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Is this the end of standalone Fusion?
by Simon Ubsdell 4 hours ago
There's a notice at the top of the release notes for the latest Resolve: "I'd also like to point out that Resolve now includes a Fusion Loader node, the ability to make compositions directly in the Fu
Length of timeline in Fusion project
by Anmol Mishra 6 days ago
Hi. I have 2 video files thats approx a 100m long in my fusion project. However, my timeline is at 1000 secs. How do I adjust my timeline to the time length of the longest asset in the project EDIT :-
Re: Length of timeline in Fusion project
by Simon Ubsdell 6 days ago
Why not simply drag their handles in the timeline to extend them as required Simon Ubsdell tokyo productions hawaiki
Tutorial: Compositing Secrets Everyone Can Use 2: Advanced Blend Modes
by Simon Ubsdell 2 weeks ago
Adobe After Effects Compositing Secrets Everyone Can Use 2: Advanced Blend Modes Whether you're a full-time compositor and VFX artist, an editor working in one of the many NLEs that supports Blend Mo
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Re: Compositing Secrets Everyone Can Use 2: Advanced Blend Modes
by Michael McCune 2 weeks ago
Wonderfully helpful. Actually feel more at home with blend arithmetic than loose English language descriptions found everywhere. Looking forward to your next tutorial on alpha channels. Especially as
Franz Bieberkopf and Apple Talk
by Aindreas Gallagher 4 weeks ago
Hey there, mad forum, I missed the whole shennanigans around the forum name change, not madly up to speed, but Apple Talk feels like it's the end of an era I guess I just wanted to say that I had a ma
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Re: Franz Bieberkopf and Apple Talk
by Oliver Peters 3 weeks ago
How can we top your post, except to raise a glass! Aindreas, you are far better bard than any of us. - Oliver Oliver Peters - oliverpeters.com
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Tutorial: Compositing Secrets Everyone Can Use: Pt. 1 - Blend Modes
by Simon Ubsdell 1 month ago
Adobe After Effects Compositing Secrets Everyone Can Use: Pt. 1 - Blend Modes Join longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell for the best look behind the techn
Re: Compositing Secrets Everyone Can Use: Pt. 1 - Blend Modes
by Joachim Smith 1 month ago
EXTREMELY pedagogic and useful tutorial! Thank you, Simon you've opened a door ajar. I'll have to watch it again and convert the principles in practice, and no doubt the door will open further. And ev
buzzing/flickering hair in key?
by Aaron Doenges 1 month ago
I'm having a lot of difficulty keying hair from a recent shoot. It was shot and lit professionally (Prores 4:2:2) and visually doesn't look like I should have any issues. I've tried Ultra Key in Premi
Re: buzzing/flickering hair in key?
by Simon Ubsdell 1 month ago
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Start projects with default bins and sequences?
by Michael Tesh 2 months ago
Is there a way to start a new project with a default set of bins and sequences already setup For example I have a particular type of organization I use for every project. I create the following bins e
Re: Start projects with default bins and sequences?
by Simon Ubsdell 2 months ago
Post Haste *is* free: Simon Ubsdell tokyo productions hawaiki
stereo vs multichannel sequence settings?
by Liz Parham 2 months ago
I've taken over a project in which the main edited sequence is multichannel that I think was created from a synced multicam clip mapped to 3 mono tracks. I am constantly hearing audio from either L R
Re: stereo vs multichannel sequence settings?
by Simon Ubsdell 2 months ago
Yes, you could still copy and paste from stereo into a fresh multichannel sequence. If you wanted to route to outputs other than 1-2 you'd need to sort that all out manually via the Audio Track Mixer
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Is it possible to track paint/clone stamps in fusion?
by Elo Resso 3 months ago
New to fusion, just wondering if it s possible to do beauty retouching in fusion with the paint tools and than track that painting over someone s face in a video and how would I set that up
Re: Is it possible to track paint/clone stamps in fusion?
by Simon Ubsdell 2 months ago
Try this tutorial: https: youtu.be nh1wxzDvxic https: forums.creativecow.net readpost 391 130 Simon Ubsdell tokyo productions hawaiki
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Maybe 10 Years is Enough for Final Cut Pro X - Philip Hodgetts
by Craig Seeman 4 months ago
Maybe 10 Years is Enough for Final Cut Pro X - Philip Hodgetts http: www.philiphodgetts.com 2018 06 maybe-10-years-is-enough-for-final-cut-pro-x I had been thinking about the "next direction" given th
Re: Maybe 10 Years is Enough for Final Cut Pro X - Philip Hodgetts
by Aindreas Gallagher 3 months ago
That's nothing - this baby felt like the money moment in terms of what's coming down the pike. https: medium.com netflix-techblog ava-the-art-and-science-of-image-discovery-at-netflix-a442f163af6 Auto
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Today we celebrate Drop Frame Timecode in the U.S.A.
