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Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #36

Setting a Poster Frame By Stephen Schleicher

One of the easier ways of editing a sequence in Final Cut Pro is to use the thumbnail view in the Browser Window as described in Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #14.  But what do you do when your thumbnail icons are not representative of the actual shot?  Set a Poster Frame.

In order to understand the benefits of a Poster Frame, lets me give you a scenario that you might encounter.  During the log and capture process quite often the In and Out points are set at or near the clapboard which will indicate the scene and take number.  .  Or, if you are using the DV Start/Start function that I pointed out in Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #34, you could have some extra slop that you know you will not need in the edit.  If you switch your Browser Window (Right+Click) to view your clips as Icons (thumbnails) you wont be able to make heads or tails of the information.


If not for the shot description, the thumbnails make little sense.

So how to fix? By default the image that is displayed in this thumbnail view is designated as the In or the first frame of the clip.  In order to change this thumbnail to a different image that might be more representative of the shot, we use Set Poster Frame.

Step 1:  From the Tools palette, select Scrub Tool (keyboard shortcut hh that is, hitting the h key quickly twice).

Step 2:  Click on the clip you want to scrub through and drag left or right.

Step 3:  When you get to the frame you want to make a Poster Frame, continue to hold down on your mouse button and press the Control key on your keyboard, then release the mouse button followed by the Control key.

If you are having problems setting the Poster Frame via the thumbnail view, you can open the clip in the viewer, move to the frame you desire, and from the Mark menu, select Set Poster Frame, or use the keyboard shortcut Control+P.

After mastering this Final Cut Pro Quick Tip, you can combine it with other Quick Tips in the series and end up with an organized bin that will speed up your edit session.

By setting Poster Frames the thumbnail view is now much more clear.

Want to find out how Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #14 can help you edit faster?  Looking for other Final Cut Pro Quick Tips?  The complete list can be found on my website at www.mindspring.com/~schleicher.


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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 schleicher@mindspring.com

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