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May 9, 2014
Final Cut Pro XVideo Editing

Final Cut Pro X Video Tutorial: Compound Clips for Music

Working with music in FCPX? In this exclusive Final Cut Pro X video tutorial we share a trick for quickly replacing temp tracks with final versions.

Often editors will cut up a single piece of temp music into different parts to create their own custom edit of the track. When using production music (like tracks from you can use temp (watermarked) versions of the tracks in your project to try out before licensing a high resolution version. So, if you’re working in Final Cut Pro X you may be wondering what the easiest way to swap these temp track for a final version – so that it replaces every instance of the track in your timeline.

Audio Tracks in Final Cut Pro X

In the following video tutorial we show you how using compound clips in FCPX is an easy way to swap out any track:

When cutting a piece of music into your FCPX timeline there is TWO things you will want to do first:

  1. Place the cut of music in a secondary storyline
    (using the shortcut Command + G)
  2. Make the cut of music a compound clip
    (using the shortcut Option + G)

Then, when you’ve decided to use the track for your project, swap it out in FCPX with the temp by opening up the compound clip, overlaying the full/final version and mute the temp version. It’s as simple as that. The compound clip is the key to swapping out the temp music for the full resolution track.

Got more Final Cut Pro X tips to share or questions about this tutorial? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • Edgar Davis

    Chris, why creat the Secondary Storyline first? Why not just the Compound Clip?

    • Chris Fenwick

      We’re going to get to that in the next tutorial. Thx for watching!

  • Brooks

    I’ve notice that premium beats is allways spot on with there water mark audio matching the high quality audio. Why not just relink the new track?

    • Chris Fenwick

      Because of the way FCPX “relinks” if the temp file and the full rez file are even one frame different in length, it won’t allow you to relink. Therefore, Relinking doesn’t always work, this method ALWAYS works. It has saved me tons of headaches.

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