by Craig Seeman 3 months ago
4th of July How video tech would have varied if https: www.provideocoalition.com 4th-of-julyhow-video-tech-would-have-varied-if There would have never been any NTSC video system. There would have neve
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Re: Today we celebrate Drop Frame Timecode in the U.S.A.
by Michael Gissing 3 months ago
Michael Phillips "Also, the .1% slow down was not so much a shortcut than a solution...." In the PAL world they engineered colour properly so there was no need to do the NTSC shortcut. Old B&W TVs st
Text growing out of a seed pod, maybe on a vine
by Michael West 4 months ago
Good morning: Looking for a method to make text appear to grow out of a seed pod, possibly attached to a vine. The title of the program is "Seeds Of Hope". Any suggestions, tutorials, or plugins will
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Re: Text growing out of a seed pod, maybe on a vine
by Simon Ubsdell 3 months ago
Here's a test project. 12496_seeds.motn.zip I've no idea if it's what you mean but maybe it will help. Simon Ubsdell tokyo productions hawaiki
Caption Export
by Andreas Kiel 3 months ago
I finally uploaded the new version of X-Title Caption Export I announced two or three weeks ago. It contains some bug fixes and some new features. The most obvious new one is the option to create html
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 3 months ago
Re: Caption Export
by Andreas Kiel 3 months ago
Thanks for the kind words Simon :-) Spherico http: www.spherico.com filmtools "He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby become a monster. And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the
Font Tracking Error
by Don Smith 4 months ago
I have a font that displays on AE correctly when All Caps is checked, but not in Motion. The kerning between the letters (OK, that's redundant), goes to garbage. Not so when All Caps is unchecked. The
Re: Font Tracking Error
by Simon Ubsdell 3 months ago
Don Smith "You went to a lot of trouble for all of to see the effect this Motion bug has." Sorry I couldn't come up with a solution for you I'm a big supporter of Motion but there are areas like this
Project Duration Discrepancy SOLVED
by Soutine Berger 4 months ago
Motion 5.3.2 OS 10.11.6 Whatever project length I spec when first creating a file, I see a different reading whether I am looking at the total frame rate or the total time in seconds. For instance, I
Re: Project Duration Discrepancy SOLVED
by Simon Ubsdell 4 months ago
Robin S. Kurz "But sure for the record." That's all it was. Additional information that some users might find useful. Nothing to do with the original post - which I couldn't begin to fathom. Simon Ub
Timing Question
by David Mathis 4 months ago
I bring a clip into Fusion and want to add a 3D title. I want the title to appear two seconds after thr clip starts and end two seconds before the clip ends. I noticed in the timeline changing the tim
Re: Timing Question
by Simon Ubsdell 4 months ago
It's worth understanding why you can't simply shorten the 3D Text on the Timeline. If you shorten the 3D text so there is nothing at the current frame, you will get the following errors in the Console
frame size nubie question
by Artem Belev 4 months ago
Hello. I already have seen this tutorial: https: forums.creativecow.net thread 391 94 the only thing I understood from it, is that Fusion determines frame size by the backgroud image. Whatever the ima
Re: frame size nubie question
by Simon Ubsdell 4 months ago
Artem Belev "So I have a couple of questions, the first is: how can I force fusion to "lock" particular frame size despite the image size " Add a Background Tool that is set to the dimensions you wan
FCPX and Fusion
by David Mathis 5 months ago
After playing around with the Fusion page in Resolve and Fusion itself I find myself enjoying a node based workflow even more. I feel it allows for more creativity with title work and adding spice to
Re: FCPX and Fusion
by Simon Ubsdell 5 months ago
One other point that might be worth adding to this discussion is that it's not necessarily a good idea to focus on one specific application to extrapolate general rules about what is and is not possib
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Towards a better NLE Part 2 - A conceptual framework
by Simon Ubsdell 5 months ago
Most of the time, when talking about improving the NLE concept, we talk in terms of tweaking existing tools and modes rather than addressing fundamental design questions. But I think there remain majo
Re: Towards a better NLE Part 2 - A conceptual framework
by Herb Sevush 5 months ago
Simon - I've been following this thread but I've been out shooting for awhile and haven't had time to put my thoughts together, but this morning we have a late call, so here goes. Unlike some, I'm qui
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 5 months ago
The Real Menace of FCP X
by Simon Ubsdell 5 months ago
The original promise of FCP X was great. Here was an approach that offered us a set of interesting new concepts and consequently some different ways of thinking about editing. I for one never had an a
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Matt Kemp liked this 5 months ago
Re: The Real Menace of FCP X
by Simon Ubsdell 5 months ago
Brett Sherman "Simon has become increasingly dismissive of FCP X. Fine, whatever. Don't use it." I'm just going to knock this piece of ad hominem nonsense on the head once and for all and then leave.
