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Daniel Schultz
copying to a new sequence
on Dec 30, 2009 at 3:43:18 am

Another question:

One of my teachers shared an editing tip in FCP. Each day when I start working on a sequence, I copy all the clips--video and audio--and copy them into a new sequence, and name the new one with today's date. That way if I mess anything up, I can always go back to yesterday's sequence and get what I need.

For some reason I've been having trouble with that procedure when editing in XDCAM from a Sony EX1 (this is a multi-clip situation). When I copy the files into the new sequence, some of the files are stretched and distorted--too wide.

Any idea what might be causing this?

Dan S.


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David Roth Weiss
Re: copying to a new sequence
on Dec 30, 2009 at 3:57:57 am

Daniel,

I hate to disagree with your teacher, however, there's really no need to copy the video to a new sequence, simply right click on the old sequence in the browser, click on duplicate, then rename with today's date, and double click to open.

The reason you are experiencing the stretched and distorted clips now when copying them to a new sequence, is because your Easy Setup does not match your media, so every new sequence you open is set to the wrong format.

Let me suggest that you study the tutorial at the link below, and start each new project as mentioned, and you won't encounter that issue ever again.

http://library.creativecow.net/articles/biscardi_walter/realtime_sequences....

David Roth Weiss
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David Weiss Productions, Inc.
Los Angeles

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Kevin Monahan
Re: copying to a new sequence
on Dec 30, 2009 at 8:46:16 am

Correct. Duplicating a Sequence is akin to Chisel to Stone. We all do this.

Kevin Monahan
60 Blu-ray Templates for Final Cut Studio 2009
http://www.fcpworld.com
Author - Motion Graphics and Effects in Final Cut Pro


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Victor Perez
Re: copying to a new sequence
on Dec 30, 2009 at 4:56:47 pm

After Duplicating a sequence I always "Lock the video and audio tracks" of the old sequence to prevent me from accidentally making corrections to it. IF I need to I can always unlock them later.
I also place the old sequences in a folder in my bin labeled SequencesOLD. It helps me keep things manageable.



Victor
http://www.editvictor.com


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David Roth Weiss
Re: copying to a new sequence
on Dec 30, 2009 at 5:27:42 pm

[Kevin Monahan] "Duplicating a Sequence is akin to Chisel to Stone."

Wow, that sounds very Shakespearean Kevin. I like it...

David Roth Weiss
Director/Editor/Colorist
David Weiss Productions, Inc.
Los Angeles

POST-PRODUCTION WITHOUT THE USUAL INSANITY ™


A forum host of Creative COW's Apple Final Cut Pro, Business & Marketing, Indie Film & Documentary, and Film History & Appreciations forums.


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Kevin Monahan
Re: copying to a new sequence
on Dec 31, 2009 at 6:34:38 pm

Thanks David. I also think that after duplicating new sequences day after day, you really need to throw away older versions after you've built up enough safe versions (you can always throw them into a new project). Otherwise, your project becomes to large and unwieldy.

Kevin Monahan
60 Blu-ray Templates for Final Cut Studio 2009
http://www.fcpworld.com
Author - Motion Graphics and Effects in Final Cut Pro


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