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Chapter 2. Welcome to Final Cut Pro > Customizing the Timeline Display

Customizing the Timeline Display

The Timeline display options you specify on the Timeline Options tab in the Preferences window will become the default display settings for subsequent new projects and sequences. If you want to modify the Timeline display options for an existing sequence, you will need to make the change in the Sequence Settings window for that sequence. See “Changing the Settings of an Existing Sequence” later in this chapter.

To customize your default Timeline display settings:

1.
Choose Edit > Preferences.

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Click the Timeline Options tab. On the Timeline Options tab (Figure 2.65), you can modify the default settings for any of the following:

Starting Timecode: Enter a value in this field to set the starting timecode for your sequence. The hour value can be used to help you identify sequences. The default starting timecode is 01:00:00;00.

Drop Frame: Check this box if you want drop-frame timecode displayed in the sequence Timeline.

Track Size: Choose a setting from this pop-up menu to specify a default track size.

Thumbnail Display: Select one of three thumbnail display options from this pop-up menu:

  • Name displays the name of the clip and no thumbnail images.

  • Name Plus Thumbnail displays the first frame of every clip as a thumbnail image and then the name of the clip.

  • Filmstrip displays as many thumbnail images as possible for the current zoom level of the Timeline.

Audio Track Labels: Select one of two track labeling options from this pop-up menu:

  • Paired (A1a, A1b, A2a, A2b): This is a good labeling scheme if you are working with stereo tracks.

  • Sequential (A1, A2, A3, A4): This is a good labeling scheme if you are working with a collection of single tracks, such as dialog tracks.

Show Filter and Motion Bars: Check this box to display filter and motion bars below the clip in the Timeline.

Show Keyframe Overlays: Check this box to display opacity keyframe overlays on video clips and level keyframe graphs on audio clips in the Timeline.

Show Audio Waveforms: Check this box to display the audio waveform along the audio clip in the Timeline.

Show Through Edits: Check this box to display a Through Edit indicator at edit points in the Timeline joining two clips with the same reel number and contiguous timecode (such as a clip you've divided in two with the Razor Blade tool). See “About Through Edits” in Chapter 8 for more information on working with Through edits.

Default Number of Tracks: Specify the number of video and audio tracks to be included in a new sequence; then click OK.

Your custom Timeline display settings will become the defaults for subsequent new sequences.


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