Timeline Display, Render, and Audio Output Options

When you create a new sequence, the Timeline display, render, and audio output settings that are used come from the corresponding tabs in the User Preferences window. Once a sequence is created, you can change its options by selecting the sequence and choosing Sequence > Settings.

Timeline Options Tab

New sequences are created using the settings in the Timeline Options tab of the User Preferences window. Once a sequence is created, you can change Timeline display options in several places. For more information about Timeline display settings, see Timeline Basics.

Render Control Tab

New sequences are created with the settings in the Render Control tab of the User Preferences window. Once a sequence is created, you can change render control options by selecting the sequence and then choosing Sequence > Settings.

These settings allow you to turn on and turn off different processor-intensive effects in Final Cut Pro, such as filters and motion blending. This is useful if you want to speed up processing by not rendering all effects during playback, but you don’t want to remove or individually disable these effects in the sequences of your project. These settings affect real-time playback, rendering, video output, and QuickTime output.

You can control many of these settings by assigning keyboard shortcuts or adding buttons to the button bar using the Keyboard Layout window. For more information on using the Keyboard Layout window, see Customizing the Interface.

Figure. Sequence Settings window showing the Render Control tab.
Render and Playback Settings
  • Filters: If this option is not selected, all filters are ignored during playback, improving real-time performance.
  • Frame Blending for Speed: If this option is selected, clips with speed adjustments are processed with frame blending. Frame blending makes slow-motion video smoother by synthesizing in-between frames. This requires more processing power, so you can turn it off when you are working on a rough cut. If this option is not selected, motion blur is ignored for all clips in your sequence.
Render Settings

Audio Outputs Tab

The settings in this tab allow you to define the number of audio output channels available for your sequence, using whatever video or audio interface is connected to your computer.

New sequences are created with the audio output preset chosen in the User Preferences window. Once a sequence is created, you can choose a different audio output preset by selecting the sequence, choosing Sequence > Settings, and then clicking the Audio Outputs tab.

By default, a stereo preset is selected, which works with the built-in audio output in your computer, as well as with most DV camcorders and third-party video capture interfaces. If you have a more sophisticated audio interface chosen in the A/V Devices tab of the Audio/Video Settings window, you can create a new preset to route audio to these additional audio output channels. For more information on choosing an external audio interface in the Audio/Video Settings window, see Assigning Output Channels and External Audio Monitors.

Note: When you move a Final Cut Pro project file to another system along with its sequences, those sequences retain the audio output setting with which they were originally created, regardless of the number of audio output channels available on that system.

Figure. Sequence Settings window showing the Audio Outputs tab.