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What's a Sequence?

A sequence is an edited assembly of audio and video clips. Sequences are the middle level of the Final Cut Pro organizing framework. A sequence is always part of a project, and you can have multiple sequences in a project. Sequences can be exported independently as movies or clips, but they can't be saved separately from a project.

Once you've assembled a sequence, that sequence can be manipulated as if it were a single clip. You can open a sequence and play it in the Viewer, mark In and Out points, and insert all or part of that sequence into another sequence, just as if it were a clip. Inserting a sequence into another sequence creates what's known as a nested sequence. (See "Working with Multiple Sequences," later in this chapter.)

Creating a new sequence

A new project created in FCP automatically generates a new, untitled sequence in your default sequence format.

Note that you probably won't need to change Sequence presets unless you change your audio or video input device. Final Cut Pro selects an Easy Setup with your default preset based on setup information you supplied when you installed the program. See "How to Choose an Easy Setup" in Chapter 3.

To add a new sequence to the current project:

  1. Choose File > New > Sequence; or press Command-N.

    A new sequence with a default, highlighted name appears at the top level of the current bin (Figure 4.22).

    Figure 4.22

    Figure 4.22 A new sequence with a default, highlighted name appears in the current bin.

  2. Type a new name for the sequence to rename it (Figure 4.23).
    Figure 4.23

    Figure 4.23 Type a new name for the sequence.

To open a sequence for editing:

Do one of the following:

  • Double-click the sequence in the Browser (Figure 4.24).
    Figure 4.24

    Figure 4.24 Double-click the sequence's icon in the Browser to open it for editing.

  • Control-click the sequence's icon; then choose Open Timeline from the shortcut menu.
  • Select the sequence; then choose View > Sequence In Editor.

    The sequence opens in both the Canvas and the Timeline (Figure 4.25).

    Figure 4.25

    Figure 4.25 The sequence opens in the Canvas and the Timeline.

To duplicate a sequence:

  1. Select the sequence in the Browser (Figure 4.26).
    Figure 4.26

    Figure 4.26 Select the sequence in the Browser.

  2. Choose Edit > Duplicate (Figure 4.27); or press Option-D.
    Figure 4.27

    Figure 4.27 Choose Edit > Duplicate.

  3. In the Browser, rename the sequence copy with a unique name (Figure 4.28).
    Figure 4.28

    Figure 4.28 Rename the sequence copy.

To copy a sequence from one project to another:

  1. Select the sequence in the Browser.
  2. Choose Edit > Copy; or press Command-C.
  3. Open the second project and select its tab in the Browser.
  4. Choose Edit > Paste; or press Command-V. The sequence now appears in both projects. The two copies of the sequence reference the same source media files on disk, but you'll need to re-render any previously rendered sequence material in the new project location.
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