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

Using the Preview Area of the Project Window

The preview area of the Project window displays a sample image of the selected bin or clip. The preview area also displays the number of clips in a bin 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 the clip—with sound—directly in the Project 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 Project window. This allows you to choose the most appropriate image to represent the clip.

To display a preview of an item in the Project window

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

    A sample frame and information appear in the preview area of the Project 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 sequences; and so on (Figure 4.33).

    Figure 4.33. The preview area of the Project window displays a thumbnail-sized version of the clip and other clip data.


To show detailed usage information for a clip

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

2.
Click the small arrow to the right of the clip's video or audio usage information (Figure 4.34).

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


A menu lists information about each instance of a clip in a sequence, including the name of the sequence, the name of the clip, and the clip's In point.

To play a movie clip in the preview area

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

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

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

  • To the left of the preview image, click the Play button (Figure 4.35).

    Figure 4.35. Play the preview image by clicking its Play button…

  • Press the spacebar.

3.
To stop playback, click the Play button or press the spacebar again.

4.
To cue the preview image, drag the slider below the image (Figure 4.36).

Figure 4.36. …or scrub it by dragging its slider.


To set the poster frame for a movie clip

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

A sample image and information appear in the preview area of the Project 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 4.37).

Figure 4.37. 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 Project window (Figure 4.38).

Figure 4.38. The frame you specify represents the clip when you view thumbnails.


✓ Tips

  • In previous versions of Premiere, setting the poster frame set the zero marker for a clip. In Premiere Pro, the poster frame and the zero marker are independent of each other.

  • If you have not set a poster frame for a clip by clicking the Set Poster Frame button, the poster frame will be the In point of the clip. If you have set the poster frame and it is before the In point, then it will be changed to the In point. If you set it after the In point, then it will remain where you set it.


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