Conforming Sequence Settings to Match a Clip’s Settings

Although Final Cut Pro can play back mixed-format sequences, you should still try to match clip and sequence settings so that less rendering is required before output. The first time you add a clip to a sequence, Final Cut Pro can automatically conform your sequence video settings to match the settings of the clip.

Choosing Automatic Sequence Conform Options

In the Editing tab of the User Preferences window, the “Auto conform sequence” pop-up menu allows you to determine what happens when the first clip is added to the sequence:

  • Ask: Final Cut Pro presents a dialog asking if you want to conform your sequence settings to those of the first clip you add. Clicking Yes in this dialog conforms the sequence settings to the current clip settings. Clicking No does not change the sequence settings, but the clip is still added. This option is chosen by default.
  • Always: The sequence settings are automatically conformed to the settings of the first clip added. No dialog appears.
  • Never: Sequence settings are never affected by the first clip added.

Rules for Automatic Sequence Conforming

When automatic sequence conforming is turned on, the following rules apply when you add a clip to an empty sequence:

  • Only video sequence settings are conformed to the clip settings; audio sequence settings are never conformed.

  • If the clip settings do not match any sequence presets, Final Cut Pro warns you that your new sequence settings will be conformed to custom settings that may not be compatible with your input and output devices.

  • If the edited clip uses a codec that is not supported by Final Cut Pro or is not available on your system, the sequence is not conformed to the clip settings.

  • Clips copied from the Browser and pasted into a sequence can also trigger automatic sequence conforming.

  • Nesting a sequence into an empty sequence triggers automatic sequence conforming.

  • Editing multiple clips into an empty sequence can trigger automatic sequence conforming, but only when all of the edited clips have matching settings.

To automatically conform sequence settings to the settings of the first clip added to the sequence
  1. Choose File > New > Sequence (or press Command-N) to create a new sequence.

  2. Double-click the new sequence to open it in the Timeline.

  3. Select a clip whose settings do not match those of the sequence, then drag it to the sequence.

    A dialog appears asking if you want to conform your sequence settings to the clip settings.

  4. Do one of the following:

    • Click Yes to conform the sequence settings to the clip settings. In this case, the image dimensions, frame rate, and codec of the sequence are changed to match those of the clip.

    • Click No to leave the sequence settings as they were when you created the sequence. In this case, your sequence now contains a clip whose settings do not match the sequence.