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This one thing...
by Oliver Peters 5 months ago
Just ran across this from This Guy Edits. https: www.youtube.com watch v=Pr-YtQlSU_I - Oliver Oliver Peters - oliverpeters.com
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Re: This one thing...
by Mike Cohen 5 months ago
I have seen lot of "editing" reels which are a bunch of cuts of different shots from different projects, not showing any actual editing. If you take out the clips from mainstream movies this guy isn't
Anne Coates
by Shawn Miller 5 months ago
https: www.msn.com en-us movies news anne-v-coates-oscar-winning-film-editor-for-%e2%80%98lawrence-of-arabia%e2%80%99-dies-at-92 ar-AAx0wUW ocid=spartandhp I would have killed to have had her particip
Re: Anne Coates
by Tim Wilson 5 months ago
One of the things I've been amused to observe is that she'd worked as many movies that were nominated for Razzies (7!) as were nominated for Oscars. That's no reflection on the quality of her work, of
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 5 months ago
OT: Smart Move from Adobe
by Scott Witthaus 5 months ago
apologies if this has already been posted: https: www.digitaltrends.com photography adobe-creative-cloud-price-drops-for-schools Scott Witthaus Senior Editor Visual Storyteller https: vimeo.com channe
Re: OT: Smart Move from Adobe
by Shawn Miller 5 months ago
Scott Witthaus "try learning Unity.....oy." Yup, STEEEP learning curve... that's why I'm amazed at the level of proficiency some of these kids are gaining just by watching tutorials and well, buildin
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 5 months ago
Reconsidering FCPX in Hollywood
by Oliver Peters 6 months ago
One of the Lumaforge NAB presentations: http: www.fcp.co final-cut-pro articles 2070-josh-beal-reconsidering-final-cut-pro-x-in-hollywood Direct link to the video here: https: www.youtube.com watch ti
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Re: Reconsidering a pompous editing system made by Apple engineers.
by Tim Wilson 5 months ago
Aindreas Gallagher "He's not lying. I myself learnt of the Emu's, the standing stones and the solar power cell trees himself and his good partner Nora enjoy day by day." Indeed, among our conversatio
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 5 months ago
Smarter and Faster
by Oliver Peters 6 months ago
Steve Martin's Working Smarter and Faster presentation from NAB https: www.youtube.com watch time_continue=1&v=MdqTwAPg6Qg - Oliver Oliver Peters - oliverpeters.com
Re: Smarter and Faster
by Michael Hancock 5 months ago
Simon Ubsdell "When you need a specific tool, you need that specific tool and workarounds just don't cut it." Exactly. Just today, in another forum, I saw that an editor was handed a script built fro
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Apple and the relentless pursuit of excellence ...
by Simon Ubsdell 6 months ago
https: www.youtube.com watch v=AUaJ8pDlxi8 Simon Ubsdell tokyo productions hawaiki
Re: Apple and the relentless pursuit of excellence ...
by Bob Zelin 6 months ago
Louis Rossmann is possibly the best Apple tech in the United States. He has all the facilities to repair Apple products at component level - to the dismay of Apple. And he has had numerous threats of
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 6 months ago
Smoke Effect in Final Cut PRO
by Constantinos Savva 6 months ago
Hello professionals. I need your advice. Trying to create smoke effect in a video very similar to bicycle scene in music video "Get Low" where the bicycle appears from inside smoke. Any suggestion for
Re: Smoke Effect in Final Cut PRO
by Simon Ubsdell 6 months ago
You might find this Motion tutorial using on creating volumetric fog: https: youtu.be VuBcAAJflX0 Simon Ubsdell tokyo productions hawaiki
FCPX or R15?
by Oliver Peters 6 months ago
I find the Resolve threads here fascinating. 2.5 million FCPX users notwithstanding, is Apple playing catch-up now to Blackmagic Design and Resolve It amazes me that a community where a trackless UI w
Re: FCPX or R15?
