Anvanced Editing

1. Advanced Project Actions

Combining Sequences

It is possible to import full contents of another Sequence into Sequence currently being edited.

  1. Select Project->Sequence->Import Another Sequence into this Sequnce...
  2. Select Import action.
    • Append Sequence adds imported Sequence at the end of current Sequence
    • Insert Sequence at Playhead Position creates a cut at playhead position and inserts imported Sequences at that position
  3. Select a Sequence to Import
    • Note that you obivously need atleast two Sequences to exist to do any import actions.
  4. Press Import button to execute import.

Split part of Sequence to new Sequence

  1. Select Project->Sequence->Split to new Sequence at Playhead position
  2. After confirmation dialog the a new Sequence with contents of source Sequence after playhead position will be created and made active.

Importing Media from another Project

You can import Media Items from another Project.

  1. Select Project->Import Media From Project...
  2. Select a Project file from file system.
  3. Media items that are not present in current Project will be opened in the current bin. Note that it takes a few seconds to load the project before new Media Items begin to appear.

2. Compound Clips

A Compound Clip is a single clip created by combining multiple clips and compositors in to a single media item.

In Flowblade Compound Clips are implemented by creating an MLT XML file that is saved in a hidden folder. Note that it is currently not possible to unpack a Compound Clip back to its components.

Compound Clips are useful when some complex sequence is more conveniently handled as a single unit.

Creating Compound Clip from Selection

  1. Select 2 or more adjacent clips from a single track.
  2. Select Project->Create Compound Clip->From Selected Clips
  3. Give a name for the new Media Item in the dialog.
  4. A new Media Item appears in the current Bin.

Creating Compound Clip from Sequence

  1. Select Project->Create Compound Clip->From Current Sequence
  2. Give a name for the new Media Item in the dialog.
  3. A new Media Item appears in the current Bin.

Creating audio synced Compound Clip from two Media Items

  1. Select 2 Media Items in Media panel.
    • The expected case is to select 1 Video and 1 Audio Clip.
    • If you select 2 Video Clips then which is used as video depends on selection order.
    • Audio from clip treated as video is muted.
  2. Select Project->Create Compound Clip->Audio Sync Merge Clip From 2 Media Items
  3. If audio sync is successful a dialog appers. Give a name for the new Media Item in the dialog.
  4. A new Media Item appears in the current Bin.
Audio synching looks for best matemathical match between two audio waveforms, so audio syncing non-matching audio will produce random results.

3. Timeline Audio Syncing

You can make a clip to move to a position in timeline in which its audio is in sync with audio of another clip on timeline.

This enables you to do simplified version of multicam editing on the timeline.

  1. Open context menu with Right Mouse on Clip you wish to sync with some other clip.
  2. Select menu item Select Clip to Audio Sync With.... The cursor changes to a targeting cross.
  3. Click on Clip you wish to audio sync with.
  4. A dialog opens giving info on the sync action that is to be done to sync clips.
  5. Press Do Audio Sync Move Edit button to do the syncing edit.
  6. It is usually a good idea to mute one of the synched clips
Audio synching looks for best matemathical match between two audio waveforms, so audio syncing non-matching audio will produce random results.

4. Slow / Fast Motion and Reverse Clips

In Flowblade motion effects are achived by rendering slow / fast motion or reverse versions of video clips and placing those on the timeline.

Creating Motion Clips

  1. Right click on a Media File and select Render Slow / Fast Motion File from menu
  2. Edit parameters for the new motion Clip
    • Set speed
    • Give name and location for motion Clip
    • Select rendering parameters for motion Clip. It is probably a good idea to use a lossless format here to avoid any generational quality losses.
    • Select render range, either:
      • Full Source Clip
      • From Source Clip Mark In to Mark Out
  3. Click Render button to create a new motion Clip

Creating Reverse Clips

  1. Right click on a Media File and select Render Reverse Motion File from menu
  2. Edit parameters for the new motion Clip
    • Set speed
    • Give name and location for reverse Clip
    • Select rendering parameters for reverse Clip. It is probably a good idea to use a lossless format here to avoid any generational quality losses.
    • Select render range, either:
      • Full Source Clip
      • From Source Clip Mark In to Mark Out
  3. Click Render button to create a new reverse Clip

5. Clip Parenting

In Flowblade Movie Editor you can set a clip's positions to follow another clip's positions on request.

Main points

Setting Sync Parent

  1. Click Right Mouse on clip and select Select Sync Parent Clip... on any clip NOT on track V1.
  2. Cursor turns into a Target Cross. Click on clip on track V1 to select it as Sync Parent Clip.
  3. Sync Relation is established between the two clips. Cursor turns back into a default pointer.
  4. Sync State Stripe appers on the Sync Child Clip. Sync State Indicator Stripes on Clips:
    • Green means that clip is in sync with parent.
    • Red means that clip is NOT in sync with parent.
    • Gray means that Sync Parent Clip is no longer on track V1.

Resyncing Sync Child Clips

Clearing Sync Parent Relations

Syncing Composited Clips

Audio Split Syncing