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Bill Davis
Re: Cutting a major Hollywood Feature on FCPX
on Oct 7, 2014 at 7:47:56 pm
Last Edited By Bill Davis on Oct 7, 2014 at 7:50:19 pm

[TImothy Auld] "What's the difference between having roles and sub roles and having tracks that delineate what goes where? And my biggest pet peeve: Why does the nomenclature have to be reinvented?"

Because the magnetic timeline allows assets to shift tracks to avoid clip collisions and therefore make editing much, MUCH easier for those who understand the new system. - the old fixed track system wouldn't work. Roles provide a way to group (and subgroup!) assets free of track position information and no matter where they move as you edit. It's hugely freeing to know that you can drop any clip anywhere in a primary or secondary and KNOW that you won't kill content (or the RELATIONSHIPS you've crafted between your storyline elements!) regardless of how new content lands or ripples.

And the nomenclature had to change because the CONCEPTS behind the program had to change. Starting with a clean slate lets you start from scratch and use names that have meaning in the new system. Timelines were FIXED with a zero point and an unbreakable progression in time. Storylines are NOT constrained like that. The zero point FLOATS as required and it's possible to assemble clips and clip groupings PRIOR to the zero point without having to shift anything. A storyline in X is a thing with NEW behaviors. So what' can possibly be wrong with giving it a new term?

The typical countervailing argument is the whine of "But I already KNOW words for this kind of stuff - don't make me learn any new terms." which is simply kinda LAZY IMO.

Want to learn the new system? Learn the new language. Simple as that.

The coldest splash of water for experienced editors coming to X is the hard realization that while you will still be an expert at EDITING, you are no longer an expert at running the editing software. Not until you put in the same time as everyone else to learn how it works.

It sets you back to square one. And that pisses people off. But it's what happens. No way to change it.

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