by Shawn Miller 6 months ago
Tom Sefton "I can't get away from the thought that if its about light and quick and easy, on a limited budget, and the delivery is for web, wouldn't you use a blackmagic pocket camera and have 1080p
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 6 months ago
Difference mask or differential mask - keying against a static, locked shot
by Adam Sherds 6 months ago
Hi, Everyone. I'm trying to do what some call a "difference mask" or "differential mask" in Final Cut Pro or Motion. I have a locked shot, an empty plate frame with no movement, and footage where an o
Re: Difference mask or differential mask - keying against a static, locked shot
by Simon Ubsdell 6 months ago
It's a pain to do this in FCP X but very easy in Motion. Here's a sample project to show how it's done. 12352_differencematte.zip Essentially all you need to do is layer the two versions of your shot
Fusion Page Question
by David Mathis 6 months ago
I might be missing something or just completely confused here so any help is greatly appreciated. I noticed that when you color grade a clip you must covert it to a new Fusion clip before going to the
Re: Fusion Page Question
by Simon Ubsdell 6 months ago
David Mathis "I noticed that when you color grade a clip you must covert it to a new Fusion clip before going to the Fusion page." No, you don't necessarily have to create a Fusion clip unless you wa
A technical editing critique of Letterman's "My Next Guest"
by greg janza 7 months ago
I stumbled onto this video which gives a detailed editing analysis of David Letterman's new Netflix show. I have a huge amount of respect for Letterman and I think his new show is a great second act f
Re: A technical editing critique of Letterman's "My Next Guest"
by Simon Ubsdell 6 months ago
Oliver Peters "Then invariably in the edit you try to resist the director's desire to cut to the camera when it's looking slightly at the back of the person's ear. " I think we're just showing a lack
Key Green Screen image with depth of field
by Stephen Smith 8 months ago
I watched a before and after video of keyed footage of people driving in cars. It looked beautiful with the background out of focus. Any tips on how to key blurry footage. I tried it once and it didn'
Re: Key Green Screen image with depth of field
by Simon Ubsdell 8 months ago
Spencer Tweed "Believe it or not, you can use the techniques in that tutorial to get your blurry key It's actually the same problem - you're just trying to get a "soft key". Don't take the tutorial t
"Add" generates a black border - 32-bit linear
by Maria Smith 9 months ago
When using 32-bit linear workflow and using blending mode "Add", I get black borders around the video that was supposed to blend. Any ideas Please have a look at the attached screenshot, or have a loo
Re: "Add" generates a black border - 32-bit linear
by Simon Ubsdell 9 months ago
If you add a negative value to a positive value you will get a subtraction. The chances are that the element you are trying to add has negative values (in the deep blacks at the edges), i.e, pixels th
Can't view Classifieds
by Mark Whitney 9 months ago
Hey folk, I've tried several times over the past couple of days to view the classified sections. When I enter, there's a disclamer that I check the box for & submit, but then I'm simply brought back t
Re: Can't view Classifieds
by Simon Ubsdell 9 months ago
Tim Wilson "And in Chrome, you can also just copy-paste and drag or drop images." Thank you!!!! I had no idea about this, but I love it :) Simon Ubsdell tokyo productions hawaiki
Keying based on hue and saturation
by Chris Orcfilm 10 months ago
Hi all, likely overlooking the obvious here but hitting dead ends. I need to key the attached: Keying the blue saturated area from the grey unsaturated area regardless of lightness. Any suggestions ar
Re: Keying based on hue and saturation
by Simon Ubsdell 10 months ago
Chris Orcfilm "Keying the blue saturated area from the grey unsaturated area regardless of lightness." Your problem is that despite what it may look like to the naked eye, your image is almost entire
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Drag layers up or down in timeline
by Erik Swanson 10 months ago
Is it possible to drag layers up or down in the timeline to reorder them The manual says it is, but I am not able to do it in Fusion Studio 9. Is there a modifier key I need to press Thanks for any re
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Re: Drag layers up or down in timeline
by Simon Ubsdell 10 months ago
Erik Swanson "After messing with fusion for a few days I had the silly idea to use it for a paid gig - but I figure that is the best way to learn." I reckon you're absolutely right - it can be a very
The continuing saga of FCP to Resolve to Avid
by Jeff Markgraf 4 years ago
My goodness, it's like one of those serialized magazine stories... So it seems that X to Resolve and back or Avid to Resolve and back is straightforward. X to Resolve to Avid is considerably less so.
