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Bret Williams
magnetic timeline in FCP 7 - sorta
on Jun 28, 2011 at 5:36:24 am

Am I missing something with the magnetic timeline? Move a clip and the rest of the timline gets out of the way. The videos show a clip being moved back in the timeline, and the timeline moving forward out of the way, and also closing the gap like magic. Huh?

In FCP 7 if you click on a clip, and start to move it, then press option, it will either do a swap or a ripple insert depending on what is appropriate. Yes, it makes some decisions for you, but logical ones. If you move it so a spot with multiple layers and you'd be messing with the integrity of those layers, it performs an insert and moves everything down out of the way. It doesn't close the gap from where you moved the clip, because obviously you may want to put something else there. If you move it to a spot on the same track where a "magnetic" type swap/close gap function won't possibly screwup sync (even to NON connected clips) then it'll do a magnetic type thing. So it seems it's actually a bit smarter than X, and doesn't screw up sync. In fact, in my experience FCP has always been very hard to screw up sync. You have to lock tracks to screw up sync, which goes against some people's intuition, but you're in fact locking tracks in place and not allowing them to move in sync with the other tracks when functions like the above occur.

Ah well, if you didn't know the option drag trick to do a more intelligent magnetic timeline in FCP 1 through 7, there it is.


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Paul Escamilla
Re: magnetic timeline in FCP 7 - sorta
on Jun 28, 2011 at 3:47:58 pm

the magnetic timeline should be called what it is: the noob timeline.


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Bret Williams
Re: magnetic timeline in FCP 7 - sorta
on Jun 28, 2011 at 5:45:28 pm

auto ripple?


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Hans Dampf
Re: magnetic timeline in FCP 7 - sorta
on Jun 29, 2011 at 10:55:31 am

It's little bit like splice in mode in avid, nothing new and "revolutionary".


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