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Do you have an intro in your Final Cut Pro timeline that you need to use over and over? Do you want to apply an &amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;effect&amp;amp;amp;amp;quot; ...
to an entire sequence and not just a video track? The solution is to nest your sequence!
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Today’s episode is all about nesting sequences in Final Cut Pro including why we should nest, when you should nest, and what nesting is all about. There are many reasons why you might want to nest sequences within sequences so for example let us say right here in my sequence this is my introduction to my video for Hawaii.
So let us say that this intro we want to reuse in many different other videos within the Hawaii show. We could cut and paste this in every new sequence so this is going to be—if you can look at here under sequences we will call this episode 1. Now let us say we create a new sequence, we will call this episode 2 and I want to use this introduction on episode 2.
What I could do is I can select everything command+C, we will go in to episode 2 and then command+V it will paste it. That is great, but let us say I now go back to one of my episodes and say I want to change the text or I want to add a logo or I want to do something else. That means that I would have to go into every single one of my sequences that I have this intro in including episode 2, 3, 4, 5 and so on and change this in every single one of them.
However, if I nest this into a sequence and then embed that sequence in all my episodes I only have to change the sequence that is my intro sequence. And then all of the other sequences using that introduction sequence will inherit all those changes so that is one reason to do nesting. The other reason to do nesting is let us say you want to apply a special effect to this entire video, now let us say that special effect to some sort of old TV effect.
So I am going to go in to my effects, I will add the old TV and what happens is it turn this into old TV but if I want the same effect to be on welcome to Hawaii. If I go in and add my last old TV, look at what happens. It is actually applying it to the text and it is not giving me the effect that I want. So command+Z, command+Z, and I am going to go ahead and once after we nest this, I can then apply the old TV special effect to the sequence and it will work on the entire sequence itself and it would not distort welcome to Hawaii.
It is actually applying it to the sequence versus to the specific track within the sequence. Okay, so let us go ahead and nest the sequence. What I am going to do is I am going to go ahead and select everything I want to nest so you select by clicking and dragging on all your tracks then you to sequence nest items. You can also hit command+C so I am going to go ahead and click on nest items. It is going to ask you for the sequence name so I am going to call this Hawaii Intro.
And then, I am going to leave the selection that is sets up because it will know what the best selections are. I am going to click on OK. And then, you can see that my episode sequence now has another sequence called Hawaii Intro and the way you can get to that sequence is if you double click the actual sequence that is embedded in another sequence it will not load it into the viewer. It is actually going to go to that specific sequence.
So, now that we are here, I can make any changes I want and my episode 1 sequence that has the Hawaii Intro sequence will inherit that. So we will go ahead and go to episode 2, we will go ahead and remove what we have before I am going to go ahead and add my Hawaii Intro sequence there. So you can see right now that I have “Welcome to Hawaii” if I go to episode 1 we have the same thing “Welcome to Hawaii”
Let us say the title changed, I am going to go Hawaii Intro, double click my text, go to controls, and then it will say Hawaii is awesome, which by the way it is. So now we changed the Hawaii is awe