Re: The continuing saga of FCP to Resolve to Avid
by Simon Ubsdell 10 months ago
Have you looked at AATranslator http: www.aatranslator.com.au It's an incredibly versatile solution for audio interchange that might just be useful here. Simon Ubsdell tokyo productions hawaiki
distorting the location line of a gradient
by Dan Gifford 11 months ago
Hello. I have a gradient, applied as an image mask, that I'm using to change the opacity of ONE side of a shape over time. It works - but as the bezier is a curve, I wanted to distort the 'location' (
Re: distorting the location line of a gradient
by Simon Ubsdell 10 months ago
Here's a much better idea: Create two color solids one for each side of your gradient. Create a curved mask for the upper layer. Add a directional blur to the mask along the axis of the gradient and i
Why so complicated to do green screen keying in Resolve?
by Duke Sweden 1 year ago
I can't understand why such an advanced piece of software like Resolve can't come up with an easier way to green screen. I love the program, have switched from Premiere Pro, but in that program I mere
Re: Why so complicated to do green screen keying in Resolve?
by Simon Ubsdell 1 year ago
You might find this tutorial useful - it takes you through the basics of using Fusion Connect: https: youtu.be Z2D58JPIa0o Simon Ubsdell tokyo productions hawaiki
Fusion Connect: Is there a way to use mattes created in Fusion within Resolve???
by Michael McCune 1 year ago
Resolve 14 and Fusion 9 are much appreciated leaps forward. One question regarding Fusion Connect: while the Fusion tracker and the ability to create mattes works very well, IMHO, and while I have use
Re: Fusion Connect: Is there a way to use mattes created in Fusion within Resolve???
by Simon Ubsdell 1 year ago
There is a different way you could do this and that's by rendering OpenEXR which allows you to access the alpha channel as an external matte directly inside the Resolve Color node, but you can't do th
Picture upload notifications
by Simon Ubsdell 1 year ago
I love getting notifications of Mr Wilson's inimitable posts, but I am less enthusiastic to receive a notification whenever he uploads an image file. I can live with it of course, but just thought you
Re: Picture upload notifications
by Simon Ubsdell 1 year ago
Hi Tim It looks as though you have indeed sorted it out - no notifications for a few days now. Many thanks :) Simon Ubsdell tokyo productions hawaiki
Color/Compositing Workflow
by Matt Dunne 1 year ago
Hi guys, hoping to have someone with more experience than I help me out with something. We are working through a video that requires a ton of compositing work, marrying camera moves together, set clea
Re: Color/Compositing Workflow
by Simon Ubsdell 1 year ago
I know this isn't the answer you need, but the Resolve Fusion Connect workflow is a dream for this kind of project. (Not to mention that Fusion is a far better compositor than After Effects will ever
Total Rookie Question: Video Track expanded vertically - how to shrink back to normal?
by Matt Wilson 2 years ago
Hi all, I managed to somehow expand one of my video tracks, so it's now been vertically expanded. How do I shrink it back to normal size I took a look at manual - couldn't find the answer - hopefully
Re: Total Rookie Question: Video Track expanded vertically - how to shrink back to normal?
by Simon Ubsdell 2 years ago
You can just grab the top of the video layer (in the track panel) and drag downwards. Or you can use the Time View Options button to set the track heights. That's the button to the left of the time zo
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Dropdown Rigging - A Useful Quick Tip Tutorial
by Simon Ubsdell 2 years ago
If you make Motion templates for use in FCP X, you may well find these two short tutorials useful. A timesaving trick that avoids having to rig the opacity of your layers or groups when you want to sw
Re: Dropdown Rigging - A Useful Quick Tip Tutorial
by Andreas Kiel 2 years ago
Thanks Simon. - Andreas Spherico http: www.spherico.com filmtools "He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby become a monster. And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will a
Brown Tint look
by Stephen Smith 2 years ago
Any idea on how to create a tint like this one Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Re: Brown Tint look
by Simon Ubsdell 2 years ago
Joseph Owens "Only Kim Jong-IL can hit a perfect 18 every time." Is this is super clever gag based on the fact that he's also dead Simon Ubsdell tokyo productions hawaiki
Project went missing (no thumbnail)
by salim samou 2 years ago
Hello, Im new to Resolve, im on win 7 64 bit with resolve 12.54 studio ...Have been working on editing a short film for 2 weeks with no issues, almost open the session once a day ..couple days ago I l
Re: Project went missing (no thumbnail)
by Simon Ubsdell 2 years ago
Have you created a new Database and a new User as I suggested This usually sorts the problem out. Simon Ubsdell tokyo productions hawaiki
Keyboard shortcut question
by Oliver Peters 2 years ago
Is there a keyboard shortcut to open or close all of the disclosure triangles at one time for the group headings in the browser For example, these could be date or assigned scene numbers with a set of
Re: Keyboard shortcut question
by Simon Ubsdell 2 years ago
Opt alt click is an OS-wide convention to open all enclosed folders and items. Not sure where the idea of command click comes from. Perhaps this ... http: best-mac-tips.com 2012 01 21 expand-all-folde
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