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Customizing the Timeline Display

The Timeline display options you specify on the Timeline Options tab in the User Preferences window will become the default display settings for subsequent new projects and sequences. If you want to modify the Timeline display options for an existing sequence, you will need to make the change in the Sequence Settings window for that sequence. See "Changing the Settings of an Existing Sequence" in Chapter 4.

To customize your default Timeline display settings

  1. Choose Final Cut Pro HD > User Preferences.
  2. Click the Timeline Options tab. On the Timeline Options tab ( Figure 3.38 ), you can modify the default settings for any of the following:
    • Starting Timecode: Enter a value to set the starting timecode for your sequence. The hour value can help you identify sequences. The default starting timecode is 01:00:00;00.
    • Drop Frame: Check this box if you want drop-frame timecode displayed in the sequence Timeline.
    • Track Size: Choose a setting to specify a default track size.
    • Thumbnail Display: Select one of three thumbnail display options:
      • Name: Choose Name to display just the name of the clip.
      • Name Plus Thumbnail: Choose this option to display the first frame of every clip as a thumbnail image, along with the name of the clip.
      • Filmstrip: Choose Filmstrip to display as many thumbnail images as possible for the current zoom level of the Timeline.
    • Audio Track Labels: Select one of two track labeling options:
      • Paired (A1a, A1b, A2a, A2b): This is a good labeling scheme if you are working with stereo tracks.
      • Sequential (A1, A2, A3, A4): This is a good labeling scheme if you are working with a collection of single tracks, such as dialog tracks.
    • Track Display: Check the boxes next to the Timeline features you want to display by default in new sequences.
      • Show Keyframe Overlays: Display opacity keyframe overlays on video clips and audio level keyframe overlays on audio clips in the Timeline.
      • Show Audio Waveforms: Display audio waveforms on audio clips in the Timeline.
      • Show Through Edits: Display a Through edit indicator at edit points in the Timeline joining two clips with the same reel number and contiguous timecode (such as a clip you've divided in two with the Razor Blade tool). See "About through edits" in Chapter 11 for more information on working with through edits.
      • Show Duplicate Frames: Display color-coded overlays at the bottom of clips containing frames used more than once in a sequence. The color code indicates how many times the frames have been duplicated. See Volume II, Chapter 4, of Apple's Final Cut Pro 4 User's Manual for details on dupe frame detection.
      • Show Audio Controls: Reveal the Audio Mute and Audio Solo buttons in the track controls.
    • Clip Keyframes: Check this box to show Clip Keyframe tools and indicators below your Timeline tracks; then check the boxes next to the specific Clip Keyframe features you want to display by default in new sequences. You must specify audio and video features separately. You can also modify these selections by control-clicking the Clip Keyframes button in the Timeline and making your selections there. For more information on using these and other keyframing tools, see "Working with Keyframes in the Timeline" in Chapter 14.
      • Motion Bar: Display Motion bars below Timeline clips. This option is available only for video clips. The Motion bar displays keyframes for motion effects applied to a clip. Double-click the bar to open the settings in the Viewer window.
      • Filters Bar: Display Filters bars below Timeline clips. The Filters bar displays filter keyframes and works like the Motion bar.
      • Keyframe Editor: Display keyframe editors below Timeline clips. These compact keyframe editors can be used to add and edit keyframes in the Timeline, but are limited to displaying keyframes for one parameter at a time.
      • Speed Indicators: Display speed indicators below Timeline clips. These indicators show the frame rate for the playback of speed-modified clips.
    • Default Number of Tracks: Specify the number of video and audio tracks to be included in a new sequence.

    Figure 3.38 Customize your default Timeline display options on the User Preference window's Timeline Options tab.

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