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Lesson 8. Browser Basics and Project Cus... > Moving, Showing, and Hiding Columns

Moving, Showing, and Hiding Columns

You may not need to refer to many of the Browser columns during editing, but there may be times when you want quick and easy access to specific information, such as clip scene and shot/take numbers. Although the Name column is a fixed column, all other columns can be repositioned. In addition, there are two preset column layouts you can use: standard columns and logging columns. And you can choose to hide or show a variety of other columns that do not appear as part of the default Browser layout.

Drag the Duration column to the right and release it just after the Out column.

When you drag a column heading, a faint bounding box appears representing that column. Surrounding columns shift to make room for the column you are moving.

Drag the Good column to the left to follow the Duration column, then drag the Log Note column to follow the Good column.

These are currently empty, but in the next exercise you will add clip information to these columns.

Ctrl-click the Good column heading and look at the different column options that appear on the shortcut menu.

You can hide a column, save or load a column layout, or choose a preset layout. And there are several column headings you can choose to show or add to the current Browser layout.

Choose Show Length from the shortcut menu.

The Length column appears to the left of the Good column.

In the Name column, select the 97D-coffee stand clip, and look at the In, Out, Duration, and Length columns.

If a clip has marked In and Out points, the marked duration appears in the Duration column. The Length column always displays the full length of the media.

Ctrl-click the In column heading and choose Show Thumbnail from the shortcut menu. Scroll down to see the clips in the Intro Clips bin.

A thumbnail appears next to each clip name, giving you a visual reference to the clip's contents.

Find the healer cu clip. To scrub through the clip, click the thumbnail image and drag right, then left. To reset a clip's poster frame in this column, drag to a new frame, hold down Control, release the mouse, and then release the Control key.

Ctrl-click the Show Thumbnail column heading and choose Logging Columns from the shortcut menu to display a different layout.

This layout places columns that reflect logged information—such as Scene, Shot/Take, and Reel—closer to the Name column for easier access.

To return to the previous layout, Ctrl-click any column heading and choose Standard Columns from the shortcut menu.

The changes you make in one preset layout do not affect the other preset layout.


Changes you make to Browser or bin columns in a project remain until you change them again or load a previously saved layout. If you create a new project, it will have the default Standard Columns layout.

To save this column layout, Ctrl-click any column head and choose Save Column Layout from the shortcut menu. In the Save window, enter thumbnails for the layout name, and click Save.

The automatic destination for the saved layout is a folder named Column Layouts in the Final Cut Pro User Data folder, discussed earlier in this lesson. If you want to transfer this layout to another computer station, go to the Column Layouts folder, copy the appropriate file, and place it in the same location on the other computer.


To recall a saved layout, Ctrl-click a column head and choose the layout from the shortcut menu.

To hide a column, Ctrl-click that column heading and choose Hide Column from the shortcut menu. Hide the Thumbnail and Length columns.

These columns are removed from the current Browser layout but can be chosen again from the shortcut menu by Ctrl-clicking any active column heading. Notice in the image above that the saved layout, thumbnails, appears as an option to recall.



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