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Changing Window Layouts

The Avid Media Composer was designed to use two monitors: one to display the project window and bins, and the other to display the edit interface. Final Cut Pro adapts easily to adding a second monitor where you can display your bins and interface more like you would in Avid. (Appendix B covers dual-monitor use.) FCP lets you choose among several preset window layouts; these can help facilitate the type of editing you are doing, whether it’s color correction, audio mixing, or standard editing. For even more flexibility, you can arrange the FCP windows and save that arrangement as a custom layout.

To Choose a Preset Window Layout

Do one of the following:

  • Choose Window > Arrange, and select one of the preset options from the submenu.
  • Press Ctrl-U to select the Standard preset layout option.

    Audio Mixing Includes the Audio Mixing tool as part of the interface.

    Color Correction Includes video scopes to use when correcting color or applying color filters.

    Standard Creates a large Timeline with smaller Browser, Viewer, and Canvas windows.

    Two Up Creates large Viewer and Canvas windows and a smaller Timeline.

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