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Final Cut Pro HD Quick Tip #32

Full Screen Previews By Stephen Schleicher

One of the great new features in Final Cut Pro HD is the ability to view the contents of the Timeline at full screen resolution.  If you are doing HD work, the results are amazing.  If you are not doing HD work, then you are in luck too.

Most of you have probably already tested this new feature, but with the buzz flying about Final Cut Pro supporting HD, new updates and workflows with LiveType, and the buzz on Apples other application Motion, some of the new features in Final Cut Pro HD have not be heralded as they should have.

Instead of manually resizing the Canvas Window to see your program in more detail, the Full Screen option allows those of you who are on a single monitor system the ability to quickly jump to full screen.  For those of you on a PowerBook, or on a single Cinema Display, you will quickly see the benefits of this feature.

With the large screen real estate available on an Apple Cinema Display, seeing the detail in your Timeline can be quite difficult to see.

Because screen space varies, it should be noted that the video will scale itself to fit the entire screen on at least one axis.  For example, if you are editing 720i footage, the Y-axis will scale to reach the top and bottom of a Cinema Display, but will have black bars on the sides of the screen.

Heres how you set it up to work on your system.

Step 1:  From the Final Cut Pro HD menu, select Audio/Video Settings.

Step 2:  Under the Summary Tab, select Digital Cinema Desktop Preview Main from the Video Playback drop down. Click OK.

Step 3:  When you want to see your Canvas Window full screen, press Command+F12, or go to View>External Video>All Frames.

So besides being able to view your Canvas Window full screen for a client to see the work so far, what else can be done?   Just because your work area is being hidden by the full screen display doesnt mean you cant still work.  Regular editing commands still work when this new feature is enabled.  You can use the JKL keys to play move through the Timeline, set In and Out points, etc.

Step 4:  When you are done viewing your selection in Full Screen mode you can switch back to the normal workspace by pressing Command+F12 again, or pressing the ESC key.

While being able to view your work full screen is very advantageous for those working on a single monitor system, I really need to stress that there are significant Gamma differences between your computer monitor and a video monitor.  Because of this, you shouldnt be using the Full Screen mode to check your color correcting or making other color enhancements.

Want more Final Cut Pro Quick Tips?  Check out my website for a complete listing of all tips to date.

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Stephen Schleicher has crossed the country several times over the last couple of years going from Kansas to Atlanta , Georgia, and Southern California. In his time traveling, he has worked as an editor, graphic designer, videographer, director, and producer on a variety of video productions ranging from small internal pieces, to large multimedia
corporate events.

Currently, Stephen shares his knowledge with students at Fort Hays State University who are studying media and web development in the Information Networking and Telecommunications department. When he is not shaping the minds of university students, Stephen continues to work on video and independent projects for State and local agencies and organizations as well as his own ongoing works.

He is also a regular contributor to Digital Producer, Creative Mac, Digital Webcast, Digital Animators, and the DV Format websites, part of the Digital Media Online network of communities (www.digitalmedianet.com), where he writes about the latest technologies, and gives tips and tricks on everything from Adobe After Effects, to Appleā??s Final Cut Pro, LightWave 3D, to shooting and lighting video.

He has a Masters Degree in Communication from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. As a forward thinker, he wrote his Thesis on how Information Islands and e-commerce would play a major role in keeping smaller communities alive. This of course was when 28.8 dialup was king and people hadnā??t even invented the word e-commerce.

And, he spends what little free time he has biking, reading, traveling around the country, and contemplating the future of digital video and its impact on our culture. You can reach him at [email protected]

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