1st, you are attacking first, then asking us to justify things to you. Thatâ€™s not asking honest questions about specific functions. But Iâ€™ll give it a go here. To be clear, Iâ€™ve been editing pretty much my whole life, and yes, have done some very complex Timelines in FCP X with great speed and ease of use.
You can do 15 hours of YouTube videos and still not be properly educated. Have you done the Ripple Training or macProVideo full trainings?
iMacs and laptops donâ€™t have the best GPUâ€™s for using FCP X and Motion 5. They are adequate, better than older models, but not the power youâ€™d want for doing large scale, long form productions.
â€œThere is video in the main track, with a text element or two, and they add some effects here and there, often "undoing" many of the things they do. None of the projects are involved at all!! Can you prove me wrong?â€
* This makes no logical sense to me, I have no clue what youâ€™re talking about to be honest.
â€œ We are talking no less than 60+ separate elements...in 30 seconds So once again I ask you...have you seen any scenario like this in any tutorial?â€
* Yes I have, and do them daily, and donâ€™t have any problems outside of a few known bugs weâ€™re waiting for the next update to fix.
â€œThose 3 social media icons I had slightly staggered to fade in one after the other were in the timeline on top of each other. I wanted to move them down the timeline a bit so instead of moving them together, I did what you are supposed to be able to do...create a compound clip!â€
* No one ever said you are â€œsupposedâ€ to do anything a specific way. Like all NLEâ€™s, there are several options. Iâ€™d simply Cmd-click to select them all at one time and drag them to where I want them to be. Or you could make them a Compound if you wanted. There are a number of ways to do this.
â€œI click and began to drag the compound clip down just 2 seconds in the timeline and clips started jumping all over the place! The compound clip broke up and the separate elements found someplace to rest and the entire timeline had been rearranged!!â€
* Sounds like several things going on here. Youâ€™re zoomed out to far so the mouse doesnâ€™t have the accuracy you need, which is a fact for all NLEâ€™s. Youâ€™re dragging too fast and furious, which is a common problem to all NLEâ€™s. Iâ€™ve worked extensively with FCP X and never had this problem. Once or twice a student has trouble dragging connected clips, until we look at zooming in/our, resizing track heights, etc, to make working in the Timeline easier and more accurate. This is true for all timeline windows in all NLEs. Itâ€™s not like magnets that get too close to each other, itâ€™s the accuracy of dragging your mouse, which Iâ€™ve never heard or seen anyone who Iâ€™ve worked with across the country having such a serious problem.
â€œAnd why does it make any sense for one clip to have to be attached to another?â€
* To avoid things going out of sync, a very, very, very common problem in all NLEâ€™s except FCP X.
â€œAnd why does empty space have to be filled with those annoying black place holders?â€
Gap Clips allow us to work with empty spaces like regular clips, to adjust duration and placement very quickly and easily, as well as do replace edits super fast and easy without having to jump through hoops as other NLEâ€™s make you do.
â€œ I purchased several third party effects and transitions. But for the most part they are useless.â€
I never purchase a third part product unless I need it for a paying project that will cover the cost, and it does exactly what I need.
â€œThere is no option to have the transition affect only the target clip or element.â€
* I make lots of my own custom effects and transitions with Motion, and have customized the existing ones extensively with very little effort. Motion is worth learning.
â€œBen I assure you my knowledge or lack there-of has nothing to do with such happenings.â€
* I have to disagree.
â€œAnd I would hope as the "Professional" you are, you make sure to recreate my findings so you can be sure to properly teach your students not only the good about FCPX but also its limitations before they drop 300 bucks on it.â€
* Iâ€™ve done what youâ€™re trying to do, an much, much more complex edits on a daily basis.
â€œI challenge you to load that timeline up with a bunch of stuff like I had to and then tell me how much I don't comprehend.â€
* Again, I do on a daily basis, and can not give you the answers you ask for, as Iâ€™ve run this gamut with others who have their negative opinions and nothing anyone says will change their mind. So this is my final response. Best of luck.
â€œWhile there are some wonderful things in FCPX, the Magnetic Timeline is not where your time is saved.â€
* Saves me and others tons of time. We can move assets around in the Timeline anywhere we want them to be.
My last statement on this thread is that FCP X is not the NLE for you personally, I recommend moving to MC or PPro. Perhaps Vegas would serve you better. As for giving advice and helping folks to learn FCP X, I have dozens and dozens of professionals across the country loving it, I have close friends who hate it. One NLE does not work for everyone in every situation. Find what works for you, stick to it, be happy. If it does not work for you, move on, don't stay stuck in negativity. It's not productive.