Join Connor Watson for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding the Viewer window, part of Final Cut Express 4 Essential Training.
The Viewer window is the area where you will preview the clips that you have imported into the Browser window and set your edit points before laying clips to the Timeline. When you double-click on a clip in the Browser or on a clip that you have edited into the Timeline, you are loading that clip into the Viewer window where you can play it back. The transport controls located at the bottom of the window give you ability to play the clip and supply you with increased navigability and playback ability around edit points. Let's go ahead and create a couple of edit points by using the Mark In and Mark Out buttons here at the bottom.
The Scrubber Bar is the white area between the viewing area of the window and transport controls. By dragging the playhead you can move through the video clip to pinpoint where you want to mark the in and out-points. These two controls on each side will allow you to shuttle through the clip. The Shuttle control on the right will allow you to move through the video one frame at a time. I generally find it easier to use the Left and Right Arrow keys on the keyboard to move through my video clips, one frame at a time, but I recommend that you use what feels right for you. I will go ahead and place an in and out-point.
Notice in the Duration field towards the upper left corner of the window that it shows me the duration of the edit I just made. If you later find out that what you needed was a longer clip, you can type in a longer duration. Then press the Return key on the keyboard and the Mark Out will be moved to create a longer clip. Keep in mind that you can also click on the edit point in the scrubber area and drag the points to a new location if needed. Now when I am ready, this is the part of the clip that I will lay to the Timeline to be part of my show. But before I do that, perhaps I need to review the edit that I have just made to see if it's really what I want. To playback only the edited portion of the clip choose Play In to Out in the transport controls. Due to the nature of the remaining controls here I will show you how to use them when we later discuss an identical set of tools found in the Canvas window.
To the right of the Duration field are the magnification levels that will allow you to fit the entire clip into the window, which is the default setting, or increase the magnification of a clip so that you can take a closer look at clips. The adjacent controls will allow you to activate specific overlay such as the title safe boundaries. If you are adding text to your project you will need to turn on the show title safe overlays because they depict the areas of the image that will remain visible when playing back your video on a television monitor. The outer overlay shows the action safe area that will remain visible on a television monitor and the inner overlay shows the area where it's safe to place tittles. If you go beyond these marks there is good chance that part of your image will not be visible when you play it back on a TV set. So make sure that you follow the specific overlays very closely.
Next is the Time field and it shows you exactly where the playhead is located in the clip. So whatever this field reads means that the playhead is located X amount of seconds into the clip you have loaded into the Viewer. The tabs located at the top of the Viewer window specify functions within clips. When we start adding effects to our video in a later chapter, you will get to see these tabs at work. One tab that we can go ahead and talk about is the Audio tab. If your sequence in the Timeline contains audio you are able to click this tab and receive much more information about that audio. You will be able to control the Level of the audio as well as the Pan from here in a waveform view. The other tools located to the left of the mark in and out icons will be discussed in detail in a later chapter as we begin editing in the Timeline.
Last, at the bottom right corner of the Viewer, you have Recent Clips pop-up menu, which lists the last ten used clips. So if you have changed your mind about using a clip that you previously loaded into the Viewer and would like to see that clip again, click on it in this list and it will reload into the Viewer. Next what you have the Generators pop- up menu, which allows you to access title tools, mattes and shapes. Let's move on to a window that is very similar to the Viewer but plays a different role, known as the Canvas.
- Adjusting the workspace and preferences for any video creator
- Bringing content in from outside sources, including tape, photos, and iMovie '08 projects
- Creating a story through storyboarding, editing with audio cues, and setting transitions
- Understanding the difference between Final Cut Express and Final Cut Pro
- Using LiveType 2 to create engaging titles and credit rolls
- Performing background replacements with chroma keying
- Creating effects with FX plug-ins
Skill Level Beginner
Q: After changing the Mac OS X Expose keys to dashes as instructed in the tutorial, the Expose keys -F9, F10, and F11- retain their Expose functions and override the Final Cut keyboard shortcuts. Why have the keys kept their original functions?
A: After setting the Expose Settings to dashes, go into the Mac OS X System Preferences and choose Keyboard. Once there, click on the Keyboard tab, then click to check the box "Use all F1, F2, etc. keys as standard function keys.” This should release F9, F10, and F11 from their Expose functions and allow them to be uses as editing keys in Final Cut.