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[Feature Request] Sequencer - Track/Layer Linking and Preview Tracks

Hello. I'm not sure if this is the correct place to post this so if not let me know where I need to move it. I've been playing around with sequencer recently and I love it! I do have two small feature requests though that I feel would have a massive benefit for workflow.

The first is Layer Linking. Similar to layer linking in Premiere Pro, the idea is that we would be able to link two or more tracks/layers together so that if one layer get moved around the timeline, the other would move with it (great for syncing audio). (Note: When I say Layer, I'm referring to things like shots and audio, where multiple elements can exist on the one track. Wasn't really sure what the proper name for it would be). There could be two modes. An "Alignment Only" mode, where each of the can have their In and Out points edited independent of each other, but will remain aligned so that they all the linked layers still move together . The second mode would be "Align and Trim", where trimming a layer affects all layers linked to it, as well as keeping the layers aligned.

The second request is for Preview Tracks. The idea is to be able to reference a track from another sequence (or even an entire sequence ) within a sequence, but have that referenced track/sequence be visible only in that sequence which is referencing it. For context, I was reading this page, I thought it would be get annoying having to add in the sub-sequence, make the edits, and then delete the sub sequence, or jump between different sequences every time you wanted to make an adjustment and see the results. Being able to have a preview/reference track would be great for previewing results within the sequence you're working in without actually affecting any other sequences

While I am an aspiring game artist, I come from a video editing background and am looking into ways of using UE4 for films as well as games. I believe these two features, while small, would offer big improvements to workflow and ease of use, especially for people coming from a film background. Feel free ask me to elaborate if you need more details on these requests :)

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asked May 15 '16 at 01:57 PM in Everything Else

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Thanks for trying Sequencer out. We're really interested in hearing ideas from the community.

Layer linking - Yes. This is definitely on our radar and we've talked internally specifically about linking shots and audio. We would like to make this work for other tracks too. And the two modes are exactly what we would do as well.

Preview Tracks - Yes, as well. We'll be exploring this in the future. We're also considering how one sequence could possibly override values in another sequence in a consistent and orderly/layered fashion. For example, you might divide up your work among several artists working on different shots and then have one master editor that pulls them together and does some overall adjustments from the master level sequence.

Again, thanks for your thoughts. Keep 'em coming.

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answered May 31 '16 at 03:58 PM

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