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Viewing and Setting Item Properties

The Item Properties window is the central location for information about an individual clip. The settings on four tabs in the Item Properties window allow you to view or change the properties of a clip. Besides the general clip information column in the far left of the window, you'll see a column for the clip's video track, and separate columns for each audio track in the clip. This expansion of the Item Properties window makes it possible to combine one video track with up to 24 tracks of audio from different sources and track each audio channel separately.

To open a clip's Item Properties window:

  1. Select the clip in the Browser or Timeline, or open it in the Viewer.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Edit > Item Properties; then choose one of the four Item Properties window tabs—Format, Timing, Logging Info, or Film—from the submenu.
    • Control-click the item; then choose an Item Properties window tab from the shortcut menu (Figure 4.55).
      Figure 4.55

      Figure 4.55 Choose an Item Properties window tab from the clip's shortcut menu.

    • Press Command-9.

To get information about the format of a clip:

  1. In the clip's Item Properties window, click the Format tab (Figure 4.56) to open it. This tab displays data on the location of the source media file, file size, and format characteristics for each track of the clip.
    Figure 4.56

    Figure 4.56 The Format tab of the Item Properties window displays format information about an individual clip or sequence.

  2. Control-click on the item's setting in the Clip column to modify the following Format properties:
    • Name: Enter a new name for the clip.
    • Pixel Aspect Ratio: Select a pixel aspect ratio for the clip.
    • Anamorphic: If your clip's source media is 16:9, enabling this option ensures that FCP will interpret and display the clip's pixel aspect ratio properly.
    • Field Dominance: Specify the dominant field by making a selection from the shortcut menu.
    • Alpha Type: Select an alpha channel type for the video clip.
    • Reverse Alpha: Reverse the alpha channel of the video clip.
    • Composite Mode: Select the mode to be used when compositing the video clip.
  3. You can view and modify a variety of other clip information; the data displayed is also displayed in Browser columns using the same names.

To get information about the timing of a clip:

  1. In the clip's Item Properties window, click the Timing tab to open it.
  2. On the Timing tab (Figure 4.57), you can modify the following Timing properties (on Browser clips only):
    • Name: Enter a new name for this clip.
    • In: Enter or modify the In point of a clip.
    • Out: Enter or modify the Out point of a clip.
    • Duration: Enter or modify the duration of a clip.
      Figure 4.57

      Figure 4.57 The Timing tab of the Item Properties window.

  3. You can view and modify a variety of other clip information; the data displayed is also displayed in Browser columns using the same names.

To get logging information for a clip:

  1. In the clip's Item Properties window, click the Logging tab (Figure 4.58).
    Figure 4.58

    Figure 4.58 The Logging tab of the Item Properties window.

    This tab provides logging information for a clip.
  2. You can modify the following properties:
    • Name: Enter a new name for this clip.
    • Reel: Enter or modify the name of the clip's source tape.
    • Description: Enter or modify descriptive details for a clip.
    • Scene: Enter or modify tracking information for a clip.
    • Shot/Take: Enter or modify tracking information.
    • Capture: Specify the status of a clip as Not Yet, OK, or Queued.
    • Log Note: Enter or modify a log note.
    • Label: Organize clips by preset classifications.
    • Label 2: Organize clips by entering user-set classifications.
    • Good: Click the Good check box to mark the clip for any sorting purposes.
    • Master Comments 1–4: Enter or modify additional comments for the clip in these fields. Master comments are reflected in all affiliated clips.
    • Comment A, B: Comments that apply to this clip only.
  3. You can view and modify a variety of other clip information; the data displayed is also displayed in Browser columns using the same names.
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