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Chapter 7. Using the Timeline and the Canvas > Working with Timeline Tracks

Working with Timeline Tracks

Editing operations in Final Cut Pro frequently involve configuring tracks. Timeline tracks can be locked, unlocked, targeted, added, deleted, and made visible or invisible. There is a difference between tracks and the contents of tracks. The procedures described in this section affect whole tracks. To learn about editing procedures that affect indi-vidual sequence clips, edit points, and keyframes, see “Working with Items in the Timeline” later in this chapter.

To add tracks to a sequence:

1.
Open the sequence in the Timeline (Figure 7.52).

Figure 7.52. A sequence in the Timeline. Note the open space above the last video track.


2.
Choose Sequence > Insert Tracks.

3.
In the Insert Tracks dialog box, enter the number of new tracks for either video or audio. Final Cut Pro supports up to 99 tracks for video and 99 tracks for audio.

4.
Select from options for inserting tracks:

  • Click the check box next to Video and/or Audio to select track types.

  • Choose Before Base Track to insert your tracks before the first track in the Timeline.

  • Choose After Target Track or After Last Target Track to insert your tracks after the current target track for video or after the last target track for audio in the Timeline.

  • Choose After Last Track to insert your tracks after the last track in the Timeline (Figure 7.53).

    Figure 7.53. Adding two new video tracks and two new audio tracks to the sequence. The location specified is after the last track.


5.
Click OK to insert the tracks.

The new tracks are added at the specified location (Figure 7.54).

Figure 7.54. Two new video tracks (V3 and V4) have been added at the specified location above V2.



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