compound clip

compound clip in Final Cut Pro X

You can use compound clips to group any combination of clips in the timeline or the browser, and nest clips within other clips.

Compound clips can contain video and audio clip components, clips, and other compound clips. Effectively, each compound clip can be considered a mini project, with its own distinct project settings. Compound clips function just like other clips: You can add them to your project, trim them, retime them, and add effects and transitions.

When you add media (clips) to the contents of a standard clip, the clip automatically becomes a compound clip.

Compound clips have many uses. You can:

  • Simplify a complicated project by creating a separate compound clip for each major section
  • Sync a video clip with one or more audio clips and then combine the clips into a compound clip, to avoid inadvertently moving them out of sync 
  • Open any clip, edit its contents in the timeline, and then close it 
  • Quickly create a compound clip containing the clips in an event, based on the browser sort order 
  • Use a compound clip to create a section of a project with settings different from those of the main project.


browser in Final Cut Pro X

The browser displays clips, projects, photos, titles, or generators, depending on the item selected in the sidebar. The sidebar appears to the left of the browser and contains three panes for selecting different types of media: the Libraries sidebar, the Photos and Audio sidebar, and the Titles and Generators sidebar. When you select an item in the sidebar (such as an event containing clips, or a category of sound effects or 3D titles), the item’s contents are displayed in the browser.

You select clips or portions of clips in the browser to work with them. You can sort items in the browser by creation date, name, and duration. You can also view the browser contents as filmstrips or in a list.

To show or hide the browser, choose Window > Show in Workspace > Browser  ( or press Control – Command – 1 ).