The File Browser

The file browser, occupying the left half of the Setup room, lets you directly navigate the directory structure of your hard disk. It's like having a miniature Finder right there in the Setup room. Keep in mind that the file browser is not a bin. The files displayed within the file browser are not associated with your Color project in any way unless you drag them into the Timeline manually or relink the shots of an imported project to their associated media files on disk using the Relink Media or Reconnect Media command.

By default, the file browser displays the contents of the default media directory when Color opens.

Figure. Shots displayed in the file browser.

For more information on how to use the file browser, see Importing Media Directly into the Timeline. For more information on importing project data from other applications, see Importing and Managing Projects and Media.

File Browser Controls

These two buttons are at the top of the file browser.

Figure. Up directory and home directory buttons.
  • Up Directory button: Moves to the next directory up the current file path.
  • Home Directory button: Moves to the currently specified default media directory.

Media Information and DPX/Cineon Header Metadata

When you click a shot to select it, an enlarged thumbnail appears to the right of the list of media.

Figure. Shot information in file browser.

Underneath the thumbnail, information appears about the shot, including its name, duration, resolution, frame rate, and timecode. If it’s an image sequence, its white point, black point, and transfer mode metadata also appear. Depending on the type of media, one or two buttons may appear at the bottom of the file browser.

Figure. Fix Headers and Import buttons.

Fix Headers Button

If the selected shot (or shots) is an image sequence, the Fix Headers button appears. Clicking it opens the DPX Header Settings window, which lets you change the transfer mode (Linear or Logarithmic), the Low Reference (black point) and High Reference (white point), of DPX and Cineon image sequences that may have incorrect data in the headers. Change the parameters to the necessary settings and click Fix to rewrite this header data in all of the currently selected shots.

Figure. DPX Header Settings window.

Import Button

Selecting one or more shots and clicking Import edits the selection into the end of the current Timeline for an unlocked project. This is useful if you’re using Color to convert DPX or Cineon image sequences to QuickTime, or vice versa. For more information, see Importing Media Directly into the Timeline.

Note: You cannot import media into locked projects. This includes any project sent from Final Cut Pro.