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Setting External Editors Preferences

When you're coaxing a stack of graphic elements you've created in a layered Photoshop file into a seamless match with your video elements, you can find yourself making many, many trips back and forth between FCE and Photoshop. The External Editors preferences are designed to speed the process of modifying a media file you've created in another application and then imported into FCE.

In this preferences window, you can specify which application will become the default editing application for each of three different media types: still image, video, and audio.

To specify External Editors preferences:

  1. Choose Final Cut Express > System Settings.
  2. Click the External Editors tab.
  3. Using the Clear and Set buttons, specify an external editing application for the file types listed ( Figure 3.14 ):
    • Clear: Click the Clear button next to a file type to reset the External Editor for that file type to the default application used by your Mac's Finder.
    • Set: Click the Set button, navigate to the folder location of the editing application you want to specify, and then click Open.
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    Figure 3.14 The pathname and the application name appear next to the file type on the External Editors tab.

The pathname and the application name appear next to the file type on the External Editors tab.

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