Final Cut Pro: Understanding Sequences

If you are working with Final Cut Pro, then you will need to create sequences. These are the parts of the film made from a series of clips, larger and bulkier than clips, and they are more difficult to work with when you are trying to detail work. However, they are necessary for the final production of the clip.

Creating a Sequence

The first thing that you will need to know about sequences in Final Cut Pro is how to create them. If you have downloaded a media file into your computer which contains a series of clips, you can work with these in the viewer window, timeline or browser, but you will only be able to play the short clips in each of these windows. In order to play a longer piece of your movie at once, you will need to make a sequence. You will need to mark out the In and Out point of each clip you want to add to the sequence, and then join them together in the timeline. Choose the New tab from the File menu, and then click Sequence. This will appear in the browser. You can then add the clips that you have marked by dragging them to the sequence. You can move the clip about in the sequence as you choose, or even remove small portions using the In and Out points.

Using Sequences in Final Cut Pro

After you have created and edited your clips, you need a way of combining them together to make the perfect film. If you imagine that the clips are sentences constructed from frames, then your sequences are the paragraphs that contain many clips, all bound together by one subject. When you are ready to create your sequences, you can do this in a number of ways, but you need to be sure that you have a backup copy of all of your different sequences before you start trying to create another. Sequences are also the place where you can add effects, and add or remove clips to the sequence, depending upon what you need to do. Sequences can be adapted as you work on them before export, so you can produce as many different sequences as you like (saving them under different headings in your Movie files).

Nesting Sequences

Nesting sequences is a vital technique for using these items in your Final Cut Pro Timeline, but it is one of the most neglected skills that you can learn. Nesting allows you to make much larger groups of sequences from smaller ones, and will also allow you to add filters or motion effects to the sequence in one go, rather than having to repeat the process several times. In order to nest the sequences, you will have to highlight a group of clips, and select the sequence button. There, you should be able to see a table called Nest Items. This will allow you to pull a group of clips or sequences into the same location.

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