Quicktips 2011 Day 28: Playback Media Composer clips via thumbnails

February 28, 2011 – When in Frame view in an Avid bin you can playback the thumbnails

In one of the earlier Quicktips I showed scrubbing through clips in a Final Cut Pro bin via the Thumbnail bin column. In Avid Media Composer there’s a tab at the top of the bin marked Frame. That’s a quick way to view Avid clip thumbnails in a bin. Plus you can playback and JKL scrub the clips as well.

First click to the Frame tab in a Media Composer bin. If the thumbnails are too small select them all and hit command + L to make the thumbnails larger. Keep hitting command + L and they’ll keep scaling up to larger and larger thumbs. To reduce the size hit command + K.

When you have the thumbnails at the right size you can then playback any of those thumbs by single clicking on a clip in that bin and hitting play. This thumbnail playback also supports JLK scrubbing. When you hit K to stop playback that frame is updated as the poster frame for the clip. As a bonus, and this is part of what makes this really useful, the clip that you are previewing with this method will be displayed out of your I/O device on a client monitor.

See the video embedded below for this tip in action:

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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…

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