Quicktips 2011 Day 03: Scrub the FCP thumbnail column thumb

February 3, 2011 – You can scrub the thumbnail displayed in the FCP thumbnail column

There’s a thumbnail column with the Final Cut Pro browser. Call that column up and you can then scrub the thumbnail right in the Browser column.

First you have to be sure you are displaying the Thumbnail column in a FCP browser bin. Right + click on a column heading and choose the Show Thumbnail option:

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Once that is selected there will be a tiny thumbnail for each clip. It’s small but it’s actually big enough to get an idea of what might be in a clip. To scrub you just click and drag the mouse pointer:

This can be a very quick way of refreshing your memory as to what’s in a particular clip or possibly looking for a particular object in a clip. That is if that object is big enough to find in the small thumbnail frame. And it’s also worth noting that if you have a clips labeled with a color label that color goes away as you scrub the thumbnail, making it easier to see. Now if only we could make those thumbnails bigger …


Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons was born in rural West Tennessee and didn’t really realize that movies and tv had to be made by actual people until he went to college. After getting degrees in both Television Production and Graphic Design he was in one of the early graduating classes at the Watkins Film School in Nashville, Tennessee. During that time at Watkins he discovered editing. While most of his classmates in film school wanted to be directors, Scott saw real career opportunities in post production and took a job as an assistant editor after completing film school. In 1999, Scott took the leap into freelancing and in 2007 accepted a position as an editor at Filmworkers – Nashville. In 2005 Scott created The Editblog a website dedicated to all things editing and post-production which is now housed here at PVC. Someday he hopes to edit on a beach with a touch screen device, a wireless hard drive and a Red Stripe.

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