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fcp_icon.gifFinal Cut Pro sequences can become incredibly complex and can contain tons of edit points, therefore, being able to manage your Timeline window is an important skill, and important that you are able to manage your sequences efficiently.  Final Cut Pro provides the ability to resize each track (or layers in your timeline) within a sequence.  By stretching your tracks vertically, or making them taller in the Timeline, your clip icons become larger.  When the track height is at its smallest, you won't be able to see the clip icons at all. 

There are track height presets that automatically resize the tracks for you.  The toggle for the Timeline track height is located in the lower left corner of the Timeline window.  You can also use the keyboard shortcut Shift+T to cycle through the different track sizes.

track_height_toggle.gifShown below is a sample of the different track heights to give you an idea...

sample_track_heights.gifYou can also manually adjust each track by placing the mouse cursor just below each track until the mouse cursor changes into the resize indicator.  For example, if you only want to change the track size in just one of your audio tracks in order to see the waveform better, you might use this method.  Drag the corresponding track to the size that you prefer.



You can also set the track to open at a particular height everytime you open a new sequence by setting it in the user preferences under Timeline Options.

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