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Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #10

Locating files in the Timeline By Stephen Schleicher
Every have a series of still images that you need to edit into a Final Cut Pro 3.0 project, and want to know if you have used the clip already in the Timeline? Here is a very short Quick Tip to show you how it can be done.

Im in the process of finishing a video detailing how State agencies deal with natural or man made disasters. One of the segments discusses how a community dealt with an F4 tornado that ripped through the town. Most of the documented footage comes from a digital still camera that captured the devastation the day after the event. Unfortunately, the images are not placed in the Timeline in any particular order. This makes it very difficult to try figure out what images have already been used, and which can still be added into the project.

There is not a button that automatically displays every clip currently being used in the Timeline, but you can use the Find command.

From the Browser window select the sequence you are working on.

Press Command+F to open the Find panel.

As can be seen in the figure below, you need to input search criteria such as where the Find feature should look. In this example, I am searching the DEM project, and am looking only for Used Media in the selected sequence.

The Find feature can be accessed with the Command+F key

You dont need to place search criteria in the dialog box. By pressing the Find All button, the Find feature will display all clips that are being used in the Timeline. Granted it doesnt just display the image files being used, but it is a simple matter of scrolling through the Results window seeing what has been used and what has not.

The search results allow you to find what clips have been used in your project, and which ones have not.

The Find Command can also be used in the Timeline to locate where a particular clip is located. This is very handy when you have a long project and need to locate exactly where a clip is. When running the search, it will highlight the clip in the timeline. From there you can zoom in and do whatever further manipulation you need to perform.

Here is a current list of the Final Cut Pro Quick Tips to date:
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #1: Texture Treatments to Enhance Video Productions
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #2: Using Markers to Quickly Edit a Music Video
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #3: Import Your Music the Right Way
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #4: Nesting Helps Manage Longer Projects
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #5: Keying Explained
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #6: Configuring Your Scratch Disk
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #7: My Favorite Effects
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #8: De-Interlacing
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #9: Color Correction workflow tips

When not working deep in the labs of the DMN Central Division testing the latest and greatest software/hardware products Stephen Schleicher can be found at the local university teaching a few courses on video and web production. He can be reached at schleicher@mindspring.com. You can also visit him on the web at www.mindspring.com/~schleicher

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Stephen Schleicher is a well known writer, visual effects artist and media guru! You can see more of Stephen at
www.majorspoilers.com and www.stephenschleicher.com
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