How to “Nest” Items in Final Cut Pro

Build a Nest

When you are editing a digital video project you may want to apply the same video effect to an entire sequence that you have been working on. To do this you will need to “nest” the clips, which means that you will turn the entire sequence into a single video clip. This is an easy process that allows you to address this entire set of video and audio clips as one simple item.

Applying it To a Sequence

When trying to nest a sequence that is in the Timeline you have to first highlight everything that you want to be nested. You have to make sure that you get every item – otherwise it can be even harder to get them matched up for movement or alteration. Then go up to Sequence and select Nest Items. A window will come up that will ask you to name the sequence, which will then appear as a separate sequence in the Browser. This is done so that if you want to mess with the actual sequence later on you can open it from the Browser and it will appear as its own sequence alone in the Timeline. Once you do this the clips will suddenly be one solid video and audio clip!

Using Effects

If you want to add effects to it you cannot just double click it like you normally would for a regular video clip. If you do this it will just open the nested clip into its own sequence tab in the Timeline, which then allows you to mess with the sequence itself. To add effects you need to drag and drop the nested clip into the Viewer and then drag video effects from the Browser as you would with any video clip.

An Easy Process

Nesting items is a simple and effective way to alter clips on a large scale, or move them around as a group. When doing larger projects it is often best to use separate “chapters” where you work on different sequences separately, then put them into a final sequence when you are done. From there you can put video and audio transitions between the nested sequences just like you could do with single video clips. This is an important feature of Final Cut Pro and will allow you to stay organized and make edits that affect larger segments of your final project.

This post is part of the series: Final Cut Pro

Learn different tools in Final Cut Pro with this tutorial series.
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  2. Final Cut Pro Certification
  3. How to Use “Photo Motion” in Final Cut Pro – Part 1
  4. How to Use “Photo Motion” in Final Cut Pro – Part 2
  5. How to Do Color Correction in Final Cut Pro
  6. How To Change Video Clip Speeds in Final Cut Pro
  7. How to Make Video Clips Black and White in Final Cut Pro
  8. How to Do Video Transitions in Final Cut Pro
  9. How to “Nest” Items in Final Cut Pro
  10. How to Import and Capture Video in Final Cut Pro
  11. Keeping Your Final Cut Pro Project Organized
  12. Video Editing – How to Crop Images in Final Cut Pro
  13. Using Keyboard Shortcuts in Final Cut Pro
  14. Using Keyboard Shortcuts in Final Cut Pro – Part 2 of 3
  15. Using Keyboard Shortcuts in Final Cut Pro – Part 3 of 3
  16. Using Markers in Final Cut Pro
  17. Labeling Clips in Final Cut Pro
  18. Adding Zoom to Video in Final Cut Pro
  19. Creating Map Motion in Final Cut Pro
  20. Printing to Video in Final Cut Pro
  21. How to Make Scrolling Credits in Final Cut Pro
  22. Keyboard Remapping in Final Cut Pro
  23. Quick Organizational Tips for Final Cut Pro
  24. Learning How to Use Final Cut Pro