final cut pro

Parts of Final Cut (Browser and Viewer)

The Final Cut Pro screen is divided into four main areas - Browser, Viewer, Canvas and Timeline.

Parts of the Final Cut window

There's also a floating Tool Pallette with various tools you'll select to use in editing (positioned on the right bottom by default).

Note: to make sure you're displaying all the main sections of the Final Cut Pro screen, click in the menu at the top on:

Window... Arrange... Standard

The Browser

Browser window in Final Cut

The upper left of the screen is your Browser, which is like a file cabinet for your project within which you put your media files - audio, video, still pictures, etc.

You can create folders - which are called bins - within each project in the Browser to organize your media files.

To see what's in a folder, just click on the tiny triangle to the left of its name.

The files can be individual files, such as individual clips, or sequences, which are the sequences of clips you will create in the Final Cut Pro Timeline.

You can get more details on the files in your Browser by dragging the lower right corner of the Browser window further to the right. The new columns will tell you which files are video, which are audio, which are both video and audio, how many tracks of audio there are, the duration of each clip, etc.

The Viewer

The viewer in Final Cut

Below is a closeup of the viewer.

Just to the right of the Browser is the Viewer, where you can display and play individual video clips you select in the Browser.

So if you double click on a video clip in the Browser directory, it will be displayed in the Viewer.

Just below the clip in the Viewer is the playhead, a small yellow triangle in the white horizontal box that you can click on and drag to the left or right to move or scrub through the clip.

Beneath the playhead is a Play/Stop button you can use to play or move through a clip.

You also can play a clip in the Viewer by pressing the spacebar on your computer. To stop playing the clip, just press the spacebar again.

To the right of the Play/Stop button is a jog control you can use to move very slowly or very quickly through a clip.

Click on the control and drag your mouse slowly to the right to move through a clip frame by frame. Click on the control and drag your mouse quickly to the right to move rapidly through a clip. If you click and drag to the left, it similarly will allow you to move backward through a clip either slowly or rapidly.

To the left of the Play/Stop button is a shuttle control you can use to vary the playback speed of your clip.

Click on and drag the control to the points just to the right of center to make a clip play very slowly. Click on and drag the control to points further to the right to play the clip at faster than normal speed. If you click on and drag the control to the left of center, it similarly will allow you to vary the speed of a clip playing in reverse.

Above the clip are time duration and time code boxes. The box on the left shows the duration of the clip currently displayed in the Viewer. The box on the right displays the time code - the time stamp showing where the current frame of the displayed clip exists on the mini-DV tape from which it was captured.

There also are tabs at the top of the Viewer that will change depending on the type of media you've selected in the Browser. Thus if you select an audio clip, or a video clip that has audio in it, you'll see an audio tab at the top of the Viewer.

You click on a clip in the Viewer, hold down your mouse and drag and drop the clip into the Timeline below to begin putting together a movie.

Later, when you're doing more editing ofyour clips on the Timeline, you can double-click on a clip there and it again will be displayed in the Viewer.