11 Replies Latest reply: May 10, 2012 7:01 PM by Meatlingus
Meatlingus Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Working on my first FCPx project.  Actually my first video editing project period.  I'm on a Macbook with a new iMac on the way so it's a little slow going.  But I've found one niggle that keeps bugging me.  When I highlight a picture or transition or video clip, then select "Change duration", I type in the new time duration for the selected clip.  But FCPx never adjusts the clip to the duration I choose.  It just tosses out a random time length.  But if I drag with the select tool, I can drag down to near the duration I am wanting, so I know FCPx will accept the time duration I am trying to input.  Why won't the manual duration entry work?  Am I missing something?  I've tried this on stills, video and transitions and it just won't work properly.


Final Cut Pro X, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • 1. Re: Can't specify clip length.
    salty777 Level 3 Level 3 (540 points)

    I had a similar problem, but that was in 10.0.3... what I was doing was typing in the decimal point....and it went awry. The trick was to just bang in the numbers, with no decimal points. That seems to have been fixed in 10.0.4, it will work either way.

  • 2. Re: Can't specify clip length.
    Meatlingus Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm pretty sure it doesn't work either way, but I'll try that tonight just to make sure. Where would I go next should the trouble still reoccur?

  • 3. Re: Can't specify clip length.
    Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (106,175 points)

    What duration do you want? What are you typing? Are you changing the duration in the browser or in the timeline?

  • 4. Re: Can't specify clip length.
    Meatlingus Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    In the timeline.  I select and highlight a clip, right click and choose "Change Duration".  The time counter turns blue, denoting the current time duration for the highlighted clip.  Say it's currently 4.5 seconds.  I type 5-0-0 for a duration of five seconds and FCPx makes the clip a random lenght, like 9 seconds.  I just tried salty777's recommendation of no decimal and it still blows out a random duration.  In this case, I had a clip that was 4.0 seconds.  I changed the duration to 5 seconds.  FCPx made it 6.0 seconds.  I've looked into things and see that there is an extra second.  Ok.  The duration I am entering is the duration OUTSIDE the transition.  The portion of the clip contained in the transition is one second.  Ok, that's understandable, but still odd.  I tested this on a test project I have going but it didn't go to well.  I changed a 2 second clip to four seconds and ended up with a 9 second clip.

  • 5. Re: Can't specify clip length.
    Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (106,175 points)

    Are you actually typing five hyphen zero hyphen zero?

     

    Please show us some screen shots of what you're seeing in the application. What's the media exactly? What are the project specs?

     

    This isn't normal behavior so it would be important to see exactly what you're doing like screen shots of the dashboard after you enter the time, clip selected in the time before and after the change, whatever you think will help illustrate what you're doing and what you're seeing.

  • 6. Re: Can't specify clip length.
    Meatlingus Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    No hyphens.  The hyphens in my last post were placeholders to get across that I was not using the decimal point.

     

    I will try on the screenshots.  What button combo is that?  That's something I've not tried with my Macbook before.

    The media is transitions and still images.  The project is a music video.  Seems simple enough.  Let's me cut my teeth on how to use the software and video editing is something I've always wanted to do.  The base of the project is a full length song(Hoobastank-Disappear).  I am adding jpegs and transitions over the audio for now.  I don't yet have the video material I need to add to the project.  It's been slow going. Hope this makes sense.  Don't yet know all the editing lingo.  I set the project to 720p but may bail out and just go full hd 1080p and start again.

    Thanks for the help in advance, guys.  Really appreciate it.

  • 7. Re: Can't specify clip length.
    Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (106,175 points)

    Cmd-Shift-4 will turn the pointer into crosshairs. Drag a selection across the portion of the screen you want to capture. The screen shot will appear on your desktop. Click the camera button in reply window to upload the images.

  • 8. Re: Can't specify clip length.
    salty777 Level 3 Level 3 (540 points)

    I am just wondering.... as you're working with short duration stills etc, it might not be easy to see, but..... once you've entered your time, when the readout is blue, and press enter, the figure in the box turns grey again... that is the position of the playhead in the timeline, not your new clip length.

     

    It might be worth checking.... cut a clip a couple of seconds, then see what number comes up and see where the playhead is. Then click "change duration" again, and see what blue number comes up in the clock display.

     

    It's a bit of a longshot but it may be something that simple when you're working with short clips...

  • 9. Re: Can't specify clip length.
    Meatlingus Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    You are correct, salty.  That is what is happening.  I just tried it your way and it acted as you say.  So then, once I choose a new duration, how do I execute the command to change if the enter key will not do so?  I've tried clicking everywhere to no avail.  Seems kinda logical to just hit Enter after typing the new duration but not so?

  • 10. Re: Can't specify clip length.
    Meatlingus Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Found the problem.  Started another project to test a theory.  Turns out my problems were a glitch of some sort.  My second project responded to all commands as they should so I deleted my first project(all that work.....).  Started a new project with the old material to begin all over again and now everything works fine.  I can specify durations for any still or transition I choose.  I have also found one of the issues I was having is due to my Macbook not being capable of handling FCPx.  I'll be at an Apple store Sat night trying to get a new iMac.  I don't know why things were so screwed up for just that one project, but scrapping it and starting again has solved almost everything.  For the playhead issue, I selected in the preferences not to move playhead after editing.  That also seemed to have fixed an issue with the head jumping all about and accidentally choosing the wrong material to edit.

    Thanks for all the help.  I really appreciated the fast responses.  ***** I have to start all over again.  And it's not the starting all over again.  It's losing all the perfect timing marks.....

    Now to go get a book so I can learn now to use this thing.

  • 11. Re: Can't specify clip length.
    Meatlingus Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I know this isn't the place but I can't seem to find the proper board.  Can one of you guys tell me who to contact to change my user name.  I just now realized I spelled it wrong.  What a fool.  haha