Hello Tom. I found the solution. I abandoned the transitions approach and worked with keyframing 'Opacity' instead. That worked fine. Once again, thanks for your help.
Thank you very much, Tom, for being so helpful. I won't be able to try that until later. I'll let you know how I get on.
Tom, just to try and explain in more detail. I'm trying to create a simple opening title sequence of approximately 15" duration. The background throughout is a dark blue. The background fades in, followed by a fade in over the background of the plain white main title text. This title remains and it followed by two further sub-titles which fade in sequentially, also in white, until the end to the text sequence. Then I want everything to fade to black. Maybe that makes things a little clearer. Thanks again!
Thanks Tom. I wasn't using the 'Fade To Colour' , just 'Cmd+T' for the cross dissolve. But, as I wrote the fade is from black and when the fade ends the text (in white) appears above the selected colour background. I've searched everywhere and can't find a solution. Probably my ignorance and maybe I'm missing something obvious.
I'm trying to put three layers of simple text titles over a 'Custom' generator dark blue background. But my fade in and face outs to the text are still using the colour black and not the generator background. While fading in the text is over black and when the fade in ends the text is over the proper background until the fade out when it again reverts to a literal fade to black. Is there a way to make this work properly. Thanks!
I have a problem that I hope someone might be able to help with by pointing me to a page link or video tutorial.
I want to slowly zoom in on a traditional vertical wall type thermometer (see attached image), tilting down as the vertical indicator fluid bar moves down the scale to 0° freezing point and below. I can’t create the actual temperature reduction in real time. So I need to find a way to overlay a declining fluid bar to indicate the fall in temperature as I do the camera move down and in.
Although I have FCPX and Motion, I have no experience of such special effects, so all advice and suggestions welcome.
I’m responding to my own question above. The issue has resolved itself and FCPX is opening converted libraries in High Sierra fine. I’ve no idea what changed to solve the issue. When I reopened the same problematic converted library yesterday the issue of darker viewer and thumbnails had gone and everything looked fine. I think, but can’t be sure, that I had shut it down and reopened it when I first saw the problem. And, the problem reappeared. But it no longer does. I’m delighted, of course, but not knowing the cause of the problem or the way it resolved itself is slightly worrying.
FCPX ‘Yosemite’ Library converted to ‘High Sierra’ with weird video problem
I duplicated an OSX Yosemite (10.10.5) FCPX (10.2.3) managed library and used it in a new install of FCPX 10.4.6 in High Sierra (10.13.6). My original library is on an old Mac Pro 3,1. I used a well-regarded patcher tool to install ‘High Sierra’ in a separate partition on my SSD boot drive and installed FCPX 10.4.6 (the Mac Pro 3,1 is not officially supported for ‘High Sierra’). FCPX 10.4.6 seemed to convert the library without problems. But when I opened the project file I was working on in the timeline it had some weird video problems.
The browser and timeline thumbnail images look normal and the same as before, but when I play or skim the timeline, the image in the viewer is much darker. If hover over a thumbnail in the browser I have the same issue - the thumbnail image beneath the skimmer is much darker. It’s almost as if FCPX is applying some kind of image adjustment to the video files. I’m only a very occasional user of FCPX but wondered if there might be some kind of setting I’m unaware of that was turned on accidentally in the conversion of the library from the Yosemite version to the High Sierra 10.4.6 compatible one.
Hoping someone here with more familiarity with FCPX can identify the cause of the strange video behaviour.
I’d like to restore my ‘Optimised’ and ‘Proxy’ media to a slimmed down Project Archive but don’t know how, or even if it’s possible.
A few days ago I archived an almost complete FCPX project to a ‘New Library’ on an external drive. To keep my storage under control, and because they could be recreated, I chose not to include my Optimised Media and Proxy Media with the Archive. Everything seemed to go fine and, as far as I can remember, I shut down FCPX.
Anyway, next day I reopened FCPX and began to finish and fine tune my original project. When I had done most of the work I discovered that I had been working on the slimmed down archived project, which did not include my Optimised or Proxy media files. I’m not too familiar with FCPX but it seems that it made the archived project the one on the timeline the next time I started up. The source files were 4K and I was working in a 1080p timeline. Although FCPX was working with the original media, and was sluggish at times, I decided to complete the edit with that archived project.
I think I will almost certainly be doing some more work on this edit, including changing some shots and doing colour correction. So I’d like to be able to open this project and have it include the optimised and proxy versions of my original media. Is this possible, and, if so, what’s the best way to do it?
I’m running FCPX 10.2 on OS X Yosemite.
Thanks to FCPX.guru and joema for identifying my ignorance about FCPX and compound clips. I've just tried again and I CAN trim within a compound clip. I think I had chosen the wrong selection tool when I last tried it, but tried again in the light of the various contributors puzzlement. It worked fine. So that might be the solution to all my problems, unless there are some as yet unknown limitations to using compound clips that will trip me up down the road. But looking at the Audio tab they seem to maintain all the audio tracks separately, so that should not be an issue.
Thanks too joema for those links to Sam Mestman and Karsten. Looks like there may be more than one way to skin this particular cat. I'll also consider upgrading to PE4, since it seems to have some significant advantages.
Thanks to all again for being so generous with your help. Much appreciated!
