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It's really important to know what each of the Track Labels do or represent in the Timeline in Final Cut Pro.  For instance, if you want to lock a certain track while editing so it doesn't get changed in the process, you can click on the Track Lock icon.  Let's take a look at some of these track labels that are important in Timeline editing.

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  • Visibility icon:  (circled in red) tells you whether the contents of a track are displayed or not.  If the track is disabled, it appears darkened in the Timeline
  • Track Lock icon:  (circled in orange) let's you lockdown a track so that nothing can get changed or moved
  • Source & Destination controls:  (circled in blue) used in 3-point editing to determine where source clips are placed from the Viewer.  For example, I have the audio track "detached" in the picture below, so that when you Overwrite or Insert video from the source, it only brings in the video and not the audio. 

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  • Auto select icon:  (circled in yellow) limits which tracks are affected by functions like copying and pasting
  • Track Height controls:  (circled in green) let's you choose between four different display sizes
  • Clip Overlays icon:  (in purple square) toggles on & off; indicates video transparency or audio levels
  • Clip Keyframes control:  (in pink square) displays keyframe graph area within space below video or audio track containing keyframes
  • Audio controls:  (in light blue square) displays mute and solo buttons on left of the audio track that are usually hidden

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