Use Case – Working with Sequences

From the Viewer to the Timeline with the sequences imported in a Master Project.

A convenient methodology for working on a Master project along with 1 or more previously saved Sub projects or sequences use case is described here. A sequence is an edited assembly of audio and video clips generally consisting of a series of videos that relate to the same activity. This use case explains how to work this way and some things you need to be aware of.

  1. First load your Master project, which you worked on and saved earlier as an .xml file, using an Insertion strategy of Replace current project. Generally this Master project consists of media with any of the attributes of clips, autos, possibly keyframes, and effects. You will see your project on the main timeline and the Media files that are part of this Master project will be displayed in the Resources window in the Media folder.
  2. Previously you may have also saved a Sub project, which will now be referred to as a Sequence, as an .xml file that may contain any of the same such things: media, clips, autos, keyframes, effects. Second you will want to load the Sequence using an Insertion strategy of Create new resources only. When you do the load, this Sequence will show as a file in the Resources window in the Clips folder. The actual media will show in the Media folder.
  3. Now Drag and Drop the Sub project from the Clips folder to the Viewer.
  4. Set In and Out Pointers in the Viewer to the region of interest in the Sub project and in the Timeline of the Main window of your Master project, move the cursor position to where you would like to insert this In/Out section.
  5. Click on the Splice (v) button in the Viewer to insert this section into the Master project timeline. All of the attributes of the selected Sub project section will now be inserted in the main timeline to include the autos, keyframes, effects, and labels.
  6. Alternatively, if you click on the Overwrite (b) button in the Viewer, you can see the Sub project In/Out section in the timeline, but without its autos, effects, keyframes, etc. If in the timeline there were some autos, effects, and keyframes in that Master project, they will be in effect for the new section.

You can see the advantages of using Splice versus Overwrite to either insert (splice) with all of the attributes of a specific section of your Sequence or to overwrite without the attributes to allow for the smooth operation on the timeline by retaining the timeline’s attributes at that point.

NOTE: for correct operation of this use case, you should have the same (or more) number of tracks in the Master project as you do in the Sequence. To avoid having to know how many tracks you need, you can use the Nest feature as described in the Nesting section (6.6).

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