Final Cut Pro 6 - About Multiclip Master-Affiliate Relationships

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About Multiclip Master-Affiliate Relationships

When you create a multiclip, it is called a master multiclip. When you edit, dragging the
master multiclip to the Canvas or Timeline, a copy of the multiclip is made that shares
properties with the master multiclip. The copied clip is called an affiliate multiclip.

Master and affiliate multiclips share several properties:

 Multiclip name property: If you change the name of a master or affiliate multiclip, the

names of all instances of that multiclip in sequences also change. The easiest place to
change a multiclip name is in the Browser.

 Order, number, and clip of each angle: Every affiliated multiclip has the same number

of angles arranged in the same order, and the clip within each angle is the same.

If you perform an operation on a multiclip that affects its angle structure, such as
adding, deleting, or rearranging the order of multiclip angles, the modified multiclip
loses its affiliation with the original master multiclip, and a new master multiclip is
automatically created.

Note: The new master multiclip does not automatically appear in the Browser, but if
you attempt to reveal the master multiclip for a multiclip whose angles you just
restructured, Final Cut Pro asks if you want to create a master multiclip in the Browser.

Final Cut Pro allows you to insert a new angle into all affiliate multiclips with a single
action using the Insert New Angle Affiliates overlay. For more information, see

Inserting a New Angle into Many Multiclips at Once

” on page 265.

You cannot make multiclips in a sequence independent. Multiclips in a sequence are
always affiliated with a master multiclip.

To reveal an affiliate multiclip’s master multiclip in the Browser:


Select a multiclip in a sequence or in the Browser.


Choose View > Reveal Master Multiclip.

The master multiclip appears in the Browser, selected. If the multiclip has no master
multiclip, Final Cut Pro asks if you want to create one.


Click OK to create a new master multiclip in the Browser.

The new master multiclip is selected in the Browser.

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Chapter 16

Working with Multiclips