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Viewing Bin Contents

Although this arrangement looks neat and organized, you can't see your clips or sequences to access them. Let's look at different ways to display the contents of a bin so you can get to your material easily.

1.
Click the disclosure triangle next to the Audio bin to display its contents. Click the disclosure triangle next to the Sequences bin to display the sequences in that bin.

2.
Click the disclosure triangle next to the Audio bin to hide the contents of that bin. Hide the contents of the Sequences bin.

3.
Double-click the Clips bin.

This opens the bin as a separate window, which you can move anywhere in the interface.

4.
Drag the window by its title bar and position it away from the Browser.

In the Browser, the Clips bin icon changes to an open folder, indicating that the bin is open as a separate window or tab.

5.
In the Clips bin window, click the Close button in the upper-left corner to close this bin window, or press Cmd-W.

In the Browser, the Clips bin icon changes back to a closed folder.

6.
To view the contents of the Clips bin a different way, hold down the Option key and double-click the Clips bin.

This opens the bin as a separate tab next to the Lesson 1 Project tab.

Tip

Opening a bin as a separate tab is a helpful way to view and access clips without placing an additional window in the interface.

7.
To change the view of the Clips bin, Ctrl-click in the gray area under the Name column and choose View As Medium Icons. Click the Clips bin tab and then the Lesson 1 Project tab.

Each bin can be set to a different view option.

8.
Ctrl-click the Clips tab, or right-click it with a two-button mouse. Choose Close Tab from the shortcut menu.

This returns the Clips bin to its closed bin configuration in the Lesson 1 Project tab area.

9.
Now display the contents of the Clips bin by clicking the disclosure triangle next to it.

10.
In the upper-left corner of the Browser window, click the Zoom button.

When viewing bin contents as a list, you have access to over 60 columns of information in the Browser window. This may include information Final Cut Pro knows about an item (number of audio tracks, frame size, frame rate, and so on) or descriptive information you enter for further clarification, such as scene and take numbers. These columns will be covered in a later lesson.

11.
Click the Browser Zoom button again to return to the default Browser layout.

Note

If you resize an OS X window manually after clicking the Zoom button, clicking that button again will take you back to the most recent size, not the original window size.

12.
To resize the Browser dynamically, move the pointer between the Browser and Viewer windows until you see the vertical resize arrow. Drag right to expand the Browser.

As the Browser expands, the Viewer and Canvas become smaller to allow for the change in Browser size. The windows in the interface can all be dynamically resized by dragging the resize arrow left and right or up or down (between the Timeline and upper windows).


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