Preparing a Sequence Order in the Browser

You can sort clips or visually arrange them (using icon view) in the Browser and then drag the sorted group of clips to the Canvas or Timeline to instantly edit them into your sequence in the arranged order. It’s not necessary to arrange a sequence order of clips in the Browser before moving them into a sequence, but the techniques described here can save you some time.

Sorting to Create a Sequence Order

The ability to sort by column information in the Browser (in list view) can help you quickly organize clips into the order in which you want them to appear in your sequence.

For example, if you entered scene and shot numbers when you logged your shots, you can sort by these two columns, and then select all of these shots to edit into your sequence in the correct order. Or, if you want to edit your footage into a sequence in the chronological order in which scenes were shot, you can sort by the Reel and Media Start columns, and then drag a group of clips into your sequence.

For more information on sorting, see Sorting Items in the Browser Using Column Headings.

Visually Storyboarding in the Browser

If you display your clips in icon view in the Browser, you see a thumbnail of each clip, which provides a quick visual way to arrange the icons of your clips into a storyboard for your sequence. If you then drag all of the arranged clips to the Canvas or Timeline, the clips are laid out in your sequence according to their position in the Browser. You can then adjust, or fine-tune, the content of each clip in the Timeline.

For example, a group that’s arranged like this:

Figure. Browser window showing clips displayed in large icon view and arranged in sequential order.

Goes into your sequence like this:

Figure. Timeline window showing the same clips in sequential order.
To create a storyboard in the Browser
  1. Control-click in the Browser, then choose View as Large Icons from the shortcut menu.

  2. Drag the clips into the order in which you want them to appear, keeping the rows of clips relatively straight, so that Final Cut Pro can properly determine their order.

    Tip: To ensure clips are placed in the Timeline in the proper order, place each subsequent clip several pixels lower and to the right of the previous clip.

    Figure. Bin window showing clips arranged from left to right and top to bottom.

    Note: If you don’t want to use the entire duration of each clip, you can set In and Out points for each clip to specify the part you want to use (see Setting Clip In and Out Points in the Viewer).