[Bf-committers] Modernizing Video Sequencer Editor UI

David McSween 3pointedit at gmail.com
Mon Feb 17 03:22:13 CET 2014

The addition of audio controls for Meta strip is a 'very' useful addition
for video (synced) editing. That is, the ability to easily move video with
related audio (in sync) around the timeline.

Of course this is the suggested process for 'sync' editing in the VSE. But
it is quite hard to trim the audio, embedded in a meta strip, by animating
it's volume in relation to the previous shots.
You must edit a meta strip and when you do you loose all reference to the
other media and must use markers, this becomes messy very quickly.

This one change is very important for non-animation or mixed media editing
used in performance or drama work.

However there is a drawback. How would you determine the correct audio to
apply a volume adjustment to?
Can I suggest that the tracks inside, that carry audio strips, be exposed
as a volume property? That way you could fade the right audio component up
or down without changing all of them at the same time.


On Mon, Feb 17, 2014 at 1:46 AM, Paulo José Amaro <pauloup at gmail.com> wrote:

> David, I'm glad to know you like it. I tried to find a UI mailing list, but
> I had no luck. If there's any place most appropriated to discuss this
> topic, please let me know.
> *1 - I agree with you, but the Jump To Cut addon has too much options that
> should be revised before inclusion to avoid cluttering the UI. Still then,
> Multicam should (also) have these options because they relates with the
> workflow implied by it.
> *2 - I forgot to include Adjustment Layer, but now you've said, I check up
> and currently it do have Trim options. In my proposal, these options should
> be in the Strip tab and I'll update the proposal soon as I can. Thank you
> for pointing me about it.
> 3* - I agree that Pan should be better placed in the Strip tab, but it's
> not clear yet. I'll wait for more feedback before making this change.
> If you're talking about the Preview + Sequencer mode that mixes the strip
> and non strip options in the same panel, I think the Preview options should
> be placed on their own tab. But it certainly deserves further
> investigation.
> Best regards!
> Paulo
> On Sun, Feb 16, 2014 at 5:02 AM, David McSween <3pointedit at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > Hey Paulo, this looks like a great proposal but I wonder if this is the
> > right mailing list. Where can the UI team be contacted*?*
> >
> > *Quick response though:*
> > *1- The navigation tools from addon "Jump to Cut", should be VSE timeline
> > generic tools instead of strip specific.*
> > *2- Adjustment Effect Strips should have Trim options (start/end frames
> > etc.) as they are not locked to parent strip length.*
> > *3- Audio strips have more than one function (volume), Pan at least
> should
> > appear with volume. Pitch could stay on the input tab.*
> >
> > *Improving user understanding is very important as the VSE is not like
> > other Non Linear Editors. But I wonder how your tabbed approach fits in
> the
> > preview window which also has a properties panel, which provides other
> non
> > strip specific functions (like proxy preview resolution, OpenGL etc.).*
> >
> > *Cheers*
> > *D*
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