Settings in the Clip Window

You can play the clip by clicking the Play button (the triangle to the left of the timeline) or by pressing the Space bar. To play the clip using the Space bar, you must make sure that an Identify pane text field is not currently selected—you can press the Tab key as needed or click the Analysis button to deselect the text fields.

Important: Depending on your computer, high-resolution video, such as 2K media, may not play back smoothly.

If the clip has audio, you can control the volume by clicking the speaker icon next to the Play button and then dragging the volume slider. You can also drag the playhead to scroll through the clip. You can click the left arrow and right arrow buttons at the right side of the timeline or press your keyboard’s Left Arrow and Right Arrow keys to step through the clip one frame at a time.

Figure. Clip window.

Most of the buttons along the bottom of the window open additional windows or dialogs and are also available as commands in the Clip menu. The two buttons in the upper-right corner determine what information is shown on the right side of the window.

Buttons Along the Bottom of the Window
  • Set Poster Frame: Assigns the currently displayed frame to the Detail View window’s thumbnail display.
  • Disconnect Clip: The Disconnect Clip button changes depending on whether the current clip is connected to the database. With a clip connected (as shown above), the button is labeled Disconnect Clip. Click Disconnect Clip to disconnect the clip from the database.
  • Enter in Database: If the current clip is not connected to the database, the Disconnect Clip button is labeled Enter in Database. Click Enter in Database to open a dialog where you can connect the clip to an existing record or a new record by entering scene and take values.
  • Reverse Telecine: Opens the Reverse Telecine dialog.
  • Conform: Opens the Conform Clip dialog.
  • Previous Clip and Next Clip buttons (arrows): The left and right arrows in the lower-right corner of the Clip window make it easy to switch to the previous or next record (as currently sorted and displayed in the List View window) that has a clip assigned to it.

    Note: These buttons are active only when the current clip is linked to a record in the current database and that record is part of the List View window’s found set. Additionally, one of these buttons is dimmed if there isn’t a previous or next clip.

Buttons in the Upper-Right Corner
  • Identify: Click to show the Identify pane, which displays the clip’s information from the Cinema Tools database it is connected to. You can use the Identify pane to enter film and timecode information in the database or to get information about the frame that is currently displayed in the Clip window. Additionally, the settings update to show the information for each frame as you move through a clip. See Using the Identify Feature to Calculate Database Information for more information about using the Identify feature.
  • Analysis: Click to show the Analysis pane, which displays the clip’s file information. This information includes both file specifics (name and size, where it is located, and when it was created) and content specifics (duration, frame rate, frame size, and compression type used).
    Figure. Analysis pane of the Clip window.