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As I mentioned in a previous movie in this chapter, almost all of our video files will need to be trimmed. And often we'll have content at the beginning of the video clip, which isn't necessarily representational of that particular clip. And so what we might want to do is change what's called the poster frame. Now the poster frame is a frame which is viewed here in the filmstrip below. Or if we click on the icon for the grid view or press the G key. That's the frame which we're seeing right here. Again if we want to customize that, navigate to the Loop view.
You can do so by clicking on the Loop icon or by pressing the E key. Then scrub down the timeline until you find an area that you think would serve well as the initial frame. Here I'll go ahead and scrub to find that with this file here. Next, once you've found that, click on this icon and choose Set Poster Frame. You'll notice that that will then change this icon here. Here I'll go ahead and click and drag to make this larger so you can see how it's now starting off with the frame which I have selected above. If we go to the Grid view, by pressing the G key or clicking on the Grid icon, you can now see that it's showing us that particular frame there. This is even more helpful when you have a clip like this and when you have a lot of clips.
In this particular clip here, we can't really see what's happening. So what I want to do, is press the E key or click on the Loop icon and scrub down til I have an area where I have some good action. In this case, my daughter Annie here smiling after she just caught the wave. By using this as the poster frame, it will help me to more easily actually find this video file. Because eventually, you'll have a lot of thumbnails and it will be really hard to determine which video clips you want to work with. And by determining or setting the poster frame, it can help you define those clips much more easily.
So again, scrub to the area. Click on this icon, choose Set Poster Frame. That will then update the thumbnail which we have in the film strip. It will also update the thumbnail which we have here in the grid view inside of the library module.
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