwards)

Now I've added a few still frames without animation to the beginning in case I want to use a fade to my generator. I thought I might be able to "cut off" that intro without any action and jump straigt to the action inside FCPX. I guess this isn't possible and I would have to export a still frame I can hold and put that in front of my generator that starts right with the animation on the first frame.

After the intro animation I will introduce people. I have animated that introduction panel just once and it is inside my generator. I thought I could simply make a CUT where that introduction panel animation starts and copy and paste as many introduction as I need inside my FCPX time line but once again- seems like I can not edit or cut anything here so I guess I need to build a seperate independent generator just with that introduction panel and then drop it onto the time line mulitple times.


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Mark Spencer
Re: "Edit" generator in FCPX - even possible?
on Oct 11, 2016 at 3:40:27 pm

No, you can't edit it like you are trying to do, it's just not how generators work.

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Mark Spencer
Freelance Producer/Editor/Motion Graphics Artist
Apple-certified Master Trainer
Author, Motion 4 from Peachpit Press
http://www.applemotion.net


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Bret Williams
Re: "Edit" generator in FCPX - even possible?
on Oct 11, 2016 at 5:38:09 pm

True. But just turn it into a compound clip (option g) and you you can edit it just like any clip. Slice it up, retime it, etc.

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Mark Spencer
Re: "Edit" generator in FCPX - even possible?
on Oct 11, 2016 at 5:38:49 pm

Yes, Bret, good idea!

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Mark Spencer
Freelance Producer/Editor/Motion Graphics Artist
Apple-certified Master Trainer
Author, Motion 4 from Peachpit Press
http://www.applemotion.net


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Michael Paul
Re: "Edit" generator in FCPX - even possible?
on Oct 12, 2016 at 9:22:17 am

Unfortunatly this doesn't seem to work or I might have understood you wrong.
I already had my generator on the main story line but I also had it as a connected clip and changed it to a compound clip (so yeh doesn't really matter - it was the same both ways :P) but every time I removed something say from the middle - blade tool- cut- cut- remove part it would start playing from the beginning again. So I end up with two clips that start playing from the beginnig instead of removing an unwanted section. So I either got you wrong and didn't understand what you were trying to tell me or I did something wrong.

Thanks for the help everyone


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Bret Williams
Re: "Edit" generator in FCPX - even possible?
on Oct 12, 2016 at 11:20:22 am

Make it a compound clip. Then blade the compound clip. It won't start over.

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