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Lesson 1 Effect Design and Techniques > Collapsing Tracks in the Timeline

Collapsing Tracks in the Timeline

When you have started to build your effects on multiple tracks, you might find that your Timeline gets rather cluttered. Collapsing a series of tracks not only simplifies your Timeline, but it gives you a whole bunch more tracks to play with. Remember, by default you get only 24 video tracks. But if you collapse 24 PIPs into just one track, you still have another 23 tracks to add yet more PIPs!

We have discussed nesting your effects so that they are stacked up on one clip. You may, however, have an effect that uses several different clips, such as a video wall or split screen (see Figure 1.41). While building your effect, it is convenient to have the different video tracks with clips on top of each other, but it can cause problems with long sequences when you trim. For example, suppose you have a stack of clips at one place in your Timeline, but later you decide to trim or insert a clip on V1 that is before your stack. If you forget to turn on your sync locks, you may end up offsetting the clips on the higher tracks, as shown in Figure 1.42.


  

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