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editing compounds clip while viewing primary storyline

303 Views 10 Replies Latest reply: Oct 27, 2012 12:52 PM by Chantus RSS
Chantus Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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Oct 13, 2012 8:15 AM


I´m working with psds objects, each in different layers, that move over my main video. I have put the similiar objects in compound clips, because I need to apply effects to them and to organize better my worksapce. But I need to reposition many of them on the go, and when I enter the compound clip, I loose the ability to see my background and the other connected clips, making it very difficult to make precise movements. Is possible to view the background (primary storyline) and other objects and compund clips, adjusting their opacity?

Sorry for my english.




MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7), ATI Radeon
  • andynick Level 5 Level 5 (4,840 points)

    Have you tried putting the objects into Secondary Storylines, instead of Compound Clips?

    That way you can edit them in the timeline (and see the background).

    Select the clips and press Cmd+G to put them into a secondary.


  • James Cude Level 4 Level 4 (1,155 points)

    There's no way to see the surrounding project from within a Compound Clip. For this reason I would suggest building complex composites as connected clips and only nesting them into Compound Clips when you have the elements lined up with the main storyline as desired.

  • andynick Level 5 Level 5 (4,840 points)

    Chantus wrote:

    you can´t scale, blend or apply opacity as a group. That´s why I tend to put them in compounds clips.

    You can do all those things in a Secondary Storyline (Cmd+G) - in fact as far as I know, you can do all the things with a secondary storyline that you can with a Primary Storyline.


    Select the clips you want to blend, fade or whatever, and press Cmd+4, then adjust in the Inspector.


    My point was that you can do these things, and still see the background - which was what you were asking about.


  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (104,630 points)

    you cannot make color adjustement and either apply effects (as a group)


    Not quite sure what you mean by that, but from my understanding, you can apply effects as a group either by copying and pasting or to compounds.

  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (104,630 points)

    You either adjust the color to one and copy and paste it to the others, or you make the clips a compound clip and adjust the color of the compound clip. Generally color grading is done individually on a clip by clip basis.


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