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Chapter 4. Managing Clips > Using the Preview Area of the Media Window

Using the Preview Area of the Media Window

The preview area of the Media window displays a sample image of the selected folder or clip. The preview area also displays the number of clips in a folder or the vital statistics of a clip—its name, file type, image dimensions, and so on.

If the selected clip is a movie file, you can play back the clip—with sound—directly in the Media window. In addition, you can set any frame of the clip as the poster frame, the image used to represent the clip when you’re viewing thumbnails of the clips in the Media window. This way, you can choose the most appropriate image to represent the clip.

To show or hide the preview area of the Media window:

  • In the Media window’s More menu, select View > Preview Area (Figure 4.28).

    Figure 4.28. Here the preview area is visible. But choosing View > Preview Area in the Media window’s More pull-down menu...


    When Preview is selected, the preview area is visible; when Preview is deselected, the preview area is hidden (Figure 4.29).

    Figure 4.29. ...deselects the option and hides the Media window’s preview area.


To display a preview of an item in the Media window:

  • In the Media window, click a clip to select it.

    A sample frame and information appear in the preview area of the Media window. Clip information can include the clip’s name, file type, image size, duration, frame rate, data rate, and audio settings; the number of times the clip has been used in the Timeline; and so on (Figure 4.30).

    Figure 4.30. The preview area of the Media window displays a thumbnail-sized version of the clip and other clip data.


To play back a movie clip in the preview area:

1.
In the Media window, click a movie clip to select it.

A sample image and information appear in the preview area of the Media window.

2.
To play the preview image, do either of the following:

  • To the left of the preview image, click the Play button (Figure 4.31).

    Figure 4.31. Play the preview image by clicking its Play button...


  • Press the spacebar.

3.
Click the Play button or press the spacebar again to stop playback.

4.
To cue the preview image, drag the slider below the image (Figure 4.32).

Figure 4.32. ...or shuttle through the clip by dragging its slider.


To set the poster frame for a movie clip:

1.
In the Media window, click a movie clip to select it.

A sample image and information appear in the preview area of the Media window.

2.
Below the preview image, drag the slider to cue the preview to the frame you want to set as the poster frame.

3.
To the left of the preview image, click the Set Poster Frame button (Figure 4.33).

Figure 4.33. Click the camera icon to set the clip’s poster frame.


The current frame of the preview becomes the poster frame—the image used to represent the clip when you view thumbnail images of clips in the Media window.

✓ Tips

  • If you haven’t set a poster frame for a clip by clicking the Set Poster Frame button , the poster frame is the clip’s In point. If you have set the poster frame, and it’s before the In point, it’s changed to the In point. If you set it after the In point, then it remains where you set it. For more about edit points (In point and Out point), see Chapter 5.

  • In the Media window, clicking the small arrow to the right of the clip’s video or audio usage information opens a pull-down menu listing the starting time of each instance of the clip in the timeline. Selecting an item cues the current time in the timeline to that clip instance’s In point (Figure 4.34).

    Figure 4.34. Click the small arrow to the right of the clip’s video or audio usage information.


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