Using iChat Theater Preview

Commands for using iChat Theater Preview are located in the View menu. In addition to choosing iChat Theater Preview commands from the View menu, you can also place iChat Theater Preview buttons in the Canvas, Viewer, or Timeline button bars for convenient access to the commands. If you frequently use the iChat Theater Preview feature, you’ll find that adding the iChat Theater Preview buttons to your button bar is an easy way to initiate and control an iChat Theater session. You can also look at the state of the buttons in the button bar to quickly determine which features are turned on.

You can temporarily pause and resume the sharing of your video during an iChat Theater Preview session.

To pause the iChat Theater Preview session
  • Choose View > iChat Theater Preview > Pause Audio/Video.

When the host has paused an iChat Theater Preview session and the video chat session is still in progress, the host audio is still being sent to the remote iChat user. To stop the audio from being sent, choose Video > Mute from the iChat menu.

To resume an iChat Theater Preview session
  • Choose View > iChat Theater Preview > Resume Audio/Video.

During an iChat Theater Preview session, you can turn on the display of the current timecode on both iChat users’ screens.

To turn on the display of the current timecode during an iChat Theater Preview session
  • Choose View > iChat Theater Preview > Show Timecode.

To turn off the display of the current timecode during an iChat Theater Preview session
  • Choose View > iChat Theater Preview > Hide Timecode.

When you’ve completed reviewing your clips and sequences, you stop the iChat Theater Preview session. Final Cut Pro stops streaming video from the Viewer or Canvas window, but does not stop the video chat session.

To stop the iChat Theater Preview session
  • Choose View > iChat Theater Preview > Stop Sharing.

When the host has paused an iChat Theater Preview session and the video chat session continues, remember that the host audio is still being sent to the remote iChat user. To stop your audio from being sent, choose Video > Mute from the iChat menu bar.