Final Cut Pro: Working with Sequence Clips in the Viewer

When you have created your sequence clips, you might want to put them back into the viewer in order to look at them fully before you save the film for the last time. The sequence is made up of a series of clips, and you may want to look at the pieces as a whole, rather than just looking at the clips by themselves. In order to do this, you will need to have your copy of Final Cut Pro open, and ready to work on a movie. This process is not very difficult, so you should be able to master it in a very quick time by following a few basic instructions.

Materials Needed

  • Final Cut Pro
  • Computer
  • Movie File

Step 1: Open Up Your Film

Once you have Final Cut Pro, you can import a movie file into the software. On the top left hand side of your screen, you will see a little button called File. Press this button to open up all of the options which are available to you, including Import File. Click on this, and you should be taken to a dialogue box that lists all of the files that you can open using Final Cut Pro software. Click on the file that you want to open.

Step 2: Locating the Sequence

The file will first open up in the browser window, which is the one to the left of the screen. There you can see a list of all the clips which are currently in the file. Pan through the Browser list until you find the sequence that you are looking for. Select it, and then double click. Your film should then be moved to the Viewer window. Alternatively, you can just pick up the sequence and drag and drop it onto the viewer window, which is the large window in the middle of your software screen.

Step 3: Using the Controls

There are a number of tabs in Viewer which control how you work with the sequence. You should see the video tab appear as you place your movie sequence on there, and if you have any audio layers, these will also appear in the tabs box. These will help you to make clear to Final Cut Pro what part of the sequence you wish to edit. You can then use the Playhead bar to move to the part of the sequence you wish to edit. One of the most important controls that you have in the Viewer window is the In and Out buttons, which will allow you to mark a particular clip in your sequence. This can then be edited in more detail.

Step 4: Transferring from Viewer

Once you have edited the sequence as you require, you can then transfer it to another part of the Final Cut Pro screen, such as the timeline. This will allow you to make further edits to the sequence.

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