Hello FCPX.guru and thanks for your reply. I actually replied to your reply earlier but didn't see it on the board so I'm replying again. As I mentioned in my original email, I tried the Compound Clip option. I have to preface what I say by repeating my ignorance about FCPX. When I created the Compound Clip from the PE3 synced project file I WAS able to mark sections of that Compound Clip as Favourites and with Keywords. I even did a test by creating a timeline sequence from some of those Favourite sections. But when I attempted to do basic 'Trimming' on those clips, I could not 'Trim' them. So I abandoned the Compound Clip route.
Thanks joema. I've explained in an earlier answer why I chose the PE3 route instead of trying FCPX's own syncing method. Also I'm not doing Multicam - just a single camera. And, as I said, my material that's synced is all over the place, with stop/start camera and Zoom H4N run-on. And, syncing with PE3 is not a problem. It's the fact that it sends a 'Project' file back to FCPX. It's likely my inexperience that prevents me from seeing how to work with these PE3 synced 'Projects'. I can' t believe Red Giant's PE3 would generate synced files that cause such obvious problems in a much bigger project. I've been in touch with Red Giant Support and they were very helpful. But information about 'Compound Clips' and creating PE3 stand-alone media files didn't work. The Compound Clip route produces files that I can't 'Trim' in the timeline, and my .MP4 original footage can't be exported as a stand-alone synced file from PE3. And even if it could export such a file I'm not sure whether I'd still have independent control on the multiple audio tracks. I wan't to leave any work on audio until the end of the edit.
Hello Axel. Thanks very much for replying so quickly. I thought of using the FCPX sync option too. But my double-system material was full of stop starts by the camera and with lots of audio run-on. So I don't think it lent itself to FCPX sync as much as to PE3. And, as I said, I had no problem with syncing. PE3 managed all the material well.
My problems (apart from my lack of experience with FCPX) begin with the fact that PE3 sends a 'Project' file back to FCPX. If I was just interested in editing that project, everything would be fine. But, as I said, I have multiple long PE3 synced 'Project' files, together with lots of other standard camera footage in my doc Library. I want to be able to mark up the sections of those PE3 synced 'Projects' as Favourites and with Keywords. To do that (unless I'm missing some aspect of FCPX) the material needs to be in Clip form. I know what I want to select, just don't seem to be able to find a way to make those selections for use in the final timeline.
I’ve run into a stumbling block with PluralEyes 3 Ver. 3.3.7 and Final Cut Pro X 10.2.3. The synchronisation works fine and I can send the xml file to FCPX. But I can’t work out a way to use the resulting synced file in my editing project. PE3 sends a synced ‘Project’ to FCPX. I can’t find a way to view, skim, and mark keywords and favourites in this ‘Project’ for use in my final edit.
I’m only an occasional user of Final Cut and of Pluraleyes, so please forgive my ignorance in this area. The project I’m currently working on is just a single camera mini documentary. Some imported clips are camera video and audio only. But I have four long segments where I’ve used PluralEyes to sync external Zoom H4N audio to the camera material. These sections range between about 25 minutes long, and 75 minutes long, so they are not short clips of footage. I’m dragging and dropping the source camera and Zoom material into PE3 and, as I said, PluralEyes deals with the sync issues well. The problems for me begin when I ‘send’ the xml file to FCPX. It’s available in FCPX as a ‘Project’ file.
In FCPX I can, of course, open the PE3 synced ‘Project’ on the timeline. I could make a ‘Compound Clip’ of this but that seems to produce serious limitations when I break it down into Keyworded and Favourited clips. I can drag those chosen sections to the timeline for an assembly but can’t trim the compound clip sections.
I would like to get the PE3 synced ‘Project’ file to behave like (or convert to) an imported clip. That way I could mark sections of it with Keyword and Favourites and then use those normally in a project with options like trimming available to me. I’ll be intercutting sections of the PE3 synced material with other imported camera material in the final edit. I’ve already done a rough ‘paper edit’ based on the interviews (PE3 synced) so I mostly know the clips I want to start with on my project timeline. I just need to find a way to mark and use those long PE3 synced ‘project’ files.
There is an option in PE3 to just export the synced files as a new stand-alone file but that doesn’t work for my .MP4 files. And, anyway, I’m trying to manage my disk space and avoid generating unnecessary duplicate files.
I’m probably missing something obvious in the PE3/FCPX workflow. I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s using PluralEyes this way, so I hope someone can shed some light on my predicament. Thanks!
I was trying to add text to the 'Notes' section of the clips listed under my 'Favourites' Smart Collections'. But I may have found out what I was doing wrongly and solved my problem. I tried to select the 'Notes' field in the filmstrip icon of my two favourites. And I got the behaviour I described.
But I discovered that if I click on the disclosure triangle of the filmstrip icon and add my text to the 'Notes' field of the green-starred Favourite line instead I can add different text to each Favourite 'Notes' field. I'm fumbling my way around metadata with FCPX but couldn't find a tutorial that described exactly how to do what I wanted with multiple favourite selections in the same clip.
Thanks for the info on renaming Favourites. I'm trying to decide if renaming will negatively impact on my ability to reference my source clips down the line.
In FCPX 10.2.3 is there a way to add unique ‘Note’ metadata to each one of multiple ‘Favourite’ selections within a long clip? When I apply some info in the ‘Note‘ field of one ‘Favourited’ selections in a clip the same ‘Note’ info is present in all the other ‘Favourited’ selections from that clip. If I change it in e.g. my second selection, the same metadata text replaces my original note text in the previous ‘Favourited’ selection.