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remain where it was and not move along with it. This would mean that the sound effect would no longer play
with the intended image on-screen and would need to be manually moved to the correct location.
Open the Bump in the Night Project in the Timeline, select the Secondary Storyline that you created earlier, and
press Shift+ +G to Break Apart Clip Items and return the storyline back into Connected clips. With the three
clips still selected, -click on the second audio clip to add it to the selection (see Figure 7.8). If you now
choose Clip from the menu bar, you'll notice that Create Storyline is grayed out and can't be chosen. This is be-
cause separate audio clips can't be included inside a Secondary Storyline (unless the audio is already part of a
video clip). Even so, it would be really useful to be able to group these related clips into one unit. This is where
Compound clips come to the rescue.
Figure 7.8 A connected audio clip cannot be added to a Secondary Storyline.
Compound clips are a way to nest related items in the Timeline inside a single object or container (yes, another
one); they offer some distinct advantages to Secondary Storylines. Unlike Secondary Storylines, which only
work with Connected clips, Compound clips can include all kinds of video and audio elements, including both
Primary and Secondary Storylines and even other Compound clips. In addition to this, Compound clips can be
opened up so that only the elements that they contain are presented in the Timeline. Once a Compound clip is
open, further clips can be added to it from the Event Browser, and these clips can be trimmed and manipulated
just like a normal Project in the Timeline.
To create a Compound clip in the Timeline, select the items that you want to include and choose File New
Compound Clip or press Option+G.
You can enter a name for the Compound clip in the Name field of the Inspector's Info panel.
Working with Compound Clips in the Timeline
Once a Compound clip has been created, it behaves just like a normal clip. Compound clips inside the Primary
Storyline, can be trimmed using the standard Ripple, Roll, and Slide tools. If they're connected to the Primary
Storyline, they act just like Connected clips. The clips that a Compound clip contains can't be individually se-
lected as they can with a Secondary Storyline and you'll need to open the Compound clip in its own Timeline in
order to access them.
Compound clips are useful when you have a series of clips that need to be treated with the same effect. Let's
say you're working on a group of clips that form a flashback or dream sequence and you want to apply a specif-
ic filter to all the clips to set them apart from the main action. If you were to group these clips into a Compound
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