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Russell Lasson
Magnetic timeline too Magnetic - Can't turn off?
on Jun 22, 2011 at 4:28:27 am

So sometimes I like to throw a clip at the end of a sequence or move clips later in a timeline and have a gap. In FCPX, do I have to add a gap to make that work? Can I just turn off the magnetic timeline and slide stuff around so that I have gaps or do I always need to insert a gap to make it do what I want?

Russ

Russell Lasson
Colorist/Digital Cinema Specialist
Color Mill
Salt Lake City, UT
http://www.colormill.net


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Tom Daigon
Re: Magnetic timeline too Magnetic - Can't turn off?
on Jun 22, 2011 at 4:33:26 am

I read somewhere here that if you use the POSITION control it temporarily turns off the magnets.

Tom Daigon
Avid DS / FCP / After Effects Editor
http://www.hdshotsandcuts.com


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george manzanilla
Re: Magnetic timeline too Magnetic - Can't turn off?
on Jun 22, 2011 at 4:36:16 am

it's called f'n BS... you can't turn it off.

Apparently in all the user requests to Apple on FCP, messing with something that wasn't broken was at the top.

george manzanilla
rundfunk media
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Chris Kenny
Re: Magnetic timeline too Magnetic - Can't turn off?
on Jun 22, 2011 at 4:51:59 am

[Russell Lasson] "So sometimes I like to throw a clip at the end of a sequence or move clips later in a timeline and have a gap. In FCPX, do I have to add a gap to make that work? Can I just turn off the magnetic timeline and slide stuff around so that I have gaps or do I always need to insert a gap to make it do what I want?"

Flip from 'Select' mode to 'Position' mode, and clips will go exactly where you drag them, overwriting other clips or leaving gaps as necessary. To delete a clip and leave a gap, use 'Replace With Gap' instead of just deleting normally. ('Replace With Gap' is assigned to the forward delete key.)

A couple of more useful semi-related features: if you drop a clip on another clip in the timeline, a contextual menu will give you replacement options. Also, you can now insert specific (named) placeholder clips (with Edit -> Insert Placeholder), so things you intend to fill in later don't just have to be gaps named with markers anymore.

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TS O'Grady
Re: Magnetic timeline too Magnetic - Can't turn off?
on Jun 22, 2011 at 5:01:27 am

Thanks Chris. You've been working hard today getting the right information to the people who are interested in resolving issues and learning more about how FCP X actually works.



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Jonathan Dortch
Re: Magnetic timeline too Magnetic - Can't turn off?
on Jun 22, 2011 at 5:07:30 am

Great tip will try this tomorrow first thing. timeline issues are my biggest concern. thanks for all the info today!

JONATHAN DORTCH
BLACK WOLF CREATIVE


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Russell Lasson
Re: Magnetic timeline too Magnetic - Can't turn off?
on Jun 22, 2011 at 5:10:36 am

Right on.

I think I'd like to be able to switch between Select and Position mode while I'm dragging a clip, just like how you can turn snapping off and on while dragging a clip.

Thanks,

Russ

Russell Lasson
Colorist/Digital Cinema Specialist
Color Mill
Salt Lake City, UT
http://www.colormill.net


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Nate Weaver
Re: Magnetic timeline too Magnetic - Can't turn off?
on Jun 22, 2011 at 5:46:02 am

[Chris Kenny] "Flip from 'Select' mode to 'Position' mode, and clips will go exactly where you drag them"

Oh my god. I had been figuring out a LOT of stuff on my own, and getting to the point where I am definitely cutting faster than I was before, but between this and the other things I learned today, I can take over the world.

Folks, you need to stop complaining and look at what can be done. So far, I have found either a minor workaround to almost every problem I'm finding, or just a flat out better/faster way to get things done.

Thanks so much, Chris.

Nate Weaver
Director/D.P., Los Angeles
http://www.nateweaver.net


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Chris Conlee
Re: Magnetic timeline too Magnetic - Can't turn off?
on Jun 22, 2011 at 5:56:23 am

Hey Nate,

What's your simple work around for printing to tape? Or getting an EDL to the colorist? Or multicam editing? Or getting client monitoring working?

Looking forward to those tips.

Chris


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Nate Weaver
Re: Magnetic timeline too Magnetic - Can't turn off?
on Jun 22, 2011 at 6:10:48 am

[Chris Conlee] "Looking forward to those tips."

I said almost every issue.

Love your snark.

Nate Weaver
Director/D.P., Los Angeles
http://www.nateweaver.net


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Chris Conlee
Re: Magnetic timeline too Magnetic - Can't turn off?
on Jun 22, 2011 at 6:20:42 am

Well at least it's only a few small details missing.

Chris


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Nate Weaver
Re: Magnetic timeline too Magnetic - Can't turn off?
on Jun 22, 2011 at 6:30:04 am

Keep going. I love it.

Nate Weaver
Director/D.P., Los Angeles
http://www.nateweaver.net


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Mitchel Hansen
Re: Magnetic timeline too Magnetic - Can't turn off?
on Apr 21, 2013 at 8:31:56 pm

Wow, thank you so much, Nate, for offering absolutely no advice or help to anyone here and simply praising yourself for the sake of...well...let's face it, being egotistical. Have you taken over the world yet?


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Chris Harlan
Re: Magnetic timeline too Magnetic - Can't turn off?
on Apr 22, 2013 at 4:23:30 am

[Mitchel Hansen] "Wow, thank you so much, Nate, for offering absolutely no advice or help to anyone here and simply praising yourself for the sake of...well...let's face it, being egotistical. Have you taken over the world yet?
"


Are you aware that you are bagging on someone for a post that is almost two years old?

Nate's point, btw, was that he was making FCP X work, and was excited about it. In the context of the time, just after FCP X's release, what he was saying makes perfect sense, even though I would have--at that time--vehemently disagreed with him. It was undoubtedly helpful for some to hear it, and, I find nothing at all egotistical about it.


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Mitchel Hansen
Re: Magnetic timeline too Magnetic - Can't turn off?
on Apr 22, 2013 at 5:30:43 pm

It wasn't the coolest thing that I've ever done and I wouldn't say that I'm proud of it. Obviously, I understand the contextual situation...and far be it from me to rag on someone for getting excited, but to claim that it isn't narcissistic is just stupid. I consider this matter closed.


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