Working with large projects with musical mode base time

Hello, Id like to know if anybody with experience could help me.

I work scoring documentaries, movies, etc … long time ago. In the past the normal situation was to score after the video edition, maybe some changes but not a lot of them. However now often I have to work more times at same time than video editors. The problem are the changes and overall with tempo track. For example 5 scenes, the director decides to change the 4th by the 2th but there are a lot of changes in the tempo track. I work with markers and folder track like a master track but this takes a lot of time and problems with synchronisation. Do you now if its a way to do it better?

Other way may be to split the main project in smaller projects? anyway Nuendo crashes when I copy data since one to another.

All the best,

Hello there!

For music and scoring work, because of just the thing you said with musical mode, tempo tracks, tempo changes etc., I never use a “master” project with the entire film for anything else than placing final stems and getting a “birds-eye” overview of the project. Each score cue in the film usually has its own project file, with the actual small chunk of film needed for that cue.

“Import tracks from project” is great for copying your current project’s “musical palette” to another project. You can choose to only import empty tracks, so that you really get a template but without the actual content from the other project. This should not make Nuendo crash, unless there is something actually wrong with the data you are trying to import…?

If you are working on several musical cues in one single project, you have to be careful. It’s so easy to forget to check every track version, every track’s settings so that nothing goes wrong. Making changes to the tempo track earlier in the timeline than the current part you’re working on, is a route to disaster. :wink: And changing time signatures earlier in the project especially makes things askew. So yes, dividing the film into smaller projects is what I’d recommend.

What I sometimes do when I want to use a lot of the same material or the same soundscape in different cues for a film, I do work on different cues in the same project, but not in film chronological order. I don’t insert the entire film on the video track, but only only the chunks I need for each actual cue. And if I add something new (like another cue or a new version), I add it to the end of the project. That way I can work on the same “mix” and the same orchestral palette if you will, without changing projects all the time. And use cycle markers to identify and export the different musical cues.

Hope this helps, sorry for the messy explanation, I’m fighting a deadline :smiley: (while procrastinating, obviously!)

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Hi Eirik, thanks a lot for your response.

I imagined that you said. Up to now I scored works (1h) in a single project because always the timeline fit but lately all are changes !!!. Anyway I think Nuendo/Cubase could introduce functions to move cycle markers with data asociated and move, insert, recalculating tempo track. It doesn’t seem very difficult and it would be really useful.

All the best and thanks a lot again !!!