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jpjd Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Where the **** is the off switch?!?!?!  I hope there's an option to turn it off occasionally.  I don't always want things sliding around on their own, especially when I'm trying to time something to music!!!!  I've been a FCP editor since day one and a professional editor for 15 years, I see how the magnetic timeline can be useful, but if I have to have it constantly engaged I have a feeling I'll be jumping off a bridge very soon!


Final Cut Pro X, Mac OS X (10.5.2), mac pro 2 x 2.66 Dual-Core Intel Xeon - Memory: 4 GB 667 MHz
  • axis360 Level 1 Level 1 (135 points)

    Final Cut Pro defaults to having the snapping feature turned on. In the upper right corner of the timeline window you will find the snapping icon.

    snapping_icon.gif

    The magnetic property of the timeline is called snapping. Without it, you would more than likely have small gaps between edits where you attempted to match clips together.

    Snapping can be turned on and off by clicking on the snapping icon, or by pressing the N key on the keyboard. You may find it may be easier to press the N key instead of trying to navigate to the small snap icon in the upper right corner of the timeline window.

     

    Hope that helps John

  • jpjd Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the response John!  I think you're getting confused.  SNAPPING butts clips together when they are close so there is no gap...like you mentioned (magnetic properties, but not the new magnetic timeline).  The new MAGNETIC TIMELINE feature in FCP X is something very different and new.  As far as I can tell you can't turn it off.  But it appears Apple has incorporated a tool called POSITION which lets you move clips around without fear of bumping everything out of sync.  I guess that's the solution?

     

    Something else I've noticed about this Magnetic Timeline that I find problematic is if you add a dissolve between two clips, the back end of the edit seems to slide forward to compensate!  This will get annoying fast for music video editors who have clips further down the timeline they don't want to have slip and slide around!

    Anyone have a work around?

     

    Thanks!

  • axis360 Level 1 Level 1 (135 points)

    My bad sorry- I will look and will look forward to an answer! Didn't know of this problem!

    Is this the very newest of FCP-299 version. If so I am wondering if they are working on or unlocking it with updates-paid or not?

  • Mark Bame Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)

    I agree 100%. There is no way I'm going to edit on this if you can't turn that magnetic timeline OFF!!!

    I've got clips jumping all over the place with no reasoning what so ever. So far.... not impressed at all!!!

  • Andrew Adolphus Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I was pretty excited about this feature until I tried it out. I'm gonna develop a Xanax addiction if there's no way to turn this off. Either that or *sigh* go back to Avid.

  • danielfrommilton Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Here's how to turn OFF the magnetic timeline in FCP X

     

     

    http://forums.filmmakingwebinars.com/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=15

  • danielfrommilton Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
  • jpjd Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hey Daniel.  That link doesn't work.

     

    If it says to use the "P" key to move things or to just avoid cutting on the main STORYLINE track (use above tracks) than that's cool because that's what I figured out.  I think Apple should bring back the track labels!!!  V1 V2 V3.  I don't mind if the tracks are created on their own but I would love if I could say that clip is on track V6 or whatever.  Like before.  This new way is problematic. 

     

    Also why can't I create a dissolve on upper tracks??  It appears that I have to have my clips on the STORYLINE track to create a dissolve...and than when I create the dissolve it absorbs part of the clips and shifts the clips after the dissolve!!!  ***?

  • Jonah Lee Walker Level 3 Level 3 (565 points)

    jpjd wrote:

     

    Hey Daniel.  That link doesn't work.

     

    If it says to use the "P" key to move things or to just avoid cutting on the main STORYLINE track (use above tracks) than that's cool because that's what I figured out.  I think Apple should bring back the track labels!!!  V1 V2 V3.  I don't mind if the tracks are created on their own but I would love if I could say that clip is on track V6 or whatever.  Like before.  This new way is problematic. 

     

    Also why can't I create a dissolve on upper tracks??  It appears that I have to have my clips on the STORYLINE track to create a dissolve...and than when I create the dissolve it absorbs part of the clips and shifts the clips after the dissolve!!!  ***?

    You have to right click on the upper track and turn it into a Storyline then you can dissolved (a useless step as far as I can see, but it is necessary now).

  • syntax_r Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Trying to edit a music video now, and am about to go crazy with the magnetic timeline. Everytime I add a transition it moves all clips out of sync with the music!!

     

    The "P" mode is no solution to this.

     

    Hope someone comes up with a solution to this soon.

  • InMotion Imagery Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have seen the timeline shifting when a transition is added.   Seems like a bug.

  • daniel fiori editor Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    www.avid.com is the perfect solution for you

  • jpjd Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    HAHA!  Trust me...if Apple doesn't address the majority of our concerns in a timely fashion myself and many long standing pro editors I know have already considered going back to AVID. 

  • jpjd Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hey Syntax,

     

    AVOID editing on that middle layer (STORYLINE LAYER...the cursed magnetic layer).  Create a gap on that layer and stretch the heck out of it so you have lots of space to work with ...than just work above that track.  I find working on the upper video layers makes life a lot easier.  Starts feeling more like it should.  Just grab and drag clips around without fear of other clips slipping out of sync with the lower audio track!  Hope that helps you.

     

    Screen shot 2011-06-23 at 10.52.22 PM.png

     

    I really love that you can expand the clips when they have audio and independently grab and lengthen audio independently from the video and visa versa.  Also I like the tracks come and go as necessary.  And clips get out of the way when they need to as well by bumping above to a higher or lower layer.  That's VERY cool IMO!

     

    Screen shot 2011-06-23 at 10.52.46 PM.png

     

    We need Apple to get rid of that middle STORYLINE layer..IT'S ANNOYING!!!!!!!!!!!

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