Here's a "feature" that has long mystified me. If I right-click a clip and select "Modify -> Audio channels", the dialog has a check box that says "Apply changes to all matching clips in sequences"
But if I have instances of the clip in any sequences, I get a warning when I click the OK button:
"Changes to the clip channel format or number of audio clips will not affect clips already in a sequence..."
So, what's the point of the "Apply changes to all matching clips" check box?
That's a very good question. I've never even bothered to try and figure that one out, lol.
@TrentHappel ... do you have a comment for us on the real-world effects of this option?
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Sorry for any confusion. This checkbox will apply to any changes that are within your exisiting audio tracks. eg: if original audio is Stereo, you can change the Media Source Channel (eg: L & R settings)
It will not apply to Clip Channel Format nor Number of Audio Clips, as you are not allowed to modify these two in the Timeline. The reason you see this warning dialog is beacause it looks like you changed your Clip Channel Format to Mono (original appesr to be Stereo).
Okey-dokey... I had to read that about 4 times, but I think I understand what you're saying:
The "Modify -> Audio channels" dialog can NOT change the channel format (mono, stereo, etc.) of clips already in a timeline. But other changes DO affect clips in the timeline if that check box is selected. For example, if a clip's format has been changed from stero to mono (and mapped to one of the two stereo channels), then this dialog could chnage the mapping to the other stereo channel, and that change could apply to clips in a timeline.
Related but off-topic question: What the heck is "Number of audio clips"?
Number of Audio Clips will control how many streams of the channel type will be created. eg: if you have Stereo audio and type in 3 to Number of Audio Clips, you will see 3 Stereo channels under Media Source Channel.