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Tutorial: Timelines in Final Cut Pro X

March, 2013

Timelines in Final Cut Pro X

by Richard Taylor

You need a timeline to edit in Final Cut Pro X. There are two types of timelines - a project timeline and a compound clip timeline. So what's the difference between these two types of timelines? As it turns out, very little.

A few months ago I found myself using Compound Clip timelines to do quick edits in Final Cut Pro X rather than starting and managing brand-new Project timelines. The more I used Compound Clips for timelines the more I liked them. Now I use them all the time and seldom use a Project timeline. In this tutorial I'm going to show you my Final Cut Pro X timeline workflow.

Richard Taylor is a Level 2 Apple Certified Trainer for Final Cut Pro and does on-site FCP training and consulting in the Washington DC/Baltimore Maryland area. He can be reached via his Final Cut Pro X website FCPX.TV or on Twitter @RichardTaylorTV

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