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: Multiple Track Example from FCP
In response to a query in the Final Cut Pro Basics forum, here's an example of why we would use more than one video track in FCP. This is an older project from 2003 hence all the video is offline, but it shows 17 track of video in use. Why? Because there is a lot of compositing and overlays going on to create an urban / gritty look requested by the Producer. When I get a chance, I'll pull a screen grab of this scene, but for the moment, as best as I can remember, here's what is going on in the area highlighted in yellow.
Track 17 is a Film Leader type of element overlayed on the video
Track 16 through 5 are all graphical elements created in Photoshop
Track 4 is a still image overlayed on top of the logo and hands element below
Track 3 is a film flash
Track 2 is a logo element provided by the Producer
Track 1 is a video element shot by the Producer slowed to 50%
The reason for all the photoshop elements is we like to very often have the main graphic full opacity so you can read it, but also subtly mixed in around the rest of the video frame.
Now if you look at the very head of that timeline you can see how Video Tracks 5 - 2 are Nested items "Donner B-Roll with Frame and Way Donner SOT with frame" Each of those nests are actually 6 video tracks so if I didn't nest them, I would have used 24 tracks of video to create that effect. Nesting allows me to easily place those video frames around the screen without having to drag 6 tracks at a time.
As soon as I have time, I'll pull a screen grab so you can visually see what's going on.