browser in Final Cut Pro X
The browser displays clips, projects, photos, titles, or generators, depending on the item selected in the sidebar. The sidebar appears to the left of the browser and contains three panes for selecting different types of media: the Libraries sidebar, the Photos and Audio sidebar, and the Titles and Generators sidebar. When you select an item in the sidebar (such as an event containing clips, or a category of sound effects or 3D titles), the item’s contents are displayed in the browser.
You select clips or portions of clips in the browser to work with them. You can sort items in the browser by creation date, name, and duration. You can also view the browser contents as filmstrips or in a list.
Connected clips are attached to clips in the primary storyline in the timeline and are used for cutaway shots, superimposed or composited images, and sound effects. Connected clips remain attached and synced until you explicitly move or remove them. A sequence of connected clips is a storyline.
The skimmer lets you preview clips in the timeline or the browser without affecting the playhead position. You use the skimmer to skim, or freely move over clips or projects to play them back at the speed of the pointer.
The skimmer appears as a red vertical line as you move the pointer over the area you’re skimming. If you have snapping turned on, the skimmer turns orange when it snaps to a position..
When skimming is turned on, you can skim to see what’s in other clips, while maintaining the playhead position in the timeline or browser. If both the playhead and skimmer are present in the same clip, the skimmer becomes the default position for playback or editing..
When skimming is turned off or the skimmer is not present in a clip, the playhead assumes the default position.
The bottom portion of the Final Cut Pro window contains the timeline, where you create your movie project by adding and arranging clips and making all your edits.
In Final Cut Pro, you can organize related clips into sets, called auditions, from which you can choose one clip to use. You can create an audition composed of different clips to try out multiple takes, or you can create an audition composed of multiple versions of the same clip to preview different effects. When you record live audio, you can have multiple takes grouped into auditions automatically. Auditions appear in the browser and timeline as clips with an audition icon in the top-left corner.