Could someone kindly test this to see if this a bug, or something I'm doing wrong:
Import a simple two layer PS file into 10.4.4. Then in the Browser, drag that to a Projects Timeline. Double click the clip in the timeline, which should reveal the layered clip. Make a few changes to top layer, scale, add transition, etc.
Then in the top of the project window, click the Back arrow thing.
For me, the clip now longer has the little stacked symbol in the upper left corner of clip, and more concerning, I can't double click on that clip to revisit the layered contents.
So what will remedy this? Something changed because at some point I was able to import a multi-layered PS file into FCP Browser, adding to Project, and the double click on clip in Project. This then usually opened up the expanded view of the layered PS image. I could then “shorten” reposition, add effects AND add a simple color fade to any layer I want.
Out of curiosity I went back to Sierra and 10.2.3 and found the same behavior. I could color change, transform, everything worked as you would expect with a layered PSD file. As soon as I applied a transition to a layer the clip stopped behaving as a layered PSD, lost the PSD badge, and could not be opened into the timeline by double clicking.
Jonathan Levin wrote: One other thing: why is each layer in the expanded layer view mode show the layers as connected i.e connection point. Each layer should be just a layer. Somehow every layer needs to be “unconnected”.
In any Timeline there is a primary storyline with connected clips. There's no such thing as floating lanes with nothing connected to the spinal cord (primary storyline).
I was trying to add a transition, say Fade to Color, from the Transitions Browser in FCP. Adding that to my desired layer would create a secondary connected clip (I may be using the wrong term here).
This is where my clip in the Project went from Layered to, well, un-layered, meaning I could not re-open the clip by double clicking to reveal the PS layers.
The proper way to do this is to use the Show Video Animation command, then adjust Compositing Opacity for beginning and/or end of layer(s). The same thing can be achieved using the Inspector as well.
So far adding effects to a layer works to without destroying the "Layer Structure" of the clip in the Project.
The other mystery that I found the answer for today: even though I have my still import settings set to 3 seconds, my layered PS files were importing as one minute clips. According to Apple, this is the default for a layered image.
"By default, Final Cut Pro sets the duration of a layered graphics file to one minute. You can change the duration of the file in the Browser, so the file maintains that length when used in other libraries or projects."