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Advanced Tips for FCP X: Custom Resolution Timelines

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FCP X can't create a custom resolution timeline... or can it? I'll show you how to create custom resolution timelines quickly in Final Cut Pro X.



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@Advanced Tips for FCP X: Custom Resolution Timelines
by T. Payton
Lewis,

That is most likely the "grren frame" rendering bug that was resolved in 10.0.8. Update to the latest version and it should be resolved.

T.

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T. Payton
OneCreative, Albuquerque
Re: Advanced Tips for FCP X: Custom Resolution Timelines
by Lewis Sykes
Hi.

I'm using FCP 10.0.7 and noticed your post above "The glyph, or icon, is not a compound clip any longer as of 10.0.6 but it works just the same."

So I've followed your tutorial but am having issues...

My project is for a Planetarium dome system - 4096x4096px and 30fps - so it's very high resolution. I've created a preset clip in Motion and added it to the FCP project as a timeline with no problem... and I've added other clips with lower resolutions and scaled them as you advise... but I'm getting a green screen in preview most of the time once the rendering on the new clips are done. If I don't resize the clip FCP will display along the time line OK... but if I export it - though it exports the right size and fps - I get a green screen at the point the new clip appears along the timeline.

Any advice? Would be appreciated.

Best

Lewis
@Advanced Tips for FCP X: Custom Resolution Timelines
by Steven Miori
nevermind.. figured it out. just looks different but functions the same.. I was thinking since I saw the gray area in my share preview it was going to not work but it did. my bad!

thanks!
@Advanced Tips for FCP X: Custom Resolution Timelines
by Steven Miori
Hey man, thanks for the tutorial. looks like it worked great on whatever version of FCPx you were working on.. I'm on 10.0.7 and the "Share" settings are different.. doesnt bring up the custom size like it does in your video. When I go to "Export file" it doesnt bring up the same options as in your video.

any idea for a workaround?

thanks!
Re: Advanced Tips for FCP X: Custom Resolution Timelines
by T. Payton
Kristen,

Glad you figured it out. One thing to note about a change in compound clip behavior since 10.0.6. This Custom Resolution workaround will actually now make a "complex clip" not a new "compound clip". You can see this clearly because the icon in the event browser doesn't change to a compound clip icon (or glyph) any longer. Compound Clips will always be "parent" clips while "complex clips" are not "parents" but instead independent.

I probably should update this with a new tutorial to avoid future confusion.

On another note what is a "shell project"? And how did you have difficulty reopening your timeline?

- T.

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T. Payton
OneCreative, Albuquerque
Re: Advanced Tips for FCP X: Custom Resolution Timeline
by jean mathis
Sorry Tom, but I seem to miss a point once I opened my duplicated custom clip in the timeline and then add a text effect (as you did) nothing happens, it doesn't turn into a compound clip? I hear though that you are making click with your mouse, what are you doing exactly that I am missing ????
Best
Jean
@jean mathi
by T. Payton
The glyph, or icon, is not a compound clip any longer as of 10.0.6 but it works just the same. I need to create an updated tutorial as soon as I can take a breather from editing. ;)

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T. Payton
OneCreative, Albuquerque
@T. Payton
by jean mathis
Ok, I appreciate your prompt answer, that means that I don't have to prompt the timeline by using ctrl click "open in timeline" on the clip. I just click on it and it will open in timeline. Will check it out.
Thank you again.
Jean
@jean mathi
by T. Payton
Actually you do need go right click and open in timeline. I forgot about that.

If you are doing this a lot assign a keyboard command to open timeline.

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T. Payton
OneCreative, Albuquerque
Re: Advanced Tips for FCP X: Custom Resolution Timelines
by Kristen Anchor
Sorry, I figured it out.

Pasted the compound clip into a project.

I will actually output it from the compound clip (not the shell project) when I'm done editing, but in the mean time I placed it in a project so that I can quit final cut and come back to the compound clip to work on it. (It is a complicated edit for a 3-wall projection, so i need to be able to work on it off and on over a month or so.)

Thanks for getting back to me and thanks again for the life-saving work around!

Kristen
@Advanced Tips for FCP X: Custom Resolution Timelines
by T. Payton
Kristen,

Can you clarify, "save so I can work over multiple edit sessions"?

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T. Payton
OneCreative, Albuquerque
Re: Advanced Tips for FCP X: Custom Resolution Timelines
by Kristen Anchor
thanks for the helpful tutorial! one question -- is there a way to save so i can work over multiple editing sessions? (i'm on 10.0.6)

-kristen
Re: Advanced Tips for FCP X: Custom Resolution Timelines
by T. Payton
Lutz -

I recorded this on a 2006 MacPro (1,1), 13GB of Ram. Radeon 5770, 10.6.8. The stock footage is 1080p Photo Jpeg format. My events and project drive is a OWC eSATA 8TB RAID (about 150MB/sec).

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T. Payton
OneCreative, Albuquerque
Re: Advanced Tips for FCP X: Custom Resolution Timelines
by Lutz Leonhardt
Hi

I would like to know which mac you are working on. It looks really fluent, so what machine is it?

Great Tutorial, I can really use it to create a 1998x1080 timeline for digital cinema, great and thank you. Apple should implement this immediately in the box 'custom resolution'.

best regards from Zürich
Re: Advanced Tips for FCP X: Custom Resolution Timelines
by T. Payton
Thanks Steve.

Of course I completely agree. I thought at first that it was a technical issue and Apple restricted resolutions, but I was pleasantly surprised that after testing every odd format I could think of (12000x480 for example), that is not the case. In fact FCP X can support anything that Motion can do.

It is very apparent that the FCP team needs to scrub the app with a fine tooth comb--with FCP 7 or other NLE in one hand and FCP X in another--to ensure editors have the capabilities we need ( a pixel aspect ration setting for clips is another glaring example).

On another positive note as I was preparing this tutorial I saw that on my setup FCP 7 can't play any non-broadcast resolution sequence without rendering. So a project like the vertically mounted 720 display would have been a horrendous task in FCP 7. FCP X has some serious power and flexibility under the hood. We just need the controls to take advantage of it.

- T.

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T. Payton
OneCreative, Albuquerque
Re: Advanced Tips for FCP X: Custom Resolution Timelines
by Stephen Martin
T Payton, this is a great tutorial. I've had several people write me about how to do this. I only wish Apple would just give us a custom setting so we would have to go through this ridiculous workflow.
Re: Tutorial: Advanced Tips for FCP X: Custom Resolution Timelines
by Jeremy Garchow
Nice work, T Payton.

I'd like it thrice if I could.
+1


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