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Using the Preview Area of the Project Panel

The preview area of the Project panel displays a sample image of the selected bin or clip. The preview area also displays the vital statistics of a clip—its name, file type, image dimensions, and so on.

If the selected clip is a movie or audio file, you can play the clip directly in the Project panel. In addition, you can set any frame of the clip as the poster frame, the image used to represent the clip when you're viewing thumbnails of the clips in the Project panel. This allows you to choose an appropriate image to represent the clip.

To display a preview of an item in the Project panel:

  • In the Project panel, click a clip to select it.

    A sample frame and information appear in the preview area of the Project panel. Clip information can include the clip's name, file type, image size, duration, frame rate, data rate, and audio settings; the number of times the clip has been used in sequences (Figure 4.18).

    Figure 4.18

    Figure 4.18 The preview area of the Project panel displays a thumbnail-sized version of the clip and other clip data.

To play a movie or audio clip in the preview area:

  1. In the Project panel, click a movie or audio clip to select it.
  2. To preview the clip, do one of the following:
    • To the left of the preview tile, click the Play button (Figure 4.20).
      Figure 4.20

      Figure 4.20 Play the preview image by clicking its Play button.

    • Press the spacebar.
  3. To stop playback, click the Play button or press the spacebar again.

To set the poster frame for a movie clip:

  1. In the Project panel, click a movie clip to select it.

    A sample image and information appear in the preview area of the Project panel.

  2. Below the preview image, drag the slider to cue the preview to the frame you want to set as the poster frame (Figure 4.21).
    Figure 4.21

    Figure 4.21 Dragging the slider below the image of a frame...

  3. To the left of the preview image, click the Set Poster Frame button pj_poster.jpg.

    The current frame of the preview becomes the poster frame—the image used to represent the clip when you view thumbnail images of clips in the Project panel (Figure 4.22).

    Figure 4.22

    Figure 4.22 ...and clicking the Set Poster Frame button makes thumbnails of the clip use the frame you specified to represent the clip.

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