Tip #927: Make Compound Clips Independent

… for Apple Final Cut Pro X

Tip #927: Make Compound Clips Independent

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

Compound clips are dynamic, unless you make them independent.

The middle compound clip is independent of those around it.

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By default, when you change the contents of a compound clip in the timeline, you change every occurrence of that compound clip wherever it appears. Sometimes, that’s what you want. Here’s what to do when it isn’t.

When you want to change one compound clip, without changing all other clips linked to it, select the compound clip you want to isolate, then choose Clip > Reference New Parent Clip.

This creates an independent copy of the original compound clip. You can then make changes to it, without those changes appearing anywhere else.


  • To change the contents of a compound clip, double-click it.
  • To close a compound clip, open any other project into the timeline.

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4 replies
  1. Kristian Skårhøj Andersen
    Kristian Skårhøj Andersen says:

    How do I change ratio of a compound clip? I’m going from a 1:1 version to a 16:9 version, and I need to change my compound clip accordingly

    • Larry Jordan
      Larry Jordan says:


      Make sure nothing is selected in the Browser.

      Choose File > New > Compound clip.

      In the settings box that appears, set the aspect ratio you need.


    • Larry Jordan
      Larry Jordan says:


      The old compound clip is not deleted, the independent clip is a copy. However, aside from choosing to Undo, once you make a compound clip independent, you can’t reconnect it to the original again.



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