About Icons and Project Elements in the Browser

Icons appear next to the name of each project element in the Browser. The following table explains what kind of Final Cut Pro project elements each icon represents.

Icon
Name
Description
Figure. Clip icon.
Clip
A clip represents a media file. A clip is created when a media file is captured or imported into Final Cut Pro. This icon is also used for merged clips (clips created by merging audio and video clip items together).
Figure. Audio clip icon.
Audio clip
A clip that refers to an audio media file such as an AIFF, WAVE, or a QuickTime media file that contains only audio tracks.
Figure. Multiclip icon.
Multiclip
A clip that contains multiple clips grouped together as angles. You can switch and cut between each angle in real time.
Figure. Offline clip icon.
Offline clip
A clip whose media file cannot be located on disk, or whose media file has not yet been captured.
Figure. Subclip icon.
Subclip
A kind of clip that refers only to a portion of a media file instead of the whole thing. Subclips conveniently create the illusion that your media file is shorter than it really is, so you can work with a shorter portion of your media file. You can remove these artificial media start and end point limits from your subclip at any time, at which point the subclip is simply considered a clip again, because it refers to the entire length of the media file.
Figure. Marker icon.
Marker
An object that represents a single frame, or a duration of time, in a clip (or sequence). Markers can be used as reminders and notes in your clips and sequences. For example, you can mark sections that need color correction, potential edit points, important moments of action in a scene, beats of music, and so on. Because markers simply denote portions of a clip (instead of the whole clip), they can easily be converted into subclips. Markers are shown hierarchically within the clip they belong to.
Figure. Still Image Freeze Frame icon.
Still Image or Freeze Frame
A clip that refers to a graphic media file on disk, or to a single frame in a video media file.
Figure. Video generator icon.
Video generator
A clip that generates its appearance without a media file, used for commonly needed movie elements such as slug (solid black), color mattes, gradients, and titles.
Figure. Template clip icon.
Template clip
A clip connected to a Motion template file that has custom parameters such as text and clip wells.
Figure. Sequence icon.
Sequence
A container for clips edited together in chronological order.
Figure.  Bin icon.
Bin
A container, similar to a folder, used to organize clips, sequences, and even other bins.
Figure. Bin opened icon.
Bin opened in its own window
A bin that’s been opened as a window separate from its project.
Figure. Locked bin icon.
Locked bin
The contents of a locked bin cannot be changed. In Final Cut Pro, the only locked bins are the ones in the Effects tab, which contain the installed effects. The one exception in the Effects tab is the Favorites bin, which is not locked so you can store your favorite effects and transitions there.
Figure. Video filter icon.
Video filter
Effects filter that can be applied to a video clip.
Figure. Video transition icon.
Video transition
Transition effect that can be applied between two consecutive clips in a video track.
Figure. Audio filter icon.
Audio filter
Effects filter that can be applied to an audio clip.
Figure. Audio transition icon.
Audio transition
Transition effect that can be applied between two consecutive clips in an audio track.