#1 did what I needed, I believe-- albeit with the hassle of entering a bunch of region markers and batch naming. And I have several montages to do.
I understand the split processing in #2 now. I didn’t before, so now M/S tracks is what I have, and apparently there is no way to get back to L/R. (I tried to render, but lost all the clip splitting.)
Isn’t splitting to M/S the point? I need to be able to adjust M & S levels separately in each clip (using Montage clip level), and of course get back to L/R. I would add that I’m often starting with M/S files.
I am just not seeing the logic of the intended workflow here, from start to finish. Maybe that’s something to add more of the in documentation (as well as improve the index). I’m still learning the major (and mostly great!) changes in WL9, but what I need to do this just shouldn’t be that hard.