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CTA3 - rearranging sequences

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Scenario:
Project has 3 sequences in this order (1) personified prop walking up to door; (2) prop inside with action; (3) prop goes out, gets into car.
Is there a way to re-order sequences in the project, sort of like:
(1) prop gets into car (was seq. 3) 
(2) prop inside with action (remains seq. 2)
(3) prop walks up to door (was seq. 1)

Or, should I have just begun with 3 projects?
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This is animations so which software (CTA3,iClone) we use doesn't really matter is my guess.

Yes my tendency is to create separate projects where the sequences vary.
One reason I do that in iClone is if I decide I need to make adjustments to animations I have already done somewhere in the center of the project then that can badly effect the animations in the entire project especially after where I make the changes. Having them as separate projects means I can adjust any one of them and have no effect on the rest.
Some other things I find helpful by doing this is changing the length of one of the sequences. Having them as separate projects means I don't need to readjust the positioning of the sequences after the one I lengthened/shortened. I may even decide to get rid of a sequence entirely as I progress with my project and having each sequence as separate projects makes that easy.
There are many other benefits I find doing it like that

Exactly where to separate sequences into separate projects? Well that's entirely a personal preference. I find where major camera changes occur is one good place
I don't use CTA3 much, although I have been considering a lot of getting into it soon and I am sure I would do similar.


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Thanks again Delema...
I am now wiser. (And contemplating how to re-create 2 days of work in 6 hours...)

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...contemplating how to re-create 2 days of work in 6 hours...

Take your project and save it as three (3) separate projects.
Then edit each one, deleting what you don't need for each "scene".
Add keys at the beginning of a "scene" before deleting any prior animation so that you capture the character position correctly.

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Very promising, Jeff, and thanks greatly once again!
Do I have to set a key in every line under each prop - for example, transform motion, opacity, visibility, etc.?

Asking because I have so many props that the latest ones are difficult to even open in the timeline, even with the timeline undocked and on my second monitor.

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Unfortunately yes as there is not a function to add a key to every type of track with one click that I know of.

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Thanks again, Jeff. I have less of a chore ahead of me thanks to your input. Think I'll concoct a a checksheet of some sort so I don't miss anything. 
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Works beautifully, except for one quirk:.
Despite clicking on the Visible track, I'm unable to set a keyframe point on that track before deleting / isolating a range of frames into a new project.
However, it's moot because I began to use Visible, preferring 0-100 and 100-0 opacities to effect fade ins and outs. Still, it would be nice to know where - or how - Visible/Invisible is effected directly on the timeline.
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Anyone coming to this thread because they want to re-arrange sequences...
If you carve sequences out of a Project that contains a sequence or sequences that you want to extract...
Do what Jeff said in the 4th post and make N copies of your original Project and carve things out of those sibling Projects, where N = number of sequences you are extracting.

That's a naturally prudent way of making sure you don't accidentally blow away your original Project.
:{ I failed to fully understand Jeff's workflow and, very mistakenly working from the original and trying to remember to Save As the new extracts, I lost the original Project by forgetting a Save As....



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