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Setting Editing Preferences

Preference settings on this tab are all directly related to editing and trimming operations. Many of these preferences can be modified without opening the User Preferences window; for example, the Trim preferences can be toggled without leaving the Trim Edit window by using keyboard shortcut equivalents.

To set Editing preferences:

  1. Choose Final Cut Express HD > User Preferences.
  2. Click the Editing tab. On the tab ( Figure 3.7 ), you can specify settings for the following:
    • Still/Freeze Duration: Enter a duration (in seconds) to specify a default duration between In and Out points for imported still images, generators, and Adobe Photoshop files. Feel free to change this setting to increase your efficiency—for example, when you're producing a series of freeze-frames of a uniform length. The same Still/Freeze duration also applies to any freeze-frames you create from clips opened in the Canvas or Viewer.
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      Figure 3.7 The Editing tab of the User Preferences window.

    • Preview Pre-roll: Enter a number of seconds to specify how much media to play before the edit point when you click the Play Around Current button or the Play Around Edit-Loop button.
    • Preview Post-roll: Enter a number of seconds to specify how much media to play after the edit point when you click the Play Around Current button or the Play Around Edit-Loop button.
    • Dynamic Trimming: Check the box to enable Dynamic Trim mode in the Trim Edit window. You can also enable this mode in the Trim Edit window.
    • Trim with Sequence Audio: Check the box to monitor all audio tracks at the playhead position while trimming an edit in the Trim Edit window. Uncheck this option to limit audio monitoring in the Trim Edit window to the selected clip's audio.
    • Trim with Edit Selection Audio (Mute Others): Check the box to monitor only the audio tracks included in the edit selected for trimming in the Trim Edit window.
  • Multi-Frame Trim Size: Set the multi-frame trim size by specifying the number of frames (up to 99) in this field. The specified number appears in the multi-frame trim buttons in the Trim Edit window.
  • Warn if visibility change deletes render file: Check this box if you want Final Cut Express to display a warning dialog box whenever making tracks invisible would cause render files to be deleted.
  • Record Audio Keyframes: Check the box to enable the real-time recording of audio keyframes in the Viewer's Audio tab as you use the sliders to make level or pan adjustments on the fly. See Chapter 12, "Audio Tools and Techniques" for more information.
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