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Clip Windows

Before Premiere 5, movie clips always appeared in separate clip windows. Now you can choose whether to open clips in the source view or in separate clip windows, and set which method is the default.

Unlike movie clips, still images always open in separate windows (see “Still-Image Clip Windows” later in this chapter). It’s also useful to open audio clips in separate windows, to take advantage of a different view of the audio information and use different controls (see “Using Audio-Clip Windows” later in this chapter).

To open a clip in a separate clip window:

  • -double-click a clip in the Project window, source view, or Timeline window.

    A separate clip window opens. This window works the same way as the source view of the Monitor window (Figure 4.13).

    Figure 4.13. Option-double-click (Mac) or Alt-double-click (Windows) a clip to view it in a separate clip window.

To make separate clip windows the default:

1.
Choose Edit > Preferences > General and Still Image (Figure 4.14).

Figure 4.14. Choose Edit > Preferences > General and Still Image.


The General and Still Image panel of the Preferences dialog box opens.

2.
Check the Open Movies in Clip Window check box (Figure 4.15).

Figure 4.15. In the General and Still Image panel of the Preferences dialog box, check Open Movies in Clip Window.


3.
Click OK.

This procedure reverses the default settings, so that double-clicking a clip opens it in a separate clip window, and -double-clicking a clip opens it in the source view.

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