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  1. Change the Size of Text in the Browser and Timeline
  2. Zooming the Timeline
  3. Zooming Faster
  4. The Two Fastest Ways to Zoom
  5. Vertical Movement
  6. Image Quality in the Viewer vs. the Canvas
  7. Monitor Your Video Full Screen
  8. Remove Scroll Bars for Better Playback
  9. Back to Square One
  10. iChat Theater
  11. Green Is Not Just for Stoplights
  12. Visibility Lights and the Arrow Keys
  13. More Visibility Shortcuts
  14. The Secrets of the Right-Pointing Arrow
  15. Displaying Audio or Video Clip Names
  16. Display a Filmstrip of Images in the Timeline
  17. Displaying Source or Auxiliary Timecode
  18. Display Field Interlacing
  19. Duplicating Browser Clips
  20. Sorting Browser Columns
  21. Sorting Out Multiple Issues
  22. A Faster Way to Move Columns
  23. Customize Browser Columns
  24. Searching Browser Columns
  25. Searching Effects
  26. Viewing Thumbnails in the Browser
  27. Display Images Instead of Names in the Browser
  28. Fancy Light Table Tricks
  29. More Browser Fun
  30. Browser Keyboard Shortcuts
  31. Hidden Tricks with Tabs
  32. Jumping Between Tabs
  33. Riddle Me a Riddle
  34. Selecting Multiple Clips
  35. Selecting an Edit Point
  36. Using Range Selection
  37. Get Moving with Timecode
  38. Locking Tracks
  39. Toggling Display Modes
  40. Scrolling the Timeline
  41. Scrubbing the Playhead
  42. Find the Missing Playhead
  43. Scrubbing Timeline Thumbnails
  44. Discover Project Properties
  45. Markers Got Spiffed Up
  46. Markers Can Be Moved!
  47. A Better Way to Move Between Markers
  48. Reading Clip Markers
  49. Using Markers to Log Footage
  50. Deleting Multiple Clip Markers
  51. Markers Have Default Colors
  52. Using Markers in Multiclips
  53. Option Means Opposite
  54. Other Option Key Tricks
  55. The Fastest Way to Find a Keyboard Shortcut
  56. I Feel the Need—for Speed!
  57. Create a Custom Keyboard Shortcut
  58. “A”—An Amazing Authority
  59. Wonderful, Wacky, W
  60. How to Remove a Button
  61. Creating a Custom Button
  62. Reset/Remove All Buttons in a Button Bar
  63. Additional Thoughts
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Display Field Interlacing

By default, Final Cut Pro hides interlacing. Here’s how to turn it on.

Interlacing is a fact of life for NTSC, PAL, and some HD formats. The problem is that Final Cut Pro keeps it hidden—which is fine until you have a flicker problem or need to export a freeze frame. At that point, it would be great to see what the interlacing looks like.

Interlacing was invented back in the mid-1930s when TV was developed. It solved problems with video camera imaging and analog broadcast transmission. But, as we move into all-digital video editing, it drives us completely nuts.

An interlaced image displays every other video scan line (2-4-6-8...), then overlays it with the remaining scan lines (1-3-5-7-9...). The first field is called the even (or lower) field, because it contains all the even lines. The second field is called the odd (or upper) field, because, as you’ve probably guessed, it contains all the odd-numbered lines. They are shot and displayed a fraction of a second apart.

It’s that fraction of a second that causes the problem. If you have a rapidly moving object, this difference in time causes thin horizontal lines to radiate from all moving edges when you superimpose the earlier field on the later one.

To see interlacing, go to the rightmost of the three pop-up menus in the top center of the Viewer or Canvas and set the zoom percentage to 100%.

There’s nothing inherently wrong about interlacing—it’s a part of the video format. TV sets don’t show it at all. However, when viewing video on a computer monitor, interlacing can be very distracting, which is why Final Cut hides it in the first place.

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