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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 Pro HD > User Preferences.
  2. Click the Editing tab. On the tab ( Figure 3.36 ), 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.
    • 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.
    • Dupe Detection: Duplicate (dupe) frame detection is an essential part of FCP projects that will be finished on film. In film post-production, the negative for any frames appearing more than once must be duplicated. With this feature enabled, FCP will track any frames that are duplicated elsewhere in the sequence.
      • Handle Size: Enter the number of extra frames you need to accommodate the frames required for the physical splicing and cementing of the film negative.
      • Threshold: Enter the number of consecutive dupe frames FCP must detect before the dupe detection overlay indicator appears.
    • 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 Pro 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 Audio Mixer or Filters tab as you make level or pan adjustments on the fly. (You can also enable Record Audio Keyframes from the Audio Mixer.) From the pop-up menu, choose one of three levels of resolution for your automated audio keyframe recording:
      • All: Records the maximum number of keyframes possible and tracks your moves very precisely, but produces dense clusters of many keyframes.
      • Reduced: Tracks your moves, but records fewer keyframes.
      • Peaks Only: Sets keyframes only at the highest and lowest levels in each mixer move.
    • Pen Tools Can Edit Locked Item Overlays: Check this box to enable the Pen tools to edit keyframe overlays on items on locked tracks in the Timeline.

    Figure 3.36 The Editing tab of the User Preferences window.

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