Using Edge Code Overlays and Feet+Frame Rulers

Final Cut Pro can display edge code overlays in the Canvas and Viewer, as well as Feet+Frame rulers in the Timeline and other timecode fields. You are not required to use these features to edit film footage in Final Cut Pro, but they can help you feel as though you were working with film instead of film transferred to video.

Showing Film-Related Information in the Item Properties Window

The Film tab of the Item Properties window contains the film-related information for each clip.

To see film-related information in the Item Properties window
  1. Select the clip in the Browser.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Choose Edit > Item Properties > Film.

    • Control-click the clip, then choose Item Properties > Film from the shortcut menu.

    • Press Command-9 to open the Item Properties window, then click the Film tab.

Note: Comments added to a record in Cinema Tools or a record in a telecine log file appear in the Take Note row.

Showing Film-Related Information in the Browser

You can add columns to the Browser to show the specific film-related information you require.

To add columns to the Browser
  • Control-click the heading for the column before which you want to insert the new column, then choose the column to add from the shortcut menu.

Note: Comments added to a record in Cinema Tools or a record in a telecine log file appear in the Take Note column.

Showing Film-Related Overlays in the Viewer and Canvas

You can configure the Viewer and Canvas overlays to show a clip’s keycode and ink numbers in addition to the timecode.

To show film-related overlays in the Viewer and Canvas
  1. Click in the Viewer or Canvas to make it active.

  2. Choose View > Show Overlays (or press Option-Control-W), so there is a checkmark next to it.

  3. To configure the overlay, choose View > Timecode Overlays to see a list of items you can display. Choose an item to either display or hide it. (Checkmarks appear next to items that are shown.)

Showing Film-Based Frame Counts

You can set a project’s timecode display format to a Feet+Frame mode, giving film editors a more familiar way to judge project length. This setting affects the time display along the top of the Timeline, as well as the timecode fields along the top of the Viewer and Canvas.

To set a project to display the Feet+Frame mode
  1. Select the project’s tab in the Browser.

  2. Choose Edit > Project Properties.

    The Project Properties dialog appears.

    Figure. Project Properties dialog.
  3. Choose Feet+Frame from the Time Display pop-up menu.

  4. Choose the film standard from the Default Film Standard pop-up menu. The film standard defines how many frames are in a foot.

You can also individually control the timecode display of the Timeline, Viewer, and Canvas.

To change the timecode display of the Timeline, Viewer, or Canvas
  • Control-click a timecode field in the window whose timecode display you want to change, then choose the mode from the shortcut menu.

For the Viewer and Canvas, this affects both timecode fields along their tops, and in the case of the Viewer, the timecode fields of its tabs. For the Timeline, this affects the timecode shown along the top of the window and in the Current Timecode field. The timecode displays in the Transition Editor and Trim Edit windows are also affected.

Important: The feet and frame values that are shown are not the same as keycode or ink numbers. The feet and frame values always start at 0000+00 at the beginning of the sequence or clip.

When using the Feet+Frame timecode display mode, you can enter values in the same places you can enter timecode values. For example, you can enter a value in the Current Timecode field of the Viewer to position the playhead in the Timeline. To ensure the number you enter is correctly interpreted by Final Cut Pro, make sure to use one of the following characters to separate the feet and frame values: Plus Sign (+), Ampersand (&), Period (.), or Comma (,).