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Chapter 4. Preparing Your Clips > Anatomy of the Browser

Anatomy of the Browser

The Browser is the program window you use to organize and access your clips, audio files, graphics, and offline clips—all the media elements you use in your project. It also includes the project's sequences—the files that contain your edits.

The Browser is not like a folder on your computer's desktop; moving a batch of program resources from one bin to another in the Browser does not change the location of the resources' corresponding files on your hard drive. File storage is independent of Browser organization, so you can place the same clip in several Browser projects, and each instance of the clip will include a reference to the same file on your hard drive.

Figure 4.20 shows the Browser window interface.

Figure 4.20. The Browser window.

Browser columns

The Browser window can display up to 40 columns of data, but you can customize the Browser to display only the columns you are using and hide the rest. You can add remarks and other types of information in the columns to help you keep track and sort information about your clips. Table 4.1 contains a complete list of the columns available for use in the Browser.

Table 4.1. Browser Columns and Functions
Column Function
Name Name of the media element; rename clips and sequences here
Alpha Alpha channel present
Anamorphic Indicates whether clip is flagged to be displayed in anamorphic (16:9) aspect ratio
Aud Format File format of audio clip
Aud Rate Frequency and bit rate of audio clip
Aux TC 1-2 Reference timecode numbers for use in synchronizing clips
Capture Capture state of a clip in the Batch Capture list
Comment 1-4 Used for logging information
Composite Composite mode used by this clip
Compressor Indicates compression codec
Data Rate Rate of data flow per second
Description Displays information entered in Logging window's Description field
Duration Duration between a clip's In and Out points
Frame Size Video frame size, in pixels
Good Indicates a clip marked “Good” in Log and Capture window
In In point specified on a clip
Label Displays Finder-style colored label info
Label 2 Displays descriptive text entered in the Log and Capture window
Last Modified Displays the time and date of an item's last modification
Length Length of the source media file on disk
Media Start Starting timecode number of clip's source media
Media End Ending TC number of clip's source media
Log Note Used for logging information
Out Out point specified on a clip
Pixel Aspect Pixel aspect ratio
Reel Lists reel number entered at time of capture
Reverse Alpha Enable to reverse opaque and transparent area interpretation in clip's alpha channel
Scene Displays information entered in Logging window's Scene field
Shot/ Take Displays information entered in Logging window's Shot/Take field
Size Source media file size, in megabytes
Source Pathname of the media file on disk
TC Timecode currently displayed in the Viewer; can be the source timecode or an auxiliary timecode
Thumbnail Displays poster (or first) frame of the clip; click and drag a thumbnail to scrub through the clip
Tracks Number of video and audio tracks in the item
Type The type of each item; possible types: sequence, clip, subclip, sequence, bin, effect
Vid Rate Video frame rate

Browser window icons

Along the left side of the window, you'll notice icons that accompany each item listed in the Browser. These icons represent file types in Final Cut Pro. Following are the icons and descriptions of each.

Sequence: A structured arrangement of media clips, edit information, render properties, and output information

Clip: A media file; can contain audio, video, graphics, or other media imported into Final Cut Pro

Subclip: A portion of a clip defined by In and Out points; any number of subclips can be referenced to one master clip

Offline Clip: Placeholder clip referencing media not currently on the local hard drive

Marker: Reference point in a clip

Audio Clip: Media clip composed of audio samples

Video Transition: Transition effect; can be applied to a video track

Audio Transition: Transition effect; can be applied to an audio track

Video Filter: Effects filter; can be applied to a video clip

Audio Filter: Effects filter; can be applied to an audio clip

Generator: Effects utility; generates screens, tones, and text for program transitions

Graphic: Clip is in a single-layer graphic file format (multilayer Photoshop files appear with a sequence icon)

What Does “Not Set” Mean?

When you see “Not Set” displayed in the In (or Out) Browser column, it simply means that you haven't set an In (or Out) point in that clip. There could be a few reasons for that. You could have inserted the full length of your clip into a sequence and then set In and Out points in the sequence version of the clip, or you could be using every captured frame of your clip in the sequence.

“Not Set” does not mean that you've somehow lost your source media file or that the clip has lost its timecode. Your clip's source timecode start number is listed in the Browser's Media Start column.

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