FCPX: New Compound Clip Workflow

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FCPX: New Compound Clip Workflow

  1. Make a smart collection for your compound clips – rt click on your event, select “make new smart collection, set the filter to “clip type”, and then select “compound clips”. Any new compound clips you make in your event will now go to this smart collection.
  2. Compound Clip performance has improved dramatically in the latest release. The reason for this is because FCPX no longer makes a unique compound clip each time to blade/modify one. You should no longer be afraid of performance problems when using compound clips.
  3. However, because of the new behavior, you need to interact with your compound clips a bit differently. They now behave the way nests used to in FCP7, so any changes you make inside a compound clip will now ripple across all other instances where you’ve used that particular compound clip, unless you make it independent first. You can do this by going into the “clip” dropdown with a compound clip selected and select “reference new parent clip”. It will create a copy of your compound clip in your event, and any changes you now make to the compound clip will not ripple through to other instances.
  4. You can also do this process globally when you duplicate a project by selecting “duplicate project + used clips”, and then selecting the compound clip and multicam option. This will cause all instances of compound clips and multicam clips in your new project to be independent, which means that when you alter them in your new project, it won’t affect other versions in your other events and projects.