- About Easy Setups, Presets, Settings, and Preferences
- Using Easy Setups
- Specifying User Preferences and System Settings
- Setting Editing Preferences
- Customizing the Timeline Display
- Specifying Render Control Settings
- Setting Scratch Disk Preferences
- Specifying Memory & Cache Settings
- Specifying Playback Control Settings
- Setting External Editors Preferences
- Customizing Final Cut Express
- Creating Custom Screen Layouts
- Creating Custom Shortcut Buttons
Creating Custom Screen Layouts
The power of the Final Cut Express interface lies in its flexibility. You perform a wide range of tasks in FCE: database management, editing, effects design, titling, and many others. Here are a couple of sample screen layouts that can help you make the most of your screen real estate. Final Cut Express saves every detail of your workspace status each time you quit the program, so the next time you relaunch Final Cut Express, each program window will contain the same project, sequence, clip, and frame—just as you left it.
Figure 3.15 is an example of a screen layout with a wide view of the Timeline.
Figure 3.15 Use a screen layout with a wide Timeline to get the big picture of your sequence layout.
Figure 3.16 is an example of a video-editing layout with large picture-viewing monitors.
Figure 3.16 This screen layout features large monitor views for video editing.
To select a preset screen layout:
- Choose Window > Arrange (
). then select a screen layout from the four presets and two custom layouts available.
Figure 3.17 Choose Window > Arrange; then select from four preset and two custom screen layouts.
To customize a screen layout:
- Arrange the four main windows in the layout and sizes you want.
- Hold down the Option key and choose one of the two custom layouts from the Arrange submenu of the Window menu (
Figure 3.18 Holding down the Option key while selecting a custom layout from the Arrange submenu of the Window menu saves the current screen layout as a custom preset.