Final Cut Pro 6 - Learning About the Canvas

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Learning About the Canvas

The following is a summary of the controls in the Canvas.

 Tabs: Each tab in the Canvas represents an open sequence. Each tab in the Canvas

has a corresponding tab in the Timeline.

 Image display area: This is the area of the Canvas where you can see the video from

your sequence play back.

 Playhead: The position of the playhead corresponds to the currently displayed frame.

You can move the playhead to go to different parts of a sequence.

 In Point and Out Point: You can set sequence In and sequence Out points in the

Canvas or Timeline. You can use these as placement points to determine where clips
are placed in the Timeline destination tracks when you’re doing three-point editing.
For more information, see Volume II, Chapter 7, “Setting Edit Points for Clips and

 Scrubber bar: The scrubber bar represents the entire duration of a sequence. You can

click anywhere in the scrubber bar to automatically move the playhead to that location.

 Transport controls: You use these to play a sequence and to move the playhead

within your sequence. The position of the playhead corresponds to the currently
displayed frame.

 Jog and shuttle controls: These let you navigate more precisely within your sequence.
 Sequence marking controls: These are used to add sequence In and Out points,

markers, and keyframes.

 Editing controls: The edit buttons and the Edit Overlay allow you to perform different

kinds of edits from the clip in the Viewer to your sequence.

Tab for the open

Timecode Duration field

Current Timecode field

Name of the currently
selected sequence and
the project it’s in

View pop-up menu

Zoom pop-up menu


In point

Jog control

Shuttle control

Scrubber bar

Out point

Sequence marking




Playhead Sync
pop-up menu

Image display area

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Part II

Learning About the Final Cut Pro Interface

 View pop-up menu: This allows you to control display options such as timecode and

marker overlays, as well as the background color for transparent pixels.

 Zoom pop-up menu: This lets you enlarge or shrink the image that appears in

the Canvas.

 Playhead Sync pop-up menu: This gives you options for locking the movement of the

playheads in the Viewer and the Canvas together in different ways while scrubbing
through clips. For more information, see Volume II, Chapter 24, “Matching Frames and
Playhead Synchronization.”

 Current Timecode field: This field displays the timecode of the frame at the current

position of the playhead. You can enter timecode numbers here to navigate to a new
position in your sequence.

 Timecode Duration field: This field shows the current duration between the sequence

In and Out points. You can change the duration here, which automatically adjusts the
the sequence Out point.