Currently Being ModeratedMay 26, 2012 4:33 AM (in response to kerrynfromvic)
Only storylines are magnetic. The primary storyline, the dark bar down the middle, is magnetic. Connected clips move out of the way for each other, which is what you're seeing when the clips move up and down. You can combine the connected clips into a secondary storyline and then they will also have magnetic behavior that lets you re-arrange clips.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 26, 2012 5:11 AM (in response to Tom Wolsky)
Thanks Tom. I worked out that I had the audio clip in the story line. Once I put my clips in the storyline the magnetic symbol appeared.
One question though, how do I combine clips to make a secondary storyline.
Actually one more. If I have 2 rows of clips, one on the story line and then extras above that line, is there a way to make the top extra clips into cutaways, rather than them just imposing their image on top of the one in the original storyline? The reason I might want to do this is because I don't want to break the flow of the clip in the storyline but just want a brief interuption to it.
Hope that makes sense.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 26, 2012 5:37 AM (in response to kerrynfromvic)
The clip you put above the timeline will last for whatever is its length (obviously).
So just position your cursor near either end (so that you get the "2 triangle symbol") and you will be able to drag it to make it shorter.
If the shortened clip is not in the exact position you want just grab it in the middle and drag it to reposition it.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 26, 2012 5:35 AM (in response to kerrynfromvic)
If you have a secondary storyline you can insert gap clips into it to create spacing.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 26, 2012 8:04 AM (in response to Tom Wolsky)
Where are gap clips located, and what are gap clips please?
Currently Being ModeratedMay 26, 2012 8:41 AM (in response to somanna)
Currently Being ModeratedMay 26, 2012 9:39 PM (in response to Tom Wolsky)
Thank you Tom Wolsky. Can you lengthen or shorten a gap clip as you can with other clips?
Can you briefly state the role which gap clips can play in video editing?
Currently Being ModeratedMay 27, 2012 12:32 AM (in response to somanna)
You can make a gap clip however long or short you want. They are unique to FCP (and film editing) and create space and connection on the FCP storyline that has to be continuous.
I have to say that a forum is not a good way to learn about about an application as it is inherently piece meal, not comprehensive, and often out dated or just wrong. I see comments appearing on threads that were started almost a year ago for software which is now essentially obsolete, and questions that are basic to editing and the application that can be found in detail elsewhere.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 27, 2012 2:27 AM (in response to Tom Wolsky)
Thanks Tom and Ian. Your comments have been very helpful. And thanks Somanna for giving me more to think about.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 27, 2012 2:48 AM (in response to kerrynfromvic)
It sounds as though you have watched some tutorial (?) videos but the best way to learn an editing app is to have somebody talk to you patiently about it.
This way you get to understand it rather than just be able to use it.
Whilst most people can't get that personal tutor to explain matters, there is a next best thing.
Tom didn't mention that for the last decade he has been teaching editing in FCE, FCP and FCP X to numerous editing/film-making students and has written many tutorial books and produced DVDs.
If you want to gain a thorough understanding of FCP X in a carefully graded step by step approach, I suggest you invest in one of these.
They are available from Amazon and are extremely cheap:
This is the Kindle version . . . the paperback is about 10% more.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 27, 2012 3:03 AM (in response to Ian R. Brown)
This is exactly what I need. Thanks so much
Currently Being ModeratedMay 27, 2012 4:24 AM (in response to kerrynfromvic)
It is a pleasure to me that you have benefited by my questions. I am very new to this field and am just 'strolling around' in this forum which I have joined up very recently. I am learning many many things in this stroll! Ask you also to do the same i.e. if you are not already doing it.
May I know what you meant by:
And thanks Somanna for giving me more to think about.
I would like to know that really so that my knowledge also will improve.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 27, 2012 6:42 AM (in response to somanna)
Have you already got FCP X ?
If not you can download the 30 day trial free of charge:-
You can also download over 2 hours of free video tutorials from here to get you started:-
However, if yo want to dig deeper and have the info/tuition available at any time of the day you can't beat Tom's book.