Final Cut Pro: Nesting Sequences

If you choose to, when you are working on your Final Cut Pro project, you can try nesting a few sequences to see how they look. The purpose of nesting is to place more than one sequence in the same location along the timeline, so that they can be viewed at the same point. Many people have trouble working out how to use the nesting process, as it is not always easy to manage, and can be quite a powerful way of using your Final Cut Pro tools. There are a number of good reasons why you should use nests, so learning how to do it will really help your film.

Materials Needed

  • Final Cut Pro
  • Computer
  • Media Files

Step 1: Edit the Film

Before you begin nesting your film, you should take a few moments to edit the film so that the sequences are as good as you can get. Using nests will allow you to create one sequence from a group of smaller sequences, or use a motion effect in a clip, but you will need to have a master copy of your movie before you begin attempting any of these tricks. If you use a second hard drive to store your films on, then it is a good idea to make a duplicate copy of the media file, and use that to make these changes.

Step 2: Move the Clip to the Timeline

In order to create the nesting effect, you will need to move your sequence from the browser window into the Timeline. You can do this in one of two ways; by simply dragging it over to the timeline as you would an ordinary clip, or by pulling it to the viewer window, marking In and Out points (and then editing it in the timeline). The latter option is the one most often used by professionals.

Step 3: Create the Nest

Once you have the film in the timeline, you can drag other sequences over to it. Select a clip, or several clips at once, and then open up the sequence button. There, you should be able to find a tab saying Nest or Nest Items. This is the process by which you will be able to edit the sequences into a nest. At the end of the nest, you could add a Slug, which instructs the computer to play black footage for a few seconds. This could mark the end of the film, or act as a transition.

Step 4: Undoing a Nest

If you have a nest that you no longer want to use, then you can deconstruct it. This allows you to remove the sequences from each other, converting them back into single clips. In order to do this, take your nested sequence back to the timeline, and hold down the command key as you get to the timeline. This will take your sequence apart into the individual clip components.

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