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Walter Soyka
Re: FCP X as a database and a PIOP nightmare
on Nov 7, 2012 at 1:21:42 pm

[Jeremy Garchow] "I do see the value of them. For people who go through and mark their footage once, it's great, for people who don't mark their footage once and use the FCPX dynamic sort capabilities of the ummm *cough* database, they truly get in the way. At least before PIOPs, there was a method to get PIOP like capability in favorites, now there's simply no choice without workflow crippling keyboard jockeying."

I was pro-PIOP, but the 10.0.6 range behavior revision giveth and taketh away. I like that non-favorite ranges are now preserved, because I thought that valuable user data was too easily nuked before, but I don't like that they are operationally equivalent to favorite ranges. 10.0.6 has traded one problematic behavior for another.

Here's my revised proposal: make the last non-favorite range selection (IOPs) a second-class range upon deselection of the clip.

When you click away from a clip with a non-favorite range selection, that range should be remembered, but deactivated -- a ghost range, both in the UI and in function. FCPX should not nuke it completely, but it should not treat it with the same primacy as properly favorited ranges were in 10.0.5.

When you click back into a clip, you should be able to recall the last non-favorite range with a keystroke. I think this accomplishes both goals: it retains PIOPish user data, but it doesn't break what was right about range behavior before. It allows a user to retrieve information they put in at only the minor inconvenience of a keystroke when they need it (like using a bookmark instead of leaving the book open), whereas the current behavior costs users who are using FCPX as it was designed keystrokes left and right to avoid unintentionally adding data to the wrong ranges.

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