Options to select resolution when creating Nest
With so many users editing 4K footage (at 50% scale) in FullHD timelines, it would be great to have the option to choose the resolution of a Nest when nesting clips!
A radio button (see illustration) could allow users to choose between Timeline and Clip:
1. Timeline (default): would create nest with the same resolution as the current Timeline.
2. Clip: would create a nest with the resolution of the highest resolution clip in the selection.
The Width and Height fields would show the resulting resolution, based on the radio button option chosen. They would also allow users to manually change the resolution to whatever they need. The lock icon would make it easier for a user to change the resolution manually while preserving the current aspect ratio.
Finally, the 'Set to frame size' checkbox (on by default) would allow both the nest itself and the nested clips to automatically scale to fill the frame. For examples, when checked, selecting 4K clips at Scale 50 in a FullHD Timeline and nesting them into a 4K resolution nest would automatically change the Scale of those clips inside the nest to 100 so that they fill the 4K sequence frame. At the same time, this option would scale down the 4K nest in the Master sequence to a Scale of 50 so the entire image can be seen.
Why would this be useful? When editing 4K footage in a FullHD timeline, users can zoom into their 4K footage up to 200% (i.e. Scale: 100) with minimal image degradation. However, if the user needs to nest 4K clips for whatever reason, the resolution of the nest is automatically set to FullHD. Zooming into a FullHD nest on a FullHD timeline results in unwanted image degradation.
The current workaround is to:
1. Nest 4K clip(s).
2. Open the nest.
3. Open 'Sequence Settings'.
4. Change 'Editing Mode' to 'Custom'/'DSLR' or other 4K compatible mode.
5. Manually change Frame Size values to Width 3840 and...
6. Height 2160.
7. Change Scale of clip from 50 to 100
If there are several clips in the nest, then:
8. Copy Motion Settings from resized clip.
9. Paste new Motion setting to other clips in the nest.
10. Go back to the Master sequence.
11. Change the Scale of Nest to desired size.
As you can see, that's a LOT of work! Allowing users to choose the resolution of their nest would reduce the workflow from 9-11 steps to just 2!
1. Change radio button from Timeline to Clip
2. Click OK to nest clip(s).
Done! In just 2 steps, users would end up with a 4K nest with a Scale of 50 in their FullHD timeline, containing 4K clips at a scale of 100 to fill the frame.
In this example, I'm using resolutions of 4K and 1080P, which is probably one of the most used multi-resolution workflows at the moment, but this would work for any other resolutions as well.
Note: I don't expect this FR to get many votes because it's one of those more obscure things that, although it could benefit a lot of users, most users probably don't even know they'd want these options until finally having them. I hope this will be taken into consideration by the Pr team. ;) As always, thanks for listening!
Pierre Louis Beranek commented
Perhaps the pop up window I'm suggesting with all of its options is overkill. At the very minimum, what we should get is the option to nest clips at the clip's resolution rather than just the Timeline's.
The new options would be:
Nest Media at resolution of [ ] Timeline [ ] Media
This option would allow users to choose what happens when nesting 4K clip(s) scaled to 50% in a FullHD timeline, for example.
[x] Timeline =
Resolution of Nest Sequence: 1920x1080
Scale of nested 4K clip(s): 50%
Scale of nest in master sequence: 100%
Resolution of Nest Sequence: 3840x2160
Scale of nested 4K clip(s): 100%
Scale of nest in master sequence: 50%
Should a user try to nest clips of different resolutions, the [ ] Media option could simply be grayed out to avoid conflicts. Optionally, a message could appear next to that option, such as "Unavailable since media of different resolutions selected".
The scale and position settings of nested clips would have to be taken into consideration. For example, if a 4K clip is scaled to 75% in a FullHD timeline, nesting it into a 4K nest would automatically scale it to 150% and position it accordingly in the nest, and scale the nest down to 50% in the master sequence.
Hopefully all of this makes sense!