View and sort clips and projects

You can display your clips and projects in the Browser in two views:

  • Filmstrip view: Displays the clips in the selected event as a connected series of thumbnail images. Projects appear as thumbnail images with a superimposed clapboard design. Filmstrip view is useful when you want to visually locate your clips and projects.

    Browser filmstrip view
  • List view: Displays a list of your clips and projects with associated file and settings information. Use this view when you want to view or sort clips and projects by data such as duration, creation date, rating, keyword, and so on. When you select a clip in list view, a filmstrip for the selected clip appears at the top of the Browser. The clip filmstrip is fully interactive, allowing access to start and end points, markers, and keywords.

    Browser list view

Switch between filmstrip and list views

Do one of the following:

  • Click the Filmstrip View button in the bottom-left corner of the Browser.

    Filmstrip View button
  • Click the List View button in the bottom-left corner of the Browser.

    List View button

Customize filmstrip view

  • To adjust the time represented by each thumbnail in a clip’s filmstrip: At the bottom-right corner of the Browser, drag the Duration slider.

    Duration slider
    Comparison of visual length of filmstrips in Browser when Duration slider is set to 5 seconds and 30 seconds

    Adjusting the Duration slider expands and contracts the amount of detail shown in each clip’s filmstrip. The longer each thumbnail’s duration, the fewer thumbnails each clip displays, and the more clips are displayed in the Browser.

  • To adjust the filmstrip height: At the bottom-right corner of the Browser, click the Clip Appearance button and drag the Clip Height slider.

    Clip Appearance button
    Filmstrips in Browser before and after filmstrip height is changed using Clip Height slider
  • To turn audio waveforms on and off: At the bottom-right corner of the Browser, click the Clip Appearance button and deselect the Show Waveforms checkbox.

    Clip Appearance button
    Filmstrips in Browser before and after audio waveforms are turned off using Show Waveforms checkbox

    When audio waveforms are on, they appear at the bottom of each clip’s filmstrip, increasing the height of all clips in the Browser.

Customize list view

  • To choose what type of information is displayed in list view columns as well as customize the columns themselves: In the Browser, Control-click a column heading, and choose a category option from the shortcut menu.

  • To rearrange columns in list view: In the Browser, drag a column heading to move the column to a new position.

  • To sort clips in list view by a category: Click a column heading in the Browser to sort clips by that category.

  • To view an item’s keywords or rating in list view: Click the disclosure triangle to the left of the clip’s name.

    Rating and keyword shown below clip in Browser in list view

    If a disclosure triangle appears to the left of a clip in list view, it means a keyword, rating, or both have been applied to that item.

Sort and group clips and projects in the Browser

You can sort clips and projects in the Browser into an order that makes it easier to visually locate them.

  1. In the Libraries list, select the event whose items you want to sort.

  2. Do one or both of the following:

    • To group clips by category: Choose Group Clips By from the Action pop-up menu below the Libraries list, and choose a category from the submenu. Choose to set the sort order as Ascending or Descending from the same submenu.

    • To set the sort order of the clips and projects in the event without grouping them: Choose Sort By from the Action pop-up menu below the Libraries list, and choose a category from the submenu.

Note: You can both group clips and set their sort order (arrangement) independently.

Reset the sort order in the Browser to its default state

  1. In the Libraries list, select the event that contains the items whose sort order you want to reset.

  2. Choose Group Clips By > None and Group Clips By > Ascending from the Action pop-up menu below the Libraries list.